I won a science fair at age 12 by making a "perpetual motion" machine. It really didn't do very much, but was kind of cool.
It used ions in a closed container, running them through a charged screen between magnets. Since the charge was constantly changing, the ions repeatedly moved between the magnets.
By putting a simple drive shaft mechanism through the center, I could light a (very) low-wattage bulb... or at least make it flicker.
In fact, I called it a "flicker tickler." OK, remember, I was only 12.
Last week, my experiment was brought back to mind by the release of an intriguing report.
We may be looking at a huge advance in energy technology here, with massive implications for your energy holdings.
See, the continued improvements in renewable energy sources like solar and wind have ushered in a serious conversation about what the energy balance will look like in the future.
As I've said, this isn't about any one "silver bullet" that will replace all energy sources. It's not even about the death of hydrocarbons.
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