* Posts by Peter

7 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Honda: future's full of hybrids and fuel-cell EVs, not plug-ins

Peter

Honda is wrong

Honda is wrong. Plug-ins and pure EVs will make way more sense long before a hydrogen car ever does.

I could get an electric car today and use it right now. Same for a plug in hybrid.

This is not the case with a hydrogen car.

And from a safety perspective, hydrogen also loses due to the potential explosion hazard.

For pure safety, electric is the best (just avoid the defective Sony batteries), followed by diesel (less volatile than gasoline), followed by gasoline, with hydrogen in last place

Top US engineer in piss-off-everybody car fuel solution

Peter

Methane

There is also the methane option... and anywhere you have garbage rotting, you'll have methane. And anywhere you have sewage, you'll have methane. Instead of just dumping garbage in a dump, the future may be garbage/sewage composing stations that collect the methane to be used where we use natural gas right now.

It's probably only a partial solution, but it probably won't hurt.

BOFH: Workplace accidents = 0

Peter

Oh god...

Funny... but geez... if such a company really existed, a war zone would probably be safer to work in.

Canada wins the great co-ed cluster challenge

Peter

120V

In Canada, the voltage would be 120V.

Honda offers FCX for '08, bitchslaps Google

Peter

Worse than a Hybrid

Hydrogen powered vehicles are worse than hybrids when you factor in the cost of the hydrogen and the energy to make it.

Gasoline electric, diesel electric and pure electric cars are better for the simple reason that they can be had for 1/4 of the cost AND they don't require a complete recreation of infrastructure... and all the money and energy expenditure that goes with recreating infrastructure.

Hydrogen power will find a niche... but I doubt that it will ever be in cars or truck... Solar-electric is more likely to become viable.

Peter

Worse than a Hybrid

Hydrogen powered vehicles are worse than hybrids when you factor in the cost of the hydrogen and the energy to make it.

Gasoline electric, diesel electric and pure electric cars are better for the simple reason that they can be had for 1/4 of the cost AND they don't require a complete recreation of infrastructure... and all the money and energy expenditure that goes with recreating infrastructure.

Hydrogen power will find a niche... but I doubt that it will ever be in cars or truck... Solar-electric is more likely to become viable.

Canada announces monster solar plant

Peter

Engery Use by Canadians during the day in Summer

Regarding the previous comment that "the main problem with the Canadian project is that it will generate most of its electricity during the day in summer while the Canadians use most energy in winter"

This statement is incorrect when it comes to electricity usage.

As a Canadian, I can tell you where I live (in Toronto, Ontario, Canada), it is in July and August during the day that we have set energy consumption records.

This link shows that we use as much electricity in July and August as we do in January and February:

http://theweathernetwork.ca/homeandgarden/monthly-supply-demand.htm

Canada is not a country of snow, igloos and flying hockey pucks all months of the year.

In the months of June, July and August, there are parts of Canada (such as Toronto) where temperatures of over 30C are common. I've had relatives visit from Europe in the summer and they're roasting because all they brought with them were warm clothes.

Also, power usage is much higher during the day due to industry and businesses.

The only thing that I think is non-sensical about this solar panel install is... why use vacant land for solar panels when you can mount solar panels on the roof of every house and building? It's a waste to use land for the sole purpose of mounting solar panels.

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