ELECTRICITY FROM WATER PIPES?
DigInfo News has posted a video about water pipes that can produce electricity. The link was provided on the Journal of Nuclear Physics by a poster who identifies himself as “Curious”, and the link is, indeed quite interesting.
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The device demonstrated is an attachment to a water line that has several 10cm hoses within. The warm water is diverted through these hoses as it progresses to its destination, and the heat from the water produces electricity.
The hoses are actually thermoelectric tubes, and the difference in the temperature between the water passing through the tubes and the air surrounding the tubes creates an electrical current. Four tubes can generate 10 watts. This is enough to power a small appliance such as a fan or portable TV.
The advantage of this type of device over other thermoelectric units is that, for the first time, the water actually flows through the thermoelectric device. In the past, the device has been attached to the pipes, and loss of heat ensues, cutting down on the efficiency of the device.
This is yet one more bit of technology that could increase the harvest of power generated by Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat and Hot Cat. Every watt of energy, if it is financially feasible, can increase the benefits for mankind.