I had high hopes for my solar energy generation steam distribution system that consisted of vast fields of mirrors to concentrate incoming sunlight to heat up water working in conjunction with a conglomeration of pipework to transfer the resulting steam and produce clean energy. It actually worked rather well generating the right quality and proper pressure, but I never considered corrosion to be a factor. The high temperatures and low pH values running through my copper pipes started to degrade into copper ions, which then dissolved into the condensate and this accumulated as solid build-up, clogging my lines. I should have gone with the stainless-steel design, well live and learn.
Corrosion is the deterioration of a substance or its properties due to a reaction with its environment and in this case, the metal on the interior of the piping was dissolving, causing pipe failure that started to leak and some of the pipes even burst. I got tired of repairing all the pipes, replacing entire sections of pipe that began to leak, or removing every fitting where the green discolorations appeared. Since the piping no longer worked and I was still proud of my design, I modified it by attaching a lamp to the top of it and this useless piece of junk actually makes an effective paperweight. It is a good thing that my design of the Obama Pajama worked out for me.
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie NEKNEERAJ’s Photo Challenge #291.