• Mar 15th 2013 at 4:10PM
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To power a car you typically need gasoline and explosions; or perhaps high-voltage, chemical-filled batteries. But what if you could run a car without any of that? What if all you needed to power your vehicle was air?

British inventor Peter Dearman, the man behind the Dearman Engine Company, has developed a system of propulsion out of thin air...literally.

Here's how it works: when you cool air to -390° F it turns into a liquid. Dearman pours that "liquid air" (liquid oxygen, nitrogen) into a holding tank onboard a vehicle. The liquid is then converted back into a gas via anti-freeze. This expansion and release of air turns a motor that powers the car.

Dearman shows off his air-powered car to ABC News in the video clip below:

ABC News notes that, "range is 3 miles, with a tailwind [and] top speed is only 30 [miles per hour]." You can see that the homemade system utilizes salvaged materials like a garbage can and lumber scraps. But, apparently, a more refined version of the concept is forthcoming.

"With Ricardo and a cluster of Universities, the company is now currently working on sub-system optimization and a fully characterized demonstration engine is scheduled to go into testing during mid 2013 to provide the ground-work for field trials," says DearmanEngine.com.

[Source: ABC News]

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      Moron. Nice high school science experiment, but we'll discover the secret of perpetual motion long before this thing becomes a viable transport option. Consign this garbage to the list of countless thousands of fundamentally flawed engines that 'run' on water, compressed air etc. All an invention like this does is send conspiracy theorists into an oil company conspiracy fit (supposed suppression of clean technology) when it [invariably] doesn't enter the market.
      Ron Wizard
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      Its the same old mad scientist vs mad scientist jealousy factor alway come into play. They always make claims that haven't been proven, so they can get R & D money to blow/ waste. Of course the R & D money get them through another 5 years of planet earth survivval, but the claim will remain unproven. Battery Research, Hydrogen Cell Research, Stem Cell Research, Cancer Research, Nano Tech Research, Solar Research, Shrimp On A Treadmill Research, etc........., I'm detecting a pattern here. Who is Researching the Researchers?
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