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[UT] Scientists Create Tiny Power Generator That Fits in Human Arteries.

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http://utopianist.com/2011/05/scient...uman-arteries/

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Swiss researchers have developed a way to harness the energy produced by our beating heart — which is around 1-1.5 watts — with what amount to tiny, implantable power plants. Comprised primarily of very small turbines that work much like a hydroelectric generator, when inserted into a human artery, the device taps into just 1 milliwatt of heart-power and can use that energy to power things like pacemakers that would otherwise require replaceable batteries. As long as your heart is beating, the flowing blood will turn the turbine and power the device.
I kept thinking of the human body as a perpetual motion machine.
While we aren't there just yet, this does get us closer.

Very cool
post #2 of 25
This is very nice, especially considering it is for pacemakers.
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this is awesome, and, other than increased blood flow restriction i dont see anything wrong with these, however, to have the amount of energy that they produce usefull, you would probally need a few hundered per person, seems like allot of sergery as well expense, plus, how do u get the energy out?
   
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Nice, I was just coming in to post this.
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Saw something similar a few years ago.
It was supposed to power a "Tattoo screen" of some sort.

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Great, another thing that will possibly do us more harm than good imo.
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wouldn't this increase a chance of a clogged artery
    
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post #8 of 25
And it gets loose, gets to your brain, creates a clog and you're screwed.
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post #9 of 25
so... more resistance requiring the heart to work harder and wear out sooner.

If you want energy, keep burning coal.
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Originally Posted by Semyon View Post
so... more resistance requiring the heart to work harder and wear out sooner.

If you want energy, keep burning coal.
This was intended to power pacemakers and other implants, not our power grid.

I personally think this is overly complex and unnecessary (not to mention risky, I would think there is a danger of clotting). A couple years ago doctors figured out how to make a fuel-cell-like electrode that when placed in blood it would use the sugars naturally present there to generate a current.
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