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PHYSICISTS! MATHEMATICIANS! SMARTY-PANTS PEOPLE! Want to help me calculate some global energy solutions?

O.N.E.

O.N.E. (Omnipotent Network Energy) is a global energy concept that can supply green energy to every place in the world, every 12 hours, for almost ever.  I’m pretty solid about the physics of this.  I am not solid about how much energy can be acquired.   Hence, I need you, and your genius math skills. I welcome any interest and/or assistance with the calculations, and other parts of this  project that intrigues people.

O.N.E. is an idea to create magnetic induction from the magnetic poles of the earth itself ultimately causing a Rube Golberg of electromagnetic forces that would cascade to every location on Earth providing a system to harness energy worldwide.

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A ring will be built around the Earth like Saturn from a conductive material. Because the Earth’s magnetic axes are a few degrees off of its rotational axis there will be a magnetic flux that will induce an electrical charge through the ring(s).

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The electric charge through the ring will then inspire another magnetic field.

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Separate stations on Earth will house coils that extend from the Earth towards the ring passing through the induced magnetic field which will generate electricity through the coils. The next step would be to send that electricity through a transformer and distribute. Every region or even community could possess them.

Every station would pass under the ring twice a day; hence every 12 hours every place in the world could gain access to electricity without depleting the Earth resources regardless of weather conditions or sun fall.  This could eliminate the need for large storage devices.  Batteries could be housed at the stations or the energy could possibly be immediately dispersed throughout communities to individual areas or households and stored on smaller devices there. After the initial cost it is renewable for the foreseeable ever, and attentions can be directed toward refining technologies such as transformers, storage devices’ sustainability and capacity, energy transport, etc.

The environmental impacts should be breathtaking. A full 50% of the globe’s energy is currently supplied from coal and oil. As we move towards self driving electric cars and have the sources to power them, the air quality will be greatly increased.  Reducing emission will improve physical health of many humans and non-human animals and begin to reduce the spike in climate. The 2.4 billion people that rely on traditional biomass for fuel could have other options reducing the number of deaths per year from inhaling particulate indoors, and there is a strong correlation between lack of electricity and poverty. Supplying electricity to the 1.5 billion people that currently live without electricity and another 1billion that have unreliable electricity, will improve the quality of their lives and begin to alter the correlated poverty level.

I made a prezi presentation that pretty much says the same thing with a little more visual aid.  It’s here:  O.N.E. (Omnipotent Network Energy)

There are many foreseeable hurdles such as:

  • Do we have enough conductive material on Earth?
  • How do we affix a stationary ring around the planet?
  • Does the whole world need to agree?
  • Will it effect the magnetosphere adversely?
  • Funding
  • Green Credits/Carbon Credits
  • etc

I’m certain there are many more unforeseen hurdles too. But we are super smart creatures who will solve those problems if there is enough impetus to do so; and if I can only get 1 Watt to every place in the world every 12 hours then none of those hurdles matter.

So whaddaya  say? You got the math grit? You wanna help me save the world?

UPDATE: Phase 2 of the O.N.E. project could be have space-based solar panels attached to the ring to integrate the energy into the ring. This will allow for a greater functionality of  solar panel technology if solar panels are beyond atmosphere and it would allow for an amplification of the amount current created in the ring.

**Patent Pending**

10 thoughts on “PHYSICISTS! MATHEMATICIANS! SMARTY-PANTS PEOPLE! Want to help me calculate some global energy solutions?”

  1. A quick check: What would be the rough cost to lift the necessary mass of conductive material into an appropriate orbit?

    Diameter of Earth = 8 x 10^3 (mi)
    Low Earth Orbit of say 2 x 10^2 (mi)
    Diameter of conductive ring: ~8.4 x 10^3 (mi) from say, north pole to south pole….
    let’s call that 10^4 (mi)
    or 1.6 x 10^4 (km)
    or 1.6 x 10^7 (m)
    So length of ring will be Pi times this, about 3.1*1.6 ~= 5
    So
    5 x 10^7 (m) ring length if you walked the whole way around
    And let’s say it’s a thin, teeny-tiny ring, 1 (meter) diameter, (A = Pi*(D/2)^2)
    for about 0.75 (m^2) cross sectional area
    so each meter along the length of the ring is
    1 (m) x 0.75 (m^2) = 0.75 (m^3) for its volume
    we have a 5 x 10^7 (m) long ring to do this for, so
    0.75 (m^2) x 5 x 10^7 (m) ~= 4 x 10^7 (m^3) of material.
    Density of, say, copper, (thanks Google)
    9 x 10^3 (kg/m^3)
    So the mass of our ring is 4 x 9 x 10^10 (kg/m^3)*(m^3)
    or 3.6 x 10^11 (kg)
    360,000,000,000 (kg)
    And, cost to lift payload to Low Earth Orbit (Google)
    is 2 x 10^4 ($/kg)
    Total cost of lifting ring material into LEO, (does not include
    the actual cost of said material, or assemble it in space, or anything else
    nothing besides the lift to LEO)
    7.2 x 10^15 ($)
    7,200,000,000,000,000 ($)
    or 7,200 (Trillion $)
    Global economy is about 80 (Trillion $) / (year)
    [ Aside: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/80-trillion-world-economy-one-chart/ ]

    So 7,200 (T $) divided by 80 (T $ / year) = 90 (years) of global GDP for the lift only

    Comparatively:

    Total Global Energy Use is around 200,000 (Twh/yr)
    Total Global Electricity Use is around 25,000 (Twh/yr)

    Let’s say we need to pay 0.10 ($/Kwh) for renewable energy that we bring online
    and that we want to power the entire world with existing renewable technology…

    100 ($/Mwh)
    100,000 ($/Gwh)
    100,000,000 ($/Twh)
    200,000 (Twh/yr) * 100,000,000 ($/Twh) =
    2E5 * 1E8 = 2E13
    20,000,000,000,000 ($/yr)

    which is 25% of global GDP

    which means it would cost, ballpark, 1/4 of world GDP per year to have entirely renewable energy
    so we could conceivably do this in a matter of decades.

    or take 90 years of 100% of global GDP to pay for the lift of our ring.

    Additional calculations would show we would need a ring at least 1,000 times (? 10^6 times) more massive than our example ring.

    Ask me sometime about my space-technology-cannot-save-humanity-or-preserve-the-environment screed, it’s one of my many favorites.

    -Matthew

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    1. Okay. I like this dialogue. Let’s have it. I’m interested in all the ways to shoot holes in an idea. They make ideas stronger, or prove that they can’t work, both are exceedingly valuable.

      Also though: given that the economy is a fiction, and our survival being directly linked to the Earth’s welfare is NOT a fiction, financial improbability is not a strong enough reason for me to alter my intrigue. 😉

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  2. I found my first* calculation error:

    “And let’s say it’s a thin, teeny-tiny ring, 1 (meter) diameter, (A = Pi*(D/2)^2)
    for about 0.75 (m^2) cross sectional area
    so each meter along the length of the ring is
    1 (m) x 0.75 (m^2) = 0.75 (m^3) for its volume”

    Should be, Diameter “D”, Area: A=Pi * D
    So A = Pi
    or approximately
    A = 3 (m^2)
    and not 0.75 (m^2), so each step following needs to be multiplied by ~4 to be accurate.

    Skipping the intermediate steps:

    28,800 (Trillion $) cost for the LEO lift
    or about 360 (years) of global GDP for the LEO lift only

    *there may be other ones of course

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  3. Global GDP correlates with what all of humanity together can accomplish. If a project would take centuries of GDP for just moving mass that effectively makes it not possible without GDP growing by orders of magnitude quickly. The point was existing technology is many orders of magnitude more viable than this could be. See email for web links.

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  4. I first read about the events in the story below from Richard Feynman’s writings. It is a well told story in physics. I would say what it shows is that when one is dealing with very complex topics in physics it is important to keep in mind the big picture… and that without knowing details we can arrive at the truth often by relatively simple estimations that will give us the correct answer to within an order of magnitude.

    http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2011/12/advent-calendar-17-fermis-paper.html.

    The article below relates how the Fermi’s estimate of 10 kiloTons of TNT was the correct order of magnitude of the later determined (after months of calculations by physicists at Los Alamos) strength at 20 kiloTons of TNT.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_problem

    Personal anecdote: I was once on the phone with my father and he had just been to the Natural History Museum in Washington, DC. He was particularly impressed with the number of ants on earth. He asked if I wanted to guess. I ran through a Fermi calculation over the phone, out loud without writing anything down.
    My final answer was
    100,000,000,000,000 (10^14) ants on earth
    and the answer he had was
    10,000,000,000,000 (10^13) ants on earth
    and we both agreed that my estimate was pretty close… being off by a factor of 10 😉

    The two things you need to know that are specific pieces of knowledge are that the earth is about 8,000 miles in diameter, and you need to guess the average number of ants per unit surface area. (and how many meters in a mile is helpful but not necessary). I guessed 100 (ants/m^2) and the consensus number is 20 (ants/m^2) was what separated my answer from the correct answer.

    The point is, Fermi’s order of magnitude approximations are actually an extremely powerful technique.

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  5. My bad, my bad. I mistakenly read your title “Good people of earth! Please rejoice whilst contemplating this happy idea, then share it with others to brighten their days as it has yours!” as though it instead read “PHYSICISTS! MATHEMATICIANS! SMARTY-PANTS PEOPLE! Want to help me calculate some global energy solutions?”. Then to compound the error… well you can read what I wrote above…. how embarrassing. Please forgive me.

    These are the kind of mistakes one makes when one is burdened by the absence of a second X chromosome…. and instead inherits a feeble, poor, less useful substitute.

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    1. You are a very funny human. I know that there are many reasons to contemplate why it won’t work. I even addressed that on my blog. I listed a few and then stated: “I’m certain there are many more unforeseen hurdles too. But we are super smart creatures who will solve those problems if there is enough impetus to do so; and if I can only get 1 Watt to every place in the world every 12 hours then none of those hurdles matter.” Which is why the title was not “Wanna help me figure out all the reasons this WON’T work?” which is valuable af, IF the idea itself is mathematically viable. And if it’s not mathematically viable, then the 1000’s of conversations we can have about improbability and hurdles don’t matter.

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  6. And this is only one of your posts! Do I get credit if the comments end up being longer than the original entry? It’s fine if I don’t but it would help me earn my secret decoder ring sooner is all. I already have the box tops.

    What I think I may have learned in physics was to solve the easiest problem that you can that still answers the original question. So, if we can determine that something cannot be done because, say, it’s Wednesday today and doing it could only have occurred yesterday on Tuesday the 29th then we have truly shown that it is not possible, without ever knowing how it would or would not have worked yesterday. Don’t solve hard problems, solve easy ones.

    I see you have many keen ideas on quite a number of topics. I am impressed with the breadth and openness of your writing.

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