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Re: [EVDL] homemade Hummer to have turbine jet engine recharge super capacitor batter

The difficult part of his current project involves the uncharted
territory he's entering. The high speed turbine / generator is
certainly possible, and I found a few references to prototype devices,
but at 60,000RPM, it is a very close tolerance system. I'm not even
sure if there are off-the-shelf high power generators available for
the rated RPM he is looking for - my quick Google search didn't
produce anything in production. I'm sure a surplus starter generator
would work, but I can't imagine it is designed to produce the amount
of power he is hoping to produce in a few seconds runtime. Anyone fly?
It sounds like he's using a helicopter turbine, anyone know the
typical output from their starter generators?

The other problem with the "just bolting something up" idea is the
fact that these supercapacitors he says he is going to use simply
don't exist yet. Sure, we've had a few companies claim they are coming
to market, but there haven't been any demonstrations yet and people
who have been on this list far longer than I have chimed in just over
the past few days that these capacitors have been claimed before and
we are already well past the dates they were supposed to go to market,
without even seeing demonstrations of working prototypes. At the
moment, they are vaporware.

As for the DIY garage philosophy driving his past accomplishments ..
it sure did, but they were in a whole different ballpark. As far as
the articles on him are reporting, his claim to fame are a few
biodiesel conversions. Very respectable from an environmental
standpoint, but hardly cutting edge. The fact that he did what GM
claimed was impossible just tells us he knows his way around a diesel
engine, and that GM is still outspoken against most things

If I misinterpreted something in the articles out there, please
correct me. So far, though, I don't see him building this turbine
powered series hybrid running on

GWMobile <[email protected]> wrote:
> I think in the end just bolting something up is actualy what it takes
> after suffienct design and planning. This illusion that it is mystic
> science or beyond the capabilities of a regualr person and a small
> garage is exactly what he has ALREADY proven incorrect in his last cars
> that ALREADY perform beyond what gm said was possible.
> It is in fact just '"bolting it up " that is what is necessary.
> That's the point he proved already.
> On Thu, 1 Nov 2007 9:58 am, Loni wrote:
> > Not to dismiss his previous accomplishments, but this time I'll believe
> > it
> > when I see it. He won't just be bolting up GM parts in interesting new
> > ways
> > to build a Hybrid Hummer with a jet turbine and "supercapacitor"
> > batteries.
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Geopilot" <[email protected]>
> > To: "Electric Vehicle Discussion List" <[email protected]>
> > Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 10:29 PM
> > Subject: [EVDL] homemade Hummer to have turbine jet engine recharge
> > super
> > capacitor batteries, will be able to perform awesome feats of
> > acceleration
> > and power over and over again
> >
> >
> >> from
> >>
> >> Goodwin leads me over to a red 2005 H3 Hummer that's up on jacks,
> >> its mechanicals removed. He aims to use the turbine to turn the Hummer
> >> into a tricked-out electric hybrid. Like most hybrids, it'll have two
> >> engines, including an electric motor. But in this case, the second
> >> will
> >> be the [jet] turbine, Goodwin's secret ingredient. Whenever the
> >> truck's
> >> juice runs low, the turbine will roar into action for a few seconds,
> >> powering a generator with such gusto that it'll recharge a set of
> >> "supercapacitor" batteries in seconds. This means the H3's electric
> >> motor will be able to perform awesome feats of acceleration and power
> >> over and over again, like a Prius on steroids. What's more, the
> >> turbine
> >> will burn biodiesel, a renewable fuel with much lower emissions than
> >> normal diesel; a hydrogen-injection system will then cut those low
> >> emissions in half. And when it's time to fill the tank, he'll be able
> >> to
> >> just pull up to the back of a diner and dump in its excess french-fry
> >> grease--as he does with his many other Hummers. Oh, yeah, he adds, the
> >> horsepower will double--from 300 to 600.
> >>
> >> "Conservatively," Goodwin muses, scratching his chin, "it'll get
> >> 60
> >> miles to the gallon. With 2,000 foot-pounds of torque. You'll be able
> >> to
> >> smoke the tires. And it's going to be superefficient."
> >>
> >> He laughs. "Think about it: a 5,000-pound vehicle that gets 60
> >> miles to the gallon and does zero to 60 in five seconds!"
> >>
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