This hydroelectric system, described in The Study of Syphon and Applied in Hydroelectricity Power Production, is said to be continuous once it has been set up. Once set up it is claimed that it will continue to generate electricity without any additional external input.

Hydroelectric system with a siphon setup

I have seen similar devices in a couple of places. How does this work? I feel that as entropy increases, the process must stop. what am i missing here?

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    $\begingroup$ The siphon won’t work. That is easy enough for you to test - just need two buckets and a pipe. $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Jul 23, 2023 at 6:39
  • $\begingroup$ I agree. The paper however shows results from this setup and says that "a continuous flow was established" and so I thought I'm missing something. $\endgroup$
    – n7unity
    Jul 23, 2023 at 6:50
  • $\begingroup$ Unless that air pipe top right of tank is a valve that is shut… $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Jul 23, 2023 at 6:57
  • $\begingroup$ they forgot to say continuous flow until the tank is empty $\endgroup$
    – jsotola
    Jul 23, 2023 at 15:14
  • $\begingroup$ If this actually worked. Then you wouldnt publish this you would build one, then the next and soon corner the energy markets $\endgroup$
    – joojaa
    Jul 24, 2023 at 6:38

1 Answer 1

  1. Siphons don't work uphill.

  2. Any system that claims to be self-sustaining is not only wrong, but is prima facie wrong. All you have to do is figure out where.


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