A New Idea to Harness Energy From Black Holes

Mad_Dog

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Fifty years ago, English mathematical physicist and Nobel-prize winner Roger Penrose proposed that energy could be extracted from the space around a rotating black hole. Known as the ergosphere, this region lies just outside an event horizon, the boundary within which nothing can escape a black hole’s gravitational pull (even light). It is also here where infalling matter is accelerated to incredible speeds and emits all kinds of energy.


This became known as the Penrose Process, which many theorists have since expanded on. The latest comes from a study conducted by researchers from Columbia University and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile. With support from organizations like NASA, they demonstrated how a better understanding of the physics at work around spinning black holes could allow us to harness their energy someday.

 

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First scientists need to study all the possible consequences of harnessing energy from the ergosphere before even attempting such a feat. We don't what kind of malevolent entities might be lurking in the event horizon.
 

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I'm curious to know how they plan to transmit the power or will it be limited to nearby space stations or Dyson spheres?
 

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I'm curious to know how they plan to transmit the power or will it be limited to nearby space stations or Dyson spheres?
Think micro-black hole generators ... like nuclear reactor, just more power
 

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Scientist aren't creative when naming things. :D
 
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