Homopolar Generator

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A Homopolar Generator is a power storage device, used to store large amounts of electrical power and capable of releasing it in a very short time.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

In general terms, the device consists of a conducting flywheel rotating in a magnetic field with one electrical contact near the axis and the other near the periphery. As a power storage system, the disk is sealed within a vacuum chamber and magnetically suspended to eliminate friction losses. Power is stored by increasing the rotational velocity of the disk, and released by applying the contacts to the disk.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

There are some inefficiencies regarding the contacts, though these are minimized by higher TL materials. A significant limitation of the device is the gyroscopic effects of the disk when used in highly mobile applications (e.g. personal weapons).

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