A French inventor has developed a piston engine that operates much like an internal combustion engine but it uses compressed air as the force to push the pistons. It get's 120 miles on a tank of air and will refill at gas stations with compressors (the fast way, 3 minutes) or by plugging in the on board compressor (the slow way, 4 hours) The hybrid version uses gas to run the on-board compressor. One tank of gas can then get the car from New York to LA.
Meanwhile, an inventor in Australia has created an air powered rotary engine that also uses the air to create a cushion that drastically reduces friction on the moving parts. It is also incredibly small. He first created it for forklifts and golf carts but it is also viable in cars and other motorized vehicles.
Imagine the possibilities! I wonder how long these motors would make an electric generator last with the gas being used to compress the air? Or what if the onboard compressor used the energy from breaking to put more air in the tank, like hybrids do with electricity? What if the motion of the car tirned a wind turbine attached to the compressor?
Monday, January 7, 2008
Posted by Plisko at 9:46 AM