Could you generate useful electricity from the flames of oil

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

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Could you generate useful electricity from the flames of oil
« Reply #1 on: 14/02/2012 16:27:11 »
We answered this question on the show...



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?  Itís big and visual but itís probably a trivial amount in a grand scheme of things, isn't it?
Laurie -   Yes, it probably is pretty trivial.
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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
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