Thursday, July 10, 2014

A new way to produce electricity

I have an idea that could greatly increase the production of electricity. But I do not have the tools to test it. I was thinking that maybe others with the necessary resources could test it for me.

So, I was looking up how a fusion reactor works. I knew what fusion was, but I wanted to know specifically how you could put together a machine to artificially cause it to occur.

I got something called the tokamak fusion reactor. There are many designs of course, and this design like all others, seemed interesting, new, advanced, futuristic, and best of all, innovative.

What of course baffled me, was how were you going to transfer fusion power, into electricity? Then I saw, that the design of the reactor would make it so that the heat generated by the fusion process would turn water to steam, to then turn a turbine.  

Instantly the thought that struck me was...that seems a bit primitive.

But what's even more interesting, is that EVERY other type of electrical generatoration eventually leads to turning a turbine. 

Wind power = turbine
Hydroelectric dam = turbine
Nuclear fission = turbine
Burning coal = turbine
Nuclear fusion = turbine

I eventually learned how and why turning a turbine produces electricity, and that's because the turbine is connected to a magnet, which turns around a conductive metal rod.

This produces electricity, I guess because it moves electrons??

Anyway my point here, is that we have all of these innovative ways to produce electricity. Yet our energy transfer method has stayed the same since..we'll...the FIRST electrical generator. We are talking Edison and tesla here, Nearly 200 years, it's ridiculous. The ONLY other 
Method, is very new technology that's still trying to be advanced, and that is of course, solar panels.

I've learned over my short life (also due to my intuition), that when you see a lack of advancement in one area. Especially If the area is extremely vital. Yet everything else is advancing greatly around it (nuclear fission/fusion).

That usually means that one, people don't understand it. And two, there are possibly great advancements to be made there.

So I started racking my brain as to a way to produce electricity In a new way.

I didn't get very far...but I did get an idea. The idea still revolves around using a magnet that spins around a metal rod, But it goes a bit further.

I realized that the magnet stays in one place, spinning in that exact same spot.
I of course asked my self. Why? Does a magnet spinning around a piece of metal produce electricity? We'll, what is electricity? Moving electrons. So, the magnet causes electrons to move? 

If so, I have come to the conclusion, that instead of having the magnet spin in the exact same spot. Wouldn't it be more effective to move it forwards as well? (or whatever direction you want the electricity to go towards).

I mean when transferring heat to electricity via turbine, what you are really doing is transferring heat, to kinetic energy, to electrical energy. Which is basically just the kinetic energy of electrons.

So my intuition instantly told me, wouldn't it work A LOT better if you actually moved the magnet as we'll?

I tried thinking of multiple designs where these magnets move around.

One design I came up with, is to completely surround the metal rod in a hollow cylindrical magnet (how it's done now). Then figure out a way to have this metal rod be constantly surrounded by a forward moving possibly spinning cylindrical magnet/magnets. 

My intuition tells me that you would exert greater directional kinetic force on the electrons, and thus produce more electricity this way.

In the picture it shows a turbine generator, which as I pointed out above, is used for EVERY form of electricity generation besides solar. It's also nearly 200 year old technology. 

In this design, The magnet is stationary, and the metal rod spins place. The one I described above, instead has a magnet spinning around the metal rod. But it doesn't matter, both methods produce electricity.

Disregard the turbine while imagining this.
My idea, is to move the magnet along the metal rod in the direction you want the electricity to travel (example, forward), while the magnet is moving along the metal rod in that direction, the magnet or rod also spins. Exerting greater directional kinetic energy onto the electrons, thus converting more kinetic energy into electric energy. And thus increasing the efficiency of the whole system.

I would like to, or someone else, to run a test where you input the same amount of energy into these structurally different electricity generating turbines. Then measure the amount of electricity is produced by each set up.

You would of course have the control, which would be the standard magnet circling a metal rod, then you would have my set up idea.

The main thing is, if this idea succeeds, I think it could greatly increase our production of electricity. This could further help solve our energy problems. 

It also could be highly profitable, but I'm kinda giving up that possibility by posting this online.