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BruceM

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Re: The next hairbrained Idea......
« Reply #30 on: October 15, 2018, 12:48:22 AM »
An air over water tank is unnecessary for compressed air or gas.  Any steel tank of rated pressure will suffice, but again, the volume and number of tanks needed is ridiculous.

Where water is useful is for huge plastic gas bladders under sea.  The uniform pressure keeps the strain off the bladder so massive volumes are possible.

A fuel gas that becomes liquid at a modest pressures and temperatures is much, much more practical for compact storage and transport.  Hydrogen storage via absorption by lithium hydride filled tanks is one pricey way around that difficulty. 






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Re: The next hairbrained Idea......
« Reply #31 on: October 15, 2018, 09:43:41 AM »
Hey Glort, I keep looking at this same problem of storing energy, natures way is sugars and vegetable oils. Sugars are easily converted into liquid fuels, ethanol or methanol. both can be used to run engines or burned to produce heat/light. If I remember right the British Challenger battle tank was designed to run on any available hydrocarbon, including whisky! Can`t imagine troops pouring good drinking whisky into a tank without complaining like hell and then having a nip or two to improve their mood.  :laugh:

Shouldn`t be too difficult to set up some sort of still with all the electricity you have available. The problem then comes down to a drought resistant high sugar feed stock that can easily be grown in Australia. Jerusalem artichokes might be a contender.

I have been wondering for a while if anyone has ever tried to apply electrolysis to a hydrocarbons like WVO, WMO. Would it work and would the gas produced be suitable for feeding into stationary engines or cooking/heating appliances? This would probably require some sort of catalyst to promote the electrolytic process, any crazy people here who have explored this? 

Bob