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The Thermite Engine: How to Recycle your beer cans

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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2010

The video shows our development of a new concept in sustainable transport. The thermite engine is established as a practical solution for producing the energy required for motor vehicle movement while being emissionless, stable, non-volitile and efficient. The end-products of the thermite reaction can be recycled back at source (using much electricity) to recreate aluminium; making the engine's 'battery' an industial process external to the vehicle. Aluminium is the 'fuel' but really it's just a 'carrier' of the electricity that was used to create the aluminium in the first place. No oxygen from the environment and no carbon dioxide means no greenhouse gases. The power output of a thermite engine is equivalent to a gasoline fueled car--you could travel about just as we do now....on beer cans!

The concept was tested and subsequently patented.

There are many myths surrounding thermite reactions. Thermite reactions do not explode because of water; they can occur underwater; and thermite is an incendiary not an explosive. Hydrogen is released by steam reduction of the formed molten iron when it is above its Currie Temperature and this can collect and explode. Like any other reaction a thermite reaction can be controlled and can be extinguished.

To build the engine implies a design that requires attention to a huge range of factors..actually the engine is the easy bit, just add a gas turbine. The tricky bit is the combustion chamber but that's not so hard if the Thermite reaction is controllable using water.

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