World Awaits Inventive Genius - Fuel Research
- The Alchemists' ancient quest for a formula to turn lead into gold has never ceased, though the ingredients are updated periodically.
These days the attention of home-grown inventors dwells on the fantastic potential of auto fuel - how to make it from an abundant resource such as water, or how to obtain a ten-fold increase of energy from the now precious substance.
The search seems a little nearer following a demonstration to Congressmen last week of a modified diesel car that gets 84 miles to a gallon of No. 2 oil.
It was a diversion of Ohio Senator Howard Metzenbaum who has a thing about oil companies. He asked inventors Ralph Moody and Michael Shetley to drive their "Moodymobile" from Oak Hill, Fla., to Washington on 11.5 gallons of diesel fuel.
The distance of 840 miles works out to 73 miles per gallon - less than touted but still impressive. The inventors are working on a model they expect will churn out 140 MPG.
Rudolf Diesel would have been proud!
The German inventor was, himself, something of an off-beat genius. His goal was to capture in an internal combustion engine the energy locked up in coal dust....