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Old 08-10-18, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default Evacuated Solar tube, steam, turbine, Nissan Leaf drivetrain, electricity?

Another hair brained idea? I heard that phrase in my youth and wondered what it meant. Don't know if it was ever directed at me or something my dad would say about someone else's ideas.

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160 evacuated solar tube collectors
Lots of well insulated steel and copper piping
Complete Nissan Leaf drivetrain and traction battery

While I was thinking what to do with the recently acquired Nissan Leaf drivetrain, I wondered if the evacuated tubes could supply enough heat to produce steam and drive a turbine that would turn the Leaf motor ( in regeneration mode) to recharge the Leaf 24 kWh traction battery for use to power my home?

Thoughts?

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Old 08-10-18, 07:24 PM   #2
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One issue might be with the evacuated tubes themselves. I recall that they have a temperature limitation safety device that limits the temperature to 194*F or 90*C (residential) and 135*C or 275* (commercial) which I am not sure what I have, so that will have to be tested.
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The Nissan drive would re-power a Chevy really nicely and 14 panels to charge it

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Old 08-11-18, 04:33 PM   #4
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I bet it would. There were thoughts of powering a 1970 Buick Skylark that I have sitting around. Seems like the original battery pack would fit between the frame and the rest of the drivetrain would snuggle right in. But, I can imagine that it would also take me years to complete with lots of help from my friends and family!

Am I getting lazy in my old age?

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