Wubbo Ockels. Was a physicist and Astronaut from the Netherlands, who on his death bed, called a television studio and told them he had something important to say before he died. The studio rushed over not knowing what to expect. To their surprise he began giving a speech in english. He gave a speech that I included shed a tear when i heard it. He sais we have to take care of our only planet. When he was in space, he could see there was nothing else, nothing nearby, and realized that this planet was all we had. A unique perspective that the very few who have been to space and got to look at the whole planet can have.
This speech saddens you, yet inspires and motivates. Here is a link so you can hear it for yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdXtocGZXM
When me and my friends went to Egypt and saw the beautiful coral reefs, One of my friends who also dived there when he was a kid told me how the colors had faded and weren't nearly as pretty as the once were. I consider it a great loss i never got to see it, with its brightest colors and began to really realize the world is in more trouble then i had thought. One of the project Hugo Ockels worked on was to create a 0 emission ship to travel the oceans with. The ship he helped design and build is a sail ship which has propellers on the back that drag through the ocean, causing them to turn, which generates electricity.
There are a lot of projects to make transport more efficient. especially in the automotive industry. I want to contribute a little bit. That is why I started this project. To maybe make something useful, to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels or to at least learn more about it and what alternatives there are. It may, in the end (probably) just become a failed experiment whose sole purpose was to entertain me and make me learn some new things. But i consider myself learning to be exceptionally valuable. This will just be one project of many I will make and every time i do ill get better. Life is a marathon. So many things to see and learn.
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A plan has been made. (woot!) I have made a quick design as seen in the uploaded figure (see log day 3). Not every mechanism I want is on there, but it is enough to give a reasonable idea of what I want to create.
There is a spinning top mechanism acting as a kind of fly wheel. Inside of it are the electrical energy generating components. (aka magnets, copper spools ect...). Spools are stationary (on central rod) while the magnets turn with the spinning top. What creates the rotation is a downward spiraled shaft which, when itself not turning, forces the spinning top to turn. Everything is pretty straight forward so far.
The mechanism that is essential, is the part that will climb a toothed rail/ladder. Let me explain. In the image, on top of the spiraled rod, there is a spring loaded mechanism with a weight on the top. The bottom of this mechanism is essentially a little platform with two spring tensioned flippers (ala pinball flipper like) on either side. The very end of these flippers are resting against the toothed rail on either side. The way the flippers are set up is that you can move the whole mechanism up, but not down. Much like a tie wrap. You can pull it one way, but not the other way. On top of that little platform is a spring loaded mechanism with a weight on top. The idea is that when the ship/vessel is moving up and down due to the waves, the spring and metal tubes that slide together, compress turning some of that energy from the movement of the vessel into potential energy in the spring. When the potential energy is released (potentially at the at the apex of the wave,) the spring will release its potential energy pushing the weight up creating a slight shock on the loose and movable spiraled shaft. This will create a slight upwards force. This tiny hit the spiraled...Read more »