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Steampunk Energies

Started by von Corax, March 03, 2019, 06:51:46 PM

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53Bash

Gyroscopic?  Is a nice mechanical energy storage method, and the effects of precession are odd enough to make for some interesting stuff if you crafted it.  Fictionally, you could either straight up pull off stored kinetic energy (with the usual higher storage density and > 100% efficiency allowed in steampunk) or have the gyro actually generate energy via some esoteric effect.

newjack

i found out my "mirror array laser" idea was NOT new. maybe i'd heard of it before, but i was thinking about the ancient story where soldiers blinded an approaching army by flipping their polished shields.

it turns out Archemedes had the same idea ca300bc and called it a DEATH RAY.

Peter Brassbeard

Hydrogen peroxide was first produced in the early 19th century.  This chemical, when refined sufficiently to overcome stability issues, can serve as a portable source of instant steam.

Hurricane Annie

Quote from: newjack on July 09, 2019, 12:45:14 AM
i found out my "mirror array laser" idea was NOT new. maybe i'd heard of it before, but i was thinking about the ancient story where soldiers blinded an approaching army by flipping their polished shields.

it turns out Archemedes had the same idea ca300bc and called it a DEATH RAY.

Very prescient

Lunajammer

Depending on how far fetched you want to go, I made a gauge using Alecto, one of the Fury names, as a recessive energy. In reality, this was a fabricated gauge face I made for a project that goes on a humidity and barometer gauge. The needles actually move with the weather.


Hez

Quote from: Lunajammer on August 26, 2019, 03:05:26 PM
Depending on how far fetched you want to go, I made a gauge using Alecto, one of the Fury names, as a recessive energy. In reality, this was a fabricated gauge face I made for a project that goes on a humidity and barometer gauge. The needles actually move with the weather.


Fabulous Idea

von Corax

Just found another one: Odic force.

(Thanks to the webcomic Atomic Robo for that one.)

Incidentally, Odic force's hypothesizer Baron Carl von Reichenbach stated that Odic force has "a light and a dark side." Hmm...
By the power of caffeine do I set my mind in motion
By the Beans of Life do my thoughts acquire speed
My hands acquire a shaking
The shaking becomes a warning
By the power of caffeine do I set my mind in motion
The Leverkusen Institute of Paleocybernetics is 5845 km from Reading

J. Wilhelm

Quote from: von Corax on February 11, 2021, 02:31:46 AM
Just found another one: Odic force.

(Thanks to the webcomic Atomic Robo for that one.)

Incidentally, Odic force's hypothesizer Baron Carl von Reichenbach stated that Odic force has "a light and a dark side." Hmm...

Undoubtedly Baron von Reichenbach is the inspiration for Girl Genius' Baron von Wulfenbach  ;D

Caledonian

has anyone mentioned man- and horsepower yet?
manpower can be very useful for powering small machines
horsepower is usefull for kickstarting larger ones
Passion is like a Peatfire

Sorontar

Why do I suddenly imagine a horse kicking a boiler pump to get it started...

Sorontar
Sorontar, Captain of 'The Aethereal Dancer'
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Caledonian

Quote from: Sorontar on June 06, 2021, 11:38:38 AM
Why do I suddenly imagine a horse kicking a boiler pump to get it started...

Sorontar

probably because you have an amazing sense of humour
Passion is like a Peatfire

rovingjack

there is a man who wears a boot on his head (that runs in most of our elections) that has proposed that we put zombies in giant hamster wheels and dangle brains in front of them to get moving the wheels and generating power.

When an explosion explodes hard enough, the dust wakes up and thinks about itself.

Synistor 303

Quote from: rovingjack on June 07, 2021, 06:49:13 PM
there is a man who wears a boot on his head (that runs in most of our elections) that has proposed that we put zombies in giant hamster wheels and dangle brains in front of them to get moving the wheels and generating power.



Ooo, I like that one!

Miranda.T

Quote from: rovingjack on June 07, 2021, 06:49:13 PM
there is a man who wears a boot on his head (that runs in most of our elections) that has proposed that we put zombies in giant hamster wheels and dangle brains in front of them to get moving the wheels and generating power.



Given that that the concept of zombies breaks the laws of thermodynamics, you might as well make a kind of perpetual motion machine from them  ;)

Yours,
Miranda.

Athanor

 In the film version of Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials", Ms Coulter's airship was powered by some kind of Etheric energy; writhing electric-blue (or octarine) sparks confined in spherical gass globes. This wasn't referred to or explained elsewhere in the film, and wasn't mentioned at all in the books; so - who knows?
Vero vobis dico, qui quaerit, inveniet eius. Et saepius, parum volet.

"Truly I say to you, he who seeks, shall find. And quite often, he shall wish he hadn't."

              - Elias Ashmole Crackbone.