I think someone could make a lot of money selling a cheap, safe, wood/coal powered steam turbine engine, suitibale for hooking up to a 12v car generator.
Bypass all the mechanical complexity and just scale up one of these:
I’ve debared the utility and usefulness of these things with several people, who just don’t appear to recognize that it’s a wood-fired generator with very few moving parts, only a fan to aid convection, improve the burn and perhaps keep certain parts of the unit from getting too hot.
It produces enough electricity to charge personal electronic devices from a fire built of sticks and twigs, more or less, with enogh heat and flame out the top to cook or boil water in one pot or pan.
Very small, couple of pounds, no larger than a water bottle. Scale it up, capture all heat for generation of electricity. Maybe a woodstove with this thermoelectric scheme adapted to it would work.
Somebody make a go of it. Sounds eminently doable to me. It would sell if the price was within reason.
I agree. Most people here are sporting big gasoline fed generators. What makes them think they'll be able to get gasoline? I suppose they will for a few days.
I don't think it's reasonable to want to power your entire household. I'm thinking small amounts of PORTABLE power for HAM radios and other emergency equipment. Survival.
In my estimation, we need to plan for long term power outage. That means fuel sources we can get on our own like wood, garbage, any bio-mass combustibles.
Everyone preps for different reasons. Three or 4 days after a hurricane seems simple. I'm prepping for economic collapse and I think it will put us in the dark for a long time, months? Just enough time for our politicians to betray us to our enemies. Then, months may turn into years.