Chimneys are among the most efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective sources of heat energy.
Now, a new technology could allow us to heat the world with the help of them.
Chimneys can be used to heat buildings or power their own internal combustion engines.
They also help to reduce emissions and help improve air quality.
But their heat output is still limited compared to the amounts of energy they can take up in a combustion engine.
To help solve this, a team of scientists at the Institute of Nanoscience and Technology in Ahmedabad has developed a chimney-powered thermal power plant.
Their research is published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
“Our chimney is a system of a chimera,” said Dr. Nirmal Sharma, the first author of the paper.
“We are using this system to produce heat energy from a source which does not require a combustion chamber.”
A chimney creates a very small thermal chamber that is about 50 centimetres long.
It has a small diameter and can be controlled by using pressure to control its movement.
The chimney’s surface can be cooled by applying a cooling agent.
The chimney, or “tachyon” as it is called, has a thin shell that sits atop a hollow sphere made of titanium dioxide and aluminum oxide.
The Tachyon’s surface is covered by a thin layer of silicon dioxide.
The titanium dioxide acts as a catalyst, and the silicon oxide acts as an insulator.
When the silicon dioxide reacts with the titanium dioxide, the titanium oxide is released and it can be transferred into the chimney.
In this way, the chimera is able to cool down and heat the surrounding area.
“This system allows the chimeras temperature to be controlled with a high degree of precision,” said Sharma.
The researchers tested the chimneys heat output in a heat exchanger, and they have also tested it in a steam generator.
The team is now developing the technology to build a heat pump for use in the chimeric plant.
They have also developed an alternative heat source that can be applied to the chimestor, which is a large-scale generator that is connected to a boiler.
“In the future, we will be able to produce more heat from the chiming plant with a similar system,” said Vijay Sengupta, one of the authors of the study.
“With this technology, we are looking to transform heat from combustion into energy for heat generation in the homes, factories, hospitals, etc. We are also looking to improve the efficiency of the heat pump by increasing the heat capacity of the chiminewoods.”
To improve the chimers efficiency, the researchers are also planning to build and test the system on more traditional chimerics.
The project is also part of the Centre for Sustainable Development (CDS) Programme on Nanosciences, which aims to develop nanoscientific applications to address global warming.
The work was supported by the Tata Foundation, Tata Sons, Tata Advanced Technologies, Tata Steel, and Tata Motors.