South Carolina Patent of the Month – August 2021

Look For The Power, LLC has designed a method of generating electricity by capturing the energy of a working mass. This method is based on the concept of using potential energy that exists due to the gravitational force. In particular, it uses the acceleration of a falling object as an energy source and converts it into mechanical energy. 

A simple way to implement their design is to use a container of water loaded into a vessel, which is then allowed to fall and accelerate until the vessel holding it approaches terminal velocity. The force of gravity acting on the accelerated vessel generates power upon impact of a power capturing and generating device. This power generating device is a hydraulic cylinder and generator. The impact of the water vessel compresses the hydraulic cylinder, forcing hydraulic fluid into the hydraulic generator, generating power. This application concept can be applied to a huge variety of devices. For instance, having two vessels set up like a teeter totter, with hydraulic cylinders below them, means that as one vessel is filled, it drops, automatically raising the other vessel into a position to be dropped from again. If positioned below a fluid reservoir or even a drainpipe, it can be filled with ease and generate power. Other modifications can be made to install it on ships or in manufacturing facilities. This provides yet another alternative source of energy to further move us away from fossil fuels.

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