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Author Topic: "Back to gaslight, coal and steam power - it's the future"  (Read 1100 times)
Miss Pickup
« on: June 22, 2011, 05:46:30 pm »

A friend linked this article on my facebook page and i thought it might be of interest Smiley

Boffins unveil self-decoking steampunk fuel cell
Zeppelin Captain
United States United States

Minions Local 305, at your thervice!

« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2011, 06:12:08 am »

Thanks, interesting, and I needed to stop and check out BOFH anyway...Wink Or Verity Stob...this is how I learn to read entries from across the pond...Wink
Steam Theologian
Zeppelin Overlord
Canada Canada

« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2011, 07:35:43 pm »

I'd not want to go back to gaslight - it stinks (literally, there is this..... odour...) and coalgas gaslight really can make a mess in your house, leaves a film on stuff that is hard to clean.. not to mention the CO  and fire risks...


You never know what lonesome is , 'til you get to herdin' cows.
barb dwyer
Zeppelin Captain
United States United States

Same planet ~ different world

« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2011, 03:36:20 am »

My building is steam heated as are many buildings here in Butte
that were build in the 1880's-1890's.

because it's a 'historical rated' building
none of the original ironwork, pipes (brass at that)
can be removed
although it can be altered
to accommodate electricity.

It wouldn't be a tremendous deal
to re-convert the gas lines
that now have electrical wires stuffed in them
and return the building to gas lighting as well.

*Relentless Optimystic *
Damnd of Hell
United States United States

« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2011, 07:32:24 am »

Actually, these never became obsolete; only the technology did.  Coal, natural gas, and nuclear still use the concept of converting water into steam, to drive a turbine or piston that pushes or turns a shaft, that inturn turns a generator, that in turn creates electricity.   True in trains diesel engines are used, but turns a generator that creates electricity, that runs an ac motor. 

What, for me, would be novel is the mass use of wood alcahol to burn instead of oil.

Your Hell, is my paradise.
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Rogue Ætherlord
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Nothing beats a good hat.

« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2011, 08:23:11 am »

And where does steam come from?

The legs have fallen off my Victorian Lady...
United States United States

Sir Whiskers, Lord High Mouser and Royal lapwarmer

« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2011, 11:30:29 pm »

I always wondered what would become of our society once our oil runs out. Now I know!

Captain Blighty
Deck Hand
United Kingdom United Kingdom

« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2011, 07:06:16 pm »

I live near Newcastle and am following this borehole project with interest.  Agreed on the coal gas though Harold. On the other hand steam trains can run in the snow whereas diesels seem to struggle. And they look cooler too.  Wink
inigo jameson-gatling
Iceland Iceland


« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2011, 11:32:42 pm »

We have volcanic steam heated houses and in some places steam heated sidewalks, which are useful in the winter.

I know of a project in Newcastle in England and I believe Philidelphia in the USA is making a similar system.

You cannot complain about the sky if you suffer airshipwreck for the second time.
Mercury Wells
Rogue Ætherlord
I insiste that you do call me WELLS. :)

« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2011, 01:05:10 am »

There is a holiday cottage for rent in The IOM that no electrity, just gas and thats including the lights.  Shocked
Logged old war wound? I got that at The Battle of Dorking. Very nasty affair that was, I can tell you.

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