Project Pinwheel Design Diary: Entry X

One of the things I've always been fascinated with, every since a...well, let's just say a long time, has been perpetual motion. The question is, can it really exist in a usable form.

After thinking about such a question forever, I'm inclined to think so and I'm sure my prior answer would have been, "no." I say prior because only after really exploring solar energy did my mind change. You'd have to pay much more attention to Earth's physical attributes than you might think for Photovoltaic energy to work properly.

There are many reasons why I believe it's possible and I understand the concerns people have had for, I guess, centuries. I know it seems unlikely for someone like me to discuss the issue let alone attempt to build a near-frictionless mechanism with the potential of operating in perpetuity but I think I'd like to try again in the near future. The only reason I can't say now is because I have no money. If it weren't for my mother, I'd be homeless.

Why do we care about perpetual motion? Well, I really am not concerned with what others may have had in mind with its intention, I merely find it to be a beautiful device which employs a range of planetary characteristics to demonstrate how energy can be sustainably used - perhaps the "ultimate" form of sustainable energy. Of course, I believe anything I use should be functional - there's no point in demonstrating something like a perpetual machine if it can't even power a load.

Again, I do think it's possible; however, not in the form of a motor as we know it today. If I built such a machine, it would concentrate on enhancing geo- and magnetic energy supplemented by light energy. Let's examine why this hasn't been done in a usable way.

Take a look at a solar radiometer; it's an instrument with no real purpose, shaped like a light bulb and spins in the presence of [any] light. How about a magnetic compass? It's the same as a solar radiometer (minus the solar part) except it relies on a planetary body's natural magnetic field to find Magnetic North.

Have you noticed what these two devices have in common? They both do the same thing using different forms of energy. More importantly, they both do it in vacuum-like chambers for the sole purpose of voiding wind resistance. If not for such enclosures, they would be impossible to use.

So, looking at a compass and solar radiometer, the question is, "can this be done on a larger scale?"

We look to the solar radiometer as useless to anyone but shows more potential since it appears to spin indefinitely with the nuance of requiring light. A compass works but is largely stationary without moving in 360 degree motions, or performing any revolution for that matter, to seemingly do anything else.

When we think about it, at first, it seems impossible - and it should. Would you build a huge glass dome to fit a larger version of a solar radiometer? If so, why and for what purpose? Not only would there be a significant size constraint but considering the fragility of which they are built (both solar radiometers and compasses), a significant amount of effort would be required for a sharply contrasting output - it's just not worth it.

I haven't forgotten about gyroscopes, either.

Let's rule out a solar radiometer device on a bigger scale; the structure of a compass remains. I think, though, this is where my starting point will be. However, as you can imagine, it's a bit tricky. I don't have nerdy formulas with Delta, Sigma, Gundam and all that so forgive me.

  1. We understand that the Earth has a magnetic field; this magnetic field is a requirement of the Earth's existence and I can presume that it is directly involved in a planetary body's motion and direction of motion; this may also include its speed. I will apply this theory to all heavenly bodies for now but am not prepared to say that it affects universal time and space.
  2. Liquids on Earth are affected by magnetism from within and beyond the planetary body; that is, such energy from outer space can, has and does affect largess molecules of liquids, possibly those only bearing the same molecules (or the majority of each molecule would be the same as those as its closest neighbor or that which it is attached to).
  3. Solar energy (Photovoltaic, Light and Heat) usually jointly and exclusively exist for a specific duration of time in every part of Earth, regardless of that region's weather patterns.

We'd like a perpetual motion to offer energy and to add, preferably without even having to ignite it [to start]. Its denouement should be natural; that is, perhaps never unless it is manually stopped. Can such a device exist?

I think so and...well...I at least want to try to build it.

There's a lot of reasons why I think it's possible and for me to be at least partly successful but that's way too long to go into; the short version is using a lot of logical hierarchies with a mixture of variables, which may be unexplainable, along with personal attributes which leads me to finally believe it's feasible. But I'm certainly not going to dare put a photo or video of such a device unless it can do something useful instead of sitting stationary and looking pretty.

Let's fast forward past all the jibber jabber; how am I going to do it? So far, and of course this may chance in future diary entries, here's what I have in mind:

  • I propose using non-chemical means of its construction due to evaporation; it will certainly be mechanical but limited in parts.
  • While mechanical, it must be (ideally) maintenance-free, in consideration of lubrication (regardless of its environment).
  • It will likely have to be outdoors so the material will, of course, have to be very strong and corrosion-resistant.
  • We understand that wind resistance is a big problem; however, we also know that enclosing such a device to increase wind resistance may be the only way it will work. At the same time, perhaps there is an alternative to this, using wind energy to supplement its power instead of resisting it.
  • Safely magnifying a magnetic field's energy for the system to work.
  • Using solar energy for the system to work, not necessarily photovoltaic.
  • Using a simple gyroscopic system in conjunction with a magnetic field to produce an anti-gravity-like environment.

In the end, I wonder if it's something I can incorporate into Project Pinwheel. That would be beyond exciting, don't you think? There's so much more to learn but I doubt it will take me ages to build a working prototype; understand, naturally as I learn more about Solar, I learn more about magnetism...there's no way I could have assumed that beforehand. I'll simply use the two variations of energy to finally and seriously begin building something that so far only exists in science fiction. In the end, if it's something that can benefit mankind, sure, why not? It'll be fun to at least try!

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