Re: Is it a matter of scale?
Mon, 1 Sep 1997 12:02:01 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 97-09-01 10:03:56 EDT, in response to an earlier post of
mine you write:

<< I'd love to play with this stuff with the goal of replacing the
electric pumps with rankin or stirling engines using a working
fluid with a vapor temp in the corrrect range, and using solar
boost. I suspect that this is feasible, but its not economical
for me: I work for a living. However, consider the implications
for when nanotech is available. You can get all the energy you
need for heating and cooling by running a closed-loop pipe in
the ground, horizontally or vertically, about 200 feet of pipe
per 1000 square feet of living space. A bit more pipe for
domestic water heating, maybe a bit more to power the system and
to boost for cooking. the remainder of your current domestic
power demand is near zero. So, nanotech frees you from the
power grid.

All Right!! So it IS possible? Only minute amounts of power...but in
principle it'spossible...

It seems to me the problem is then to improve the effeciency of the
mechanisms as much as possible...possibly as you implied...nanothech
materials tech.

I work for a living too....It sure would be nice though to have the
disposable income...and the fool around with stuff likethis.

Edinburg Tx.