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The Top Green Power Ideas To Win $200 Million In GE Development Funding

Updated on July 22, 2010

Here are some of the most advanced and/or outlandish concepts for clean green electrical power generation, and a wide ranging discussion on what will work, what won't, and whether any of these are candidates for the GE Ecomagination Challenge! We can share the credit!

The OMG!!! 6 Mile High Conduit Generates More Electricity Than The USA!!! Hub got me seriously thinking about completely "out of left field" ideas for generating clean green power. It has never ceased to amaze me how Nikola Tesla at a time when science believed that electricity was carried by the ether which could be "condensed" into capacitors was able to accomplish what he did, let alone inventĀ the myriad of literally miraculous electrical devices that unfortunately did not survive his addled later years cooped up in hotel rooms filled with pigeons, and we only know of today by inference.

Therefore, here is a discussion of some clean green power generating concepts that by all rights should work, but likely won't. As I am far from an electronics engineer, comments are more than welcomed although please don't reply simply with "It won't work" or "It violates the Nth law of thermodynamics." Let's discuss why it won't work and maybe, just maybe, we can come up with a killer concept that we can propose as a group to the GE Ecomagination Challenge for our share of the $200 million development fund!

Magnetic Rotor

I've been fascinated by this for many years, and I've never truly understood why the heck it wouldn't work. Let's postulate a rotor with three arms. The hub drives a generator. At the end of each arm is a powerful positive magnet. The ends of each arm align with a bipolar magnet which itself is on a rotating hub. Gearing keys in the alignment so that once the main rotor starts turning, the three bipolar magnets start rotating as well. As the arm approaches the bipolar it is turned so that the negative magnet is turned towards the positive magnet on the end of the arm, but as it passes top dead center, it rotates to have its positive magnet side turned towards the arm, repelling it. I'm more than willing to entertain that the rotor would have to be spun up to speed by an external power source and even the three magnet rotors can be powered by mains electricity or even the Energizer Bunny. I'm just trying to see if there is any way to get the system over unity, or to generate more electricity than it takes in, and thus become what is generally acknowledged as impossible: a perpetual motion machine.

Ionospheric Ionization

Balloons have been floated in the mesosphere at over 50 km of altitude. If we can figure out a way to get a balloon just 30 km higher we can now take advantage of the massive amount of ionization in the ionosphere. A wire connected from the balloon to the ground should turn that electrical potential into a massive and perpetual current.

Ionospheric Temperature Gradient

While we're at the balloon in the ionosphere why not use the connecting wires as heat conductors with an albeit very long power cable connecting them to a motor or battery to take advantage of that perpetual current as well?

Electrostatic Self-oscillating Capacitive System

This one is tough to explain and I'm not even fully sure what it all means, but there seems to be some details in Tesla's writings about an oscillating device which turns stored energy into heat thus powering the ongoing oscillations. Again, I ask the more electrically cognizant to help figure this one out.

All Of The Rest Of Tesla's Experiments

We can easily go through the entire Tesla catalogue to determine anything that can be understood (that one's the tough part) and applied: Double wound flat coils, phantom loops, coil excitement from radiant and atmospheric energy... and what the heck was that huge tower at Wardencliffe doing?

It seems that half of the learned observers believe that Tesla may have been the greatest genius of the millennium while the other half write him off as a crackpot who got lucky with AC electricity and produced nothing but gobbledigook afterwards. Whatever your opinion of Tesla, why not see if we can come up with something, anything, that we can pitch at the GE Ecomagination Challenge and share the credit?

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