Non-Solar Power Station in Space

In summary, the idea of using a spinning space station to generate perpetual motion and free energy is not feasible as it goes against the laws of physics. Such claims belong to the realm of pseudoscience and have been debunked by experts in the field.
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I have read about Japan's solar power plant in space.
Would it not be easier to build a plant similar to the huge circular spinning space stations you see in movies that create their own gravity/downward force?

Once something that large is spinning in space could you not use the motion to generate power?
And if in space one could get perpetual motion since there is no friction with induction as the magnets and coils don't need to be touching or connected in any way?

Or is this all complete nonsense as magnets only work within the Earth's field?
Would love to hear thoughts from someone who knows more about the subject!

Thanks!

WHR
 
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wendyhouserules said:
I have read about Japan's solar power plant in space.
Would it not be easier to build a plant similar to the huge circular spinning space stations you see in movies that create their own gravity/downward force?

Once something that large is spinning in space could you not use the motion to generate power?
And if in space one could get perpetual motion since there is no friction with induction as the magnets and coils don't need to be touching or connected in any way?

Or is this all complete nonsense as magnets only work within the Earth's field?
Would love to hear thoughts from someone who knows more about the subject!

Thanks!

WHR
Welcome to the PF. :smile:

There is no free energy. If there were a way to extract the energy from the rotating structure, it would slow the structure down and finally stop it. You can't get more energy out than what you put into spin it up.

Per the PF rules, we do not allow discussion of perpetual motion machines (PMMs) or over-unity energy mechanisms. You can follow the links in the PF rules to find out more about why such things do not work.
micromass said:
Pseudoscience, such as (but not limited to):
Perpetual motion and "free energy" discussions
http://wiki.4hv.org/index.php/Free_Energy_Debunking
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetual_motion
http://www.skepdic.com/freeenergy.html
http://www.skepdic.com/perpetual.html
 

1. What is a non-solar power station in space?

A non-solar power station in space is a type of power station that generates electricity using sources other than solar energy, such as nuclear, thermal, or kinetic energy.

2. Why would we need a non-solar power station in space?

A non-solar power station in space can be used to provide electricity for space missions, space habitats, and other space-based activities where solar energy may not be a feasible option. It can also provide a more reliable and continuous source of power compared to solar energy, which is affected by factors such as distance from the sun and weather conditions.

3. How does a non-solar power station in space work?

A non-solar power station in space works by converting a source of energy, such as nuclear, thermal, or kinetic energy, into electricity. This electricity can then be stored and distributed to power various systems and equipment.

4. What are the potential benefits of a non-solar power station in space?

One potential benefit of a non-solar power station in space is that it can provide a more reliable and consistent source of electricity, which is crucial for long-term space missions and activities. It can also reduce the dependence on solar energy and provide a backup option in case of solar energy disruptions. Additionally, a non-solar power station in space can also advance our understanding and development of alternative energy sources.

5. Are there any challenges or limitations to building a non-solar power station in space?

Building a non-solar power station in space comes with several challenges and limitations, such as the high costs and technical difficulties of constructing and maintaining such a station in the harsh environment of space. Additionally, there may be concerns about the environmental impact and safety of using certain types of energy sources in space. Further research and advancements in technology are needed to overcome these challenges and make non-solar power stations in space a viable option.

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