Nuclear reactors in cars is a laughable idea really. Unless the car is ultra-safe (ie - in the garage, not on the road), then its gonna explode and cause radiation. Great.
Killer KyleIt is possible. I would think that if they wanted car-size nuclear reactors, they should go for fusion reactors in cars since they are alot safer than fission reactors (though fusion is a long long way off from being miniaturized since it hasn't been perfected or made feasable yet). If a fission-powered car had an accident, the reactor could break and release its radioactive fuel. We would have about 60+ mini nuclear disasters then (unless they make very sturdy reactors).
Fusion reactors are not safer at all. They just are more efficient and produce far less radioactive material than fission reactors. Fusion technology involves using plasma at temperatures approaching 1000000*c and its only contained by using magnetic fields, which are very easly disrupted (like by a fridge magnet).
I'm amazed they can create a reactor so small. But I doubt we'd ever risk using reactors in cars, think of the damage it would do if one blew up.
I think the wave of the future in vehicles is alcohol based fuel and biodiesel.
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12th February 2004
Eh? Is that like, shit and compost and stuff?
El_DestructoEh? Is that like, shit and compost and stuff?
Rudolph Diesel designed the original diesel engine to run off of...vegetable oil.
people have already converted cars to run off off used restaurant grease, any vegetable oils, and etc.
Diesel fuel is pretty darn close to kerosene in consistency. Modern biodiesel fuel is a atempt to make diesel fuel out of organic resources such as vegetable oils but apparently they modify it somehow.
IIRC you can decompose manure to create methane gas which can be burned just like propane gas. It is being developed as Biogas.