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Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com

 

Sand into Fuel, Reality or Fiction?

 

We have all dreamed of the ultimate dream, how to drive the auto's we love without having to pay through the nose for fuel. Especially for performance, premium fuel can really hit the wallet and many of us have been forced to decide, our dream auto, or commuter car?

 

Lately, I have noticed many Motley Fool stories about unlimited free fuel from sand. There have been other web sites and like the Motley, they are all long speeches without getting to what this new fuel is or how to make money on them. Most people today want you to get to the point so these monotone 15 min speeches loose interest after 3 minutes.

 

Dr. Peter Plichta, a German who studied and received degrees in chemistry, physics and nuclear chemistry in Cologne Germany.  This interesting man looked at how we could use long change silanes which uses hydrogen and oxygen to burn and produce energy. He released a book in 2001 Benzin aus Sand.

 

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The amazing thing is how he says we need to revolutionize our thinking of how we power things. This fuel is more stable and better for use in Space Exploration as well as in autos that would benefit from using turbine or Wankel motors.

 

The Doctors web site is in German here

 

His paper on converting Sand into Fuel is found here if you can read German.

 

Lucky for us, another individual Sepp Hasslberger who has a passion for technology has written a much more detailed overview here. He gets into the chemestry of burning silanes and how this can be done.

 

Check it out, then sound off. Does this seem feasible? Should we be looking at making a radical change that could bankrupt the existing oil companies and OPEC moving to a cleaner, much less expensive fuel? I will say people mention that this would be free, but there is always a cost to converting a substance into fuel.

 

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There's plenty of debunking done that shows synthetic fuel while clean-burning always takes more energy to produce than can be released in the chemical reactions that convert it back into oxides...

 

Heck I remember watching a Nature of Things episode (CBC) where one of the guest speakers in that episode said that fuel extraction industries while looking dirty are way more cleaner than making synthetic fuel.  

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It's the same problem we have with hydrogen. Yes it burns all but perfectly cleanly, but where do you get it from?

Water molecules or hydrocarbons. And yes, it takes more energy to do than it produces.

In a perfect world we would have sustainable fusion. But we ain't there yet.

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Guest Si Curious

I also stumbled onto this potential fuel from one of those ultimately annoying Moneymatters vids. However, I gathered enough clues from it to stumble onto Hasselberger's blog before losing my mind to the incessant blather. Very interesting but sounds like a complicated reaction to produce the more stable long chain silane oil - meaning a net energy sucker. Research did lead me to REC Silicon, which produces silane gas (the dangerous kind) for the photovoltaic industry as a currently possible investment.

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Guest Randall Tomes

It's the storage attributes that make this interesting if this new patented refining process is real that makes a high potency but storable fuel like diesel fuel while being non-pollutant.  Hydrogen is similar but too dangerous and complicated to store in gas tanks for cars.  So this isn't like hydrogen. From what I have read it is very compact also which would make is realistic to store in an average gas tank. Yes, it does take more energy to make that it produces, but that is a good thing as it keeps it grounded in reality and physics. Solar farms and windmills could sit and crank out almost endless supplies of this storable fuel and be far more making billions of laptops batteries trying to achieve the same with electricity.  So if silane fuel thing is real, then this could change things bigtime. It's safely storable in containers and with high potency with compact storage which makes this completely different than hydrogen fuel and different than electricity with lacks high power storage capacity. 

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Actually, people may have missed the point of how this could be useful. For example, solar energy can be used to convert water (very abundant) into hydrogen gas (by electrolysis) and hydrogen gas can be cleanly burned to produce electricity, to power internal combustion engines, in gas turbines, etc. So, the main problem with solar and wind and tidal electricity generation is that these relatively clean sources of energy cannot produce power at all times ... So you need to store the energy when it is abundant; to use when it is not available.

If this process is very efficient, then it could produce fuel using ( for example) excess energy from the sun, to be used anywhere. I don't see the advantage to this over electrolysis to create hydrogen. Is it more efficient than electrolysis? That is the question.

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Guest Sir Gareth

Luckily I invested in the new carburetor scheme that the "big three," in collusion with "big oil," had been keeping off the market for decades.  

 

I'm speaking about the 200 mpg carburetor that revolutionized the auto industry back in the 70s.    

 

I'm now literally rolling in billions of dollars that I don't even know how to spend due to my instincts for early investing in "can't lose" energy ideas like the 200 mpg carburetor that is now ubiquitous throughout the world.   

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Funny, yeah where's that 200 mpg carb? Guess the oil companies put a squash to that. There have been brilliant ideas for decades, but big money won't allow them to come to fruition

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Just like the once mighty IBM squashed tiny Microsoft in the 1980s and 1990s. If there is significant economic value here, even big oil can not stop it.

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Just like the once mighty IBM squashed tiny Microsoft in the 1980s and 1990s. If there is significant economic value here, even big oil can not stop it.

You must have drank the wrong kool aid as MSFT squashed IBM which sold the OS to MSFT that began the crazy computer revolution. Also in the 90's IBM had to be rescued as the stock was crashing and the current CEO had to be replaced by someone that could mentor and grow people.

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It wasn't a carb that got 200nog, it was a Honda cvcc that big oil and and their winches like the Bush family that ran them out of the US until it only got 32mpg. Seems like Honda is still the most fuel efficient even after40+ years.

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Just like the once mighty IBM squashed tiny Microsoft in the 1980s and 1990s. If there is significant economic value here, even big oil can not stop it.

You must have drank the wrong kool aid as MSFT squashed IBM which sold the OS to MSFT that began the crazy computer revolution. Also in the 90's IBM had to be rescued as the stock was crashing and the current CEO had to be replaced by someone that could mentor and grow people.

Pretty sure Michael was being facetious.

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At first I was excited about this hydrosilane fuel. I thought this more energetic form of combustion using nitrogen might be an actual energy source. But upon closer inspection, it appears to only be an energy dense carrier of energy rather than an actual source. You have to put enormous amounts of energy into separation of silicon from oxygen. Same goes for hydrogen. You will eventually wind - up with the same initial ingredients of sand, water and nitrogen gas after it's all over with.

 

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      “Quiet Luxury is Lincoln’s unique approach to ensure impeccable service is consistent with our outstanding products for the ultimate client experience,” says Frick.
    • By William Maley
      If you were to ask a luxury car buyer why they haven't bought a Jaguar, they'll cite two reasons; high prices and maintenance costs. Jaguar is hoping to change that with some changes for the 2016 model year.
       
      The British automaker announced that it would be cutting the pricetag on certain models from $1,500 to $3,000. Models that don't see a price cut will be getting an increase in standard equipment.
       
      An example of a price cut will the be new 2016 XF. The redesigned mid-size luxury sedan sees a 9 percent price cut (about $5,275), making the base price of the XF $52,895, including shipping. This helps the XF undercut many competitors in the class such as the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6 equipped with six-cylinder engines.
       
      With the new price strategy, “we are positioned at the heart depending on how you do the price comparison,” said Joe Eberhardt, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America. “Directionally, we are below all the Germans and we are par or slightly above the Asia or domestic competitors.”
       
      As for models that will not see price cut, Jaguar has increased the amount of standard equipment by about 10 to 20 percent. The F-Type coupe and roadster will remain the same, but the amount of standard equipment has increased by about $4,000 to $12,000.
       
      Along with price cuts and increase in standard features, Jaguar is also introducing the EliteCare program. Basically if your purchase a 2016 Jaguar, your car will come with a limited warranty, free scheduled service, and 24/7 roadside assistance for five years or the first 60,000 miles. Owners will also get Jaguar's InControl and Protect services for that time as well.
       
      “The Jaguar brand is on the eve of a major transformation that will see it dramatically increase its presence in the United States luxury marketplace with an expanded lineup, pricing focused on the core of the luxury market and an all-new ownership package with best-in-class coverage,” Eberhardt said.
       
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Jaguar
       
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      Jaguar Announces Plan to Target The Heart of Luxury Market With New Products, New Pricing Strategy and Introduction of Jaguar EliteCare Ownership Package
      Jaguar updates and expands entire 2016MY & 2017MY product line-up featuring all-new or significantly updated vehicles and features Jaguar triples U.S. market reach with addition of two new entry-level 17MY luxury vehicles: the XE compact luxury sedan and the F-PACE performance SUV All new aluminum-intensive Jaguar XF model joins significantly updated Jaguar XJ and F-TYPE lines for 2016 model year New Jaguar pricing strategy focuses brand at the heart of the luxury market, including 17MY Jaguar XE 25t available starting at $34,900

      Starting with the 16MY line-up, every Jaguar will come standard with Jaguar EliteCare coverage, an ownership package offering the best-in-class limited warranty and longest complimentary scheduled maintenance package of any luxury brand in the market, with five-years or 60,000 mile coverage, whichever comes first2
      New marketing campaigns for XF, XJ and Jaguar EliteCare tell story of the brand transformation"The Art of Performance Tour" invites consumers in seven cities to test drive the all-new Jaguar XE and see the new Jaguar F-PACE up to six months before their respective on-sale dates
      Jaguar F-PACE will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor show September 2015; makes its first U.S. auto show appearance at the LA Auto Show November 2015(MAHWAH, NJ) - September 3, 2015 - Jaguar North America announced today a significant new approach in the U.S. market with new pricing and customer care strategies aimed at transforming the brand's presence as its line-up shifts from three to five models and potential customer reach triples.
      "The Jaguar brand is on the eve of a major transformation that will see it dramatically increase its presence in the United States luxury marketplace with an expanded line-up, pricing focused on the core of the luxury market and an all-new ownership package with best-in-class coverage," said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America. "Today is the beginning of the next generation of Jaguar, as the brand grows from a limited three-model line-up to a more competitive five-product portfolio driven by performance and design. The next six months will see an influx of new products as a result of a deep investment in vehicle development, quality and manufacturing that has fully modernized the brand."At the heart of today's modern Jaguar brand is the transformation of its line-up into a family of five all-new or substantially refreshed 2016 and 2017 model year luxury vehicles, combining beautiful designs with new driving dynamics, technology and features. The new family of Jaguar vehicles - the second generation XF, the flagship XJ, the F-TYPE sports car, the XE compact luxury sedan and the F-PACE compact luxury SUV -- focuses on the core of the luxury market reaching a far wider range of potential customers than ever before.
      Starting with the new 2016 model year vehicles, the Jaguar brand will have an improved competitive value position via steps such as increased standard equipment or new lower MSRP choices by model. The new pricing strategy is exemplified by the all-new 2016 Jaguar XF 35t model which gives customers a V6 powered option starting at a MSRP of $51,900, which is $5,275 or 9 percent lower than the previous generation XF model's lowest priced V6 model at $57,175. Both the 2016 Jaguar XJ and 2016 F-TYPE improving value, up to $7,000 and $11,850 respectively, with increased standard equipment alongside updated features and design elements.Beginning in the spring of 2016, the Jaguar brand value story further transforms with two new entry luxury vehicles, the 2017 Jaguar XE compact luxury sedan and the 2017 Jaguar F-PACE compact luxury SUV. The 17MY Jaguar XE 25t will be available with an MSRP starting at $34,900, placing it at the heart of the compact luxury sedan market giving it a very strong position versus key competitors. The Jaguar F-PACE will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Sept. 14, at which time its highly competitive pricing will be announced. By adding the XE and the F-PACE in the compact luxury sedan and compact SUV segments, Jaguar will be relevant to a far wider range of potential millennial luxury customers3.
      Building on the growth opportunity of new products and more competitive pricing, starting in model year 2016, all Jaguar models will come standard with Jaguar EliteCare, an ownership package with class-leading five-years or 60,000-mile warranty, complimentary scheduled maintenance coverage, roadside assistance and Jaguar InControl® Protect & RemoteTM2.To support the transformational product, pricing and customer care plan, Jaguar will launch three new marketing campaigns and a consumer test drive experience, all geared to bring the new products and Jaguar EliteCare coverage to market in a meaningful and engaging way.
      "Starting this year we will be reaching a far larger target audience that includes a significant number of affluent millennial customers," said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover, North America. "Our brand research indicates this audience is already receptive to the brand, and the Jaguar EliteCare coverage will give them even greater confidence that a Jaguar is a smart buy."PRICING AND VALUE PROPOSITION
      The new family of 2016 and 2017 model year Jaguar vehicles will go on sale with an aggressive new pricing structure and value strategy designed to attack the core of every segment. With the new line-up, the brand is underlining its ambitions to be a more attainable luxury brand while maintaining an elevated position among premium makes and continuing to lead in design and performance.Across the line-up, all Jaguar models will be highly competitive with entry-priced derivatives, lower MSRPs, and increased levels of standard equipment all with the goal of hitting the core of each segment and offering competitive value advantages. Increased value builds on the products key strengths and comes alongside new available technologies such as Instinctive All Wheel Drive®4, lightweight aluminum-intensive architecture, Jaguar InControl® infotainment features5, electric power assisted steering, and soon, diesel technology.
      2017MY Jaguar XE 25t: starting at $34,900XE Value Proposition:
      Starting prices of $34,900 for the Jaguar XE 25t and $41,700 for the XE 35t gives it very competitive starting points and places it directly in the middle of the range of its respective key competitors' starting MSRPs.Jaguar XE 20d diesel - starting at $36,400
      2016MY Jaguar XF 35t: starting at $51,900XF Value Proposition:
      The second generation vehicle features an all-new entry priced 340-hp V6 model at just $51,900, which is $5,275 or 9% lower than the lowest priced 15MY V6 XF ($57,175).At $51,900 for a V6 powered model, the XF 35t is priced directly in the middle of the range of its key competitors' starting MSRPs.
      An all new derivative, the 380-hp XF S model, with added equipment, starts at $62,700Future models, including a diesel powered derivative, will be added next year that will bring the entry price point for an XF to under $50,000
      2016MY Jaguar XJ: starting at $74,400XJ Value Proposition:
      Versus previous model year, the 16MY XJ adds standard features valued at up to $7,000 with new standard features including ventilated front and rear seats, upgraded Meridian™ 825W sound system, full LED and Adaptive Headlights4 with auto high beams and the Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ system5.With even further added standard features, such as quilted soft grain leather, massage front seats, and traffic sign recognition4, the entry XJL 3.0 Portfolio starts at $83,200 while a comparably equipped BMW 740 Li would cost $85,800; an advantage of $2,600.
      2016MY Jaguar F-TYPE: starting at $65,000 for the Coupe Manual and $68,100 for the Convertible ManualF-TYPE Value Proposition:
      Versus previous year, the 16MY F-TYPE adds standard features valued at up to $3,550 for F-TYPE and $11,850 for F-TYPE R models, including the top-spec 770W Meridian™ surround audio system, keyless entry and a panoramic roof on coupe modelsF-TYPE Coupe vs. competitively equipped Porsche models
      V6: Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe $73,295 vs. Cayman S at $84,865V8: Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe: $106,695 vs. Porsche 911 Carrera S at $131,060
      JAGUAR ELITECARE
      Starting with the 16MY line-up, and going forward, every vehicle will come standard with Jaguar EliteCare, a Best- in-Class coverage package that includes Five Years/60,000 Miles of Limited Warranty, and Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance, as well as a suite of connectivity services and roadside assistance2."Jaguar EliteCare provides confidence and value, giving customers a rational 'permission slip' to indulge themselves with a car that resonates on a deeply emotional level," said Eberhardt. "All new Jaguar models will be defined by both their design and performance, and now, a highly attractive ownership value proposition. This new best-in-class coverage will bolster the transformation of Jaguar, while accelerating its growth among current and new customers."
      Jaguar EliteCare coverage offers2:5-Year/60,000 Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty (best in class)
      5-Year/60,000 Mile Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance (longest in class)5-Year/60,000 Mile 24/7 Roadside Assistance
      5-Year/Unlimited Mile Jaguar InControl® Remote & Protect™MARKETING
      Jaguar will launch two new product campaigns this fall for the XF and XJ, with Jaguar EliteCare being a key supporting message across each. Jaguar EliteCare will also be featured in a below the line campaign that targets customers as they are in the shopping process.The XF campaign, Not Business as Usual, will feature a global television spot. The XJ campaign, Rare and Meant to Be, will be available online and highlights the vehicle's new enhanced interior. Jaguar EliteCare will be amplified further with an online video featuring the full Jaguar model line-up, including the F-TYPE, XJ, XF, XE and the F-PACE, and showcasing the performance and design that underscore all Jaguar models. The video debuts on JaguarUSA.com on Sept.14, timed to the reveal of the F-PACE.
      Print, digital, social and CRM will be supporting assets across the new campaigns. Print executions for the XF and XJ campaigns featuring Jaguar EliteCare messaging will begin appearing in October. Digital banners featuring the rest of the Jaguar line-up will follow in October and November."THE ART OF PERFORMANCE" JAGUAR XE TEST DRIVE TOUR
      To introduce the Jaguar XE compact luxury sedan to the growing millennial consumer demographic who desire performance and seduction in their luxury vehicles, Jaguar will launch "The Art of Performance Tour: Lights. Camera. Drive!" This seven-city cross-country tour, kicking off in Los Angeles in November, invites consumers to see the full 2016/2017 Jaguar line-up, including the Jaguar F-PACE, and be among the first to drive the Jaguar XE starting six months before it goes on sale. The drive experience will have a cinematic feel that celebrates Jaguar's long standing relationship with movies. The drive of the all-new Jaguar XE will provide consumers with the opportunity to star in their own filmed action sequence as they experience high performance driving on a closed course and on-road handling through a street drive. Their personal film will then be sharable through their social media pages. Consumers can sign up to receive more information about The Art of Performance by visiting JaguarUSA.com/RSVP.
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