In the 1967 film The Graduate, at a party an industrialist takes the college-grad character aside and indicates he has a secret to impart as his graduation gift. The audience knows the young man has not yet settled on a career direction. The middle-aged man whispers one word of advice. “Plastics.” That scene was enjoyed as a classic comic moment, heightened by the rebellious anti-establishment mood of many in the 1960s audiences. The youthful character played by Dustin Hoffman was confused, but not about to devote his life to plastics no matter how exponentially that industry would grow.
More than forty years later, the ultimate word for career advice could be “water.” Unlike the plastic garbage being ground into nano-particles while plastics weather on beaches and in landfills, when water breaks down, its components are harmless to life. Oxygen is better than harmless; it sustains life. Hydrogen is a carrier of energy and is being considered as a vital part of the coming energy revolution and one key to reducing our dependence on carbon fuels such as gasoline.
Water is the film star of Youtube videos today. Recently one video featured what was said to be a 1978 El Camino vehicle that runs on water alone. Someone who at this time remains anonymous and uses a pseudonym online had developed what is being called the “S1r9a9m9 exploding water system,” and there’s a link to another Youtube video of a car running on an independent replication of that system. By the time this column is published there will no doubt be further news developments. I’m just trying to convey the rapid progress of this emerging area of guerrilla science and of energy independence.
Unlike the mid-twentieth-century culture of industrial secrets and social-climbing pool parties glimpsed in The Graduate, the twenty-first-century Open Source era is, for many young people, about sharing information. However, as in the case of the mysterious inventor of the water system, open sourcing does not always mean stepping into the spotlight as a public personality.
Taking a cue from the computer software developers who write programs and give their work to everyone else to tweak and perfect, a number of inventors on the energy frontier are freely sharing what they learn. George Wiseman of Eagle Research pioneered that approach by writing how-to books about methods of saving fuel. Instead of patenting his inventions he sells books. His readers try out his advice and reply to him. Their experiences and suggestions improve the next editions of Wiseman’s books. His no-patent philosophy is a win-win approach. Wiseman wrote two editions of a Brown’s Gas Book, which contain some of the most important contributions to the field, with research data, practical analysis and discussions of the implications of the technologies.
Up until recent years experimenters around the world used the term “Brown’s Gas,” but that term is rarely used any more to describe an oxy-hydrogen gas. The Bulgarian/Australian inventor Yull Brown is no longer with us and there is widespread recognition that a physicist named William A. Rhodes discovered the process for making and using atomic (in the form of separate atoms and no longer combined in molecules) hydrogen and oxygen before Brown did. Welding torches are one of the most apt applications for the gas.
Good news for all
The pain of paying high prices for fuel is motivating a fast-increasing number of tinkerers who had not previously been obsessed about energy alternatives, and the results of their activities are most apparent in the water-as-fuel areas of the energy frontier. For instance, the experimenter who developed an “exploding water system” under the name “S1r9a9m9” is part of the ongoing discussion on a Yahoo web site e-group. When he builds an experimental model he eventually publishes the new parts list of electronics so that anyone in the discussion group can try building it themselves.
“Yes, it is an exciting time to be alive,” an energy researcher writes to me in an email today. “John Bedini just posted advice to the JBCX6 S1r9a9m9 replicator guy…I am seriously thinking this system is the big break. It is so cheap and easy for the common person to replicate once we get all the bugs out (and have a list of the parts needed).”
Charles Michael Couch had been writing articles on the Pure Energy Systems network about inventor Bob Boyce, who gives the world free benefit of his own super-efficient water-into-fuel electrolyzer system. Couch said he was now thankful to have seen the video of a replication of the “S1r9a9m9” system and was grateful that now both systems are available to experimenters around the world, along with John Bedini’s motor, a Tesla switch, the Papp engine, the magnetic motor/generator of Bill Muller and Doug Konzen’s version, the Tesla Turbine, improved Stirling engines and other open-source energy technologies. “It looks like we just might save our planet after all.”
Couch pointed out that the same mysterious inventor of the system that allegedly has been running the El Camino on water had released two videos showing an eighteen-horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine running on water alone. Couch feels that the videos were legitimate, and concludes that if they are indeed legitimate they may represent one of the most historic moments on planet Earth.
Many of the e-group members expressed concern for the safety of the invention and its inventor from suppression, and urged him to release the parts list immediately. “ ‘S1r’, for short, assured them that over 800 people know the parts list and the secret would survive any foul play that might befall him,” Couch reports. “A third video is promised shortly, hinting that there are even better developments to report.”
One of the similar members-only water fuel research forums online is set up for researchers who wish to discuss the Bob Boyce design. Boyce is a modest man whose name is well known among the researchers around the world but he does not seek publicity. He will have to live with a certain amount of fame, however, because so many of us onlookers are grateful to him for “open sourcing” his knowledge about producing and using a hydrogen/oxygen gas. Instead of a system that involves storing fuel, the gas referred to as hydroxy is produced from water on demand – which means at the point of use at the time it is needed for fueling or for helping to fuel an internal combustion engine.
Boyce’s system separates water into hydrogen and oxygen and feeds the resulting gas to the engine for the purpose of at least boosting its miles per gallon figures – a “hydroxy booster”. The Holy Grail end goal of these experimenters is to run an automobile totally on “split” water as the only fuel.
Water fuel car
Meanwhile, in Japan a company called Genepax has unveiled a car it says is running on 100 per cent water. A few days and interviews later it sounds like they are relying on ordinary fuel cell technology only with a better membrane to separate out the hydrogen. Other commentators are saying that metal hydrides are involved. The bottom line is that at this time early in the summer of 2008 it is difficult to even guess if the energy revolution will be coming from Genepax. I’ll turn my attention to the legacy of someone whom I met, and on more than one occasion, the late Stan Meyer. Meyer’s name is identified with Water Fuel Cell; his invention powered a dune buggy. In recent years the interest in his invention has exploded, since his patents expired.
He often mentioned his view of the importance of patenting every step of his system to prevent it from being taken over by hostile foreigners. I feel saddened remembering his earnest discussions and beliefs about the best route to getting his water fuel system into production for the sake of cleaning up the atmosphere and bringing energy independence to his country. Patenting did not do the job. Instead the money spent on securing patent “protection” all over the world could have been better spent on an engineering development team and could have even been a start toward financing the building of a production facility for water fuel cell units.
Patenting was the spark point for a fiery discussion at a 1997 New Energy meeting in Denver. It began when the late Eugene Mallove, Ph.D. confronted Meyer about his secretiveness regarding his water fuel technology. If the argument that started in a meeting room and spilled out into a hallway had ended in a fist fight as it looked like it would, Mallove would have been physically no match for Meyer, who was a much larger man. But when Gene Mallove’s anger flared he didn’t back away for even an inch. Observing the shouting match I was dismayed; both of the men were my friends and each had a valid point of view. Mallove, who viewed Meyers as overly paranoid, was a fierce proponent of the scientific method of sharing details of experiments so that others could replicate—if possible. In his usual booming voice Meyer said he would lose his patent rights if he released how-to information on any part of his system. He believed that he had to individually patent every step of his integrated system.
How could inventors such as Meyer and Boyce claim to have such super-efficient methods of getting hydrogen from water? They are more than claiming; they are proving their claims through the impressive roiling of hydrogen/ oxygen gas bubbles coming off of water in their innovative systems compared to the relatively insignificant electrical input. Yet that’s supposed to be impossible. Physics instructors ever since the nineteenth century have looked to historical experiments that showed electrolysis as having certain limits. The standard teaching is that you can’t get a free lunch; it always takes more electrical energy to power an electrolysis cell than you get out of it in any form.
One secret ingredient being used ever since a lineage of super-efficient electrolysis began with the late Dr. Andrija Puharich (or maybe before) is resonance. Resonant frequencies are not a physical ingredient; they are a way of increasing output by precisely timed pulses. It’s all about finding a frequency that resonates with the water molecule and tickles it apart instead of smashing the water molecule with what the experimenters call brute force electrolysis.
Blacklight power’s breakthrough
While all that activity is going on in home garages or backyard experiments, a well-equipped and apparently financed science laboratory in New Jersey is presenting a quite different path to energy independence. A month ago BlackLight Power, Inc. announced that the company has a fifty-kilowatt prototype ready to take commercial. The company says its process could generate electricity for as cheap as one cent per kilowatt-hour. That is two to four times cheaper than any other power source used today. Hydrogen gas sourced from water serves as the fuel.
Dr. Randell Mills heads BlackLight and is the inventor of what could indeed be a paradigm-shifting new primary energy source. His work has also resulted in a new field of hydrogen chemistry that promises a broad range of commercial products and uses. BlackLight’s energy source holds promise for low-cost heating, electricity, transportation, and distributed power generation. It relies on Mills’ new chemical process of releasing the latent energy of the hydrogen atom. In the BlackLight Process, the electron in an ordinary hydrogen atom is moved closer to the proton, according to Mills and other scientists who have checked his work. That in itself blows away conventional physics; physicists overwhelmingly believe that they know the “ground state” of the hydrogen atom. Mills’ little “hydrino” has not been welcomed by those who already know everything there is to know about hydrogen.
It is indeed an exciting time. With the help of my co-author Joel Garbon, the manuscript for our book Breakthrough Power went to the book design professionals last week and will debut in October. Its mission is not to present news that will change as rapidly as events have progressed this year. Instead, it will be an introduction to the big picture of the emerging energy revolution, an overview presented in an easy-read style so that you can hand it to friends, family members and business associates who up to now don’t understand or care what energy breakthroughs can mean in their own lives. It shows the way for young people to connect with a feeling of justified hope for their future. And it reinforces your innate knowing that personal empowerment, a more peaceful world and an attitude of sharing and responsibility—not just development of a better energy technology—are the important goals for the human family.