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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
NachoMahma

10 years ago

. 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
and7barton

Answer 9 years ago

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
joeofloath

10 years ago

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-
-max-

Answer 9 years ago

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

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NikonDork
NikonDork

10 years ago

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

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NobodyInParticular
NobodyInParticular

10 years ago

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
vince 09

10 years ago

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