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The engine runs on static electricity and is self-sustaining. I was wondering if any attempts had been made to create such a device. Research on renewable energy is not of much interest to me, but I think it is very cool getting energy in different ways.

asked Dec 13 '13 at 22:56

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edited Dec 14 '13 at 11:31

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To my knowledge, no, it's not possible to obtain enough energy from atmospheric electricity to do what Galt's motor promises, although I could be mistaken about that. It may also be very enticing to calculate the energy available in a lightning bolt and imagine storing that energy somehow and releasing it more gradually on demand to do useful work. I still doubt that there would be enough energy for that to be feasible or practical.

There is, however, another astounding example of a "motor" similar to Galt's that actually exists today and is highly practical: small nuclear power plants, small enough to fit easily into a person's backyard or into the engine compartment of a nuclear submarine to power the sub for months at a time without refueling. The physics for that is already well known.

answered Dec 14 '13 at 03:40

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