Where's my flying car?
How things are now
So the planet is a total mess, rubbish is everywhere the ozone layer is disappearing and climate change is affecting every living creature on earth. The nature habitats of animals are disappearing at the rate of knots and mankind is on the road to self destruction. Everywhere we look there are problems. So what are the powers that be doing about it? Not a lot, having a meeting or two and trying to work out ways to tax the ordinary person for their carbon footprint. Do politicians see the problems for what they are or is it another way to make money? I suspect it’s the latter. They are not bothered about the future of the planet, why should they only in power 4 to 5 years then its someone elses hot potatato. Why should they bother about the welfare of animals, they can’t vote. Image if a political party were to tackle one of mankind’s most urgent problems, overpopulation. How unpopular would they be if they told people how many children they could have? They would probably never get elected again. However there are things out there that people are doing to improve the future, there are inventions that could make a difference. The keyword is could because for some reasons they are not being developed or not being developed fast enough. The trouble is with change is that it’s not going to please everyone and as they say,’ Rome wasn’t built in a day. So here are some inventions that are out-there waiting to be developed. Some might make it into our lives and some might be the springboard for the next big thing. See what you think, I’ve just chosen the ones that fascinate me.
The electric car
Hydrogen fuel cells
Cars and fuels of the future
Fundamentally the car has not changed since it was invented, a motorized chassis that guzzles fuels. They have become faster more user friendly so that everyone who wants one can have one, until the planet is full of cars Which also mean the hunt for oil is getting more intense.One of the inventions that are being developed right now is the wireless electric car . This revolutionary car can be recharged on the road side. Much like pulling in at a gas station. Right now the technology is there for buses to run automated routes wirelessly with transmitters in the road every several feet. Also, there have been prototypes built embedding solar panels in the highways and byways to create energy. Among scientist is the expectation that electric cars and buses would by the middle of the next decade run for days or months between charges depending on driving habits. Work is also underway on batteries capable of going 300 to 500 miles before plugging in. Researchers also are designing electric grids that permit recharging in public places using the renewable power of wind and solar farms. The next big thing in automotive fuel may very well be hydrogen. Automakers rapidly are closing in on making hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, with several test models set to debut over the next few years. Hydrogen fuel cells to power vehicles are desirable, experts say, because hydrogen is a renewable fuel that can be used to create electricity to run cars. A chemical reaction between oxygen and hydrogen produces the electric power, and when pure hydrogen is used, the only emission from the tailpipe is harmless water vapor. Hydrogen fuel cells, while about twice as efficient as internal-combustion engines, are over twice as expensive. So a little way to go on this theory, plus of course, hydrogen is explosive.
The flying car has long been predicted. The advantage of this would be no roads. The downside of course is the sky would be obscured. Students, from Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, have successfully flight tested the prototype of a winged car for the first time. This car took off from a runway in New York. It flew for 37 seconds. The engine used in this whole exercise was 100 hp engines that get 30 mpg on the highway using regular unleaded gasoline. However flying cars may reduce traffic. But can it reduce the expenditure of natural fuel? These vehicles need a lot of gas to reach an optimum torque to elevate. So perhaps the next step should be to combine the flying car with the technology of friendlier fuels. Though a mid air crash could be a little more serious than exchanging insurance details.
Run your mobile on fizzy drink?
A significant breakthrough
How about batteries that run on coca cola and lasts longer than lithium batteries, surly if something as simple as this was about we would all have one. Well designer working for Nokia has done just that. The bio-battery generates electricity from carbohydrates, using special enzymes as catalysts. In the process, the device generates oxygen and water. According to the news this sugar-based bio-battery lasts up to four times longer than a fully charged lithium battery and is much easier to recharge: just pour some more sweet fuel. Since lithium batteries are very expensive and harmful for the environment, if the Coke-powered cell phone turns out to be real, it would be a significant breakthrough
There's no place like home
The house of the future
This link below solves two problems at once, excess waste and cheaper electric. Image running your home on bio degradable rubbish, that’s just what a council in Scotland, is trying out. This would reduce very significantly the amount of rubbish being sent to landfills. Though the problem with excessive plastic packaging will be with us for a long time
A rubbish idea?
- BBC News - Biogas plant will use manure to power 2,800 homes
Plans for a biogas plant just off the M74 in South Lanarkshire, which will power 2,800 homes, get the green light.