Originally Posted by Partol
guyladouche, did you read the story?
"Stevens admits that his biggest hurdle isnâ€™t the thorium and laser aspects of the system, but the mini turbines which have to be made small enough to fit inside a vehicle while generating enough electricity. Even so, Stevens believes heâ€™ll have a working prototype by 2014 and the potential to not only replace, but improve upon the gasoline-powered engines we rely on today."
He admits that mini turbines are "his biggest hurdle". In other words, he is saying it would be easier if the turbines are physically larger (not to be confused with larger in quantity).
aroc91 calls this a scam and I tend to agree. Mobile thorium reactor is very wishful thinking. Can he at least demonstrate a non-miniature, working, stationary, prototype laser-thorium reactor? So far, it appears all he has to show is paper work.
Oh my god dude, do you not understand the meaning of context? Do you get that when they say that making the turbines is their biggest hurdle means that (if they're telling the truth) the process of getting power from thorium is properly laid out, they just need to machine turbines properly such that they can make them small enough without sacrificing efficiency? And that the context is implying that even their hardest hurdle is a simple and straight-forward issue of machining. It's like saying, "the biggest hurdle to me getting an A on my exam is showing up to class." It doesn't mean that showing up to class is a difficult or impossible thing to accomplish.
Anyhoo, all of this "biggest hurdle" business that you bring up still has nothing to do with the fact that it's easier to build a small-scale version of something than a large-scale version of something. The physics of the reactor/generator are proven and laid out, all that needs to be done is manufacture the hardware to appropriate specifications.
Getting back to the difference between making something on a small scale vs. a large scale, do you think it's easier to design something like an alternator generator that sits inside a car, or to design something like a full-fledged coal-burning power plant?
Originally Posted by andrews2547
a car with 300+BHP is a car that is designed for overtaking on highways. A car with 100BHP will use more fuel overtaking a truck than a 300+BHP car overtaking the same truck, and on high speed travelling. At 80 MPH a Toyota Prius would do around 40MPG where as a where as my BMW 740i can do 40 MPG at 120 MPH with cruise control on. If travelling 100 miles the BMW would save a lot of money in fuel. I also have to defend the people who are saying that 300+BHP vehicles are overpowered because for driving around a city or town they are lol
Is your BMW gasoline or diesel?