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Is it possible to harness electricity from the ground of the earth?

  1. Jun 6, 2012 #1
    By means of an antenna circuit tuned to 7.8hz (earth's resonant frequency). Orrrr an earth battery? I'm not quite sure how those work exactly but can they be tuned?

    Edit:
    Earth battery (or Earth Return) was something discovered by Alexander Bain, he got about 1 volt from the ground by placing 2 different electrodes into the ground connected to each other from a wire. Here are details --> http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/sustainable/soil-lamp1.htm

    more links:
    http://www.architecture.uwaterloo.c...i/competitions/2010/wong/wongA_ARCH684_04.pdf

    https://www.soils.org/publications/sssaj/abstracts/43/4/SS0430040808


    As for Earth's resonant frequency, I'm sure a lot of people know of the Schumann resonances. Links below for proof of existence-->
    http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/1996/95JD03301.shtml
    http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/1999/1999JD900139.shtml
    http://www.sciencemag.org/content/256/5060/1184.short
    http://scholar.google.ca/scholar?hl=en&q=schumann+resonance&btnG=&as_sdt=1,5&as_sdtp=


    Phew,
    Okay I would appreciate a non-biased answer of how/why it may or may not work. Or is it something worth testing? If so How would you come about it?
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2012
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  3. Jun 6, 2012 #2

    berkeman

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    Please be very careful not to post pseudo-science here on the PF. That is against the rules here. Please provide credible scientific sources for each of the items you have mentioned (the Earth's resonant frequence -- resonance of what?, and what an Earth Battery is). The sources need to be from mainstream science sources, not wikipedia and news articles, etc.
     
  4. Jun 7, 2012 #3
    You could look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telluric_current
    This also looks interesting
    http://www.earthinginstitute.net/commentaries/gaetan_electrical_surface.pdf [Broken]
    But I don't know how credible that source is.
    Anyway I don't think you can get much power that way. I would look into wind and solar instead.
     
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