Re: 1000 mile trip uses 40 gal of gas or 286 lbs of coal
It would be great if there was a way to store energy produced by solar, wind, wave, or hydro as kinetic energy.
Think of the old wind-up toy cars with springs or pendulum clocks with weights, only some newer technology that would make it feasable.
I saw something a long time ago, where a farmer had a pallet of hay bales hanging out the barn loft. He had it geared so he could run his band saw/lathe for a long time just using the energy of the weight slowly decending. He then would hitch his horses up and pull the hay bales back up.
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