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Scientists Make Energy Out of Humid Air and Want to Scale Up Clean Energy Generators

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Mixed in the news stories, you may have missed mainstream journalism sharing that scientists found a “way to make energy from the air using nearly any material.” Such a bold claim might make many people dismiss it, but it’s not fantasy. Previous experiments have shown a similar method using bacteria, but this method can use many porous materials.

In a world facing mounting pressure to move to clean energy, this does seem too good to be true. But it’s real, energy derived from what we are all surrounded with, humid air. 

“What we have invented, you can imagine it’s like a small-scale, man-made cloud,” said senior author Jun Yao, an engineering professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. “This is really a very easily accessible, enormous source of continuous clean electricity. Imagine having clean electricity available wherever you go.”

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The “Air-gen” generator harnesses energy with a substrate full of microscopic pores. As the air passes through the pores, it creates a natural battery that remains running indefinitely. Another device would be needed to store the energy (see the video below).

The substrate can be “nearly any material,” like wood or specially prepared silicon, to which gold electrodes are attached. One generator is tiny, the size of a penny and as thin as human hair. But the researchers plan to size it up, and one day it could help power homes. The generators could be tucked away anywhere, behind the walls or even on the wall’s surface.

The trick to making it work on a large scale is using the right material to match the local climate, always keeping humid air moving throughout the entire generator. Now think if the generator could be sized up to power an entire city. What would that look like? 

Related: ‘Jenga Building’ Uses the ‘Earth Like a Battery’ To Avoid All Fossil Fuels

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A Giant Power Station Harnessing Energy from Humid Air

Reading about the Air-gen, a specific shape came to mind. You’ve probably heard the idea that the Great Pyramid of Egypt as some kind of power station; as yet just a hypothesis. Many have suggested the numerous ways the pyramids could be power generators. But could this new research add a new layer to the idea? What if these structures were capable of harnessing energy from humid air in a similar way? Again, it’s speculation.

However, the concept is not exactly fringe anymore, popularized on the History Channel to the point that it’s almost mundane. And you’ve probably heard of Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower and how he was inspired to build it by the Great Pyramid, which he thought was an energy transmitter. 

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Underground Networks of Humid Air in the Desert

Consider the Great Pyramid of Giza had a non-porous white limestone covering to insulate the structure. Maybe they picked limestone partly to seal in the constant humidity from all those oddly angled tunnels deep inside, connecting to underground aquifers and a vast network of underground tunnels. It’s just a thought. Those tunnels are 125 feet below the ground, with a mysterious source of salty water still there today.

A recent explorer of the underground tunnels entered through the “Osiris Shaft” told Ancient Origins about what she saw in person. Authorities weren’t sure why the water levels were rising or their source. But the point is, there is always a source of humid air rising beneath the Great Pyramid.

“While the water down there is relatively clear, there exists a hodgepodge of construction debris from earlier explorers–broken stones, scattered wooden slats, some papyrus strips, and a strange white filmy substance on the water in several places.”

What could this white filmy substance be? There are other stories of white powdery substances in ancient Egypt related to monatomic gold, Ormus, or the Philosopher’s Stone, but that’s another incredible story.

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Porous Granite Carried for 500 Miles

The strangely carved channels inside the Great Pyramid have a porous granite covering and some underground tunnels. That stone was quarried 500 miles away. Thus, granite was certainly chosen for a specific reason and purpose. Many have pointed to the granite’s quartz content as a piezoelectricity conductor. But notably, it’s also porous, as anyone with granite countertops knows. Did the builders choose granite for the porosity, in addition to wanting something permanent? After all, the Great Pyramid is the only remaining of the 7 Wonders.

Another stone, Dolomite, known to increase electrical conductivity, lined the inner surfaces of the Great Pyramid. Is this all coincidence? The mainstream still tends to think so, but what do you think?

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Gold Electrodes

Now, we just need the gold electrodes, perhaps the missing pyramid capstone, or Pyramidions, which may have been gold. It’s not certain and a subject of much debate. The Pyramidions disappeared long ago, while the remaining limestone casing was removed in the last several hundred years (more in the video below). Could removing the limestone and capstones change the way the pyramids were meant to function? 

If the Great Pyramid did harness energy from the air, the question remains of how it was used or stored. Perhaps in a wireless way, as Tesla also imagined? If we humor the idea that the Egyptians were so advanced they could harness electricity from the air, perhaps they could also send it through the air. 

Side note: Air-gen researchers applied an electrically conductive biofilm on the gold electrodes with a piece of filter paper. It instantly brought to mind an Arab historian from the 10th century AD, Abul Hasan Ali Al-Masudi, who recorded that the Egyptians placed a “magical papyrus,” underneath stones to mysteriously levitate them. Rather than being magic, was there some scientific reason for it? Yes, it could just be a myth, but lately, the line between science and science fiction is becoming increasingly blurred by clouds. It never hurts to remain open to exploring incredible possibilities. Maybe, it’s never been more important.

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