On Mar 4, 2011, at 12:46 PM, Jed Rothwell wrote:

I wrote:

No common chemical and very few exotic chemicals can produce more energy than gasoline . . .

By volume or by weight, as far as I know.

Even aluminum, silicon, and anthracite beat gasoline in MJ/liter.  See:


Lithium borohydride beats it in MJ/kg.

As you can see from the above chart, silicon has a huge potential for energy storage and long distance transport of energy. This was noted in the following,


and not a new idea as can be seen by the the reference:

http://www.dbresearch.com/PROD/DBR_INTERNET_EN-PROD/ PROD0000000000079095.pdf

Gasoline produces ~45 MJ/kg according to most sources.

Wikipedia, which is sometimes good for something, says methane produces 50 MJ/kg. See:


I did not include "hydrogen" among common chemicals. As far as I know it is the most energy dense chemical fuel by weight, at 142 MJ/ kg. That's why they use it for rocket fuel.

In my book, in chapter 1, p. 12, I discussed this issue by comparing a hypothetical cell filled with hydrogen and oxygen to a cold fusion cell. I was assuming that hydrogen and oxygen has more energy by weight than any other chemical fuel. I am ignoring the weight of the container, and problems with compressing the gas, and all other real-world considerations.

- Jed

Best regards,

Horace Heffner

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