Hi guys,
What your all refering to in the scientific realm is the
"triboelectric effect".  This is what walter has made, and also the
Van De Graff generator and other 'electrostatic' devices use to
obtain static high voltage.  To learn more, check this definition
page out.
There are series of materials which are highly positive like glass,
mica, human skin, and some that are extremely negative like silicon,
teflon, vinyl.  Rub these together and seperate, you'll see sparks.
However, 4 12 volt batteries to turn a motor (Power in = I*V) and
make HV from wool, etc, I seriously doubt that more energy is being
produced. The Van De Graff is a good example.  Do you get more energy
out (V*I) then put into it?

All in all, the problem is trying to get 'static HV (30kV)'
electricity converted in lower voltage (120volt?), all along knowing
that this is STATIC and you can not use transformers on static
electricity (inductive - transformation). Maybe use some kind of slow
discharge capacitive pump?  Let the Static HV slowly charge a
capacitor (30kV), while slowing bleeding the charge off to another
larger uF capacitor, and another... until you can extract lower
voltage DC from the HV static.  Just a thought..

Ken Carrigan

>---- Original Message ----
>To: interact@listserv.capital-master.com
>Subject: Re: [Keelynet] Static electricity
>Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 18:33:27 -0800 (PST)
>>  GABE
>>Mitch <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>>             11/20/06 - Self-Running Generator powered by Static
>>    Interesting article. Walter is right that static is everywhere.
>But it has its set of 'special' problems. I have played around quite
>a bit with static elctricity, even to the point of building my own
>very large Van de Graf. The one thing that I could not do was to hold
>on to the charge long enough to get it to any useful work. It just
>wouldn't stay in the wires. Every time I tried to make a transformer
>with static, the juice simply ignored the coil, and went wherever it
>wanted to, including right through the dielectric. It was like trying
>to push a rope. I wonder how this guy solved this problem, if indeed
>this is even legit. Another problem is static's dependancy on lower
>humidity conditions. Moisture seems to 'kill' the field, so how does
>Walter's machine perform on a rainy day? I think we need to find this
>Walter Owens guy, and his pending Patent. Mitch 
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