Drone Harvesting High Voltage From The Sky
Things are going great and while most people use their drones to capture footage or just for fun, ive been using mine for the past two months to capture free energy, free energy j, there is no free energy. Okay, so maybe free is a relative term. You see directly above our heads is a power source that literally nobody would expect the atmosphere itself, specifically theres a voltage gradient that exists between the earth and the sky at all times. It can be hijacked for power, and this was my journey to do so: Music, hey, im, jay and welcome back to plasma channel. If this is your type of science consider subscribing and turning on those notifications to extract energy from the atmosphere indiana here volunteered. As tribute im using the dji mini 2, which i freaking love, its super light has a 4k camera and its foldable its basically like a flying burrito controlled by my phone anyways. I was pleased to learn how resistive it is to my abuse and the thing actually has a carrying capacity of half of a pound which is insane considering it weighs half a pound. So i built this little wire harness made of fishing line and hey acrylic. Thatll. Hang about a meter below the drone and carry this electrode up into the sky. This allows me to use the drones camera to spy on the top of the electrode just to see, if anything crazy happens at height, the harness electrode and wire only weighs 70 grams.
So lift isnt an issue ill be using a few tools to visualize any energy we harvest. The first tool is a classic foil electroscope, when its charged to a few kilovolts dc, the foil, leaves actually repel each other. I found above about eight kilovolts and they actually stick to the glass. Second, a franklin bell, which uses static repulsion to create linear motion when one can is charged and the other can grounded the ball bounces back and forth. Lastly, is a corona motor of my design. This uses static, repulsion and attraction to create rotational energy charge one side ground, the other it spins. Let me know if youd like a build video for this to aid with video, i enlisted the help of my friend jordan. He uses this flying dslr to study whale dynamics and populations, its really cool check out his work on instagram, because the works incredible as you can see ill place, this link down below so jordans drone a little bit bigger than mine and its gon na be the Main force behind all the cinematic shots that youre gon na see. I have no idea if this is actually gon na work, but tomorrow, im gon na find out lets go for it. Please dont kill me Music. What could possibly go wrong? Music Applause, its doing it? Music Applause, Music, Applause, Music. I see this going bad real fast. While the drone sat at 100 meters, i established an electrical ground and connected the sky wire to an isolated base.
The base then connected to the electroscope, but nothing really happened until i shocked myself. Oh ow yeah, you want to feel it not really, but okay as cool as that was i couldnt, get any sparks on camera and the electroscope didnt budge. So, while indiana sat up there, we discussed what we should have been seeing and even though yeah it was the first time for me. I figured something wasnt right. Ah, that didnt really work like i would have hoped you could hear the static on the wire and the top of the electroscope. So i mean that kind of tells us theres potential here um, but jordan, and i you know we were talking its pretty humid today. So you know pretty strong chance. The humidity is leeching away some of that charge, so i think i need more charge and therefore that means a bigger electrode. So this was the original electrode didnt work. Well, today, im trying this guy twice as many ionization points and double the surface area to collect energy out of the sky. Im pretty excited about it, so lets give it a try. That is looking a lot better way, more balanced. That electrode is huge Music im. Really feeling good about this one, oh see see theres the static charge, charging charging look at that look at that thousands of volts and then discharging it. Electroscopes rely on repulsion of like charges. Both pieces of foil are electrically connected to the sky, so they share a positive charge and basically give each other the cold shoulder, and i got really lucky this day.
There was zero wind, which would not happen next time. But at this point the drone was out of battery, so i had to call it for the day it actually worked right and in my experience that was maybe three four thousand volts, but keep in mind the voltage differential increases, the higher up you go. We were only at 100 meters. That kind of makes you think so, ultimately, the spacing – and the number of ionization points is what matters, but it still didnt produce much current, though luckily the chronomotor doesnt take much current to spin its actually. One reason why these are called atmospheric. Knowing the setup draws power, we terrorized one final park. This time i planned to test the franklin bell and the corona motor theres a bit of a wind. Today, jordan, i had to find a second park to go to uh the winds gon na blow this around like crazy, so its gon na be kind of a test of what this little tiny drone can actually put up with, while dragging a wire 100 meters. 150 meters up into the sky so lets do it though ow dont kill me peace. Music. Wind is super strong right now, Music. So if you look in the center of the screen right now, youll notice the baskets being blown almost entirely out of the field of view thats, because the wind is just gusting up there. So 100 meters Music, all right im, going to stop at 115 and hold steady all right it didnt blow up yet, oh by the way meet the aerial film crew.
I just thought this was a cool shot. Oh yeah im getting shocked right now. This time i just used the electroscope as a quick voltage check now thats a few thousand volts right there. All right lets see if theres enough current to make this franklin bell work. Oh, oh dude, freaking, working, buddy, yeah its a really cool process. The aerial wire places a positive charge on this can which then influences the foil ball to deliver electrons from the grounded can which is directly connected to earth. The clouds finally opened up. So i connected up the corona motor like before one side was connected to ground, while the other was attached to the aerial wire and after just a few seconds, hey, hey, shes, spinning. This is just remarkable. It never really spun that fast, but i just sat and enjoyed the miracle i mean i quite literally was siphoning energy straight from the atmosphere. This motor was operating off of several kilovolts, which you could actually hear if you stopped the motor and brought your finger near. The aerial wire thats, the sound of coronal discharge, not long after the wind started picking up, so we packed up its honestly, the craziest thing, and you know if youre anything like me, youre gon na wonder where the hell does. All this energy come from theres. No such thing as free energy right ill, give you a hint it has to do with that voltage gradient. I mentioned earlier.
Well, i think medi says it best. The voltage gradient between earth and the sky is fairly linear, starting with zero at earth and increasing by around 100 volts per meter, and it can be shown by these equip potential lines representing the voltage gradient. All the conductive objects connected to ground, though like people, trees or buildings, or even this wire, the j guy wants to send to the sky, are at zero volts, which means this equipotential lines will have to curve around them, but these equipotential lines become increasingly more compressed Around the grounded object, the higher it is, in other words, the intensity of electric fields. It experiences increases with height. Now, if sharp electrodes are present beside intense enough electric fields, the air molecules are ionized that suck electrons from ground through the wire into the electrodes into the positive ions of air. So just like that, we can create electric current. So since the electrode was at about 115 meters, we should have produced close to 11 000 volts of electricity. Now, in reality it was about half that, because the setup i made is super lossy, but i really dont care. The physics is super cool and we got repulsion, linear motion and rotational motion out of energy pulled from the sky. What more do you want? In the end, this is a really exotic power source that weve actually known about for more than a century german inventors created. This sketch of their power generation facility, published in science and invention in 1922.
, youll notice balloons, are used as the method to keep the wires up at height. Maybe we should uh revisit this ancient concept. Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below and leave a suggestion for something youd like to see me. Try powering using atmospheric electricity dont forget to subscribe, and thank you for watching.