Posted by Seethis Pass on December 21, 2005, 9:07 am
Here are some of the statements from the URL below.
Basically, the existing system includes a metal rod embedded in the
tree, a grounding rod driven into the ground, and the connecting
circuitry, which filters and boosts the power output sufficient to
charge a battery. In its current experimental configuration, the
demonstration system produces 2.1 volts, enough to continuously
maintain a full charge in a nickel cadmium battery attached to an LED
"Think of the environment as a battery, in this case," said Lagadinos,
"with the tree as the positive pole and the grounding rod as the
In order to properly harness this potential energy source, MagCap
devised two test circuits: one with three capacitors that were
connected in parallel by means of a switch and charged to 0.7 volts
each. When fully charged they are switched to a series mode,
multiplying the voltage to 2.1 volts and flashing an LED to show that
sufficient power could be generated to produce a useable result.
The second circuit included a filtering device to stabilize and
"clean" the current so it could be used to charge and maintain a NiCad
battery. The battery then could be connected to the LED to keep the
LED lit continuously.
Wadle pointed out that there seems to be no limit to the amount of
power that can be drawn from an individual tree, no matter how many
"taps" are inserted -- each produces the same amount of energy, an
average of 0.7 - 0.8 volts. Size of the tree also seems not to matter.
This is a sensational article if it isn't a hoax.
Which one is it?
Can the ambient voltage found between the ground and a tree, be
coupled filtered and amplified to produce unlimited, practically
What the hell , It's worth asking.
Posted by Anthony Matonak on December 21, 2005, 9:28 am
Seethis Pass wrote:
Try looking for "potato clock". A couple of pieces of metal stuck in
a potato (or piece of fruit) is enough to power an LCD clock. You
can also look for plans for making batteries out of coins. The basic
concept is that any two dissimilar metals and an electrolyte can make
a battery. If you look back several months in this very newsgroup
you'll find plans for making batteries by dumping different types
of cars in the ocean and hooking cables to them.
Nothing revolutionary about basic chemistry.
Posted by Seethis Pass on December 21, 2005, 10:38 am
On Wed, 21 Dec 2005 01:28:42 -0800, Anthony Matonak
Is his claim correct as to wheather the voltage can be filtered and
coupled to do work?
Posted by Anthony Matonak on December 21, 2005, 12:28 pm
Seethis Pass wrote:
I didn't read the website so I don't know what kind of snake oil
he's selling but it's a simple battery. Batteries produce DC so
there isn't any "filtering" required and it can certainly do work,
just like any other kind of battery and with the same limits.
Posted by SolarFlare on December 22, 2005, 2:48 am
How do you get all those trees into series so a decent
voltage can be had for powering my cottage then?
wrote in message
rod embedded in the
output sufficient to
be filtered and
of snake oil
produce DC so
certainly do work,