water-powered organs

Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk
Wed Jun 12 09:33:27 EDT 2002

> It's not powered by a waterfall in Dalemark, but it's still neat:
> http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_603607.html?menu=news.scienceanddiscovery
> (unfortunately, _The Independent_'s search function is dead at the moment,
> so I can't locate the source article with consummate ease).

Sounds fun!  (Pun intended)

There is a way of producing compressed air with no moving parts except falling
water - you entrain air in a device similar (I think) to the water-powered
vacuum pumps used in school chemistry labs, and you can tap it off and use it,
with a head of water to provide the pressure.  (I think my parents know someone
who has a patent on part of this process).  I've often wondered whether this
could be used to drive a pipe organ.

But the famous organ in Dalemark was driven by steam, not by a waterfall...


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