I am currently orbiting Jupiter, the rent is pretty cheap and the view is magnificent.
However, my former electricity provider refuses to connect me to earth's grid for petty reasons like "are you insane?" and "how did you get there anyway?" Still, my electricity requirements are pretty high as I wish to do heavy science stuff and watch cat videos in the winter.
Problem is, the sun is far away often hidden by Jupiter, there is no wind in space and mining does not seem like a good idea around here.
Now, I have a lot of potential energy, as Jupiter is massive. I know that tidal power uses the moon's mass to generate energy, and Jupiter is allegedly bigger than the moon. Thanks to a lot of money, planning and duct tape, I can build pretty much anything I want.
Here are now my actual questions:
- Can I convert Jupiter's gravitational pull to electricity?
- What is the best way to do it?
- Is it a good idea with respect to other potential power sources?
- How much energy can I provide? Enough for a house? A city?
My actual orbit is left as a choice to you, I'd rather it to be stable and with a nice view.