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Random power generation thought

  1. Feb 11, 2015 #1
    Sorry didn't look too deep into it but had a random thought (and a couple drinks) ; would it be plausible to generate power by harnessing angular momentum from passing molecules? Perhaps hydro and wind generators could get an efficiency boost?
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  3. Feb 11, 2015 #2


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    Welcome to PF.

    This doesnt make any sense to me. Can you explain in more detail what you want to harness and how?
  4. Feb 11, 2015 #3


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    Angular momentum of molecules is randomly distributed, how would you sort out their directions to get a net increase in the motor? This is similar to the idea of Maxwell's Demon.
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