Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ocean Power

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-04/submarine-runs-eternally-thermal-power-ocean-currents

So a question here would be, can this technology be used on Europa? I know the thermal differences are vast between here and there, but if the material in the system that expands and contracts can be made to work with the temperature differences on another world, then maybe we could power an other-worldly submarine that way.

Of course, maybe a simple RTG system would be a more logical approach, but hey, it's something to think about. :)

1 comment:

Rich said...

A radiothermal generator might well be more practical but I can imagine it stirring up a lot of 'keep our nuclear hands off Europa' sentiment. So the thermal-power submarine would take one problem away from the mission - assuming it would actually work.

- Rich