If the coming energy revolution had a theme song, its lyrics would have remained much the same for decades. One refrain is about breakthrough energy discoveries being ignored by the established mindset. However, I believe we’re approaching a time when the breakthroughs will appear evident to a wide swath of the public, with or without the blessing of gatekeepers.
This theme comes to mind for several reasons:
At the American Physical Society conference in Denver this spring, significant developments in “cold fusion” were announced by discoverers with Ph.D.s and proper protocol—but were largely ignored.
Revolutionary breakthroughs in design of motors/generators weren’t given attention at a prestigious Future Energy weekend workshop in Seattle last month. Zero point energy, however, was discussed by frontier scientists Thomas Valone, Thorsten Ludwig, and Fabrizio Pinto but ignored by most of the other experts.
The story around electronics engineer Benjamin Robert “Bob” Teal (Google the name), who demonstrated a revolutionary electric motor 30 years ago and was then ignored and unfunded, is now available to the public on a landmark DVD by Peter Lindemann.
Before reporting on one of those meetings, I’ll mention Lindemann’s latest. Again, he brings us closer to clean-energy freedom, just as John Bedini and Thomas Bearden are doing by releasing their hard-won scientific knowledge in educational materials such as the book Free Energy Generation (www.cheniere.org).
Last year Lindemann explained how the motor invented by the late Ed Gray worked on Tesla’s “radiant energy” principles. This year he gives even more value for the buyer’s $30—a more-than-two-hour course on the secrets of the electric motors of our future.
If you’re technically trained, prepare to let your mind reconfigure as you view Lindemann’s demonstrations. Say goodbye to the conventional viewpoint that restrains electric motors to near their present level of performance. Conventional wisdom says the efficiency of the latest generation of small motors can only be improved by at most a few percent, since their percentage of efficiency is already reaching to the high 90s. Nevertheless, can you imagine an engine that produces more than 100 per cent efficiency (a Coefficient Of Performance written as C.O.P. 1)? How about C.O.P. of between 8 and 10? The rest of us—un-technical folks—can also be amazed that such paradigm-changing energy technology was invented more than 30 years ago.
Bob Teal put his mind to it during the so-called Energy Crisis of the 1970s. Teal, born in 1922, had graduated from the University of Hawaii, joined the U.S. Coast Guard for a 20-year career, and worked for private corporations and the U.S. Air Force as a civilian. While an RCA engineer under contract with the U.S. Navy in 1964, he invented a radio cable technology valued at $50 million but didn’t get paid for that; it was a classified invention done while under contract. (The Navy gave him a letter crediting him for the Teal Tube invention which saved them money.) He retired in 1972 at the young age of 50.
A few years before retirement Teal had written a science fiction novel. To make the story plausible, he needed to portray an engine that emitted no noise pollution or air pollution. He named his creation Magnipulsion. Later, despite the pleasures of Florida’s sunshine, he became bored with retirement so he built prototypes of the electric engine he had previously built only in his mind.
The novel was never published, but Teal’s Magnipulsion engine made it into newspapers at the time and into a filmed interview which recently surfaced on the Internet. Lindemann dug a few of those articles out of his files to share with us.
Teal’s engine received publicity because it worked. One nontechnical reporter described the sixth prototype as stainless steel contraptions with wires and switches stuck here and there, started with a car battery, and Teal flipping switches which sent current to magnets placed around the one-horsepower engine. She said it sounded like a sewing machine while operating.
“While the pistons pump up and down, much like a car engine, through their magnetic cylinders the pulleys spin around. Speed is reduced or increased by the flip of a switch that controls the power like the dimming of a light bulb.”
Teal said the machine could power shop tools, water pumps or conveyors, and horsepower could be added with additional magnetic pods. “A small Magnipulsion engine could operate a home central air conditioner for about 50 cents a day.”
He patented it but estimated it would take a year and about $350,000 to get it into the marketplace.
The final prototype reportedly ran a 20-ton conveyor belt on the same automotive battery for months. He told a reporter, “I have dreams of building one large enough to run cars and boats…. There are very few moving parts, so you would not need highly trained mechanics.”
We don’t know if the inventor was surprised at the actual workability of the invention that had flowed into his mind along with his fictional characters. He probably had to take the usual trials-and-errors route to fine-tuning the product of his creative juices. We do know he ran out of money for machine-shop work, just as inventors so often do.
Lindemann’s website (www.free-energy.ws) explains that the Magnipulsion engine produced large amounts of mechanical energy, but only small pulses of Direct Current from a battery were going into its electromagnetic coils to run it. Each time the power coils turned off and therefore the magnetic fields around the coils collapsed, the engine’s circuitry recaptured electricity from the collapsing magnetic fields. That recaptured electricity recharged Teal’s batteries or ran other electrical loads. Lindemann describes the innovative process as a quantum leap in electric motor design.
Elements of Teal’s story have a lot in common with life stories of others who’ve had breakthrough energy inventions:
• He formed a company and tried to raise money to develop his invention. The only people who put money in were family, friends and a few investors with relatively small amounts of funds to give.
• Most of the funds went to building prototypes and filing patents.
Although he ran out of money to further develop it, he said he didn’t want to sell his ideas to some company that might just shelve an invention which threatens coal, oil and other vested interests because it’s so easy to build and operate.
He hoped to get a government grant to take the project out of the backyard shop and into a facility where a technical team would help him engineer it for production.
Despite newspaper publicity and technical success, Teal was unsuccessful in getting any commitments from government officials. Among the dozens of articles about Bob Teal from 1976 through 1978 was a big story in the L.A. Times on May 30, 1976, headlined “Impossible Engine Invented for Real.”
Lindemann sums up the end of the Magnipulsion saga of the 1970s: “While the publicity brought hundreds of inquiries, nothing ever came of all the interest. The motor’s performance was just too ‘unbelievable’ for most engineers and scientists who observed its operation. Out of money and frustrated that he could not interest government officials or a major investor, Teal retired again and the story of the Magnipulsion Engine faded into history.”
However, Lindemann is now putting it out to the public along with the how-to.
What are those secrets of electric motors? Here’s a broad hint: truly understanding back electromotive force—the Big Bad Back-EMF that limits all the motors designed with conventional geometries, configurations and arrangements of materials—is key to liberating the inherent potential of the electric motor. Lindemann teaches step-by-step with drawings, the historical search for The Electric Engine and demos of motor/generator models on the workbench.
The least we can do is get our techie friends to buy the educational materials—spend a measly dollar for each of the thirty years that pioneers such as Peter Lindemann invested in researching and experimenting. And then your technically minded acquaintances can do the experiments themselves, share their findings through the online forum—and the energy revolution will gain in momentum.
The Cold-Fusion Front
Meanwhile on another front, evidence for the reality of “cold fusion” keeps on piling up despite all its negative press over the past 18 years. Pity the skeptics; what will they do when novel excess-heat systems are warming their neighbors’ houses?
Those heat-producing products of course are not on the way to the stores yet, nor are they being manufactured. But they are a few steps closer to being built.
In March, I dropped in on the American Physical Society (APS) mega-meeting in Denver. For the first time, in the half-inch-thick program there was a page for reports on Cold Fusion. Its inclusion was largely due to the efforts of scientist Scott Chubb.
However, the one half-day session allowed only 15 minutes for each of the cold fusion researchers to speak, and their room was only one of many rooms in the huge convention center containing a portion of the more than 5,000 physicists who attended the overall event. In other words, nearly everyone was sticking to their own specialty. So thousands of attendees missed the news that cold fusion is not only alive, it’s approaching the commercialization stage.
In its field the phrase “cold fusion” has been largely replaced with LENR—Low Energy Nuclear Reactions—but I think “cold fusion” was chosen by its practitioners to be used for this APS session as an in-your-face inclusion in the program.
Here’s a few news items from that session:
• Michael McKubre says his team’s work is ready to be commercialized, funders willing.
• Roger Stringham has made strong progress in sonofusion and says it has the potential to replace polluting hydrocarbons.
• Scientists have found an unassailable way to measure the energetic activity inside a typical cold fusion cell.
There are many varieties of the new field of study. Stringham, of First Gate Energies, Hawaii, (www.sonfusionjet.com), works with cavitation, in which billions of short-lived imploding bubbles put out the energy. He has an experimental device the size of a wristwatch producing 40 watts and using only one gram of deuterium to do so. He says these small devices can be ganged together to and from a battery-like device of any size, with high energy-density. The byproduct is helium, but no harmful radiation. The only catch is that, to avoid overheating, it’s important to remove the heat quickly. That’s do-able; engineers can solve that problem.
Unfortunately during the APS meeting a Denver newspaper reporter did the usual hatchet job by locating a pompous skeptic to comment on the inclusion of cold fusion. To make a point about how open physicists are to allowing wild ideas to be presented at their conferences, the skeptic lumped cold fusion presentations together with an apparently wacky example—an unrelated presenter who had some sort of strange invention. My hostess in Denver gave me the news article without comment.
Never mind. When products emerge on the market, or sooner, mainstream opinion-makers will have to acknowledge that cold fusion was wrongly declared a delusion. One scientist quipped that the skeptics do have a way out of their corner—blame Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischman for making a premature announcement in 1989. I hope that’s not the route that back-pedalers take; those two cold fusion pioneers have suffered enough already.
Besides the APS meeting, last month I attended a separate event to hear what was billed as leading-edge thinking about future energy choices. The Foundation for the Future, based in Seattle, hosted a weekend forum on Future Energy. It was an interesting event that deserves more space than we have remaining in this column, so I’ll probably tell you about it in the next.
This month, Bob Teal gets the last word. On his company literature he quoted the 17th century French philosopher Voltaire: “There is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come.”
Jeane Manning’s new blog www.changingpower.net is now on the Internet.