Friday, September 11, 2015

Home again, 9/11/15

Long, rainy day.  On a day like this, it may be pretty easy to forget something I thought about early in the day.

Like more AGW discussion, yay!

The ratio of carbon dioxide gas to the other gases in the atmosphere is 2500 to 1.  ( 400 into 1 million goes 2500 times)  Take that one pound of water that I heated up in an experiment.  As a comparison, the 2500 lbs of water takes 2500 BTU to heat up 1 degree Farenheit.  That would take 0.73 kwh of energy, or 2,637,500 joules.  The one pound of water to boiling point took 140 BTU or 147,700 joules.  Thus, the ratio of joules between that 1 pound of water and that 2500 pounds of water is 147,700/2,637,500.  Or 5.6%.  That could mean that if you pour in the boiling 1 pound of water into the 2500 lbs of water, you will get maybe 5.6% of 1 degree Farenheit of heating.

Now, back to some of the numbers discussed in that experiment linked in the above paragraph.  If the sun heated the surface at the rate of 100 watts, then at most it would generate 1.2 kwh of energy per day.  This will heat up the 2500 of water only 2 degrees Farenheit at most.  All of that energy must be captured by the 1 lb of water and transferred to the 2500 lbs of water.  Most unlikely.  Even if it did get transferred, just 2 degrees won't be held for 12 hours.

What I'm getting at is that you can't put that much energy in a small amount of matter, and even if you could, it couldn't be held during the night time hours anyway.

Water used as an example here.  We're really talking about gases, which makes it even more implausible, due to the gas laws I mentioned in prior posts.  Besides, water retains heat better than carbon dioxide.

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