Gravity Induced, Buckyball Based Power Plant

The Gravity Induced Power Plant is an electricity generator based on the free-fall (gravity-induced) of capsules loaded with highly magnetized buckminsterfullerene (or buckyball) along a helical tube. The power plant is self-sustained by lifting the capsules by means of magnetic levitation.

The buckyball is a spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60, a cage-like fused-ring structure (truncated icosahedron) that resembles a soccer ball. The buckyballs intended for this power plant shall be produced with ferrites, in order to induce ferrimagnetism in them.

The packaging of the buckyballs is by encapsulation, enclosing the buckyballs in a relatively stable shell suitable to contain dry, miniature pellets. This delivery method can be flexible enough to move with lower friction along the helical tube, and allow for some degree of bending at the helix turns.

Differing from a standard electromagnetic generator, the rotor consists of one or more static helical tube(s) where the magnetized capsules rotate in their descent along a central rod. This static rod functions as the stator, as in any conventional generator.

Magnetic levitation, maglev, or magnetic suspension is a method by which an object is suspended with no support other than magnetic fields. Magnetic pressure is used to counteract the effects of gravitational and any other accelerations.

The lift system functional principle is very similar to a magnetic levitation, or magnetic suspension, system where the capsules are suspended with no support other than magnetic fields. Magnetic pressure is used to counteract the effects of gravitational and any other accelerations. The use of diamagnetic materials or super-conduction allows stable levitation against gravity.

The helical tube enables the ascent and descent of the buckyballs capsule in a defined path. It performs the function of the rotor in an AC generator. The number of helices is a function of the height of the tube, the size of the capsule, and the required angle of descent.

The power plant is intended to provide emission-free electrical power and to be environmentally friendly.

This power generator is intended to be installed in any environment. However, its inherent design makes it particularly suitable for sky-free areas such as desert expanses.

The derived electricity is used to power various systems in a local area including, for example, a communications base station, an air conditioning system for a full school, and more.

Setting several units in a closed area may create a medium-size electric power plant that provides electricity to a small community.

The whole system is dubbed Shlomo Pillar due to its standing rod configuration.

The power station is powered first by either a solar-powered plant or a wind power plant, but its design enables continuous power supply regardless of the weather changes that affect stable output by solar or wind power stations.

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  • ABOUT THE ENTRANT

  • Name:
    Sidney Shlomo Ben Dan
  • Type of entry:
    individual
  • Profession:
    Engineer/Designer
  • Sidney Shlomo is inspired by:
    Global weather disruption necessitates newer solutions for power generators, as environmentally friendly and emission-free as possible to save Earth from self-damaging.
  • Patent status:
    none