|MadSci Network: Physics|
The practical answer, Nikolaos, is no. What you want is called an "electrostatic motor." To get significant power out of an electrostatic motor, you must draw current from the field. In the absence of an energy source, like a thunderstorm, the voltage difference would disappear almost instantaneously. Having said this, here is a website describing historical electrostatic motors, and the dangers that the needed high voltages present the experimenter (Remember Benjamin Franklin and his kite and key and thunderstorm experiment). http://f3wm.free.fr/sciences/jefimenko.html By the way, we all have to thank the Greek language for giving us the word for electron from the Greek word for "amber" which showed electrostatic properties. Larry Skarin
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