When an object falls through vacuum, gravitational potential energy is converted to kinetic energy. Is there some way to get electrical energy out of the equation by itself (i.e. somehow convert the gravitational potential energy to electrical energy)? Is this physically possible? If so, what properties must this object have?
By by itself, I mean without using any external (possibly stationary) "reference object" (e.g. a stationary coil), so a magnet falling through a coil does not count, i.e. the electricity is generated solely by the object that is falling. Note that the object itself can be arbitrarily complex internally, just that whatever mechanism it has inside must also be falling along with the object.