Perpetual Motion – Different Sustainability

GeneratorPerpetual Motion – Different Sustainability

We always talk about design and how one can create a design that supports sustainability but where does the next level take us? In my opinion, we should move from the obvious of support to the not so like constant sustainable energy in basic construction.

One of my favorite ideas in sustainability is to take the concept of perpetual spinning wheel and convert that real time energy to power a house or structure. Energy that we use everyday is like motion in rotation format,  cars with engines that spin the crankshaft, boats that spin the propeller, and generators that spin turbine to create electricity.

Here is an idea that I have seen. Take a wheel with magnets attached to the outer rim and equally spaced placing it against another magnet force like a rod. If you move the rod closer to the wheel, you can see that the wheel will start spinning if you are able to overcome the first resistance. See video for good example ->

Now imagine taking that spinning wheel and attaching the center shaft to a clutch mechanism (like an automobile transmission clutch) where the spinning wheel will engage/lock to a generator shaft. This transfer of motion from the wheel to the clutch  will spin the generator coils to create electricity where power would go to a regulator and then to batteries for storage/use. (You can go directly from wheel to generator without a clutch type mechanism but would be difficult for the wheel to spin with resistance from the generator)

Just think, every house built with its own internal generator and no need for harmful byproducts, electrical lines, permits, or bills. We have the basic technology to create this endless perpetual electricity. If we step back and think about how to take the obvious into practicality, every structure can truly be sustainable, independently.


by Jon Lee

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