Could you generate useful electricity from the flames of oil refineries?

12 February 2012

Question

Could you generate useful electricity from the flames of oil refineries?

Answer

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.

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