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Free Energy Blog posts from October 6, 2013
Nokia Develops Lightning-Powered Phone Chargers
Here's another one from Mila Luleva over at Green Optimistic, dated October 1, 2013:
- A thunderstorm. Lightning. Your phone is running out of battery. The warnings say you should not plug any electronic devices to prevent power cuts. What do you do? Are you pursuing to find a way of charging your phone from the energy of the lightnings? Think no further. Scientists from University of Southampton are already on the job. Together with Nokia (ahem, Microsoft), Neil Palmer and team might just have found how to contain the lightning energy and charge a Nokia Lumia 925. Let’s see how.
- When Nokia presented the challenge to the scientists, they immediately started to plan the winning experiment. Using two transformers, one driving an alternative current and one controlling the flow and allowing charging, the team simulated a lightning by sending 200,000 volts across a 300mm gap. The result- the Nokia Lumia 925 was able to stabilize the noise in the signal and began charging.
- The team was impressed by their own finding. It meant that science is now able to provide the solution to harnessing natural energy in order to give that needed boost of power to mobile devices.
- The Nokia guys were just as impressed, and proud. While the scientists could harness the energy, the mobile device creators were proud of the high quality and durability of the cell phones.
- The experiment is just in its trial stage, but as Chris Weber, Executive Vice President for Sales & Marketing at Nokia, stated, such finding is a breakthrough in the world of technology.
- Nokia is a company with a history of being the first to break limits and introduce innovations in the world of mobile technology. They were the first to introduce wireless charging, and with this experiment they once again proved that the sky is the limit when it comes to finding ways to bring their products’ performance to another level.
- It remains to be seen what this experiment will bring to the world of mobile devices. However, one thing is for certain. If there is a brilliant new way of charging cell phones using the power of nature, Nokia will be the first to find it.
Here'a September 27, 2013 video from Nokia:
-- SilverThunder 02:42, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
Zotloterer Water Vortex Plant Gaining Momentum
We first covered this technology in July 2007, building a PESWiki feature page on it, and adding it to the New Energy Congress's Top 100 listing.
I tried to do an interview once with the inventor, but his accent was so strong I couldn't understand what he was saying.
Today I was sent a link to a YouTube video posted three years ago. It looks like the baton has been picked up by a well-known name: Bertrand Piccard, who flew the first round-the-world balloon flight and launched the famous SolarImpulse all-solar plane. Now investors and licensees are lining up.
I'd call this a technology we properly bird-dogged six years ago, albeit conventional.
- (YouTube; October 5, 2010)
-- SilverThunder 02:18, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
MIT Researchers Generate Electricity From Water Droplets In The Atmosphere
GreenOptimistic posted this story (excerpt below).
It represents a new genre of FE, which we'll call "conventional", since it's funded by the US Department of Energy and comes from M.I.T. No one is going to be hollering "heresy".
My guess is that it falls into the classification of things that work but are not likely to ever be practical because the price point would be too high. At best, it will take years of R&D before it even begins to approach practicality.
As a rule of thumb, if a free energy technology get support from the mainstream, it is not likely to be competing with the current price point of grid power. Those things are immediately labeled "junk science".
Nevertheless, I will say that this concept is intriguing from a scientifit vantage point, and maybe it will trigger some creative thinking that will lead to something else that will be practical.
- By Mila Luleva; October 3, 2013
- Generating power from water droplets in the atmosphere may just become one of the most striking and promising discoveries of the year. In a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the MIT researcher Nenad Milijkovic and team demonstrate that electric charge is detected as water droplets attached to superhydrophobic surfaces bounce away.
- This discovery was made after a number of experiments with charged electrodes. The team discovered that when the droplets condense onto the positively charged surface, given that there are at least two droplets that can coalesce, these do a spontaneous jump, releasing energy. The team also performed the experiment with a negatively charged surface, noticing that the droplets are attracted to it, meaning that the release of energy occurs due to a net positive electrical charge formed during the jump.
- The authors explain that the effect is due to a naturally formed electric double layer on the surface of the droplets. During the coalesce of two or more droplets, the charge separates, leaving some of it on the droplet, and the remaining charge on the surface.
- If implemented in electricity-generating power plants, the finding of the research published in Nature Communications earlier this week, might significantly improve the efficiency of existing and future facilities by enhancing the ability of the condensers to attract the droplets. This could be done by integrating an external electric field, the authors claim.
- In addition to this, Miljkovic and team believe that they can generate electricity from air. This will be made possible if the condenser surface is kept cool using the water of a natural water body. The authors are currently testing this by fitting paralleled metal plates in the open.
- Droplets get a charge out of jumping - Condensation on a metal plate leads to formation of droplets that carry electric charge, could improve power-plant efficiency. (MIT News; October 2, 2013)
- MIT Accidently Discovers Technique to Generate Energy from Condensation (OilPrice; October 3, 2013)
-- SilverThunder 01:49, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
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