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Dutch architect invents method to harvest energy from gravity

Scientists call the technique a breakthrough

| | Dec 8, 2015 | 12:28 pm
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Universe Architecture has announced that its architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars, has developed a new technique to generate free energy in a sustainable way at home. Ruijssenaars’ mechanism, whereby energy is released by perpetually unbalancing a weight, offers an alternative to solar and wind technology, claimed Universe Architecture, and informed that the technique is now patent-pending.

Gravity, an inexhaustible and always present source of power for harvesting energy from falling or tilting objects. (PRNewsFoto/Universe Architecture)

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Ruijssenaars elaborated about the invention: “Intuitively, I thought that gravity must have something to offer, given that everything is drawn to earth. By unbalancing a weight at the top that is only just stable, using little force, a large force is created at the bottom at a single point. The idea was that this should yield something.”

Scientists are calling the technique a breakthrough, said Universe Architecture, and quoted Theo de Vries, System Architect and Senior Lecturer of the group Robotics and Mechatronics, associated with the University of Twente, to support its claim:

“Thanks to clever use of gravity, the energy yield from the so-called Piezo method, which converts mechanical pressure into electrical energy, is increased from 20 to 80%.”

Professor Beatriz Noheda at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, believes that piezoelectric energy harvesting is part of our future. He said, “In situations where we cannot work sustainably with solar modules, we may well be able to use this new technique.”

Scientists De Vries and Jan Holterman will reportedly be working with Ruijssenaars to find practical applications for the technique, which include sustainable phone charger or a generator for lighting homes.


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