The Whybrid

Here is a question for resident wind expert Prairie Flounder over at
 Sky Fishing :

Would a car with special high-tech pinwheels/whirly-gigs on it be able to create enough energy to run the car?

As soon as a car starts moving, all those things would be working non-stop.

It makes sense to me, but that’s not saying much.


note: maybe Bob Dylan was right, “The answer is blowin’ in the wind.


notes to myself #197

Growing up and getting older are two very different things.

9 responses to “The Whybrid

  1. You don’t need a weatherman to know the price of gas.

    HMS Pinaford?

  2. Ah, interesting concept. I used to pose this type of question often, but there is something about the energy being consumed being unequal to the energy being produced.

  3. When I think of whirligigs, I think of Vollis Simpson in NC.

    I went to college near his farm. It was a wicked place to drive upon at night.

  4. Only if there is a very strong wind from behind!

  5. Windy days are always good days for me to do some flying around. 🙂 May the wind be with you. lol 🙂

  6. Thanks for the comments.

    pannonica: to be accurate, I don’t think we need a weatherman at all. hee hee!

    wordofabe: thanks for stopping by! It’s always something. Logic and hardfacts seem to get in the way of most of my plans! hee hee!

    Tammy: very cool link! thanks!

    Donald Diddams: would it work if I drove the car backwards then? hee hee!

    Doraz: it’s always windy when I drive with the window rolled down for some reason. hee hee!

  7. I once had a student in one of my classes ask a similar question. He asked if the water that leaves a hydroelectric dam could be pumped back up to the lake to be re-used. Another example (a real one) is where a solar energy company in Mexico received cash incentives from the government to supply solar electric power. To maximize the profit they installed diesel electric generators to power arc lamps to produce more electric power. This went on for a while until the Government finally questioned how they could generate power at night. It all comes down to one of my favorite phrase (TANSTAAFL) “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”. Pardon the double negative, but I am quoting

  8. Isn`t it marvellous that we can still act the idiot without being institutionalised.

  9. Prairie Flounder: a belated thanks for your answer.

    Gavin Cerini: yes that’s true … but looking around on the internet for windpowered cars and trucks has made me realize that there are a lot of other people out there who have actually built them.

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