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hempseed oil biodiesel
I now live in Iowa, the center of the Grain Belt. Because I am aware of the insanity of petroleum-based agriculture, and the untenable dependence our American transportation infrastructure has on oil, I am planning on starting a
Iowa Idea Initiative
with an intitial focus on implementing the farming of hemp here in the Midwest.
This is my first time visiting LincVolt, but I understand your concept utilizes biodiesel. My idea of promoting hemp-farming, as a source of sensible energy, plays right into your hand.
It is high time(no pun intended) that our legislators get reasonable on the subject of the prohibition of agricultural hemp. I intend on helping to change the status quo.
on 8/29/2010 11:51 AM
So I hear you're looking to use the Lincvolt system on a smaller, more aerodynamic car... I think I've got what you might be looking for
Dear LincVolt Team,
I've heard from you and others in the LincVolt community that you're looking forward to using the LincVolt system on a lighter, more aerodynamic vehicle. I think I've got an opportunity for you.
I've got a 77 Camaro Type LT: she's a hell of a car, but being a coldblooded one, too, I can't help the feeling of guilt everytime I have to floor the gas to start her up... Car guys and gals out there, you know what that's like. You feel like you're ripping another hole in the ozone everytime. She's a hell of a car, but she's not a clean car.
Granted, I grow and plant a lot of trees to reforest areas affected by wildfires here in Colorado, but it's better to take care of the problem at its root than to put a bandage over it.
In the summer of 2016, I'll be departing to do service on a six year contract. So if you're interested, and willing to talk, I'd be more than happy to let you guys experiment on her. I trust you guys. And granted, if you can do that with a Lincoln Continental, I'd love to see what you could do with a second generation Camaro. Hopefully when I come back I can test her for myself, too.
Feel free to contact me.
on 10/27/2013 2:35 PM
Energy from automobiles now.
The technology for this exists now. Everywhere there are bridges, the weight of the vehicles passing over the roadway could be converted to electricity. This is how truck scales are powered. New York City's RFK Bridge would be a good site because it is above Randall's Island, a city owned site where battery storage and transmission lines could be sited, and it is very near a Con Ed power plant, with a link to the grid already in place. All cars have to slow as they pass over the tolls.
on 9/22/2013 6:32 PM
I have a couple of ideas that may help improve efficiency.
1. set the computer to run the generator at its most efficient rpm.
This should be somewhere around the peak of the torque curve I believe.
2. Use a generator of the appropriate size to produce slightly more power than needed to maintain the speed of the vehicle on flat terrain.
3. Most importantly incorporate thermoelectric converters with an active cooling system for heat to electric conversion.
This cooling system should incorporate either dry ice suspended in alcohol or liquid nitrogen.
The effect of the active cooling system will have several benefits.
A. Increase the thermal difference across the TEC, increasing the electrical output.
B. The addition of active cooling will enable electric generation from the heat exchangers even when the engine is not running and at ambient temperature.
C. If the cooling system is effective enough it will improve the base efficiency of the TEC by reducing one junctions Seebeck coefficient to zero or super conductor status.
D. Reduce the temperature of the TEC enough to prevent damage from severe heat.
E. If liquid nitrogen is used then you are tapping into one of the most abundant substances on earth.
F. Liquid nitrogen is produced from the fractional distillation of air and is a byproduct of the manufacture of oxygen.
G. This could even be developed into a new way of thinking about energy: Using a cold source to absorb ambient thermal solar energy.
H. The waste cold from the evaporated coolant could be used to provide free air conditioning.
I hope these ideas are useful and help to reach the goal.
on 9/5/2013 8:51 AM
classic cars reborn
Dear Mr. Young,
A while back while working at an old car restoration shop on a twin of your Lincvolt I saw an article about your car. As a car "nut" and collector it gave me hope of being able to drive my car into the future.
I figure the trunk of my 65 ford galaxie should be approximately the same size as Lincvolt .
As always thanks for thinking outside the box.
on 5/30/2011 3:23 AM
Double the range of the LincVolt-New & Improved Battery
Hello Mr. Young,
Had a secondary (aka "rechargeable") battery for your LincVolt. Here are the specs:
10.125" x 7.000" x 9.750"
on 11/18/2011 8:07 PM
Plastic to Fuel meets LincVolt
I will use my truck to test out a theory for a boat. We will mount a Plastic 2 Fuel converter machine to my LincVolted F-250 pickup and do an American road trip to talk about the advent of new technology for transport and waste management.
Kind like the back to the future car that ran on garbage.
Once we have the details worked out we will mount the system on our boat and go out to clean up plastic waste on the oceans using our high tech process.
on 6/27/2011 11:31 PM
Blue Key energy
I am not sure but I think something happening now in the Central Interior of British Columbia Canada may be a real start and a great thing for Lincvolt to check out. I found info at
Just a thought.
on 7/26/2013 10:27 AM
Ideas are fine... But only real solutions matter ... and only when they can be put to practical use by...ordinary people. catman Ps...good luck with that.
on 4/28/2013 12:10 AM
Connecting The Dots.
Excellent work Mr. Young.
I can shed some insight into how to implement some of the ideas which have been voted into the "most popular of all time" list.
1. Pretty much any (modern) internal combustion engine can burn gasoline, ethanol, or methanol w/ equal ease.
2. Your hydroxylized fuels (i.e. -OH) will typically need to also have the fuel lines and certain gaskets replaced to either stainless steel or a synthetic material which will not dry out. Petro fuels are more viscous.
3. The air-fuel mixture can be adjusted by simply hacking the firmware of the vehicle. This can be done by a bipass chip or (preferably) by simply replacing the ROM w/ a customized version of your own.
4. In many modern vehicles this can be achieved w/ an iOS or Android app and the one of the many aftermarket adapters for vehicle diagnostic testing. In short...it's a way to turn the loss of control which the computerization of vehicles has made difficult to address.
5. This solution could be extended to virtually every (mainstream) automobile on the road produced after the year 2000 or so with few exceptions for less than $400/ each on average.
6. Methanol (wood alcohol) is the liquid fuel of democracy. It can be easily and safely produced anywhere in the world by recycling ANY ORGANIC WASTE MATERIAL. There is no need to wait for a magical enzyme to get fuel from switchgrass or hope that we can genetically engineer s better strain of algae for biodiesel. This is ready RIGHT NOW.
7. Nobel Prize winner George Olah strongly advocated a METHANOL based economy all the way through the '90's. Ethanol is an environmental and commodities market disaster waiting to happen.
8. The GFE (Gallon Fuel Equivalency) of Methanol is is 2:1 to gasoline...however each molecule of ethanol contains only 1 carbon atom instead of the 8 carbon atoms in one molecule of octane. Hence...carbon emissions are 4 TIMES LOWER THAN GASOLINE ON A MILE-FOR-MILE BASIS.
9. I can make this technology readily available to every man, woman, and child on the planet, but lack the resources to do so.
However...if you would like to team up, please contact me. I do not want money or funding. I would prefer to simply be an employee for a non-profit organization of which you (Mr. Young) are in control of. I only need about $35,000 per year salary for my family and I to survive.
In short, this is not an attempt solicit funds....it's an attempt to keep homo sapiens from going extinct. A wise man once told me "Tick-tock/The writing on the wall/No wonder we're losing time"
If you are serious and would consider such a thing, please contact me as soon as possible before we go bomb the piss out of the rest of the Middle East on behalf of our corporate overlords.
on 1/2/2012 8:33 PM