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With a small amount of energy, induce ions into ultrasonic
tremor. Introducing heat, it will be converted into patterned
movement (or at least much of it will) turning heat into
energy. With a coil in the vicinity this could be converted to
and then there is this...
[4whom, Apr 20 2012]
well, well, quantum well.
not for producing power, but interesting [4whom, Apr 22 2012]
||What's the frequency Kenneth?
||So, as far as I can make out, the idea is to heat up
ions (random movement), and then superimpose
an ultrasonic back-and-forth vibration on them.
Then use the movement of the ions to generate
||This makes no sense. The heating will have no
net effect on the motion of the ions (ie, it will
just add a random component to their
movement). And any energy (presumably
electrical) which you can "harvest" from the
relative motion of the coil and the ions will
necessarily be less than whatever energy you put
in as "ultrasonic tremor".
||Let us count the ways in which this will not work...
||That would be rather like counting the ways in which
a transitive verb will not catch fire.
||You know me... I take that sort of statement as a
1.Heat is not patterned movement. Heat is
2. There are positive and negative ions, adding up
to no charge.
3. What <MB> said.
4. Assuming the ion mix you're talking about is
liquid water, the frequency with the highest
absorbence is infrared light (about 3400cm-1) or
63.2 gigahertz . Building a rectifier to use
power at that frequency would be difficult.
5. No cats
6. Reminded me of "The Core" (movie)
||#6 alone is grounds for summary execution.