370Re: RE: Re: Minto / Solar / Thermoelectric
- Jan 8, 2002True, 550 foot pounds per minute isn't a lot of power,
but neither is the 50 watts you get from a PV panel.
But the fact that you can make that power outa a 'low
grade' heat source is something note-able.
The argument of time and materials costing $, also
applies to PV panels as well as solar heating panels.
Yet we know that they are 'worth it' simply because
the energy is free and their upkeep is minimal. The
same can be said for the Minto wheel.
The Minto wheel does have the advantage of being
able to be made out of readily available materials as
opposed to a PV panel or most other things short of a
Stirling engine. It is even self starting which is
more than can be said for an LTD Stirling engine.
Just as; given enuf time, your clock motor winch
can lift me off the ground. Given enuf time; a Minto
wheel should be able to pay for itself as well, after
that it is all good.... except for a squirt of oil now
PS: Wally Minto ran his 'demo' 5ft. wheel off a small
solar panel and even using mirrors. Too bad we don't
have 'the numbers' telling us how much power the wheel
produced in those configurations. It would be
interesting to compare the power output on a sq.foot
by sq.foot basis, against a PV panel.
PSS: It was postulated once that the wheel could be
run simply by setting it in the sun with the upper
half of the wheel shaded. If this would work, would
this not make it a truly AMBIENT ENERGY device?
> Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 18:44:07 -0700__________________________________________________
> From: "kirk" <kirk@...>
> Subject: RE: Re: Minto / Solar / Thermoelectric
> The materials to build are not free. Time isn't
> The heat to drive it could be better spent.
> It just doesn't pencil.
> Torque says nothing about power. Time is needed as
> 550 foot pounds per minute is not a horsepower.
> I can lift you off the ground with the motor in an
> electric clock.
> Obviously zip power but in enough time will do the
> Don't take my word for it. Pencil it. It isn't
> rocket science.
> The Minto wheel is a conversation piece. Nothing
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