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Teleportation for Energy Extraction

  1. Apr 7, 2006 #1
    If one day we make Teleportation possible and practical could we use
    Teleportation Repeater Satellites in space to Teleport little Globs of our Sun to our Planet for harnessing Fusion Energy directly from the Sun into a Fusion Plant on Earth?

    Any Merit? :bugeye:
     
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  3. Apr 7, 2006 #2

    Doc Al

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    What do you mean by "teleportation"? Like on Star Trek?
     
  4. Apr 7, 2006 #3
    First of all, teleporters will most likely never exist. Mathematically speaking, it is more likely that the earth will come to an end, get struck by a massive meteor, or World War X would destroy human life before teleportation becomes available and practical.

    Second of all, there'd be no need to get "gobs" of the sun. We already know how to create fusion reactions. If we ever learn how to "harness" the energy, then the technology is already there. No need to bring the sun into it.

    The point here is - think about the other technologies you mentioned - fusion, satellites - and imagine where they will be when and if teleporters ever exist (which they probably won't).
     
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  5. Apr 7, 2006 #4

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    Oh c'mon, they said we could never fly, or sail across the Atlantic ocean.
     
  6. Apr 9, 2006 #5
    Point is that IF you had teleporters you wouldn't need to 'port "globs of the sun" for power. After all, what is powering the teleporter?

    Can't remember the author, maybe Niven or Pournelle, but he wrote a short on generating power with teleporters. Interesting idea, have a sender on the ground facing up, receiver in the air facing the sender. You drop iron filings on the sender, receiver drops them from then on. After a time because of g you've got a plasma. Wrap it in a coil and you've got electricity. Several problems with it, of course, not least is we don't have teleportation.
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  7. Apr 11, 2006 #6
    > Can't remember the author, maybe Niven or Pournelle, but he wrote a
    > short on generating power with teleporters. Interesting idea, have a
    > sender on the ground facing up, receiver in the air facing the sender.
    > You drop iron filings on the sender, receiver drops them from then on.
    > After a time because of g you've got a plasma. Wrap it in a coil and
    > you've got electricity. Several problems with it, of course, not least is
    > we don't have teleportation.


    Yeah, this sounds suspiciously like a Niven idea. He's an enormously creative writer, and usually with a good hold on physics.

    But I see the big problem with this generator as being that it would likely violate the laws of thermodynamics: Wouldn't the power it created be less than the power necessary for teleporting the matter to begin with?

    Of course, it all depends on what we mean by "teleporting". We've got to very carefully define our terms. If we achieve teleportation by making a wormhole (which I leave for the engineers), then this might work. Hmm, wouldn't the higher wormhole be pulled towards the lower one due to gravity? Unless some solid structure could stabilize it (again, a mere engineering task), it would take energy to support it.

    I do believe that such a device would eventually be possible, but that it wouldn't produce more energy than it used. I suspect the first aliens from another star system who visit us will attempt to sell us this "infinite energy system" for mining rights to the rest of our solar system, and then laugh their [what passes for asses] off.

    Robert
     
  8. Apr 11, 2006 #7
    What would happen to the energy form the "globs" from the sun?Would it get converted into differn't form during transfer or would it still be close to same amount before the transfer?
     
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