Re: Methane and other winds (was Re: alternatives to big oil andifthey can ...

From: Stirling Westrup (
Date: Sat Feb 05 2000 - 18:29:59 MST

Michael M. Butler wrote:

> One of the big problems here is "is air free"? The most compact energy
> density ratings will come from things that react with air (the rusting
> nail, other combustion, etc.) If you don't weigh the air, and there's
> always plenty of it, you are talking about something that puts
> self-contained systems like batteries at a disadvantage. That might be
> OK for your system, or it might not.

The plan was to consider totally self-contained reactions at first. One reason
is that I'm not going to assume that every life form has an O2 atmosphere. I
don't want someone to not mention a nifty compound that needs to burn in
flourine, on the assumption that it can't compete with a chemical that combines
in free-oxygen. To a flourine breather, its the O2 reactions that are going to
be nasty things...

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