Having a Good Time on the New Energy Frontier

As a report on new-energy news, this final column from me will be all over the map just like my travels this sum­mer—from hydrogen to cold electricity to a revolutionary communications technology. I’ll tell you about an event in Maryland where Internet niche celebrities mingled with Amish farmers, a young academic, and truckers, and I wit­nessed amazing demonstrations.

Seeing photos or videos of “cold electricity” demonstrations is one thing. Witnessing a live presentation is the tru­ly mind-bending, paradigm-changing experience. And that’s what we were treated to at the Alternative Energy Part­nership Conference (AEPC) in Maryland—an event organized by Larry Jarboe, a big-hearted, blunt-speaking county commissioner who has been involved in clean energy for about 30 years and in helping youths build electric cars.

What does the “cold electricity” reality mean for the non-techie? The rediscoveries of what Nikola Tesla was up to in his elder years means that the human family could quite possibly in the future be using a safer form of electricity. We’re going to need it.

Right now I’m in Cottonwood, California taking refuge in an air-conditioned little motel. In a heat wave that pushed local thermometers up to 108 F., I need to take a break from camping out. Who can write in a hot tent?

Camping under the stars was a pleasure on the (June 26-28) weekend, however, after dancing outdoors with about a hundred other celebrants on a mountain near Upper Lakes, California. Despite this heat and other challenges, the first Rainbow Bridge Festival successfully mixed irresistible uplifting music and down-to-earth workshops on topics such as renewable energy. When the word spreads about the scenery, the music and the discussions about how to create sustainable communities, I expect at least a thousand will attend next year’s event there.

Next weekend I’ll be speaking at another first-time green festival, in Medford, Oregon, and the schedule says I’ll be facilitator for a panel about renewable energy as well as presenting. At the same time my co-author of Breakthrough Power, Joel Garbon, will be at James Gilliland’s event at Mount Adams in Washington State.

What do these summer festivals have to do with the frontiers of energy research? My reply is that any event which brings together a variety of members of the human family and injects at least one voice for the possibilities of clean energy abundance, outside-the-box inventions, and emerging science is helpful in making those frontiers visible.

For example, last weekend’s festival was an ethnic-and-age mix of young urban musicians, older hippies, local media and rural residents, a Bhuddist nun, well-connected solar and social-justice activists from the East Coast, a chakra expert, and many other unique individuals. Even if only a fraction of those festival participants hear about the New Energy Movement, Joel and I will have the satisfaction of knowing that we planted some concepts that may grow in the listeners’ minds over time.

I’m especially looking forward to the chance to speak freely from my heart in the company of some very knowl­edgeable people at the Secrets Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, November 20-23, 2009 (www.ChetSnow.com). Dr. Snow chose the “Energy Revolution” theme for this year’s Secrets event so our messages will reach ears that may be more prepared to hear those messages.

Joel Garbon will be attending Thomas Valone’s latest Conference on Future Energy, at the Hilton hotel in the middle of Washington, D.C., October 9-10, but I’m not sure if I’ll manage to get there. It will be well worth attending; Tom Valone always has top-notch scientists speaking at his conferences.

Hydrogen Boosters For Vehicles

Last month I did fly out to the East Coast for the Alternative Energy Partnership Conference (AEPC) in Waldorf, Maryland, organized by Jarboe. In contrast to the West Coast events mentioned, there were of course no dancing to live bands, and the workshops didn’t get into environmental activism. That’s not the AEPC mandate. However, the AEPC exuded its own brand of joyfulness and a feeling of being part of a movement. In this case, it’s the Hydroxy Revolution—do-it-yourself people reducing their fuel consumption and improving their emissions by adding a certain mix of hydrogen and oxygen. They don’t deal with standard “faraday efficiency” electrolysis which is a formula saying how much hydrogen can be produced by zapping water with a given amount of electricity. Instead the hydroxy guys aim to improve hydrogen output significantly with strategies such as pulsing the energy input at frequencies that res­onate with the water molecule.

If you go on Internet forums to search out the spokesmen for the hydroxy revolution, you may become curious about what these people are like in person. Even at the public event, however, they’re called by their internet names—such as Zero Fossil Fuel, Smack, Smart Scarecrow, Spodie Odie, and OneCraftyDude. In person, in the flesh they are regular guys—low-key but having fun, focused on the show-and-tell events and how much they can learn in two short days. They are hands-on people, busy welding with hydroxy or tweaking devices and showing off the biggest stream of hydrogen bubbles. Some of them look farther outside the box and play with Bedini wheels. They may be quiet individuals, but their tesla coils or experimental explosions are not. A few build experimental replications of the Stan Meyer “Water Fuel Cell” or rebuild lawnmowers (using the GEET fuel-saving process invented by Paul Pantone, who was recently released from a Utah mental hospital where he had been unjustly incarcerated).

Jarboe compares the hydroxy movement to the hotrod scene of the 1950s—guys in garages all over the country tinkering with engines.

They don’t worry much about people who don’t understand their excitement. However, some participants at the AEPC 2009 in Maryland are disgusted with the extremism of anonymous sniping and offensive language directed at outside-the-box energy researchers on the Internet. “Vile attacks are draining, preschool sandbox games,” one hy­droxy personality states. He and his colleagues are determined to make progress despite their ever-present critics.

The mainstream media is more sophisticated in its criticism than is the ubiquitous rude commentary on the In­ternet, but stereotyping by a popular television show hurts more. In March of this year, NBC Dateline had a segment on Hydrogen/HHO boosters. Focusing on the promoter/perpetual exaggerator Dennis Lee, the show tarred a whole field of endeavor with the same brush. The hidden-camera exposé of Lee or his dealers’ exaggerated claims about de­vices that he says might offer energy independence—claims such as 100-miles-per-gallon from any car on the road— now make it difficult for the other researcher/builders to be taken seriously by the television-viewing public. On the NBC program, a representative from Popular Mechanics Magazine said he had tested dozens of hydrogen boosters and never found one that significantly increased gas mileage.

“Scam” would be the conclusion reached by television viewers who don’t know that the reporters could have bal­anced the program by interviewing any of the satisfied hydrogen-booster customers and successful researchers who attended the event in Waldorf. These men make themselves readily available to an Internet search.

The man whose Internet brand name is Smack posted a YouTube video he photographed and narrated as he walked around at AEPC 2009. “Naysayers, where are you? Where’s your evidence? Where’s your installation? You don’t have any…People that believe these technologies can’t work, where are you?”

“Where were you today when these technologies and devices were put on display including my own designs, my Smack Booster designs and my vehicle sitting in the field ready for anybody to look at and do tests on. This is a for­um, an arena where these technologies can be discussed and questions can be answered in person. If you are ques­tioning these technologies you need to be coming to these events. And checking out what’s going on and witnessing some of these devices in action. You need to show up.”

One truck driver brought his truck’s tractor to the outdoor display at AEPC and opened up the hood to show the two modified Smack hydrogen-assist cells he had installed. He was not selling anything; just looking to get better fuel mileage. He came to AEPC to encourage others to also build their own cells as he had done—with generous advice from Jarboe. It was all done in the spirit of open-sourcing that Joel and I emphasize in Breakthrough Power.

The driver says his truck was getting six-and-a-half miles per gallon before the installation and now gets 12 miles per gallon!

A graduate student from the University of Idaho was at the AEPC in Maryland with his hydrogen cell. Jake Wall had succeeded in getting a scooter running on hydroxy alone and is working on a thesis about the cells for his Mas­ter’s degree peer review. The hydroxy guys are proud of Jake’s academic approach to their field—impartial objective data collection and third-party verification.

George Wiseman of Eagle Research recently sent me a 2007 peer-reviewed paper by seven scientists in Romania— “Use in Combustion Processes for a New Type of Gaseous Fuel Based on Hydrogen.” Dateline should check into the successful research being done worldwide regarding the “oxy-hydric gaseous fuel,” as those scientists are calling the oxygen/hydrogen mixture. When they substituted more than 20 percent of the natural gas they were burning and adding with their unique oxy-hydric gas, their carbon dioxide emissions went down to almost zero. They reduced nat­ural gas consumption by 14.7 per cent. Tell that to the debunker from Popular Mechanics.

Tesla’s Radiant Energy

A man who calls himself Karl Palsness on the Internet presented the demonstration that alone was worth the trip to Maryland. He showed something like one of the Tesla projects I have been working on this year—what he calls the Tesla’s Hairpin Circuit. Tesla only refers to it as the “Two Stout Copper Bars circuit” which Karl views as not a very elegant name. So he prefers the Hairpin Circuit; he hopes Tesla doesn’t roll over in his grave at that name.

Karl uses four-feet-long copper bars 3/8 inch thick, a moveable shunt, high-voltage transformer, and a homemade spark gap and other specifications he mentions on the Internet. It was not free energy; instead he was trying to teach about cold electricity, which Tesla called Radiant Energy.

Why weren’t either Karl or an audience member electrocuted when they put their hands in a fishbowl containing wires and a lit bulb? On an Internet forum, author of Secrets of Cold Electricity Peter Lindemann explains that Karl knows that Tesla discovered that the human body presents, to a circuit of this type, more of a capacitor than a resis­tor. “So the energy just flows through. Electrocution is only a problem when your body presents the opportunity for a significant ‘voltage drop’ to the system. But in this system, already in a ‘short circuit’ condition, the body presents a very high impedance so no energy can be ‘dissipated’ in the body.”

That explanation may go over the heads of us non-techies, but the kicker is Lindemann’s warning: “But like Karl says, don’t try this with ordinary electric power.”

Karl found Tesla’s many writings about that circuit in books such as Inventions, Researches and Writings of Niko­la Tesla, pages 192, 339, and other places. And also in Nikola Tesla’s Lectures pages 81, 197, and other writings.” He recommends that serious researchers first read Gerry Vassilotos’ books.

Sparks are the most interesting part of the experiments, Karl Palsness says. The sparks vary widely in color and properties. The spark gap is where it all happens. Unlike the popular perception of Tesla coils as being more exciting the longer their arc, Tesla aimed at quenching the spark to allow for energy to flow in from the “vacuum” (plenum actually) of space.

“Some sparks are cold, some will light paper easily, others will not burn paper at all. Some sparks will just make the paper disappear like magic. Some don’t hurt to touch, others bite like a snake—be careful.”

A YouTube video shows what I viewed at AEPC—Karl dipping a lit bulb in ordinary tap water, showing the water does not short out the energy going to the bulb. “The longitudinal wave (a phrase that describes the different quality of electricty) does not see the water as a path to follow. The bulbs are 120 volt, 100- and 60-watt halogens.”

“This Hairpin Circuit of Tesla’s is a very important learning tool to understanding radiant energy. Tesla presented it in almost every lecture he gave—for a reason…What is interesting is that the energy seems to flow into the circuit from the bulb, not the energy going into the bulb. So the energy is an outflow…almost as if the bulb was a battery. The longitudinal wave creates a node across the bulb, making a potential across the bulb. Finding a bulb with the right impedence is the secret.”

When Karl turns the machine on, the arcing is loud but he can touch it while it is operating. “You wouldn’t try that with normal household power.”

Is hot electricity an expanding, outward force and cold electricity a contracting, inward force?

Speaking of a different kind of energy, and prospects for a safer more secure future, my closing tip is to watch for “holophasic” communications technologies. It may be what certain advanced Russian scientists called torsion fields. I’ve been waiting for a long time to hear that we are closer to having benign (not electromagnetic spectrum) commu­nications on our world.

Jeane Manning is co-author of Breakthrough Power: How Quantum-leap New Energy Inventions Can Transform Our World. Her blog is www.JeaneManning.com.

By Jeane Manning

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