Future Looks Bright for Alternative Energy Tech

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We’ll be at a least a month into 2008 when you read this, but it’s being written on Christmas Eve 2007 so we’ll be glancing back at the old year before looking forward to the new.

For the global community of new-energy researchers seeking a quantum leap into a new paradigm, the year 2007 was a mixed experience. On the one hand there were disappointments and deaths of new-science pioneers (including the tireless David Hamel, the subtle-energies wizard Slim Spurling and the distinguished scientist Arie DeGies in re­cent months), but on the other hand there were developments to be celebrated. We’ve covered a number of those in this column and this time will tell you about a landmark DVD.

For a brief euphoric time this month it looked like a philanthropist would be helping frontier scientists and also a new-energy organization. The individual had offered to give a grant to the New Energy Congress (NEC, see PESwi­ki.com), to be divided among several worthy leading inventors. Then it turned out he was looking for a business in­vestment, not a chance to advance frontier research. The amount of each would have been but pennies compared to the vast sums which vested interests have at their disposal. Nevertheless, resourceful independent researchers can do wonders—building prototypes and proof-of-principle devices out of salvaged materials and using rebuilt test equip­ment. It takes more time the low-budget way, but still, progress is made.

The NEC is closely allied with the New Energy Movement (NEM). The board of directors of NEM and its advisory board met this month in Portland. At that meeting the reality of the power of positive thinking struck us rather dra­matically. NEM officers had briefly sunk into near-depression, thinking they had not accomplished much in 2007. Then we reviewed our goals for 2007, written on a flipchart during the 2006 annual meeting. An amazing number of those goals had been at least partially met. For instance, although the Energy Innovation Act draft legislation written a year ago by NEM president Joel Garbon has not yet been carried forward into Congress, Garbon and Steve Kaplan did make presentations to numerous legislative aides and Congress people. Kaplan alone spent nearly six weeks in Washington D.C. last winter, on a budget of only $800 by the way. That tight budget required a lot of couch-surfing (relying on the hospitality of Beltway residents).

Congress did pass a piece of energy legislation that bore some surface similarity to the Energy Innovation Act draft which Brian O’Leary had suggested and Garbon so capably wrote. The congressionally adopted version of legisla­tion advocating “advanced” energy research, ARPA-E, however, has no teeth. It lacks firm commitments, has no seri­ous funding and has been called an empty political showpiece.

On the good-news side of things, efforts to educate people about new energy-converting inventions were ramped up during 2007 on the internet as well. The mass media actually helped, through airing TV news clips of the electrici­ty from water discoveries. The most-often shared news clip was of seawater-hit-with-radio-frequencies (perhaps a spe­cific RF that resonates with the water molecule?). That clip is only one of a fast-increasing number of short videos of new energy-related inventions on YouTube or Google.

Sterling Allan (http://www.PESwiki.com) is certainly doing his part via his daily news service. His effort is finan­cially self-sustaining from advertising revenues—a success that is due to the long hours he has tirelessly put into it. He works in collaboration with the volunteers in the New Energy Congress who vote on the merits of various energy inventions. Allen might be relocating from Utah to Portland, Oregon, if large-scale funding for NEC materializes in the new year.

A most promising leading-edge invention whose inventor I visited during 2007 is the Sines Reluctance Generator (SRG). The visit to Eddie Sines’ laboratory came about after a meeting at a private home in Maryland (see www.green-salon.com). Sines left a well-paid job to work on his SRG. His concept involves creating electricity from a process of generating a changing magnetic flux by fast pulsing of a laser into the magnetic fields of permanent mag­nets. That photon input modifies the conductivity of a liquid-nitrogen-cooled-superconducting thin film on tiny quartz crystal tubes. The superconductor Sines chooses to use is the chemical compound yttrium barium copper ox-ide—YBCO for short. This material became famous because it was the first material to achieve superconductivity above the boiling point of nitrogen.

Liquid nitrogen is cheap and easily available. If the SRG succeeds, as a number of technologically sophisticated energy researchers believe it can, there will be no need for oil or other carbon-based fossil fuels to generate electrical energy. The only waste products would be heat and nitrogen gas. Being solid state—no moving parts—this generator should operate in a trouble-free manner.

The output of the first small, human-hand-sized prototypes are expected to be in the kilowatt range, which is pow­erful enough to run household appliances. When it’s developed further, the SRG has the potential to produce mega­watts of clean electricity for powering electrical cars, trucks and everything in our homes within the next 10 years, free of the standard power grid—no more blackouts or brownouts. SRG devices could replace current electrical pow­er plants, as well as the conventional power grid, with clean, highly efficient distributed electrical power. Sines says in a cold environment such as outer space, liquid nitrogen could be recycled without an energy input. Next-generation systems would eventually allow for a completely closed system, similar to refrigeration systems, though the next generation systems will provide the energy required to generate liquid nitrogen directly from the unit, Sines told the New Energy Congress.

“Research throughout the world has proven every aspect of the various components of the device as well as its de­sign,” Sines says. He adds however—with clear-eyed detachment unusual in dedicated innovators who work night and day for years on their invention—that “without a first-hand experience of a working prototype, this and any other claim regarding new technologies should be viewed as highly suspect, since the energy industry is such a lucrative market.”

The ingredient for creating superconductivity is readily available, since air is 78 per-cent nitrogen. Sines points out the safety of using it in vehicles, for example. In a car accident liquid nitrogen would help put out any fires, in contrast to today’s dangers from combustible gasoline pouring out over the highways and igniting, or sulphuric acid from car batteries exploding in the accident victim’s face.

Not surprising in the new-energy field, this scientist has spent his own savings. Angel investors—co-founders of a company called Potomac Energy Projects—have appeared and also spent their savings. U.S. Army Major Todd Hatha­way put his own money on the line for this major research project of developing the Sines’ generator that only re­quires liquid nitrogen to operate. The initial prototype is complete except for the superconductor-coated tubes. Sines needs a pulsed-laser deposition unit before he can move to full-scale R&D and production. Independent third-party scientists have already taken an active interest in this technology.

After his more than 15 years of pioneering research on the system, Eddie Sines isn’t asking for much, compared to the potential of his invention (top-ranked by the New Energy Congress). The amount of $8,000 a month for less than a year has been mentioned as a budget that could launch this prototype.

Meanwhile progress in educating people about new energy inventions is being made by pioneering theoretical sci­entist Tom Bearden and film producer Tony Craddock with their Energy From The Vacuum series of DVDs. Part two caused a stir among researchers, especially the hands-on technical people who are trying to learn how to build sys­tems that could tap into a hidden abundance of energy from the so-called vacuum of space. A vacuum it is not; a ple­num of energy is a more exact description for the space surrounding and permeating everything in the universe.

Part 2 of that DVD series contains the first public viewing of a tour of inventor John Bedini’s laboratory and dem­onstrations of various revolutionary motor experiments he has made over the years—working prototypes. Early on the narration tells us that we are not just looking at a more efficient electric motor. Instead we are seeing a new sys­tem of power generation that can supply a limitless amount of pollution-free energy. Strong statements! When you consider the end result of his battery-charging systems, however, it does seem that the Bedini method captures and makes available for work far more energy than each prototype requires to keep itself running.

In contrast, when conventional motors consume electricity supplied by an external source to turn a shaft, they spew out heat as a useless byproduct. That heat in itself shows that conventional motors are inefficient compared to the Bedini approach.

If you look at his childhood fascination with science and his early hobby of grinding up special rocks and building transistors, you can see John Bedini’s mission was evident at a young age. In his adult years he learned to do meticu­lous work and build precision electronics products—and in his spare time he built over the years about a hundred working models of non-conventional devices.

His long-time associate Tom Bearden says Bedini had an interesting background in electronics even before he be­came known for his amplifier circuit designs. Army Signal Corps officials had given Bedini special assignments, for instance, to do with high security and interception of communications. Working for a private company furthered his self-disciplined approach.

During a visit to Bedini’s shop/laboratory a few years ago I saw the car he built from the ground up. This is a man who does his own machining and has a lifetime of experience in constructing things that work. And who thinks “out­side the box.” Back in the 1970s he was studying everything ever written by the brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla. Bedini also built replicas of other inventors’ work, such as the late Ed Gray’s motor. When it came to developing his own en­ergy-from-the-vacuum systems, he found that only working with batteries seemed to yield success.

“There’s nothing in the textbooks for a lot of what he was doing,” Bearden says on the DVD. “He worked it out by trial and error on the bench.”

So at least one revolutionary energy system is easing into the marketplace right now. Tom Bearden sent this note attached to his Christmas card:

“P.S. Bedini (Energenx, Inc) is now rolling overunity battery chargers off a very limited production line. This pro­duction run is already sold and is being placed into big warehouses to charge their battery-powered materials-handling equipment at a great savings, while extending the lifetime of the batteries severalfold. The units have al­ready been tested in that application, and they perform admirably.”

“Next, a licensee will build up a much larger production line for a greater range of sizes, and these will be market­ed worldwide to the battery-powered golf carts, battery powered scooters for the handicapped, etc.”

“They are already beginning to work on incorporating things on an electric car as well.”

“Bedini now has had more than two dozen independent replications of his processes worldwide. So he has fulfilled the final requirement of the scientific method: independent replication.”

“Interestingly, he has been using ‘dark energy’ (negative energy) and ‘dark matter’ (negative mass-energy charges, or Dirac holes) for about 20 years in his highly successful battery chargers. This gives him an automatic gain, since when a negative energy flow encounters an impedance in its path (such as a resistor in series), the outside environ­ment then successfully forces in some excess negative energy input. That means that more negative energy is leaving the resistor, and continuing on the flow path, than the negative energy that the operator alone paid to input.”

“Eventually, as the technology and control develop, one will be able to take a flashlight battery powering an initial tiny negative energy generator, and put in a series of increasing resistances, so that the final output can power New York City.”

“We will shortly finish a paper urging a Manhattan type project to solve the escalating energy crisis (and global warming also) very quickly—in five or six years, and giving the main things required to do it. A draft of this paper is already being briefed to the new leaders of Australia, after the election just finished.”

Thanks to people such as Bearden, Bedini, Sines, Rauen and other frontier scientists, the year 2008 is already off to an interesting start.

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