Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Radio 4

I'm a regular listener to BBC Radio 4 and am very keen on their "Listen Again" feature which allows you to pick most programmes and listen to them again later using Real Player. I'm currently listening to Driven by Oil, a documentary series by Tom Mangold which describes the World's reliance on oil and the way out for the future.

Apparently, you can now turn 1 tonne of dead turkeys into a barrel (42 gallons) of petrol. In Sweden, every petrol station in the country must serve Biofuel by 2010. Honda is promising a hydrogen fuel cell powered car within three years but, get this, they want you to recharge your fuel cells using a "Home Energy Station" that gets its hydrogen from natural gas!

I have these discussions with my brother whenever I see him. We reckon the answer is hydrogen powered cars where your Home Energy Station converts, wait for it, water into Hydrogen. It could be powered by electricity from the national grid or from a local wind turbine or solar cells. Is this too simple?

Until then, we have to make do with the rather rubbish Toyota Prius which acheives a staggeringly poor 60 miles per gallon because of the huge weight of its batteries. These batteries, like your mobile phone battery, lose capacity after a few years and need replacing at huge expense.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Polarbear said...

Thats rubbish that Toyota. Our fiat does 47 mpg

1:20 pm  
Blogger Glynn said...

My point exactly. £25000 as well + battery replacement costs. My Smart does 50-60mph.

Rubbish.

3:22 pm  
Blogger Polarbear said...

mph or mpg?

5:16 pm  
Blogger Glynn said...

I mean 50-60 mpg. It does 84 mph.

9:14 am  
Blogger Polarbear said...

gonna say
we just test drove a car today
its one of these tiptronic gearboxes. Smart!

5:26 pm  

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