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Old 10-15-2008, 10:24 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Summerzen - '93 Geo Metro
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I don't have any experience but I do have two of these puppies on the way for me to experiment with. I do know however that they are very inefficient and that's what keeps them from cooling our food and heating our homes. It's amazing that this concept hasn't really caught on in the major automotive manufacturers. With the ability to recollect the energy lost from heat in the horribly inefficient internal combustion engines (ICE) we could see some very good numbers. Or even use the electricity to power a small DC assist motor making a small Parallel hybrid drive system. Someone in the diyelectriccar forum brought up the fact that you could easily put a small dc motor in place of the a/c compressor and use the accessory belt to assist the engine (maybe ~9kw). That would most certainly boost FE a great deal probably.
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