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Chinese farmer invents 'wind-powered' car
fox ^ | 5-16-12 | newscore

Posted on 05/18/2012 5:15:42 AM PDT by TurboZamboni

BANJIEHE, China -- A Chinese farmer has invented a wind-powered, electric car that he says could save his country from the pollution caused by its rapidly growing car market.

An hour from downtown Beijing, the dusty village of Banjiehe looks an unlikely place to produce scientific innovation. Its rows of brick, utilitarian houses are surrounded by cornfields and fruit trees.

But in a small tractor workshop, 55-year-old farmer Tang Zhenping has invented the prototype of a car that he believes could revolutionize China's auto industry.

Tang's model -- built in just three months for around US$1,600 -- is electric

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: car; china; wind
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I would think a rich guy like Algore would give him millions to spread his prototype's wild success.
1 posted on 05/18/2012 5:15:44 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

This could bring the word “becalmed” back into the common-usage lexicon...


2 posted on 05/18/2012 5:21:16 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: TurboZamboni

I think this fella is on to something


3 posted on 05/18/2012 5:21:54 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: TurboZamboni

Thsi looks like a scam they would sell on a late-night info-mercial, like Extenz.


4 posted on 05/18/2012 5:22:53 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: TurboZamboni; Red Badger

Paging Red Badger.....paging Red Badger


5 posted on 05/18/2012 5:23:41 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: TurboZamboni

These people ride bicycles. This is a step up??


6 posted on 05/18/2012 5:26:03 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: TurboZamboni

7 posted on 05/18/2012 5:29:41 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: TurboZamboni

Why not just retrofit a sail on all US cars? Obama could make it mandatory & mandate union wages to upgrade...


8 posted on 05/18/2012 5:30:14 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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9 posted on 05/18/2012 5:31:44 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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10 posted on 05/18/2012 5:32:21 AM PDT by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: TurboZamboni

Six (Or Seven) Ways To Power A Vehicle By Wind:
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/six-or-seven-ways-to-power-a-vehicle-by-wind.html


11 posted on 05/18/2012 5:32:51 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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12 posted on 05/18/2012 5:33:39 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: TurboZamboni
Wind powered car should be called the Haywood.

As in, Haywood Jablowme.

13 posted on 05/18/2012 5:33:54 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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14 posted on 05/18/2012 5:34:16 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: TurboZamboni

15 posted on 05/18/2012 5:34:56 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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16 posted on 05/18/2012 5:35:07 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: frithguild

No AC, no windshield wipers, no inconvenient safety laws to follow...


17 posted on 05/18/2012 5:35:17 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: TurboZamboni

http://www.chinasmack.com/2012/videos/wind-powered-electric-car-built-by-chinese-peasant.html

10,000 yuan = $1,571....


18 posted on 05/18/2012 5:38:01 AM PDT by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Looks like a “Red Green Show” creation.


19 posted on 05/18/2012 5:39:29 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: TurboZamboni

As usual you just can’t believe a headline. This car is battery powered.


20 posted on 05/18/2012 5:40:53 AM PDT by csmusaret (Obama's new slogan: "Fo Mo Mo Fo.")
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To: sickoflibs

I saw this story a week ago. It is like something that might have been on the cover of Popular Science in the 1950’s, before people could easily research and identify it as BS within roughly five minutes. Maybe China is a bit behind.


21 posted on 05/18/2012 5:43:32 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: TurboZamboni

I think I saw this on the Flintstones once.


22 posted on 05/18/2012 5:44:55 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: yldstrk

I agree he’s on to something. All the Newtonian luddites stuck in the 1600s can flame on, but I think eventually we will have tiny generators that can derive electricity from just about any motion. And yes, even sexual motion.


23 posted on 05/18/2012 5:50:12 AM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: cuban leaf

I would think the wind resistance to operate the turbine would offset any energy gained from its operation.


24 posted on 05/18/2012 5:50:12 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: TurboZamboni

OMG, this just shows the sorry state of our educational system.

You cannot generate power by robbing energy from a vehicle that you are powering in the first place. You just end up with losses.

What a buffoon! And what a bunch a buffoons at FoxNews for falling for it.


25 posted on 05/18/2012 5:55:15 AM PDT by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: jaydubya2

—I would think the wind resistance to operate the turbine would offset any energy gained from its operation.—

No shi@ Sherlock. (No offense)

The whole thing is laughable. Next we’ll have an article from china about a guy pulling up in a wagon and selling a miracle elexer that cures everything. Lame 19th century old-west reference...

The more sophisticated the culture, the more complex the ruse must be. That is why I referred to the 1950’s Popular Science. If this was on the cover of a modern one, they would get laughed out of existence.

I mean, clearly this vehicle is really being powered by a “controllable gravitational focus receiver”. The Propeller is just a scam because it looks really cool.

As do the fins.


26 posted on 05/18/2012 5:57:13 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: TurboZamboni

27 posted on 05/18/2012 5:57:57 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: cuban leaf; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; NFHale; ...
RE :”I saw this story a week ago. It is like something that might have been on the cover of Popular Science in the 1950’s, before people could easily research and identify it as BS within roughly five minutes. Maybe China is a bit behind.

Americans were way more accepting of cheap green energy hoaxes when GWBush was POTUS then with now Obama. Part of it is political dynamics between what each party symbolizes, the other is that now people have seen many of these ideas really fail with increasing energy prices and rising deficits. .

This is how we got ethanol, toxic (WMD) light-bulbs, battery powered cars that are useless and expensive and solar panels more expensive than anyone will pay.

When Bush was POTUS many Americans would say things like :”We don't know it won't work because it hasn't been tried”, the other was :”We can save money no-matter how expensive it is because we won't need our military anymore” (Dems were making that argument then.)

28 posted on 05/18/2012 5:58:26 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: TurboZamboni
This is of course impossible as stated. You are basically using battery power to run a low efficiency fan to recharge the battery. The comments were quite interesting. The only way this can work to go very far is in a very strong head wind but you could not go back.
29 posted on 05/18/2012 6:01:33 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: TurboZamboni
I've seen this before:


30 posted on 05/18/2012 6:04:17 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: tcrlaf

Could perhaps be got around as a motorcycle with training wheels?


31 posted on 05/18/2012 6:06:35 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: norwaypinesavage

The reporterette must be as dumb as a bag of feng shuei.
The Laws of Thermodynamics will not be mocked!...........


32 posted on 05/18/2012 6:15:07 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: frithguild

So, building and driving these cars gets you Natalie Portman in yer back seat?

Who knew?


33 posted on 05/18/2012 6:16:50 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: cuban leaf

I thought the fins were a nice touch..........


34 posted on 05/18/2012 6:18:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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I would think the wind resistance to operate the turbine would offset any energy gained from its operation.

Bingo.

Perpetual motion devices are still frowned upon by the Patent Office.

35 posted on 05/18/2012 6:21:50 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: duckworth; Lazamataz
Relevant-to-your-interests ping for Laz:

All the Newtonian luddites stuck in the 1600s can flame on, but I think eventually we will have tiny generators that can derive electricity from just about any motion. And yes, even sexual motion.

36 posted on 05/18/2012 6:21:52 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: ETL
Am I'm the only one to think of Sahara?
37 posted on 05/18/2012 6:24:44 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Red Badger

—I thought the fins were a nice touch..........—

Maybe my reference to 1950’s Popular Science were not off base. The designer may have been thinking the same thing. ;-)


38 posted on 05/18/2012 6:25:56 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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Or he’s been to Cuba..............


39 posted on 05/18/2012 6:27:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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Am I'm the only one to think of Sahara?

Possibly. What's Sahara? (assuming you don't mean the desert in Africa).

40 posted on 05/18/2012 6:28:21 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: jaydubya2
Correct. What is Newton's 2nd law of thermo dynamics is correct. Would you like to take debunked perpetual motion machines for 300?

Wouldn't it make more sense to streamline the nose of the car and reduce the air friction instead of trying to recapture the energy through a “turbine” that looks surprisingly like an old three speed fan?

The fan only helps at speeds above 40mph so for stop and go commuting it is worthless.

41 posted on 05/18/2012 6:35:47 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: mwilli20; cuban leaf

I think this is simply “a very cheap form of Nissan Leaf”

Basically, you have a lightweight battery powered car. Only instead of regenerative braking via electric motor/generator, you have regenerative braking via a cheap windmill.

What is probably in the nose is a copper wire cage housing over magnetic fan blades. First what would normally be wind resistance blowing thru a radiator is now harnessed into extending the battery charge and furthermore when you want to slow down, you charge the battery by increasing the load on the fan blades.

It is design being proposed for back yard wind generators in the US which is basically magnetized fan blades housed inside a copper wire cage.


42 posted on 05/18/2012 6:41:27 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: ETL

Is that the car?

I like it. If one lives somewhere windy without snow, that in fact, would be a feasible way to get from point A, to point B, even if gas were $100 / gallon.


43 posted on 05/18/2012 6:41:52 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: jaydubya2

I would think the wind resistance to operate the turbine would offset any energy gained from its operation.


Give this guy a break! Don’t let laws of physics ruin this Chinaman’s dream. This could change the world.


44 posted on 05/18/2012 6:44:11 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: ETL
The movie based on the Clive Cussler book, not to be confused with the war movie with Humphrey Bogart from the 1940’s. In the movie Dirk Pitt and Al find Kitty Mannock’s crashed plane and build a wind surfing machine or sorts. I wasn't able to find a picture of it.
45 posted on 05/18/2012 6:45:29 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: frithguild

Haha now I see, the blue “wind powered” car is the one in the article. The car in post 12, should be in the article. At least the car in post 12, actually works by means of wind power.

What a scam the article is!

It’s a “perpetual motion machine”. The car moving, powers the motor by the wind blowing the fan on the front???

For crying out loud. How dumb are journalists?


46 posted on 05/18/2012 6:48:11 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Red Badger

—Or he’s been to Cuba....—

Hahaha! I saw the Buena Vista Social Club video by Ry Cooder and there was a lot of documentary footage of Cuba. It was hilarious. Car wise, it was like they went back to around 1962. It was really cool, actually.


47 posted on 05/18/2012 6:55:28 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Red Badger

http://www.amazon.com/Buena-Vista-Social-Club-Cooder/dp/B000005J56


48 posted on 05/18/2012 6:56:27 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Red Badger
>"The Laws of Thermodynamics will not be mocked!........."

Oh, but the theocracy of nothing will not tolerate that!

Everything sprang out of nothing. Life then sprang out of the non-existent also. So getting more energy out than you put in is a fact to them.

Ya gotta admit the Atheocratists have a lot of faith in nothing.

49 posted on 05/18/2012 7:01:05 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: rawcatslyentist

I remember back when the Obozo people were just getting started in the early days of 2009. There was a meeting of some of the Obozo people and the representatives of the energy sector industry. The topic was some renewable green energy plan and one of the representatives of the energy sector said that the administration’s plan goes against the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
The Obozo head honco replied, “Who passed THAT law? We’ll get it repealed.”...........


50 posted on 05/18/2012 7:15:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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