# Do you think the conversion of gravitational energy is possible?

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m abdullah javedposted 3 years ago

Do you think the conversion of gravitational energy is possible?

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RonElFranposted 3 years ago

I'm not quite sure what you are asking. If I drop a stone from a height and it strikes the ground, gravitational energy will be converted to heat and acoustic energy. But that's probably not what you have in mind.

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m abdullah javedposted 3 years agoin reply to this

Thanks Ronald, just wanted to know in what ways the gravitational pull can be utilised apart from its ultimate results as you have rightly mentioned here.

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connorjposted 3 years ago

Warp speed is just a few 3rd Rock from the Sun complete orbits ahead...

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Tusitala Tomposted 3 years ago

I seem to recall writing an essay on this very subject some time back.  My interpretation of your question being: Will it ever be possible to use the power of gravity to undertake projects not possible today?  For example, focusing the gravitational pull of the moon, thereby creating spots on earth where the earth's gravitation is greatly reduced, even nullified.  This would then allow space craft to be launched without the expenditure of massive rocketry.

It is probably a 'new frontier' and is already being looked at by scientists I wouldn't be surprised.   Not that I've heard anything about it.

Remember, it was only a couple of hundred years back when Electricity, as a form of man-made power, wasn't even an idea in the minds of human beings.   Look at us now!

My belief?   I think we will have some breakthroughs.  Once they're made, the whole ball game will change.

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Ben Evansposted 3 years ago

Gravity produces a force.  What you are calling gravitational energy is most likely potential energy.  When an object moves a distance with a force applied, it produces work or energy.

We have many types of Harness-able gravitational energy.  One way to use gravitational energy is hydro-electric energy.  Water flows down a height and turns a turbine which turns a generator.  Gravity creates a column of water that has a certain pressure.  This pressure is caused by the force (or weight of the water).  The force of the water pushes the blades of a turbine and this creates energy.  Electrical energy to be exact. (the turbine turns a generator)

Now solar energy works against gravity to evaporate the water and deposit it behind the hydro-electric dam.  In gravitational systems, gravity will be used to consume or produce energy but an equal or larger amount of energy will need to be put into the system to overcome the gravitational energy.   The reason we need more is because some of the energy that we put into the systems produce another energy like heat.

I hope that helps

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