Saturday Understanding

While Segun Oyeyiola was a student at Obagemi Awolowo University, he converted his gas-guzzling Volkswagen into a fossil-fuel free machine by installing a giant solar panel on top and a wind turbine under the hood.

The idea is that it becomes “Nigeria’s future car.”

At inception, the battery took 4-5 hours to charge, which was not ideal. The biggest challenges, according to Oyeyiola, was finding the best materials to use, and the people telling him he was wasting his time.

Here is an animation of a solar/wind powered car, showing how batteries are charged via the multiple turbines.

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Saltwater Car

It works just like a hydrogen fuel cell except that the liquid used for storing energy is saltwater. This isn’t far from the water powered car, an idea labelled as a conspiracy by many despite the massive amount of evidence behind it. You can read more about that here.

In this case (saltwater) the liquid passes through a membrane in between the two tanks, creating an electric charge. This electricity is then stored and distributed by super capacitors. The four electric motors in the car are fed electricity which makes it run. The car carries the water in two 200-litre tanks, which in one sitting will allow drivers to travel up to 373 miles (600km). Overall, the four-seater is 5.25 metres (0.4ft) long, 2.2 metres wide (7.2ft), the 1.35 metre (4.4ft).

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17 Responses to Saturday Understanding

  1. Den says:

    Out-of-the-box thinking is happening everywhere, someone is inspired with thoughts of improvement and progress. Unlike stuffy, no-changing Conservatives there are those cracking the shell and escaping to explore new avenues of progress. All this with security of the Earths ecosystem in mind,
    good job boys and girls.


  2. David B. Benson says:



  3. Den says:

    Windows open, 70-something out there, some January ending.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Nominally 50 minutes which completes stick walking for the week.


  5. º¿carol says:

    We’re expecting 8-10″ of snow tonight. 😦


  6. º¿carol says:

    Den, read your yesterday news thrice, did you say you’re moving temporarily into a garage, or some kind of outbuilding?

    Any idea how long your modular home will take?


  7. º¿carol says:

    Doc, when I asked where Jill’s plane was when you looked, I didn’t mean time-wise. I meant over what state?


  8. David B. Benson says:

    Finished a chili reanno and am listening to the Amerindian based music. First time for that. Back to regular Mexican now.


  9. Den says:

    Had a delicious burrito and beers, burping, farting and a shot for good measure. 🙂


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