Compressed Air Vehicles
Zero-Emission and costs about .24 cents to fill up
We are looking for many ways to cut down on vehicle emissions as well as boost efficiency so what if we used compressed air to do so? We have the technology at hand in order to make a vehicle that simply compresses what you and I breathe and then release it like a low whiny fart without the stink. Imagine that we fill up a party balloon with our breath and it grows to capacity and once we let it go, the balloon wisps away do to the buildup in pressure being released through a small point of exit. Now let’s say that we have a car that has several scuba diving tanks that are rated for 3500 psi. Now depending on the size of the vehicle will determine how many tanks that we have acting as our fuel tanks. Now we have a regulator and fill-up point connected to say five tanks each holding 3,000 psi of air.
Power through pressurization
We then run the air through an opposed piston engine that releases the air into the cylinder though a small nozzle there for pushing the piston and rotating the crankshaft all while pushing the opposed cylinder into position making it ready for pressurization. Now we could also use this technology through a Wankel Rotary therefore spinning the rotor and expelling the air through the exit point after nearly a full revolution. Since there are no possibilities for detonation you could run the RPM’s to blistering speeds. Plus there would only be slight heat made from friction there for you would not need any radiator or water pump. And if you could place a regenerative braking system in the vehicle as well as capacitors to save the energy then you could run an electric power steering and A/C compressor of electricity therefore making the engine only power the front or rear wheels through a highly efficient CVT transmission.
(example but not my idea exactly)
Electric and Compression
Regenerative braking systems are becoming inexpensive and with the Mazda i-ELOOP capacitors you can add electricity storage without the weight of a lithium battery pack. Plus if you want an extended range you also place an electric compressor on the car to run of the electricity that is built up. This of course is coming from a car blogger that has no engineering background but I am very curious, in wondering if this seems feasible. So if you have some knowledge about these sorts of things then please write to me in the comment section below. I did happen to find one company that is going about producing compressed air vehicles all though they look more like a bad acid trip, but here is the link.