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Re: [cdn-nucl-l] A Sucker Born Every Minute?
Actually, it will work in a sense, as opposed to cold
fusion. We all know that moving charges are a --er--- harumph ---a
source of electricity. But, I'll stick to my wind-up radio though;
it is way more efficient. Maybe though, the reporters
misunderstood. It could be that the profs were focussed on nano
engines or something and were looking for a way to harness current on a
very small scale. (I am trying to be generous here).
Meanwhile, let's all rub our hands together and yell Eureka! I have
created heat! I think I will go have a cup of coffee - Maxwell
House, of course.
At 09:45 AM 21/10/2003 -0600, Duane Pendergast wrote:
PT Barnum alive and well and writing editorials or are we re-living cold
fusion? The following story is consistent with the reporting of this on
TV. It would be nice, but dull, if reporters would actually try to read
the original source at the Institute of Physics. There is
another possibility. This may have been originally prepared on April 1
and was just waiting for an opportune moment.
I know I have no sense of humor and I m
certainly disappointed with this story blown out of proportion from
work done at my alma mater.
A shockingly simple source of
Story Type: Editorial
Two researchers at the University of
Alberta have achieved what no one else has been able to do. Professors
Daniel Kwok and Larry Kostiuk have
discovered a new way to make electricity
simply by forcing water through tiny holes in ordinary, non-conducting
solids such as glass, ceramic or
We can only wonder at what this
astonishing new development will mean to mankind. Their discovery --
announced Monday by the London-based Institute
of Physics -- means a clean source of
renewable energy involving no moving parts. In theory, a closed system
using pure water could be used to make
At present, the research team members
are discussing practical applications with inventors now that their
device has been patented. They imagine their "water
batteries" could easily power cell
phones, Palm Pilots or calculators. But who knows where this new
technology will lead us? Advances in modern technology develop at
breakneck speed, quickly outstripping scientific discovery.
It's hard to believe Allesandro Volta
discovered the electrochemical effect now used to make batteries back in
1800. Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction used in
electric generators in 1831. The photovoltaic effect now used in solar
cells was discovered by Edmon Becquerel in 1839, the same year Sir
William Grove came up with proton exchange technology now used in fuel
cells. But since that time, no one has come up with anything as promising
or as simple as what Kwok
and Kostiuk have discovered.
Rather than generating electricity by
heating water, as thermo-electric and nuclear generators do, this new
process creates electricity directly, as do solar cells. So it looks as
though technology will have one more method of "clean"
electrical generation to add to photo-voltaic cells, wind generation and
water power. Canadians can take pride the discovery was made in this
country. We should also be glad Professor Kwok had been lured back to
Canada from MIT by one of the federal government's research chairs. As
has been shown time and again, Canadian researchers can make discoveries
that will benefit all of mankind -- they just need the environment and
the tools to do the work.
What this country needs is to have more
research done in these "green" or "clean" power
generation technologies, rather than have any more billions of dollars
wasted on nuclear power stations. One of the more promising possibilities
may lie in the future use of water purification plants -- which filter
large amounts of water daily -- to produce not only clean water but
electricity as well.
We now know there are alternatives that
can provide the power we will need without polluting our environment. We
no longer have to believe our only hope lies in nuclear power or in
burning coal. Running water through a glass or ceramic filter is much
less costly than using uranium, let alone coal or natural gas. Further
research should involve nowhere near the high cost of developing nuclear
power. Let's hope this new technology is as effective as it promises to