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Rayyan Javed
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I have finally finished the protoype for my invention and I want the whole world to know about it, I might be delusional but I think my invention would be revolutionary.

Anyways let me introduce my little friend:

https://imageshack.com/i/po0DD4SRp

As you can see there is a liquid in a container which pours out from the nozzle to move the turbine, the liquid then falls on the heated plane by which it gets evaporated and then condenses on the condensing plane, the liquid droplets then slide down the condensing plane to be collected in the container again. This process could go forever as long as it’s provided with heat like geothermal or solar heat energy.

Few possibilities I could think of are planting these in desserts like Sahara where heat is most intense and then supply the electricity to nearby cities, this way maybe we could provide everyone with cheap, environmental friendly and reliable energy source as it would last as long as the planet lasts.

I named it H.E.T.K.E.T.E.E.C (Heat Energy To Kinetic Energy To Electrical Energy Converter).

Here are the pictures of my first prototype:
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/5932/fW8CDA.jpg
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https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/9553/FeTJdG.jpg

You can clearly see the dull grey colored polyester on the base, it helps spread the liquid on a larger surface area and the dull grey color absorbs the most heat.

The white colored manual valve in the front is to fill the liquid in the container.

The liquid outlet nozzle is not easily visible as it has been covered by the polyester, you might be able to see it in the last picture.

I used a plastic measuring scale to turn the water outlet valve on and off from the outside.

The fan is moved by water pressure.

I couldn’t attach a motor to the fan as it couldn’t produce enough torque to move a motor shaft so I was unable to test it’s efficiency.

The prototype system uses solar heat energy, I tend to use Geothermal heat energy as it is continuously available.

I was on a really tight budget so I couldn’t build it any bigger to produce enough pressure to move a motor shaft, I built this in almost $30, so I have some questions:

Will Carnot limit effect it’s efficiency?

How do I introduce this design to the world?

Is it already patented?

Do I need to patent it?

It’s a summer vacation so I couldn’t ask the school for help moreover my parents don’t know what to do next neither do any of my close relatives.

It would be nice if you could guide me.

Thanks in advance
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You kind of laid out the glaring issue yourself - the fan doesn't produce enough torque. Once all the water initially there evaporates, it'll just be individual drops coming down and that won't power anything. That's even if you made a huge one.
Cooling towers in power stations don't cause a cascade of water to come down and neither will this.

Also at large scales you would not be able to use solar energy alone to evaporate the water

In a nutshell I don't think this could ever produce power anywhere near a commercial level.
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catchy name
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Yeah, from the description it's a 'heat engine' and is limited by Carnot's theorem.

Other heat engines you might like to look at are Stirling engine and especially the dipping bird
The dipping bird in particular as it works off changing masses of a working fluid by evaporation... and though it could theoretically work with water they're usually made with a fluid that's got a lower heat of vaporisation.

One of the problems people don't always expect with heat engines is the need to stop the cold end getting warm - you need quite an efficient way to continually remove the heat from it... commercially using sea or river (or lake) water to take away the waste heat would be alright (like we do with nuclear power stations) or cooling towers (evaporating water is also what the dipping bird uses to keep it's cold end cold)
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(Original post by Joinedup)
sea or river (or lake) water to take away the waste heat would be alright (like we do with nuclear power stations)
Excellent post Joinedup, just minor correction, like we “used” to use lake/river water to cool nuke plants

In our warming period , my research centre with three (mostly decommissioned) nuclear reactors has been unable to source cooling water from our enormous lake, taken from depth, the lake is still too warm to completely cool our facilities, so we’ve had to boost office a/c temperatures up to +26C this year. Good job the plants aren’t running. I think EDF in France is also struggling this summer, and they have “live” probs.

It’s ubiquitous PV on everything folks, and sure a few other bits - but start with covering everything with bifacial modules...
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