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Oct 31

Ambient Energy Generator Technology

Posted in Battery Technology | Energy Inventions | Fuel Cells | Future Technology

Radio WaveAmbient energy generators have the potential to replace battery power as an energy source in a variety of practical applications, particularly in remote locations. Research has shown that it is possible to produce electric power from ambient sources like human energy, radio waves and transmission wires. Traditional electrochemical batteries and fuel storage systems are limited by factors such as battery life, fuel supply and weight. Recent advances in electronic components and sensor technologies are steadily reducing the energy requirements of many remote components and devices, further advancing the potential capabilities of ambient energy power generation.

Human Kinetic Energy as a Power Source

Scientists are researching several new technologies which can harness potential energy from the human body. One such technology would generate electricity from the human foot pressure on stairs and escalators. The same technology could also be used to gather ambient energy in high-traffic sidewalks and hallways. Researchers from The Facility Architects in London say that each foot produces eight watts of electricity every time a step is taken. With current abilities 30 percent (2.4 watts) of energy can be produced by walking. Energy of this type could be used to power low-energy applications such as lighting and safety equipment.

Electricity from Broadcast Radio Waves

Small electrical devices are steadily getting smaller and more efficient. If the energy requirements of sensors, monitors and communications equipment are reduced far enough, they could be operated by intercepting the ambient electricity generated by radio and television microwaves. Wireless electricity is considered to be a form of free energy, limited only by its proximity to ambient electromagnetic sources. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has performed research which indicates that the range of available ambient power from this source could be microwatts to hundreds of milliwatts, depending on distance and power of the transmitter.

The Future

Ambient energy has been harvested from alternative sources like geothermal, hydro and solar radiation since the beginning of human history. While these traditional ambient energy sources have excellent power generating capacity, there are limited in remote applications. Today’s high-tech world increasingly demands flexible, mobile and efficient energy sources. Alternative ambient energies could potentially reduce our daily fuel energy requirements, while helping to slow the depletion of global energy resources.

  • jason

    I am looking to make a generator to get energy for transmission lines because where I live I don’t have an access to power. Can you help me find plans to build one, plans i can buy, or a pre-built unit i can buy? Thanks for the help.

  • Larry

    This is nothing new. Nikola Tesla has already patented a device called a radiate energy receiver and in 1931 he published a design to run a dynamo from geothermal energy in “Everyday Science and Mechanics” publication. Along these same line Tesla had wireless lamps that was powered much like that above. One of the Radio shack electronic kits had a circuit that lit an LED as lighting approached and had a foxhole radio that did not require batteries, the crystal earphone was driver of off the radio wave. Pulling electric from transmission line is a kin stealing was it would produce a load on the line and what you have really created is nothing more then an air core transformer. The is no free energy unless you build a radio receiver that is pointed at the sun and you were converting solar radio waves into usable electric. As far a terrestrial based radio waves you would not be able to get much power from them, Take a 100KWA transmission tower. Your view of the tower is but a small fraction of its transmission radius.

    Tesla is the forefather of most all ambient/radiant energy ideas, after all he did invent the ac motor, rotating magnetic poles, robots, logic circuits (1903 patents 723,188 and 725,605) and the radio. Tesla demonstrated a tuned circuit for the wireless transmission of energy in 1893 to control a model boat(Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company vs the United state. June 21st 1943) which over turned Marconi’s patent. If you want to be inspired with pioneering ideas in this area read “TESLA – A MAN OUT OF TIME” by Margaret Cheney

  • Erdem

    I’m an engineer and I’m looking for an electronic device that converts magnetic waves to electricity. From my calculations it should have a 30 meter long antenna. If anyone knows this kind of device please contact me. I want to work on this and help to save the world.

  • Charles Rivers

    Free ambient module plans

  • tr3y

    What about the geostatic electric generator? It harvests static electricity from friction caused by the earth’s rotation. It comes out as DC, which has to be inverted to AC.

  • george

    What about harnessing sound waves with passive radiators mechanically linked to piezo electric crystals . Or using the “speaker” as a moving coil interacting with a permanent magnet and secondary coil with a wound armature in the center of the secondary coil . Sound would cause the diaphragm to move, the voice coil would fluctuate in the magnetic field causing electron flow.

  • Free Energys

    Free energy devices can be found at – download at will for free.

    Everything is there. Good luck.

  • Robert

    In reply to Jason who has no access to power, why not try a ‘tar free ‘ Gas Producer which runs entirely on biomass! All Renewable Energy.

  • Damian

    I’m looking to use human pulse technology to drive and store energy for small device applications. Any ideas?


  • Richard

    This company makes a radio wave generator and power harvester two part system. is the website.

    One part is a radio wave generator. The other part is a power harvester that they can imbed in your devices to receive the power from the radio wave generator to power your devices.

  • Ray

    Fill a balloon with helium or hydrogen and coat the balloon with EZ-Slide paint. Secure a gondola below the balloon containing graphite felt. Electrically connect the graphite felt to the balloon graphite using Wire Glue graphite glue and nylon ribbon coated with EZ-Slide. Use EZ-Slide coated nylon ribbon Wire Glued to the graphite felt and run the ribbon to an ultra-fast bridge rectifier and a low leakage capacitor. Run the bridge rectifier to a voltage regulator. On the ribbon, above the bridge rectifier, mount powerful permanent magnets on each side of the ribbon so that the magnets can move in and out of a wire coil on each side of the ribbon. Run the coils to bridge rectifiers and voltage regulators. A tube can be run to the balloon to keep it filled with gas.

    The whole antenna, being black, should absorb all electromagnetic energy. The graphite felt should gather electrostatic energy. The graphite coated balloon should store electrostatic energy. The graphite ribbon should collect all electromagnet energy. A longer ribbon should collect long and short wavelengths and more electrostatic energy. The ribbon should oscillate in the wind. The magnets oscillating in and out of the coils should generate electric current. The ultra-fast rectifiers should rectify all frequencies or as high as currently possible.

    This is an experimental project. Due to lightning potential EXTREME CAUTION IS ADVISED.

  • Ray

    Convert wasted engine heat to useful energy by using a Stirling engine as the engine’s heat radiator. Let the Stirling engine run the engine’s alternator and air conditioning compressor. Bypass your current engine’s radiator. Run the engine’s coolant around the engine’s exhaust system using copper tubing wound around the catalytic converter and exhaust pipes to capture more heat then run to a heat exchanger and then back to the engine. Place the Stirling engine on the heat exchanger. Insulate everything to reduce heat loss. Mount the Stirling engine to the vehicle using a platform and a receiver hitch. The vehicle’s engine, not running the alternator and air conditioning compressor, will get better mileage.

  • jay

    Does any one know of a generator, that can be started, ran from a 12 volt battery, and then creates electricity, and puts part of it back into the battery to keep it running, and then creates a large amount of electricity to run a fridge, hot water heater, and a few other appliances? i have heard of one, but can’t find the plans or any info on it, not sure of what its called even. can you help me?

  • wayne

    I now have a giant power co. transmission line across what was supposed to be an idyllic country retreat. I was forced to grant right-of-way for the pylons and lines but I still own all the land around and under it. Is there some way I can gather usable electricity from the bleed off flux and flow coming off these lines? Without touching or interfering with their equipment, of course.

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