nancy sutton wrote:Maybe OT, but John Michael Greer's book, 'Retrotopia', is a ficitonal, post-US civil war/secession story that I enjoyed. (It's not the typical dystopian horror version.) One very interesting idea is how the different resulting areas chose different rates/styles of taxation and 'services'. I really enjoyed the book, and highly recommend it, for entertainment, and thought - provocation : )
Eric Hanson wrote:Creighton,
But the issue of lithium may not be the upper limit on advanced battery designs. Right now there are some intriguing developments in Magnesium batteries which might actually hold a better charge than lithium due to their two electrons to give up to lithium's one electron.
Another possibility is an aluminum battery. At this point the aluminum batteries that have been developed (though right now they are pretty much all one-off batteries, there is no mass production) have about the same energy density of a lithium battery, but it can be fully charged in just a matter of a few seconds (but I can only guess how hot that would get!).
My ultimate guess is that we don't ever really run out of petroleum, but the cost of extracting and refining that petroleum becomes more expensive than some exotic battery (or fuel cell, please a fuel cell) and we gradually shift to the electrical format for vehicle production.
Devin Lavign wrote:Lets just leave this here for people to enjoy music on this topic
Whenever I have mechanical trouble I look at what was done before industrialization. There is always a way to go. I keep saying I want a mule to go to and from town. I found out recently people did ride horses to town recently. Eventually I would like to get as off oil as possible.