Now this is a transportation post that my mother could support.
Apparently, back in Europe during WWII, gasoline was scarce. Duh. What I didn’t know, however, was how they made up for that fact. Internal combustion engines are wonderful in that they don’t much care what you put through them, just as long as they explode at the right time and don’t gum up the valves. The Europeans exploited this by using gasification generators (pictured) to run their cars on hydrogen-based syngas. The technology is carbon-neutral, time-tested, and still available today!
The chemistry is fairly simple. Woodchips (or sawdust, or peanut shells, or really any other organic compounds) are burned in an oxygen-deprived environment, which doesn’t allow the hydrogen gas to be bonded with oxygen, creating the usual H2O byproduct of combustion. The hydrogen gas is then routed to the cylinders through the car’s fuel delivery system, and voila! It runs. I should mention, however, that this wouldn’t work on a Diesel engine, since those use pressure-ignition, rather than spark.
Instructables has a wonderful rundown of how to install this in a car and make it run, with this accompanying video of the generator in action:
I believe the correct term to use here is “do want.”
Now, while this isn’t technically steam-powered, I can’t help but see this being used to create some wonderful steampunk vehicles.
What I really envision, however, is fitting one of these bad-boys onto the back of a Delorean. Flux-Capacitor or no, it would be badass. And carbon neutral, to boot.
The future is cold. Air cold.
To the music!
Whether or not Britney has a future is another story, but she sounds good in this first track.
The “Futuresounds of London” apparently decided to immediately date themselves with their name, but they’re brought into the 21st century for this second track. Not my style, though.
“The Futureheads” probably didn’t sound as good before they were mashed with 50 Cent in tonight’s final track.