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Capilary action generator, why not?
« on: 01/03/2006 04:50:38 »
Ive been wondering, cappilary action seems to be an easy to use source that could potentially make a generator.
Basically my idea would be to have millions of capilarys drawing up some sort of liquid (on ethat would be drawn up easiest) to a bowl, then have more draw up more liquid to another bowl, and repeat as needed until the water has reached a high height. THen it is a simple mater of converting its potential energy into electrical energy.
Of course this is not really a perpetual motion device, but it is infact  drawing the energy from the heat in the air and there is plenty of warm air.
Now it obviously would seem to be an impractically small amount energy generated this way, but if you had thousands of these, devices, (which need not be that large) it could create a usable amount of energy.
maybe?


 

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Re: Capilary action generator, why not?
« Reply #1 on: 01/03/2006 10:50:19 »
The problem is that capillary action doesn't quite work like this. Basically water is attracted to the sides of the capillary and will wet it, however the water will not flow out the top, because the whole effect is based on the fact that water is stuck to the capillary.

Trees do lift water utilising capillary action but the power to drive the system doesn't come from the capillery action itself but from evaporation at the top. Basically capillary action joins the top of the tree to the bottom of the tree with water, and evaporation pulls on the top, bringing more water up from the bottom.

 Your system would sort of work, in that you could make toilet paper wet or something by capillary action and then gnerate energy from the wet paper falling down, however you would need new paper each cycle, and you would get more energy by burning it.
 

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Re: Capilary action generator, why not?
« Reply #2 on: 01/03/2006 11:02:39 »
Have just reread your post - you could generate energy, essentially by putting turbines in the capillaries (as the water comes out the top as vapour so unless you condense it, it will not fall)

Basically you are proposing a heat engine run by the sun - if so it is probably easier to use something like:

a solar tower
http://www.solarmissiontechnologies.com/project.htm

or a solar stirling cycle engine
http://www.stirlingenergy.com/whatisastirlingengine.htm
 

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Re: Capilary action generator, why not?
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