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    Space elevator via nanotube carbon element and the spin off technology that might make long distant electric vehicle travel feasible in the future?

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soci...ants-and-space

    While a lift to space could still be many years away, Wei said his team was trying to get the carbon nanotube fibre into mass production for use in defence or other areas.
    “This could be a game changer in many sectors,” he said.

    Wei gave the example of superfast flywheels in a mechanical battery – where the flywheel stores energy in a rotating mass, lifted by magnetic levitation in a vacuum chamber. The lighter and stronger the material, the faster it spins.
    Using carbon nanotube flywheels, the mechanical battery would have 40 times the energy density of a lithium battery, according to Wei. That would mean a car like a Tesla Model S could travel for 16,000km in one charge – the distance from London to Sydney.
    I guess the same technology could make long distance electric truck transport possible and practical, if so the race is on.

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    Note: Williams were developing a carbon composite flywheel for F1 before 2012!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyrobus

    https://www.theguardian.com/environm...flywheel-buses
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    What really sparked my interest was the vision and concept of the space elevator, and the sheer scope of the task and the endless stream of inventive "stuff" that becomes possible as all the minor problems are overcome. From a military point of view the opportunities will provide challenge for others to also surge ahead to keep in touch with the expanding technology.


    Of course some might just say it is all hype and vapour, but as Kim and the article says the ideas have been mooted and just waiting for the materials technology, and the patent process will be hotly contested to capture those possibilities.

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    G'day,

    so where's the taxation opportunity ? Never happen....

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    G'day,

    so where's the taxation opportunity ? Never happen....

    cheers,
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    They will find a way Bob, law of certainties, if they can double tax fuel and energy (as they do) the invisible hand will still pick the pocket...(frequently..)

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