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# Steam Electric Generator

Use Steam to move magnet through coil
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This is still a thought in progress.....but here is the principle... Imagine a tube ten feet high and about 6 inches diameter, this tube is wrapped with a coil. the tube is filled with water. Inside the water is an inverted cup shaped magnet, about 5 inches in Diameter. The magnet is reasonably aerodynamic. There is a bulb at the top of the tube, and a bulb at the bottom of the tube, large enough to allow the magnet to rotate.

Here is the principle. The magnet starts on the base of the tube, with the open space to the bottom. The bulb is heated, and the magnet traps air and rises to the top. In passing the coils, electricity is generated.

At the top of the tube, there is a hook, which catches the magnet and causes it to flip, releasing the air, and sinking to the bottom. On its way down, it again generates electricity.

At the base, there is a second hook, causing the magnet to flip back to its original position.

I have totally forgotten the principle of boiling water, and suspect that I need some technique for introducing air at the base of the tube....like I said, this is a work in process.

 — senatorjam, Mar 06 2011

It's an idea that needs a lot more work.
 — WcW, Mar 07 2011

If you were to use a rotary magnetic generator, your problem of getting back to the starting point is solved. Somehow that technology seems familiar...
 — RayfordSteele, Mar 07 2011

Not rotary, was trying to avoid the friction produced by rotation, the idea was to see if useful electricity could be generated by an up and down motion...as soon as the I get more blood in my alcohol stream I will be able to concentrate on it...
 — senatorjam, Mar 07 2011

 Rotary motion offers a whole lot less friction than linear. A large diameter rotary armature can be supported on small diameter rolling bearings, so the bearing move much less than the magnets. A linear system has it's bearing surface moving exactly the same as the magnets.

Find a large electric motor and turn the shaft by hand. Friction really isn't an issue.
 — Twizz, Mar 07 2011

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