Bubbles Could Provide Energy Breakthrough

December 19, 2014 8:29 PM

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Chances are, you probably champagne with living the high life. But uncorking a bottle of the bubbly stuff is also provides an illustration of a phenomenon that Japanese researchers say could be used to make electrical-generating plants more efficient.

When you open a bottle of champagne, the pressure upon the liquid is abruptly removed, which causes bubbles to form in it. Those bubbles, in turn, quickly begin a process called Ostwald ripening, named after the scientist who discovered it back in 1896. Bigger bubbles, which are more energetic than ...

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