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Expensive, difficult, slightly dangerous, not particularly effective... I'm on a roll.
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Ice has caused major power outages
they bulk up on power lines and the
too much for them. A simple ski-lift
robot could go back and forth on a
line and chip at the ice. No steering
maybe some mechanical genius to
insulators and whatnot.
I admit that I don't really know anything
about snow and ice (I think 60 is too cold
me). Here in sunny Hawaii we got no
My idea is used! Makes me feel good har har [twitch, Aug 20 2010]
||Would that work? Why don't they do that?
||I could see this working very well if the little shuttle was powered by the energy wasted radiating from the lines themselves, and perhaps it could just heat up melting the ice as it travels. I think that this would use less energy and minimize chances of damage to the cables. (+)
||Oh yeah...and it's hovering at about minus twelve around here right now.
||I should be lucky i'm not there. .. or
wherever it's fffreezzzing right now. But
then. i've always wanted to play in the
||I believe that my idea would consume less
energy then trying to heat up all the wires.
We don't have to melt all the ice off, just
crack it, jolt it, knock it off.
||Ha, see link. engadget just validated my idea.
||This is a problem for lines with intermittant use. Under full load some newer very high voltage lines get nearer 400F. The temperature is part of the design and causes them to sag quite a bit too. This seemes like it would waste a huge amount of power, but it's still only a very small fraction of that transmitted.
||I want the robot though, it'd be cool to see it scurrying along. Could also have a camera and a bond meter to test the cable as it goes.