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Android Neox, Second Life asked:
Could you generate useful electricity from the flames of oil refineries?
Laurie - Possibly, but you're going to have big engineering issues. If you put something into a flame, you might have some mechanical issues, you might burn off the electrical connections and that would defeat the purpose of putting it there.
Chris - Is it really that much energy? It’s big and visual but it’s probably a trivial amount in a grand scheme of things, isn't it?
Laurie - Yes, it probably is pretty trivial.
In real terms the answer is no. If they could generate useful electricity (which I presume means at a lower cost than generation) then they would - these guys are only in it for the cash, when they burn off the gas (and not every field will ) it is because it is the safest and cheapest way of disposing of it imatfaal, Wed, 15th Feb 2012