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Near-Nano Energy Generation

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In a world with an increasing energy demand for food production, transportation, heating and airconditioning and with finite resouces of fossil fuels and uranium, development of near-nano energy generation must be initiated. The devices would be unnoticably small and use otherwise wasted energy. The energy produced would be sent as microwaves to local collection points and fed into the national grid. A few of the puny power plants:
- piezoelectric gum
- hair/pet brush with static electricity accumulator
- earring with pendulum (as in self-winding watches)
- tiny turbine that utilizes the potential of the remaining liquid left in the straw after each suck
FarmerJohn, May 24 2002

Baked for the U.S. Navy by a Wharton student http://www.business...,1653,48983,00.html
Apr 21, 2003 article [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Halfbakery: Juicy Jaws http://www.halfbake...m/idea/Juicy_20Jaws
I guess mentioning the "piezoelectric gum" idea here wasn't enough? [jutta, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       I want a turbine on my chin that will use the force of my yawning. That way, when I have less energy, the world will get more.
pottedstu, May 24 2002
  

       I'm not sure I want to chew gum that's continuously discharging microwaves...
yamahito, May 24 2002
  

       Don't forget:
Light switch switching
Door opening/closing
Dryer exhaust air
etc...
phoenix, May 24 2002
  

       bliss: isn't that a combine?   

       Some kind of dynamo in every swivel chair in every office across the world would surely provide enough power to do something.
pottedstu, May 24 2002
  

       Keyboard piezoelectric levers to charge up your CMOS battery.
RayfordSteele, May 24 2002
  

       A fantastic idea, I'm certain piezoelectric genorators in your shoes could generate enough amperage to refrigerate your shorts as you walk.
whatzabuzz, Apr 25 2003
  

       Just don't run.
Worldgineer, Apr 25 2003
  

       Funny this popped up again this week, as this appears to have been baked for the U.S. Navy. They don't feed it into a central place though, they use it to power sensors and such in remote spots that are hard to wire. See link.
krelnik, Apr 25 2003
  

       Subscription-only links aren't very useful, Krelnik...
5th Earth, Jul 01 2004
  
      
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