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#12 of 13 Re: steam power [mrx100]
Oct 06, 2008 (7:54 am)
A steam car could be powered by an electric boiler, but you'd be limited in range (batteries don't hold nearly as much energy as typical liquid fuels), and you'd be losing a lot in terms of efficiency - it's much easier to start with electricity and convert it directly to motion using a motor than it is to convert the electricity to heat, transfer the heat to water/steam, then run that energy through a steam piston. Each step has losses - particularly when you are dealing with high temperatures, so minimizing the steps helps conserve energy.
#13 of 13 Re: steam power [stovebolter]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Oct 06, 2008 (8:14 am)
Maybe electricity could be used to PRE-HEAT a boiler but you'd be very late for the party waiting for electricity to create steam.