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Name: jon w canvin
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Date: Around 1993


Question:
Can you make a non-polluting engine?



Replies:
Unfortunately, Jon, there is no way that I know of to make a non-polluting engine. The engine that comes the closest would not really be an engine as in the conventional internal combustion engine. The engine that I have in mind would be a combination fuel cell that converts hydrogen into electrici- ty which is then used in an electric motor to make a car move. The problem is you have to make the hydrogen some how (or I should say you have to separate the hydrogen from water or some other molecule that compound that contains hydrogen). All internal combustion engines that burn hydrocarbons pollute. The best you can hope for in this engine burning a fuel like gasoline (a hydrocarbon) is that it emits only CO2 and water vapor. However, this is never realized in real life because not all of the hydrocarbon is burned, also the engine is usually not turning at a constant speed, therefore making the emissions difficult (if not impossible) to eliminate).

david r munoz


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