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Energy

In a universe of available, endless, and clean energy it doesn't make sense to allow a few nasty people to control and pollute our earth. It's obvious that there is no good future in servicing the wants of Big Oil, or the Arms and Nuclear industries, or the Banks that top them all.  The ‘grid’ or present interconnected power supply system is obviously a problem as Big trumps all... even just meeting local needs.  We’re seeing the growth of huge wind farms in Nova Scotia, but the energy is meant for New England markets and not to meet local needs.  I now suggest alternative energies and drives whenever possible, with conservation as the first step to energy independence.  This page features experiments and free plans for SVO (Straight Vegetable Oil) or “Veggie Diesel” conversions for diesel engines.


Also coming soon are free plans for fuel saving devices for internal combustion engines - especially diesels.  My water ‘Reactors’ convert a vacuum-generated water aerosol into a combustion-improving gas... with no moving parts. Fuel savings are usually in the 15% - 25% range with a marked increase in power.

Straight Vegetable Oils as a replacement for Diesel Fuel

Rudolph Diesel designed his engine to run on peanut oil over 100 years ago, and all diesels run fantastic on vegetable oils today. I'm not talking about biodiesel, but plain old vegetable oils. Our own cars have run on waste fryer oil for over 70,000 km. When set up correctly, our engines seem to run better on 'veggie' oil than on diesel.... even in the coldest weather. I wrote a handbook to accompany local mechanic Perry Everett's workshops on converting diesels and it's available as a free download Veggie Diesel v.3.pdf. This is a basic outline on how to convert diesels, whether they are used in boats, tractors, cars and trucks, or gensets. Some have already successfully converted their diesels using this book. Veggie oils work great in oil heating furnaces when mixed 60/40 with furnace oil, too. A friend runs his 100% on oil. There are some companies in the U.S. and Canada who sell excellent kits for converting diesels to use vegetable fuels, and a lot is written (some incorrect) about using these.

GEET, and other modified aerosol gases

GEET, or Global Environmental Energy Technology, the 'fuel reactor' of U.S. inventor Paul Pantone is pretty interesting. Pantone's simple reactor converts liquid fuels to a synthetic gas on the way into diesel and gas engines.  Pantone says it’s plasma but I can’t say if it is or isn’t.  I can’t say if everything written about Pantone is true or false either, but know his fuel converter or ‘reactor’ works.  My original experiments in this area of alternative fuels involved making a GEET-modified setup on a 4-stroke engine.   Using online free plans, I was eventually able to use Aunt Jemima syrup, Rooibos tea, waste engine oil and gasoline to run the engine. Water and gasoline worked much better, but wasn’t as much fun to play around with.  No carbon showed up on a white cloth placed over the exhaust, and at one point a friend and I were looking at a white, cold buildup of something on the exhaust while scratching our heads.  Ice!  The engine was so efficient that heat was recycled and likely a oxygen-rich gas was coming out the exhaust.  The fuel savings (engine not under load, just idling) was 300+% over the engine running on straight gasoline.

Research led me to France to investigate some water aerosol systems - where aerosol (bubbles) are converted to ‘synthetic’ gas - mostly Hydrogen and Oxygen - while passing through an area of high heat with EM field, and has resulted in the design of my own inexpensive system: one that has no moving parts or involves outside electricity or chemicals.  Six years of research on our own car sees 22 - 30% (highway/town... town better!) fuel savings, with much less pollution.  Plans coming, hopefully soon.

Batteries

High-tech batteries are not needed in most marine setups. Lead/acid batteries are now completely recyclable and safe as AGM or Gel batteries. Under most conditions these batteries vent insignificant amounts of hydrogen, so explosions are not a problem. Properly sized and maintained batteries can easily have a 10 year lifespan.  Newer, more efficient and lighter batteries are coming on the market every year, but the costs are still high, so I’ll stick with the more affordable form for most boats..... for now.

Electric Drive Motors

These seem new, but electric drive motors have been in use in the marine industry for over a century. Large ships and train locomotives use diesel/electric setups and smaller, more efficient and powerful motors are coming on the market all the time.

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