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could we harness electricity from an animal?

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Chickens are energy

 

 

genome editing is god like

 

 

Yes they can, but not very efficiently. Any source of motive power can be used to produce electricity, by using it to turn an electric generator. However, animals are just not very powerful compared to the other methods of generating electricity thathumans have developed.

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I am thinking more along the lines every car has an electric eel and you feed it carbon based aelectric eel food

 

 

Holy Shyt Batman??? Like Doc feeding his timemachine bannana peels???

 

 

 

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you don't have to go far back in time ot realize Americans are dumb

 

Duponts sold gunpowder to the north and south

 

incredible stable genius.. I would pick a side

 

 

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I'm thinking more along the lines of harnessing the power of natural phenomena like hurricanes:

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/energy-hurricane-volcano-earthquake1.htm

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hurricanes release a phenomenal amount of energy. If we start by looking at just the energy generated by the winds, we find that for a typical mature hurricane, we get numbers in the range of 1.5 x 10^12 Watts or 1.3 x 10^17 Joules/day (this is according to the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.)

 

This is equivalent to about half of the total electrical generating capacity on the planet! For a single hurricane!

But that's not all, we're just getting started. A hurricane also releases energy through the formation of clouds and rain (it takes energy to evaporate all that water). If we crunch the numbers for an average hurricane (1.5 cm/day of rain, circle radius of 665 km), we get a gigantic amount of energy: 6.0 x 10^14 Watts or 5.2 x 10^19 Joules/day!

This is equivalent to about 200 times the total electrical generating capacity on the planet! NASA says that "during its life cycle a hurricane can expend as much energy as 10,000 nuclear bombs!" And we're just talking about average hurricanes here, not Katrina.

 

Or volcanic eruptions:

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/energy-hurricane-volcano-earthquake2.htm

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Volcanoes also release mind-boggling quantities of energy, though usually not quite on the scale of hurricanes (thankfully for those who live near!). But if we look at a well-known major volcanic eruption, the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, we find that: "In all, Mount St. Helens released 24 megatons of thermal energy, 7 of which was a direct result of the blast. This is equivalent to 1,600 times the size of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima" (U.S. Geological Survey).

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If we could find a way to capture and store the power of natural phenomena like hurricanes and volcanoes, they could be of enormous benefit to mankind, instead of natural disasters.

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On 1/15/2019 at 1:31 AM, bludog said:

 

If we could find a way to capture and store the power of natural phenomena like hurricanes and volcanoes, they could be of enormous benefit to mankind, instead of natural disasters.

 

Especially if harnessing the power actually prevented the catastrophic results. (But I imagine that's what you were getting at.)

 

Anyway making a car run on bio-energy was at least thought of - in the Flintstones' cars. ;)

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4 hours ago, laripu said:

Especially if harnessing the power actually prevented the catastrophic results. (But I imagine that's what you were getting at.)

 

Yes.  Catastrophic outcomes of storms, volcanoes, etc. are caused by the violent release of energy on affected terrain.  Capturing that energy renders it harmless.   Easier said than done.

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