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Have magnets been used to make energy yet?
In one sense, no. All the processes we know of in the universe leave
the total amount of energy fixed. Magnets are no better than anything
else at 'making' energy.
In another sense, yes. Often, by 'making energy' we mean making
some particularly useful form of energy, say electrical, out of other
forms. Ordinary electrical power generators use magnets and coils of
wire, with relative motion driven by steam turbines or water wheels,
etc. to generate the electrical power we use. The source of the energy
to drive all this is often the chemical energy stored in fossil fuels.
(republished on 07/13/06)
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