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Free power - is it feasible to get usable power from overhead HV wires ? Answered

Is it possible to use induced power from below high voltage overhead cables ? - You can light a strip light tube from below them. Is it possible to utilise power from a receiver coil (or a bank of them) positioned underneath pylon cables ?

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NachoMahma (author)2009-05-02

. It is possible to get some power that way, but you will have to trespass on the power company's right-of-way to get close enough to the wires. Not to mention the theft of the power itself.

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and7barton (author)NachoMahma2010-06-06

Near here (Poole, Dorset), there are high voltage overhead cables running right over residences. If you lived in one of those houses there'd be no problem with "Power company's right-of-way".

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joeofloath (author)2009-05-15

My girlfriend has a power line going across some of her land. I'm going to jam a few flourescent tubes into the ground underneath the lines and see what happens :)

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-max- (author)joeofloath2010-05-29

did it work?  *.*
                       U     just wonder'n

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NikonDork (author)2009-05-03

Heh, I heard of a DEA raid on a an underground marijuana grow operation that stole power this way.

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NobodyInParticular (author)2009-05-02

You can steal some power by inductively coupling a fluorescent tube to the near field of the power lines (if you happen to have some of these 400kV lines available). If you stole just a small amount, you probably would not get caught. You might also find these comments on Snopes helpful.

The far field... well, not so much. Mythbusters came up with a contraption that managed to collect 8 millivolts. The ideal length of antenna for catching 60 Hz electromagnetic waves is about 3100 miles long.

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vince 09 (author)2009-05-02

possible ya illegal very lol all I have to say is don't get caught

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