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Re: [SLE] Warning to Americans!(now going OT)
  • From: Kevanf1 <kevanf1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 12:37:19 +0100
  • Message-id: <7bca46c50605020437j3433f21fr643ad483ac30918@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 02/05/06, James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Kevanf1 wrote:

> There are alternatives but one is branded a conspiracy theorist if you
> so much as hint at the oil companies perhaps keeping them quiet. There
> is no reason why we shouldn't have safe engines running on
> water. There is no need to have a tank of highly flammable hydrogen
> gas (from the split H20) as it can be split in small quantities and
> fed into the engine that way.


Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen takes energy. Where does that
energy come from? Remember, you can never exceed 100% efficiency and
are unlikely to even reach it.

Solar power. Admittedly, solar panels take energy to make them but I
don't think they break down fast. So, this would mean that the energy
put into making them can be regained from the use of the sun over its
lifetime. The solar energy is then used to split the water. It
doesn't take much in the way of electrical power to produce the two
gases after all.

Agreed about the 100% efficiency, that's a pipe dream and totally
unobtainable. However, we can maximise clean energy resources and
combine them. Solar power being just one which can be converted to
other uses.

Personally, I'd love to have some solar voltaic panels put on my roof.
It is feasible now but the price is prohibitive at the moment. Hopefully those prices will fall.

I am only human, please forgive me if I make a mistake it is not deliberate.
PLEASE DON'T drink and drive it's not clever, it's just stupid.

Kevan Farmer

Linux user #373362

Cheslyn Hay

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