# Re: [Keelynet] Static electricity

```  Hello! Lighting a fluorescent bulb with the Van De Graf is indeed work
performed, but how much power is the Van using to light the bulb?
I have a question for everyone; Can the high voltage from an electrostatic
machine be channeled through a homopolar generator that will increase the high
voltage's amplitude? If you could get the 10 or 20 thousand volts coming out of
your electrostatic genny to have 5 or 6 amps, this would be usable juice. And,
classical homopolar gennys use a disc within a magnetic field. Can't one be
built that is Tubular? A tubular design would, it seems to me, decrease the
force needed to turn the rotor, since the radius between the axle and load
would be very small. Of course, cooling might be a problem in this design.
Maybe Walter's machine is wired in a similar way; just as the magnets are
about to stroke the coils, the electrostatics are piped through the coils
simultaneously, resulting in a higher, usable amplitude. An electrostatically
induced magneto? I don't understand why Walter needs 4 car batteries, though.
Maybe he is using a 'Split the Positive' circuit.  Mitch
----- Original Message -----
From: GABE KOUSOUROS
To: Interact
Sent: Thursday, November 23, 2006 5:33 PM
Subject: Re: [Keelynet] Static electricity```
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RALLY MY VAN DE GRAAF LIGHT A FLORESENT LIGHT BULB ISNT THAT WORK?

GABE

Mitch <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
11/20/06 - Self-Running Generator powered by Static Electricity

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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