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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2018
     
    Posted By: AngusSolitons require guiding goading gelding golding.
    FTFY ...
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2018
     
    Now that I think about it, if you make the guide canal wider at the shore end, then by the principles demonstrated in the well known EM drive you can continuously deliver power to the land without any need for the windmills.
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    Few realise that the universe itself is wedge shaped
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2018
     
    Free ice cream?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2018
     
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanFew realise that the universe itself is wedge shaped




    The Bird of Time has but a little way
    To fly -- and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.

    and how else would he know which way to go?
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2018
     
    Posted By: AngusNow that I think about it, if you make the guide canal wider at the shore end, then by the principles demonstrated in the well known EM drive you can continuously deliver power to the land without any need for the windmills.


    ...or water!
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2018
     
    Sun in a box' would store renewable energy for the grid.

    https://techxplore.com/news/2018-12-sun-renewable-energy-grid.html
    • CommentAuthortinker
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2018
     
    Palfreys were always a ride favoured by ladies.
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      CommentAuthorping1400
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2018
     
    “When electricity is needed, say, after the sun has set, the hot liquid silicon—so hot that it's glowing white—is pumped through an array of tubes that emit that light. Specialized solar cells, known as multijunction photovoltaics, then turn that light into electricity, which can be supplied to the town's grid. The now-cooled silicon can be pumped back into the cold tank until the next round of storage—acting effectively as a large rechargeable battery.”

    What could go wrong with that? Such simple concept cannot fail. And silicon is everywhere so it must be very cheap. It is also perfect for portable use, like to power an airplane!
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    Interesting idea re. the aircraft, but all hinges on the Joules per Kg figure.
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    I want to see the pipes and pumps for the hot liquid silicon.

    And of course... the connectors.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2018
     
    Posted By: alsetalokinI want to see the pipes and pumps for the hot liquid silicon.

    And of course... the connectors.


    Even at my age I would prefer porn.
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    You mean porn is different?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2018
     
    Why don't they use silicon vapour? It's a lot hotter and you can pump it to wherever you need.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2018 edited
     
    Silicon boils at 3265C at STP. Exactly what were you proposing to use to contain it?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2018
     
    That's just engineering.

    Or maybe materials science.

    Not the sort of detail that visionaries should be lumbered with.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2018
     
    Maybe MoNbTaVWC5 might be the right material.

    See carbon news.
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    That's quite some carbide you've got there.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2018
     
    I wish.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af71qwFqVeQ
    What Your Utility Isn't Telling You