In reply to  Bob Higgins's message of Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:07:46 -0700:
>While the Carnot efficiency certainly goes up with temperature, the
>lifetime of the materials go down rapidly above about 500C.  Most
>commercial high reliability systems operate at about 300C.  The Sterling
>engine will have its share of material problems at 600C hot end, but is
>going to be a non-starter with the hot end at 3000C.  Of course, he could
>always insulate and take the heat out at 600C while taking the hit in
>At 3000C, you will have substantial optical radiation - what happened to
>Mills' plan to use PV conversion?  

I already answered this here below.

>I always thought that the high energy PV
>conversion he planned was much farther out than what he stated.
>On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Axil Axil <> wrote:
>> Mills could also use the Kilopower solution. At 3000C, the effect must be
>> way over 38%.
>> On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 2:36 PM, <> wrote:
>>> In reply to  JonesBeene's message of Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:15:22 -0800:
>>> Hi,
>>> [snip]
>>> >Sooner or later, it is likely that Mills will have a defector – unless
>>> of course he really has a breakthrough, but all indications are that this
>>> is the latest in a long string of over-hyped failures.
>>> >
>>> [snip]
>>> I don't think it's actually a failure, but rather shifted to the back
>>> burner, in
>>> favor of a design he thinks may be more likely to work. I suspect he went
>>> looking for another conversion technology after I pointed out to him that
>>> silver
>>> vapor wouldn't condense to a liquid in a cavity with a uniform
>>> temperature of
>>> over 3000 degrees.
>>> Regards,
>>> Robin van Spaandonk

Robin van Spaandonk

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