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Neutrino power extraction feasable?

  1. Sep 9, 2009 #1
    I was wondering if we could create a device that could interact with neutrinos and extract their energy to some considerable percentage, would this allow for an almost undirectional and free power source? I'm unable to do a rough estimate of the power per square meter as it seems tying to find out how much energy a single neutrino contains is difficult.
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  3. Sep 9, 2009 #2
    Hi there,

    Not much. A neutrino, eventhough travelling very fast, has very very little mass, therefore kinetic energy. But I agree that the energy would come from the rate of neutrino passing throug the Earth, which is absolutely amazing.

    Your idea of extracting the kinetic energy from the particles is not to bad. Before doing so, why don't we try to study these particles, and find a way to stop them. Which at the moment, we know just one way to stop them, which is to put alot of "heavy" nuclei in a region and wait for a direct hit with a nucleus. You have to know that neutrino interact very little with its environment. Therefore, many problems to solve before even trying to extract its energy.

  4. Sep 9, 2009 #3

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    Solar neutrinos would have a total energy flux comparable to the solar photon flux. That's a much easier problem to solve, and even so, solar is a fraction of our total energy use. Essentially, the energy density is lower than is practical for many applications. Neutrinos would only be worse.
  5. Sep 9, 2009 #4
    Thats a shame, I thought since there were a huge number of neutrinos passing through us even if they had a fraction of an electronvolt each it could add up to a usable amount.
  6. Sep 10, 2009 #5
    There are probably other ways of energy gaining (economy, efficiency, etc.) - from existing energy production/consumption devices.
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