Friday, 27 December 2013
How big would Bessler's Wheel have to be to supply all the heat and light required for one home?
From time to time the possible uses for a Bessler wheel have been discussed, and much debate has centred on the potential power it might be able to generate. I may be wrong, but I have got the impression that many people think that it will lack sufficient power to be of any practical use. Mostly it has been thought that a wheel capable of generating enough electricity for single home's requirements would have to be too big to be of any economical benefit and might cost more to build than the cost currently experienced in paying power companies for their electricity (pardon the pun!).
But I have been following the news about the machine being built on behalf of Ribeiro brothers and information about it can be found at http://www.rarenergia.com.br/ Looking at the photos I estimate that it must be at least 30 foot long by maybe 20 foot high. I have no idea if this thing will work as claimed, but I can imagine the power output from a Bessler wheel of similar dimensions and it isn't small by any means. Bessler suggested that a wheel of 20 foot diameter could be built and this was a single wheel, imagine a series of them on one shaft covering 30 feet in length (like the Ribeiro brother's one ) and yet still 20 foot in diameter.
Most of the electricity in this country and elsewhere is generated by Alstom steam turbines. There are different modules for differing requirements in output, but on average they measure at the very least 30 foot in length and over 15 foot in height and some are several times larger. Admittedly these operate at a much higher speed than Bessler wheel could ever achieve, unless it was able to apply sufficient force to the right gearing, but that is an engineering problem and not impossible. The point I am making is that these huge machines are designed to supply heat and light to thousands of homes, but something smaller than Ribeiro's machine in the form of Bessler's wheel might supply sufficient electricity to power maybe a street of homes - and how big for just one home?
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