SONEA Converts Sound to Energy

That’s no boom box! That’s no ghetto blaster! That’s a Sonea unit! It’s basically a machine which protests the waste of perfectly good noise, converting it to energy we can use to do anything! Anything at all! But probably most often such things as lighting street lamps and such.

A single Sonea unit is 450mm by 450mm by 80mm, weighing in at a whole 7kg. It converts 30 watts of power per decibel of sound it intercepts. It’s made of Poly Carbonate elements, ABS, and other more obvious components listed in the layout picture below.

One airplane liftoff makes noise around 140dB. When taking off, the amount of energy [created with the SONEA] would be about 240kW. If we calculate with 500 airplanes per day, the amount of energy would be aproximately 120MW. If this amount of energy is generated for one year, it would be the same amount of energy that is generated by 8000tons of oil.

Humongoid possibilities. I’d lay one right outside my apartment window where sirens from the nearby fire brigade station let loose pretty darn often. Loudness for my free energy!

Designers: Jihoon Kim, Boyeon Kim, Myung-Suk Kim, and Da-Woon Chung

SONEA Sound Energy Conversion Technology by Jihoon Kim, Boyeon Kim, Myung-Suk Kim, and Da-Woon Chung

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70 Comments

  • Carl says:

    sounds too good to be true.

  • Gunnar Tveiten says:

    Is it an actual requirement for designers to be incapable of maths AND physics ?

    The claim in this article is entirely implausible, capturing 30W from a surface that is about 0.2m^2 using a single db of sound, is not only implausible, it’s ridicolous.

    If true, you could use 1% of the collected energy to produce sound (with a speaker, for example) and collect the remaining 99%, voila unlimitd amounts of free energy and perpetuum mobile.

    The claim is so far out there, that even if you subsituted *milliwatt* for watt, I’d still not believe it without having seen the calculations.

    • Jeff says:

      That seems about right.

      Almost all the concept designs here are impossible to implement; What’s the purpose of a concept you’ll never be able to pull off?

      Stop your designing and go write a story.

      Seriously, though, 30watts from one decibel is insane. Not only does this violate physics, and maths, it demonstrates a lack of basic knowledge about sound; an increase of 10 decibels is an increase of 10 times the sound intensity…

  • Lamah says:

    I might also add that a watt is not a unit of energy like the description seems to imply, it is a rate of energy consumption.

    A Boeing 777 has two engines, each producing energy at a rate of 75MW, for a total of 150MW. Let’s consider a ridiculous assumption that all of that power goes into producing sound.

    At a distance of 100 meters from the plane, that sound effectively ends up spread across the surface of a sphere with area 125,000 m^2. A Sonea has an active surface area of about 0.21 m^2. So, if it could convert incoming sound to stored energy with 100% efficiency, and we accept the ridiculous premise that all of the engine’s power output is sound, it still only captures 0.000168% of the power, or about 250W.

  • Devin says:

    in the early 1900s, who would’ve think Internet, cell phone would be possible?
    who would have imagined we can send people into space just few decades before we did in the 60s?
    CONCEPT DESIGNS sometimes may disregard the means of a futurist concept; they are tentative exploration that may have thousands of ways to achieve the final result

    • Klappstuhl says:

      You wanted Feedback, here it is: It doesn’t work.

    • Free says:

      internet, cell phones, and laptops do not violate laws in physics, they are electronic devices made available through miniaturization of existing electronics components. we can improve what we have and through that make progress, we do not just make concepts up and hope that one day it will be real. a concept is only good if its tangible, or else its no different from fantasy.

    • Yo mama says:

      Very true.. I couldn’t agree more…

      The idea is very inspiring!

      I hope to see it come into effect, I imagine hanging this absorber outside my flat and drain the traffic noise, while playing my stereo inside…

  • joe says:

    I believe what was being said is that if someone came up with the idea of the Internet or cell phone 50 or 100 years ago, they would have received much the same negative reaction. That’s because the existing electronic technology didn’t exist to make that happen, or to make it seem even remotely feasible. The same can be said of concepts like this one–it presents an idea to get others thinking in different ways. It isn’t necessarily possible by today’s means, but perhaps it’s worth exploring and will be viable one day in the near or distant future. That is the point of design, isn’t it? If you want tech that works out of the box, there’s plenty of places to find it.

    • Carl says:

      so lets all start listening to idiots..!

    • Dandruf says:

      You must be American!

    • Lamah says:

      This is not worth exploring. It doesn’t matter what you put into that magic box, it can’t produce more energy than what comes into it as sound, which is a pitiful trickle. That fact is not going to change.

  • Ram says:

    IMHO Wishful thinking and a Big Ask.
    How does one collect Noise is my first question ?. Defies Physics and logic unless inventor can provide some mathematical proof. But then there is no real harm in dreaming is there ?
    Looks cute though

  • stephen russell says:

    Way 2 Radical.
    IF True, wow.
    Imagine the energy created at Rock Concerts, Airports, Work sites, etc.
    Huge use for.
    Make it fixed & bigger for Airports.
    Wow.
    Noise 2 energy.
    Must develop this Big Time

  • max says:

    how much is it!!!

  • Werner says:

    I would love to incorporate this system in an electric car for the perpetuum mobile concept is very interesting. Still I have to agree that the power conversion sounds very unlikely. A bit the same as mr Muammer Yildiz’s perpetuum mobile machine.

    Still the idea, to capture vibration of sound and convert it into energy is an interesting one. If the cost to create this machine is lower than the energy it produces over its lifetime, and you are able to put a couple of thousand of these devices next to the takeoff lanes or place at noise screens next to the freeways or inside tunnels, I dont see a problem but a very good development.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Pooja says:

    i would like to know how can we gather the sound or noise to a panel ??
    and
    what is the concept in making the transducer which can convert noise to electrical energy ???????????
    DO REPLY……….

  • Pooja says:

    i would like to know how can we gather the sound or noise to a panel ??
    and
    what is the concept in making the transducer which can convert noise to electrical energy ???????????
    DO REPLY……….

  • Hi, designers..

    I like the design most, but I don’t think that it works as your principle said, I mean it cannot give big efficency…

    I just like to requst that will you provide me the working process of the SONEA with it’s simple circuit diagrame and theory??????????

    Please, I need it, because I like your principle…

    Hope you’ll help me………..

  • Hi, designers..
    I like the design most, but I don’t think that it works as your principle said, I mean it cannot give big efficency…

    I just like to requst that will you provide me the working process of the SONEA with it’s simple circuit diagrame and theory??????????
    Please, I need it, because I like your principle…
    Hope you’ll help me………..

  • kike cueva says:

    The idea seems perfect, weather it works at the time or not. Dont forget people said the same thing when the first car was invented. Now I dont think any of u rides a horse to work. Congratulations on your design, the best thing u can do is keep up the good work, the good intentions and keep inspiring people.

  • kike cueva says:

    The idea seems perfect, weather it works at the time or not. Dont forget people said the same thing when the first car was invented. Now I dont think any of u rides a horse to work. Congratulations on your design, the best thing u can do is keep up the good work, the good intentions and keep inspiring people.

  • Joseph C Bigornia says:

    I only have one question?

    How could a man attempt to prove something over 10,000 times and not realize that one tiny and simple adjustment would have been the key to making it work?

  • Joseph C Bigornia says:

    I only have one question?
    How could a man attempt to prove something over 10,000 times and not realize that one tiny and simple adjustment would have been the key to making it work?

  • Quiet Man says:

    People are always looking for free energy. Overunity, the concept of creating energy from nothing, is common, as is perpetual motion machines. This is more of the same, there simply isn't that much energy in sound unless you are in a unique circumstance, which is rare indeed.

    BTW, Watts is a unit of energy, both consumed and generated. The writer of this article has no concept what it is though.

  • Quiet Man says:

    People are always looking for free energy. Overunity, the concept of creating energy from nothing, is common, as is perpetual motion machines. This is more of the same, there simply isn't that much energy in sound unless you are in a unique circumstance, which is rare indeed.

    BTW, Watts is a unit of energy, both consumed and generated. The writer of this article has no concept what it is though.

  • aaron baribar says:

    cool! i have a similar idea/concept as this is! storing sound energy..:)
    i'm a 4th year ECE student, a Filipino, and i'm very excited for our thesis… i had encountered many struggles b4 my proposed topic was approved. Weeks after the approval of our topic, one of my thesis mates linked me this page. At first, i was a bit saddened because of the similarity in concept. but realizing further, i am glad to find someone who also believes with the concept of storing sound energy. hey brother! u'r not alone:) i really believe with the power of the mind.. and with the grace of God, nothing is impossible:)

  • aaron baribar says:

    cool! i have a similar idea/concept as this is! storing sound energy..:)
    i'm a 4th year ECE student, a Filipino, and i'm very excited for our thesis… i had encountered many struggles b4 my proposed topic was approved. Weeks after the approval of our topic, one of my thesis mates linked me this page. At first, i was a bit saddened because of the similarity in concept. but realizing further, i am glad to find someone who also believes with the concept of storing sound energy. hey brother! u'r not alone:) i really believe with the power of the mind.. and with the grace of God, nothing is impossible:)

    • viky says:

      hey..i am doin the same thing in my project too….but i am not so sure about the energy which SONEA promises to provide…i would like to have a chat with u….could u help me…

      cheers
      viky

  • vaishnavi says:

    sir,cn u explain the working principle of SONEA?

  • vaishnavi says:

    sir,cn u plz explain the working principle of SONEA?

  • argus says:

    this message goes to the negative ones… I’ll share one saying i have learned. “knowledge is not limited, it’s only the mind that is limited” you can relate i t with the technology today… goodluck guys… 🙂

  • Chris Malroy says:

    It will work…with the right elements in the right order.

  • andrian says:

    i want to buy SONEA… where i can buy that ? can u tell me please….

  • nithin says:

    How much it charge

  • ganeshkumar says:

    I like your product very much and i want to know about the circuit of this product

  • carbfibe says:

    maybe if you use nano carbon fiber tubes as membran u can make perpetum mobile by designing perfect noise recieverer which made noise from recieveng own el. energy and make it noise and heat as nus product. as how new nano fibers in microprocesors testing react.
    …just speculating with ideas :S
    pardon my english 😉

  • carbfibe says:

    maybe if you use nano carbon fiber tubes as membran u can make perpetum mobile by designing perfect noise recieverer which made noise from recieveng own el. energy and make it noise and heat as nus product. as how new nano fibers in microprocesors testing react.
    …just speculating with ideas
    pardon my english

  • sarath says:

    i just want to know what is the princple involved in the machine and and how does it work

  • sarath says:

    cost of sonea

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