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    "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

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    from "Long Walk to Freedom" 1995

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    2009/03/28
    Wind-powered car breaks record: 126.1 mph or 202.9 km/h
    last edited 2009/06/04 08:45 (*)

    A British engineer from Hampshire has broken the world land speed record for a wind-powered vehicle. Richard Jenkins reached 126.1mph (202.9km/h) in his Greenbird car on the dry plains of Ivanpah Lake in Nevada with a wind speed of just 30mph (48km/h).

    So, what's the MPG (miles per gallon) or the Liters (of gasoline) per 100km of that vehicle? Before you come up with some numbers, consider this: the Sun heats the Earth, due different heat storage qualities of the landscape (ocean and land mainly) and the natural green house effect of the atmosphere winds occur, and those drive the vehicle. So - there is an energy usage, yet, none which comes from the planet itself, but from the Sun. So, in this sense, every wind powered device is essentially a sun powered device.


    Greenbird wind powered car

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  • General Motors & Chrysler Bankruptcy (2009/06/02 12:08)
  • USA wants cars make 39MPG or more (~6.2L/100km or less) by 2016 (2009/05/19 07:53)
  • High-Speed Railway for USA (2009/04/18 11:21)
  • Exotic Vehicles (2009/04/16 16:40)
  • Microcar: Swiss-based Cree's SAM (2009/04/14 09:50)
  • Lightweight Car: Loremo LS - 1.5L per 100km / 155 MPG (2009/04/13 14:03)
  • Vehicle/Body Ratio: Efficiency and Safety (2009/04/13 12:29)
  • Microcars Done Wrong: Smart Fortwo & Obvio 828 (2009/04/13 11:27)
  • Tesla Roadster: Old Way Car with Electric Engine (2009/04/11 17:26)
  • Solar Taxi - A Swiss Entrepreneur (2009/03/29 07:19)
  • Wind-powered car breaks record: 126.1 mph or 202.9 km/h (2009/03/28 22:09)
  • US car manufacturer crisis (2009/03/25 12:28)
  • Shell quits alternative energy investments (2009/03/25 10:37)


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