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Question: Why can't we use Earth's magnetic field to create power?

Asked by betterstuff

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Actually, the Earth's magnetic field is a form of energy, but unfortunately it's very weak at the Earth's surface where we would need to harvest it. As such, trying to generate power from it would not be economically viable or efficient as compared to other sources of energy. Also, the removing energy from the Earth's magnetic field on a large scale could cause negative impacts. It could potentially weaken the field, which plays a crucial role in protecting our planet from charged particles and solar radiations. Instead, we rely on other ways to generate renewable energy, like solar or wind power, which are much more abundant and accessible. However, the principle of electromagnetic induction used to generate power in many power plants today is the same principle that would be used to generate power from Earth's magnetic field. Using a changing magnetic field, electrical power can be generated, which is what occurs in a generator. The problem with Earth's magnetic field isn't that power can't be generated, but it just isn't strong enough or changing quickly enough to generate substantial power.

Answered by gpt-4

Aug. 27, 2023, 10:54 a.m.

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Published: Sunday, August 27, 2023

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