|MadSci Network: Chemistry|
What a thoughtful and beautiful question you pose. I suppose the technology is there to do what you want to do but the money isn't, which kind of shows you they way that the world is driven. The best answer to your question is probably in better battery operated cars, an area you can bet the oil companies have their hands in in a very big negative way. Were you to be able to convert sunlight into energy to move your car down the road Libya, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and a whole lot of interested American Companies like those which George W Bush and Richard Cheney are associated with would stand to lose millions of dollars. Their philosophy is use all the oil now and get the best price possible as supplies dwindle and look for alternatives later. But back to your Question: Believe it or not one of the best things you can do after an accident is to turn the ignition off is able due to the fact that many auto fuel pumps are electrically operated and fuel the fire. Other wise about the only way you could help would be to keep the fumes the fuel produces from reaching a source of ignition. Easier said than done. In the meantime, the best way to look for solutions like the ones which you already looking for is through better and more innovative engeneering, like fuel pumps which shut down automatically if they are no longer horizontal, better built fuel tanks and fuel delivery systems. It's silly to have the fuel tank stored so far back from where it is needed, which is near the engine. I suppose this was first done for safety reasons, but one would think one could get round such things in 2001. But who am I? Just a guy with an implant in his chest which saves his life on the order of five times a year. Thanks for your question. Donald E Duggan
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