A modified version of Sheehan's diode
to produce static electricity instead of via a coil and magnet
This website is focused on brownian motion and the devices Olson has come up with to extract energy from random vibrations. However
there are other people working on violating the second law via other devices. Daniel Sheehan is one of them. His perpetual computing
diode device (potential second law violation) is very interesting.
In Sheehan's Perpetual Computing video, he describes a diode that potentially violates the second law of thermodynamics. One of the
major engineering issues with his device is building a magnet and a coil that are small enough to produce electricity. Producing
small coils is difficult. Producing small particles is fairly easy, but an actual wound up coil at the nano scale could prove
difficult or expensive. The coil is used to generate electricity. Is the coil necessary? There is an alternative...
Static electricity can be generated instead of using a coil, using simpler substances. When one rubs a comb on wool the plastic
steals electrons from the wool. The differential in electron affinity causes that wool to give off electrons.
Nano substances can be created to rub on each other so that static electricity is generated. In Sheehan's device, one does not
necessarily need a coil to generate electricity... the same way one does not need a coil to generate electricity with a comb
Generating static electricity is easier because one does not have to wind up a coil that is nano sized. All one needs to do in
order to generate static electricity is to have one substance such as plastic rub on another substance such as wool. It's not
quite friction that occurs but electrostatic drag. Causing some drag is much easier than causing induction through a complex
coil setup that has to be wound at the nano scale.
We usually consider drag to be a bad thing (such as friction) but actually drag can be used to our advantage. Electrostatic drag
(similar to rubbing a comb on wool) generates electricity without any complex coil. Induction occurs and the electrons travel into
a capacitor which is grounded. The electricity caught in the capacitor is free if Sheehan's device produces movement that is ordered..
In Sheehan's videos he doesn't discuss the coil and magnet very much because he is more focused on getting the device to perpetually
move first - the coil and the magnet engineering problem is something to work on later. But the question is, do we even need a coil
and magnet? If we generate static electricity, the coil and magnet is not necessary to produce induction.