In reply to Jack Cole's message of Sun, 26 Nov 2017 00:49:20 +0000: Hi, [snip] >It's not completely clear to me where the energy is coming from beyond >heat. The occasional anomalous vibrational waves are converted to >electricity. The researcher makes basically the same claims in the video >as is made in the article.
Heat would imply a second law violation. This would only work IMO if they combine it with a "diode". (In the paper they mention a "ratchet mechanism", which is essentially a mechanical diode.) In the article they mention charge transport, but without an electrical diode, I would expect charges to be transported in both directions, with an average net null result. > >I found a link to the full paper. Maybe that will help us understand more. > >https://arxiv.org/pdf/1609.06301.pdf Regards, Robin van Spaandonk local asymmetry = temporary success