Hybrid Solar Sub

Discussion in 'Hybrid' started by Questor, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. wardd
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    I invented perpetual stupidity but the plans were stolen and distributed without my permission
     
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  3. Questor
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    That is a good site that adds to the inspiration of the Slocum Glider. Hopefully someone can find a truly beautiful and highly stylized one or two person submersible glider.
     
  4. mydauphin
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    Seagliders fly through the water with extremely modest energy requirements using changes in buoyancy for thrust coupled with a stable, low-drag, hydrodynamic shape. Designed to operate at depths up to 1000 meters, the hull compresses as it sinks, matching the compressibility of seawater.


    Go for it Questor, hell of a ride. Go down 3000 feet, get crushed, travel a mile, go up 3000 feet, travel a mile, then do it again. Hell of a way to travel 2500 miles. Notice it says modest power requirements. not free.
     
  5. CatBuilder

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    And then what happens at the continental shelf? Down 300ft, go forward 500? Getting to shore would be a great illustration of exponential decay!

    Oh no! Math!

     
  6. Vulkyn
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    i would love to get my hands on the "auto text generator" Questor uses ...
    Just put in some key terms and voila instant post ......
     
  7. WestVanHan
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    Does this mean eating a whole lot of beans and hooking yourself up to a methane fuel cell???
    ;)
     
  8. Questor
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    You will have noticed that the Seagliders technical compartments do not get crushed. A personal sub could possibly use similar technology that protects the occupants and their toys from getting crushed as well.
     
  9. Questor
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    I promise to give you honorable mention in my upcoming paper on internet life.You will be prominently featured in the " Dancing With Trolls " section.
     
  10. Vulkyn
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    So i am leading the dance then ?

    On a side note, i think it would be easier to train some dolphins, stick a water tight compartment behind it and use dolphin power for propulsion. (Could be concrete :D ) the compartment can have ballast control that will mimic and follow the dolphin as he surface.

    To ease the control, a hydrolic stick with a fish could be attached as throttle, side mounts to the side as steering.
    Due to dolphin nature, the occasional surfacing can not be controlled. Still its a sound technology that utilizes mother nature's bountiful renewable energy ...
     
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  11. Questor
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    As an Oilman I find it somewhat amusing that I appear to be the most dedicated advocate of alternative propulsion and conservation here. Given the clear absence of any sincere interest to pursue energy conservation within the recreational boating industry, I wonder if I should join the many environmentalists that are attempting to drive recreational boaters from the water.

    I strongly suspect that in the future I will be compelled by pessimism to support any action that attempts to bar powered recreational boaters from natural water bodies. Everywhere I look in the private boating industry I see gluttony and waste. With so little to inspire, it is hard to believe that the boating public has any right to be on the water.

    Patiently praying and anxiously hoping , for the rapid rise of oil to $500 per barrel. I see no other viable means of slowing the decadent waste of natural resources.
     
  12. daiquiri
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    We have already discussed that point. See this this thread: http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/boat-design/dare-say-no-30261.html .
    There are many ways to pursue the goal of preserving natural resources, nearly all of which go against fundamental economic dogmas the entire societies are based on.
    Boating is nearly irrelevant in this picture. We need to start that trip in our homes, offices and cars first.
     
  13. Questor
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    Questor Senior Member

    A little bribery goes a long ways in the corruption of democracy. With so little public trust and confidence in our capital democracy I wonder why anyone bothers to vote. Some studies suggest that voter approval of our democratic systems is less than 10 % of electors.

    I've often been asked to support outright banning of private pleasure craft from all natural water bodies. So far the only actions I've supported have been efforts to ban power boats from water bodies where swimmers are present. I am really looking forward to any action that bans internal combustion boating and the imposition of 10 mile per hour maximum speed limits for pleasure boating.

    Viable green electric boats would be on the market overnight if it was illegal to use anything else.
     
  14. Vulkyn
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    Ok hard is it may seem you have a point, necessity is the mother of all innovation.
     

  15. Questor
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    I wouldn't be so pessimistic right now if greenies weren't routinely tarred, feathered and beaten to death intellectually here. I am also confronting the fact that there doesn't seem to have been much technological improvement in alternative energy development in at least the past 25 years. Add to that the fact that most consumers readily embrace the most wasteful and glutinous technologies available to them.

    There is very little, if anything, to be excited about in the progressive evolution of responsible motorized technology.
     
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