R Smith | 29.11.2005 14:38 | Ecology
I have got a new idea for an invention. It is a cyclical gravity greenhouse liquid capillary action energy generator. What do you think of the idea. The idea is that the device uses the same am mount of liquid over and over again due to evaporating, condensation and capillary Acton to generate electricity. It works like an oil wick using water except the energy is generated as the vapour turns to liquid, and drops through turbines.
The device consists of a liquid chamber, an evaporation chamber, capillary action sheets, condensation collectors, turbines, and liquid.
The capillary Action sheets draw liquid up from the liquid chamber into the evaporation chamber at normal temperatures, then the tip of the capillary action sheets in the evaporation chamber are heated to a temperature where they will evaporate the liquid. As liquid evaporates from the sheets. The capillary action sheets draw more liquid from the liquid chamber to replace the liquid lost. The liquid is drawn naturally upwards. When the liquid evaporates from the capillary action sheets it enters the evaporation chamber. The evaporation chamber is of normal temperatures. It is not the evaporation chamber that causes evaporation, it is the capillary action sheets. The evaporation chamber is of low temperatures to encourage condensation. Only The capillary action sheets need to be heated. Then the condensation falls into condensation collectors, and is used to power turbines before falling back into the liquid chamber. So the same liquid is recycled.
This is a new invention. Just because it uses capillary action that does not make it the same as a solar sill, or paper.
They key is capillary action lifting liquid up for free.
The only heating required is on the tip of the capillary action sheets, which can be done by heaters or by solar rays or any other device.
When calculations are made for this device remember it is not a solar heater. Capillary action is key to this device.
This device is consistent. Other forms of renewable energy are inconsistent because solar energy stops working in times of night, high cloud cover, pollution to sky. Wind power stops working at extreme wind speeds and low or no wind speeds. Hydro stops working in droughts, or when river levels control issues restrict use of hydro power.
Remember using heat from solar energy is more efficient than using the light, as most solar paneling does.
This device may be able to power itself to an extent, by the energy gained from dropping the liquid being used to evaporate the liquid. Or can be heated using other heating systems.
Remember the key is capillary action.