Thursday, February 7, 2008

Power from rain drops


Looks like there is some potential for small-load power generation from the energy in rain drops. Seems like this would be a good addition to solar panel arrays, increasing their usefulness in our rainy winters.

This idea is definitely in germination stage, but cool nonetheless.

Enjoy the relentless attempts,

Bp


[photo credit in linked article]

5 comments:

Stu Farnham said...

TANSTAAFL

'nuf said.

Bpaul said...

Translation? :-)

matt_stansberry said...

Man that is wild! Rain could power my place for sure. I moved to the goddamn rainbelt of Eugene.

Stu Farnham said...
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Stu Farnham said...

Crap. I've got to learn to proofead before I publis.

Hey, Matt, if you want rainpower, move to Forks, WA. The downside: 160 inches of rain a year. Of course, there's always the upside: the last vigorous wild steelhead runs in he lover 48, and enough rivers that something is almost always fishable.
Oh, and the other downside: powerty.

BP: It's from a Rob't. Heinlien novel (I don'trecall which one), and stands for There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. I'm prolly beating a dead horse, but we live in a closed system. The notion that we can redirect energy from that system on a large scale without side effects is simply broken, IMO.

Where does the energy from falling rain go? I dunno. Someplace, that's for sure.