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Posted by Robert on October 1, 2003, 4:32 am
speaking of stirling engins reminded me of a concept I've mulled over
for quite some time. I don't know if it is practicle, outside of
Hawaii, because of the distances involved.

there are many spots on the ocean floor where water pours forth at 700
degrees, while the surrounding water is in the low 30s.  what a great
place for a stirling engine.  Now if we can get the stirling engine,
generaters and step-up transforners to these spots, we might have a
great place for generating cheap electricity.  I know, it will be
expersive to set up, but, the heat is free.  I just don't know how far
you can transmitt electricity.  then there's the problem of
electricity surrounded by water. despite the drawbacks, I think there
might be potential there, any thoughts?


Posted by L'acrobat on October 2, 2003, 1:53 am

Its far easier to just work with the natural temp difference between deep
water and shallow water in the tropics.

Posted by daestrom on October 2, 2003, 9:48 pm

(said with tongue firmly planted in cheek...)
How do you file an environmental impact statement for international waters??
Surely the disruption of vent flow and re-distribution of the hotwater will
have an impact on the 'worms' and other flora & fauna discovered near these

Will we have to read about a GreenPeace vessel trying to ram the deployment
ship??  Forget save the whales, "save the worms"!!!


Posted by Rodney on October 2, 2003, 10:01 pm
 daestrom wrote:

SInce the stirling works with heated "air" you might have some problems
(energy required, and piping (to withstand the pressure) getting it to
those depths

Perhaps hot springs would work better for you, less heat but less
problems with "EVERYTHING"
Rodney Long,
Inventor of the Boomerang Fishing Pro. , Straight Up Hooks ,
Straight Up Lures, Mojo's Rock Hopper & Rig Saver weights,
and the EZKnot          http://www.ezknot.com

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