Imagine a typical steampunk setting. Now, let's make two grand assumptions about it:
- Steam engines here are MUCH more efficient than those in our world. Yep, we have to violate laws of physics for this one.
- We can't use any electrical energy. To not touch physics again, let's pretend we self-restricted ourselves from using any kind of electricity.
These do not apply to the entire genre - just for here and for now, we need these two for our thought experiment.
While generating whole lot of a mechanical energy, we can't convert it to the electrical one. This forbids us from a convenient way to manage said energy. Yet, our steampunk world still needs to do it somehow.
Is there any effective way to store this energy now? Be it some "batteries" for long-term storing, or "pipes" for temporal one (while transmitting energy for short distances).
Or maybe we could find another convenient form of energy to convert to, working around it?
Assume we don't want to violate physics anymore - apart from those laws we've violated already, of course.
I just wonder how this whole world would look like - it's not really a topic many steampunk universes raise, even though this is (possibly) a main problem these worlds would have to deal with.