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Article: Ten Commandments for Exotic Energy Inventors
Inventors of alternative energy technologies often make critical mistakes as they try to develop and proliferate their ideas. Here are ten commandments or suggestions for energy pioneers that may help them avoid many common pitfalls.
Here are the Top Ten Commandments for exotic energy inventors.
For the record, we're not telling anyone what to do. We present these as recommendations. "Commandments" is used in a humorous sense as an attention-grabber. We're sure there are other hints and suggestions that would be good for inventors to follow. Here, we've simply tried to cover the ones that are the most obvious.
The reason for this list is because we have witnessed inventors encounter all sorts of troubles because of not following these principles. We want to see exotic energy technologies hit the marketplace, and our hope is that sharing this list might help a few inventors avoid making critical mistakes that could delay or even prevent the commercialization of their technology.
If you have any other hints or suggestions for inventors, please feel free to post them in the comments below.
1) If you build a working prototype, leave it alone and do not make changes.
If you are able to build a prototype of your invention that seems to be working successfully, do not alter it in any way whatsoever! Do not yield to temptation and change a variable to see if you can increase the output, reduce the input, run more smoothly, or make it work even better. By making changes (even small ones), you may not be able to get the prototype to function the way it originally did.
The simple truth is that you do not know how adjusting one variable of your invention might alter other variables that are making it work. If you have to wait for a period of time to gather the funds or parts to build another device, then do so. Don't take the chance of making a change and not ever being able to make the prototype work the way it did originally!
Build a second prototype. This shows that the phenomena can be replicated, and you can play with variables on that one.
You should always have one working prototype ready to demonstrate.
2) When building a second prototype, only change ONE VARIABLE AT A TIME.
Inventors have a tendency to change lots of variables every time they run a new test or build a new prototype. By doing so, they are not going to be able to determine which variables are having what effect. It is important to change only one, single variable at a time. That's right, one variable -- not two, three, five, or ten! By changing only one variable, you will have a better chance of being able to tell the exact result of changing that variable. Then depending on if changing that variable helped or not, you can determine the next variable you should adjust in the next test.
I have witnessed inventors who change many variables at a time, because they think it is faster or more likely to get a good result. However, not once have I witnessed changing multiple variables at a time producing a positive result. In fact, it just confused the situation even further.
At the same time, you are the inventor, and as such, you have a gift of creative intuition, which you should follow.
3) Document and record every test you make.
Note taking is crucial in developing new breakthrough technologies. When you start getting good results, document every aspect of your setup. For example, record the exact measurements of all the parts used, the configuration and tolerances, the speed the device is operating at, the voltage/current utilized, the angles of the magnets, and every little tiny detail. Then record the results obtained, good or bad. Be sure to record the time and date.
By recording every detail of every significant test you perform, you will have a record that you can go back to for reference. Most importantly, don't think you can keep it all in your head, because unless you have a truly photographic memory, you cannot. Keep a copy on your computer, another in a usb thumb drive, and finally have a printed copy in a secure location. It might even be good to keep a copy in a safety deposit box.
4) Make sure you are measuring the power correctly.
It is easily to incorrectly measure the input power going into a device or the output power coming from the device. This is the most common mistake. This is especially true if you are utilizing AC power (which can be extremely tricky to measure). Don't think that because you bought the most expensive power meter at Home Depot or Lowes that its readings will be accurate. They can be accurate in certain circumstances, but very often they can give false readings. If your gains of energy are electrical, try to obtain an oscilloscope and appropriate probes. Then learn how to use it in a proper manner. Power meters and cheap multimeters are often not capable of making accurate measurements when certain frequencies, waveforms, or types of power are being used.
If you are not using electricity to measure input, make sure you are measuring the mechanical input as accurately as possible. Don't make guesses or estimate, but find a way to exactly measure the power going into and coming from the device. If you are not sure about the input, it will be difficult to determine if you are producing an overunity gain of energy -- unless the output is simply massive.
Also, the more accurately you measure the power, the more seriously people will take you, the more people will want to help you, and the easier it will be for you to prove the technology works.
Of course the most convincing demonstration is a self-looped set-up with excess energy for practical use. In such a set-up, you only need to run the device long enough to rule out the possibility of hidden batteries.
5) Be able to fully articulate your discovery in an easy to understand way.
Many inventors try to explain their inventions to others, but many other people cannot understand the concept. It is important that inventors make sure their explanations are easy to understand. If people do not understand your concept, they cannot help you!
If you are not good at such communication, then you should get an associate who can speak on your behalf.
Following a general overview summarized in just a few sentences, you can get into specifics, clarifying definitions, and explain the setup step by step. Don't just assume that someone will understand a concept. Make sure you explain everything, giving necessary details.
Also, before you go online and post the explanation of how your device works, do your homework and make sure your explanation is the best one you can come up with. There are usually a lot of reasons why something can be happening. Don't just assume that your first idea is the most accurate one.
Be willing to say, "I don't yet know fully how this works." It's better to focus on showing clearly that it does work, and let others come up with scientific models to describe how it works.
6) Try to use standard terminology.
Some inventors use their own made up terms for measurement units, types of force, and for different things that are taking place in their devices. Some of this cannot be helped when dealing with breakthrough devices that may not abide exactly by the known lays of physics. However, some of this can be helped, and quite often the inventor needs to have a better understanding of standard physics, and the terms used.
Again, if the inventor isn't a good communicator, he can designate an associate to speak on his behalf, and that person can be the one to translate the inventor's vernacular into terminology that others can readily understand.
7) Don't exaggerate or make false claims, EVER!
Many inventors are working on a shoe string budget, have to perform their work in the equivalent of a closet, and have countless obstacles to overcome. The stress can become overwhelming. This has made some inventors temporarily go to the "dark side" and make exaggerations or false claims. Once these lies have been told, the inventors get caught in a string of additional lies, to support the previous ones.
To avoid getting caught up in a web of deceit, be honest about your testing and results. Don't make your results sound any worse than they are, or any better. Be honest and truthful at all times, even if you think telling a "white lie" might temporarily benefit you. In the long term, those white lies are likely to come back to haunt you.
By being honest and truthful, you can gain a reputation of sincerity among your peers in the alternative energy community. Instead of being seen as potential liar, you will be seen as someone who is trustworthy. Such a positive reputation can help you obtain far more help and support than a legacy of being an exaggerator, or at worst, a liar.
It is best to under-promise and over-deliver, than to over-promise and under-deliver.
8) If someone points out a flaw in your thinking or measurements, appreciate it -- don't get angry.
It is easy to make mistakes when it comes to formulating theories, taking measurements, or working with new technologies. This is normal and common. When someone points out a flaw or error you have made (as long as they are not being overtly hostile), try not to get angry and lash out at them. Instead of getting mad, consider what they had to say, and re-check your theory, math, or measurements. If they were correct, admit your flaw, thank them, and continue to ask for their help. If they were wrong, point out how you are correct, but be willing to listen to their response.
Being humble is not a sign of weakness. Arrogance is usually the greater weakness and a bigger turn-off to people wanting to help and a greater impediment to progress.
9) Don't think everyone is out to get you.
There are forces in the world that try to suppress alternative energy concepts and technologies. This is the absolute truth, and there are many examples of it. However, some inventors have one or two bad experiences, and then think every one is the enemy. In their minds, everyone wants to steal their technology, shut them down, or at worst do them actual harm. This stops them from being able to get the help and assistance they need to further their work. The simple truth is that it is not difficult to succumb to paranoia after bad experiences, but not everyone is a bad guy. There are lots of good people out there too, that sincerely want to help inventors develop their technologies.
10) Be careful who you accept financial support from.
When an inventor is having financial difficulties and can barely afford to perform research on their invention (usually the case), it is tempting for them to make lopsided deals with investors to get desperately needed financial support. This is not always a good thing. It can cause an inventor to lose control of their technology, and eventually get caught up in legal troubles. Making alliances and working with others can be a very good thing, but an inventor should never accept money from another person unless they are exactly sure what they are getting themselves into. Money usually comes with strings attached that are not always visible when it is initially handed over.
You should become familiar with the various financial options and recommendations for inventors to avoid some common traps, as well as to realize that giving up some control is a reasonable proposition when others come along to help.
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Ten Commandments for Exotic Energy Inventors - Inventors of alternative energy technologies often make critical mistakes as they try to develop and proliferate their ideas. Here are ten commandments or suggestions for energy pioneers that may help them avoid many common pitfalls. (PESWiki; December 11, 2011)