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Oct 6th 2015, 05:15 PM   #1
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Gravity – Energy of the Future

The concept of this invention is employment of a downwards moving object to produce electricity.

There is nothing new in this idea, and as everyone before me, I encountered the same problem: lifting the object takes far more energy.

To resolve the problem, I took a different approach and employed balance, leverage and counterbalances as shown on the picture #1. The large circle represents the downward moving object or balance*, smaller circles represent counterbalances (combined mass of both counterbalances equal to the mass of the balance**), black triangles represent fulcrums, and lines connecting centers of the circles represent levers. The leverage ratio is 1:2. Due to this ratio, when balance is moving downwards, only half of the energy is used to lift the counterbalances.

But not so fast – if we try to flip the system around axis X and repeat the move, we will soon discover that the side where balance is located is heavier than the side with the counterbalances; all energy gain will be lost on flipping. It is obvious on the picture #1 that the center of the large circle is twice farther from rotation axis X than centers of both counterbalances.

On July 17, 2014, a solution of the problem came unexpectedly, and I replaced the middle parts of the two levers with a leaf spring (picture #2). As a result, balance shifted downwards lifting both counterbalances and the entire system kept its equilibrium. Later I named it ‘compound leverage’. Keep in mind, the system does not induce its rotation a small motor is needed.

Replacing the balance* (middle piece) with a linear generator allows gravity-to-electricity conversion. Due to system equilibrium, only a small portion of that energy is spent on rotation.

This device has no conflict with Newtonian Law; it transforms [sup]1[/sup]/[sub]3[/sub] of gravitational force applied to linear generator (middle piece) into ready-to-consume electricity

Do not embarrass yourself by denying, that the described system insures the balance downward movement, lifts counterbalances using only half of that energy and maintains equilibrium if rotated around axis X.

Let’s take a closer look. On picture #3, the system is depicted from a different point of view (Axis X is pointing directly at your eye). Also, a pendulum is attached.

1) pendulum and its trajectory
2) counterbalances (second is hidden behind)
3) point of 180 degree rotation (axis x as on pictures #1 and #2 are directed towards you)
4) compound leverage
5) balance*

Suppose, pendulum does not move until the balance reached its lowest point – conversely, balance does not move until the pendulum reached its highest point on the other side, also friction in bearings supporting system rotation and aerodynamic resistance does not exist. What will happen then? The pendulum will not stop, the system will move forever and the generator will not stop producing electricity, aka ‘perpetual motion‘.

Now back to reality. The ideal condition is movement without friction (but this does not exist). But, we can reduce friction to a minimum. Also, an increase of balance/counterbalance mass has a negligible impact on a pendulum’s movement. This means that electricity produced by a generator weighing 1 kg is not enough to sustain its rotation. A generator weighing 100 pounds will produce enough power to rotate itself forever, and a generator weighing 10 tons will produce electricity for your entire neighbourhood. Need more? Make it heavier...

* In this article: balance, large circle, or linear generator all mean the same.
** Extending the distance from fulcrums to counterbalances will reduce the mass of the latter still maintaining equilibrium. Such modification shall not increase power or efficiency of the machine but decrease its weight.

Intrigued? Do you want to know more? Look in PDF attachment.
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Last edited by sentally; Oct 27th 2015 at 05:36 PM. Reason: correction

 Oct 6th 2015, 07:33 PM #2 Physics Team     Join Date: Jun 2010 Location: Naperville, IL USA Posts: 2,271 So, have you tried to build this mechanism? Did it work? No, I didn't think so. Here's why it won't do as you suggest: you are neglecting the fact that as the mechanism rotates the heavy middle weight will be further from the axis of rotation as it moves upward in its arc than it is 180 degrees later as it moves downward. This means the motor that turns this requires an external energy source to raise the weight and keep the motor turning. This has nothing to do with friction, but rather is due to the torque that the larger mass applies to the axis of rotation. Whatever amount of energy you can get out of the movement of the middle mass relative to its supporting arms is more than used up by the motor that keeps the mechanism turning. Last edited by ChipB; Oct 7th 2015 at 07:47 AM.
 Oct 15th 2015, 04:24 PM #3 Junior Member     Join Date: Oct 2014 Location: Montreal, Canada Posts: 3 Responding to ChipB This is about preserving human knowledge. The way you react does not surprise me.
 Oct 15th 2015, 06:41 PM #4 Physics Team     Join Date: Jun 2010 Location: Naperville, IL USA Posts: 2,271 I understand - logic does not influence you. Last edited by ChipB; Jul 5th 2016 at 02:02 PM.
 Jul 5th 2016, 08:37 AM #5 Senior Member   Join Date: Aug 2010 Posts: 267 What?? Producing energy has little to do with "preserving human knowledge" so that is a complete non-sequitur. Also, by the way, using gravity to produce energy is nothing new- that is exactly what hydro-electric generators do and the large tides in the Bay of Fundy are also used to produce electricity. Finally, did you think about ChrisB's criticism. If his criticism was not valid tell us exactly why. Becoming angry at criticism is just an ego-trip and has nothing to do with "preserving human knowledge".

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