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The Downhill Path to our Gravity-Powered Future

Goodbye, global warming! We can make everything downhill from everything else and harness the limitless power of gravity.

I had a great idea, certain to appeal to Albany Strollers and Rollers and satisfy the strict standards of Carbon Neutral Albany: By rearranging the community on a spiral path around a central water column we can make everything downhill from everything else! If your destination is above your current location, simply roll down to the bottom of the spiral, enter the water column through the airlock, float back up to the top, then roll down to your destination. Zero energy expended! As illustrated, most of us will bicycle within Plexiglas spheroids, but the system is a natural for scooters and skateboards, too. Pedestrians may find it a bit tedious, but I'm sure we are all willing to make some sacrifices toward the goal of a truly energy-independent and carbon-neutral community.

Some may object to this as a patently impossible perpetual-motion scheme. Others will want to get in on the ground floor of a once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunity. If you fall into the second group, contact me here on the Patch message board.

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Jim Beller December 10, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Tony, the gate valve is closed when the spheroid rolls into the airlock. The airlock door is then closed and the gate valve is opened, so there isn't any need for energy to force the sphere into the water column. However, the water in the airlock will be lost. We will have to supply enough energy to pump that volume of water up the height of the column. If we replace the water from a source higher than the top of the column (Lake Anza?), we can add it at the top and let nature's water cycle provide the lifting.
Tony Caine December 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM
So basically you are running under hydroelectric power--without the electric. I won't be the one to say your idea is all wet.....
Eileen McNally December 11, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I'm not an engineer by any means but I do live near the Albany Hill and I can't get over the anomaly of it's landscape. I think your idea has 'potential' and I'm so glad to hear when people are working up ideas for alternatives to fossil fuels. Jim, have you talked to Bill McKibben about it?
Tony Caine December 11, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Perhaps Albany Hill will turn out someday to be a volcano. Think of the potential. We could ride in asbestos spheres to gain altitude.
Jim Beller December 27, 2012 at 04:32 PM
More on our gravity powered future! http://venturebeat.com/2012/12/26/this-5-lamp-is-powered-by-gravity-and-just-destroyed-its-funding-target-on-indiegogo/

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