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Old 11-11-2018, 01:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Let the Sun do the actual pumping!
Yes, when you get down to fundamentals, hydroelectricity IS solar power :-)

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Everything is solar power, including fossil fuels, except for nuclear power (which is supernova power, or whatever mechanism creates the heavy and unstable atoms).

I'm solar powered. Thought about making a tee shirt that said as much.
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Everything is solar power...
Not really. Geothermal is a mix of supernova (all those radioisotopes decaying underground) and gravity.
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To build elements heavier than Te is a process called the proton capture process.
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It is more accurate to say we are nuclear powered.

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Not really. Geothermal is a mix of supernova (all those radioisotopes decaying underground) and gravity.
All our energy currently comes from some form of nuclear energy - sun or the earths core. Unless you can capture the energy of a passing asteroid and turn its kinetic energy into a usable energy form.
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The first proton accelerator I worked on spent a lot of time doing this.

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To build elements heavier than Te is a process called the proton capture process.
A large part of our day was spent on elemental research. The nights were also filled with government guys with black boxes and lots of armed security using our proton accelerator to shoot beams into their black boxes. Then they would go away. Until they had another black box to shoot.

Also, neutron generators are used in heavy element creation.
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All our energy currently comes from some form of nuclear energy - sun or the earths core. Unless you can capture the energy of a passing asteroid and turn its kinetic energy into a usable energy form.
Looking at it that way, sort of blows one's mind.

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