Where do you get the electricity from to charge the electric cars?
We are installing 6KW of solar on my house which can easily power the house during the day and also charge the car electrics.
We have presently a 56 KW unit our office that at this very second even though the sun is barely up producing 5KW. I can not give a direct link to the site because of TDS site rules. It has produced 74,631 KWH since the install.
Because of TDS rules and a secret agreement I signed with the partners I can not go into depth on solar-algae-bio-diesel but I can say that a unit is being built right now. It will use solar power to convert garbage to algae-biodiesel.
First, we need to realize that spark-ignition engines that run on gasoline are generally about 40% less efficient than diesel engines. So, if all spark-ignition engines are gradually replaced with compression-ignition (Diesel) engines for running biodiesel, we wouldn't need 120 billion gallons of biodiesel to replace that 120 billion gallons of gasoline. To be conservative, we will assume that the average gasoline engine is 35% less efficient, so we'd need 35% less diesel fuel to replace that gasoline.
I would like to point out though that a preferable scenario would include a shift to diesel-electric hybrid vehicles (preferably with the ability to be recharged and drive purely on electric power for a short range, perhaps 20-40 miles, to provide the option of zero emissions for in-city driving), and with far fewer people buying 6-8,000 pound SUVs merely to commute to work in by themselves. Those changes could drastically reduce the amount of fuel required for our automotive transportation, and are technologically feasibly currently (see for example Chrysler's Dodge Intrepid ESX3, built under Clinton's PNGV program - a full-size diesel electric hybrid sedan that averaged 72 mpg in mixed driving
NREL's research showed that one quad (7.5 billion gallons) of biodiesel could be produced from 200,000 hectares of desert land (200,000 hectares is equivalent to 780 square miles, roughly 500,000 acres.
The operating costs (including power consumption, labor, chemicals, and fixed capital costs (taxes, maintenance, insurance, depreciation, and return on investment) worked out to $12,000 per hectare. That would equate to $46.2 billion per year for all the algae farms, to yield all the oil feedstock necessary for the entire country. Compare that to the $100-150 billion the US spends each year just on purchasing crude oil from foreign countries, with all of that money leaving the US economy.
NOTE: Much of this is a quote from Michael Briggs professor at UNH and professor Briggs is working with our company and has given permission to post his findings. They are not copyrighted!
oil yeild from algae????
Comparison of average oil yields from algae with that from other oilseeds
The table below presents indicative oil yields from various oilseeds and algae. Please note that there are significant variations in yields even within an individual oilseed depending on where it is grown, the specific variety/grade of the plant etc. Similarly, for algae there are significant variations between oil yields from different strains of algae. The data presented below are indicative in nature, primarily to highlight the order-of-magnitude differences present in the oil yields from algae when compared with other oilseeds. ( see also: Vegetable Oils Yields & Characteristics – from Journey to Forever)
This in not going to happen tomorrow, it is at least 10 years down the road.
Yield of Various Plant Oils
Crop Oil in Liters per hectare
Again::: This in not going to happen tomorrow, it is at least 10 years down the road.