Skip to comments.Exciting MIT droplet breakthrough could turbocharge power plants, airships and more
Posted on 10/03/2013 8:11:48 AM PDT by BenLurkin
What the MIT boffins have found is a way of getting water droplets to jump off the cold pipes in the condenser and fall into the sump more quickly than they otherwise would, clearing room for new droplets to form. The condenser thus does its job of turning steam to water more efficiently.
The method relies on the discovery that droplets forming on a certain type of advanced superhydrophobic coating can leave the surface with an electric charge. If a suitably charged plate is nearby, this will draw the droplets away from the coated tube - preventing them from falling back on as they often would.
Overall, the condenser becomes more efficient.
There could be other benefits, too: the US military's efforts to make drinking water out of diesel exhaust might prosper, for instance.
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Might improve efficiency => A good thing.
I am thinking that this could go a long way to creating atmospheric condensers / dew collectors that would provide clean water in semi-arid locations. Solar panel, Nickel Iron battery, and collector as described could pull liters of drinkable water out of the air.
I’m going to coat my lawn with it so I can walk across it on dewy mornings without getting my shoes wet.
It's called NeverWet by Rust-Oleum and is sold at Home Depot.
But but but I thought science was dead in the US because the fedgov sh down...
(There was an article to that effect yesterday.)
“...said Joanne Carney, director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Office of Government Relations.”
...getting water droplets to jump off the cold pipes in the condenser and fall into the sump more quickly than they otherwise would, clearing room for new droplets to form. The condenser thus does its job of turning steam to water more efficiently.Cool, now head to Tashi station for some power converters.
might be good too for water desalination plants.