Robots That Power Themselves

Autonomous automobiles is a redundant name. Horseless carriage has been getting more horseless and more automatic. To me automatic transmission and power steering is more of a self driving concept than just adding sensors that turn the wheel automatically.

Getting the vehicle to automatically fill its own tank is better than self driving ?
self-powered dynamic system[1][2][3][4][5][6] is defined as a dynamic system powered by its own excessive kinetic energy, renewable energy or a combination of both. The particular area of work is the concept of fully or partially self-powered dynamic systems requiring zero or reduced external energy inputs. The exploited technologies are particularly associated with self-powered sensors, regenerative actuators, human powered devices, and dynamic systems powered by renewable resources (e.g. solar-powered airships[7][8]) as self-sustained systems. Various strategies can be employed to improve the design of a self-powered system and among them adopting a bio-inspired design is investigated to demonstrate the advantage of biomimetics in improving power density.


“Just like any herbivore, the EATR is programmed to forage for biomass-based food, which includes anything plant based. The job of turning biomass into energy was given to Cyclone Power Technologies. It designed a hydrogen and carbon monoxide (syngas) generator that uses external combustion to drive a steam engine, which in turn spins an alternator that generates power for the EATR’s electrical systems. ”

The article goes on to say,

“Since a furnace is less picky than internal combustion engines, the EATR can run off any type of fuel that gives off heat. It’s been calculated that about 3 to 12 pounds of dry biomass will produce 1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy, or enough to drive the EATR two to eight miles. This is just one of the many applications for small steam engines. According to Cyclone, its waste heat steam engine is able to scavenge 7 hp from a diesel truck engine’s exhaust while cruising at 60 mph.”

Another interesting article is linked below.


“SOLO-TREC uses gravity, temperature, and pressure differences in the ocean, and phase-changing materials (PCMs) to power itself. The small-diameter enclosed cylinders on the outside are filled with PCM that expands and contracts about 13 percent when its temperature changes from 50 degrees to 14 degrees. Of course, most of the ocean’s water is between 32 and 35 degrees. This expansion and contraction compresses oil, which the SOLO-TREC stores in a high-pressure reservoir. When the SOLO-TREC needs power, it releases some of this high-pressure oil to drive a hydraulic motor, which is connected to an alternator. According to researchers, a SOLO-TREC will make three to four dives per day between the surface and a 500-meter depth and produce 1.6 watt-hours of power per dive to operate the onboard sensors, GPS receiver, and communication device.”

NH3 could be produced by a car on board. Then burned in an engine.

These concepts are self driving…

Jason Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Society from Winona State University and the International University Of Ulaanbaatar where he studied U.S.-Mongolian Foreign Relations 1860-1920. He also attended Diesel and Hybrid Technology programs at Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota, Soonchunhyang University in the Republic of Korea and at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has a Master of Arts degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he focused on how climate control was visually framed in the media using content analysis, enhanced weathering techniques that create power and control atmospheric carbon dioxide percentages and high-energy x-ray applications. Jason has wrote for Diesel Power and The Costa Rica News.

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