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Fighting Fires With Beams of Electricity 137

cylonlover writes "It's certainly an established fact that electricity can cause fires, but a group of Harvard scientists have presented their research on the use of electricity for fighting fires. In a presentation at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Ludovico Cademartiri told of how they used a unique device to shoot beams of electricity at an open flame over one foot tall. Almost immediately, he said, the flame was extinguished. 'Such a device could be used, for instance, to make a path for firefighters to enter a fire or create an escape path for people to exit, he said. The system shows particular promise for fighting fires in enclosed quarters, such as armored trucks, planes, and submarines.'"
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Fighting Fires With Beams of Electricity

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  • REALLY want video! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by wisebabo ( 638845 ) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @02:59AM (#35649546) Journal

    If there's a story that is crying out for some audio-visual documentation, this had got to be it!

    I mean electricity and fire (and maybe they use a laser to create an ionized channel for the electricity to go through).

  • by Doc Ruby ( 173196 ) on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @07:27AM (#35650874) Homepage Journal

    Except if firefighters use electricity instead of water to extinguish the flames, they won't be wet. Fire trucks seem like good places to keep a large mobile battery, or a capacitor for recharging from power lines nearby the disconnected building, or a transformer while the building is disconnected. Or maybe buildings will have fire suppression power equipment installed that uses this electric effect.

    The point is that electricity replaces water, so they don't have to mix.

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