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Page first featured November 9, 2009

On Nov. 4, 2009, New Energy Congress member, Eric Krieg wrote:

For a few hundred years, many mistaken people (I get a few a year) believe there is some way to come out ahead with capillary action. Yes, a dry cloth can lift water and essentially do work - but the energy it then takes to get the water out of the capillary tight spaces is always more than you can ever get from the absorption stage. That is why there are no demonstration desk top machines (even a self runner) running off capillary action.
I propose to just ignore the many people with theory on capillary action until someone can show one running (live not video). Otherwise, we get too bogged down with ignorant people and hurt our credibility in the process.

If you happen to know of such a device that actually works, please let us know so we can feature it here.

If power can be derived at the point of mixture of fresh and salt water bodies (see our directory page), by running the fresh water up an osmotic gradient, then running it down through a turbine, why not also be able to run water up a capillary tube, then harness the energy as it descends into the salt water destination? Of course in the fresh-salt scenario, the initial separate of fresh from salty water is accomplished by solar energy instigating the evaporation, so it is ultimately a solar energy system. The problem with the capillary action scenario, is that the "input energy" source is not identified. Water has to be removed from the ends of the capillary tubes for the process to proceed (via evaporation in the case of a plant), and that is ultimately the "source" of energy; and physics would justifiably predict that this would expend more energy than what the capillary action contributes; so a net gain would not be possible from capillary action alone. -- Sterling D. Allan, Nov. 9, 2009.

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Matthew J. Nash

Matthew J. Nash, SGT MIL USA <matthew.james.nash {at} EUR.ARMY.MIL>, has filed for a US patent on a not-yet prototyped design, described below by him, and illustrated in the figure above.

Description of Capillary Energy Source
It is a pneumatic feed hydro electric power plant. It has four main components to exclude the turbine generator. They are as follows.
*Lower water tank - The lower water tank is sealed except for two pipes that are inserted into it from the top. These two pipes are the open water pipe and capillary water pipe. The lower water tank also has a singular entrance valve to add air pressure.
*Capillary water pipe - The capillary water pipe is a pipe filled with capillary tubing to create a well known capillary effect on water from the lower water tank.
*Upper water trough - The upper water trough acts as a through way for water coming out of the capillary water pipe to enter the open water pipe. The upper water trough is not sealed; it is equipped with an air filtration system so that air pressure in the upper water trough is equal to that of air outside of the unit.
*Open water pipe - The open water pipe is a large open pipe where the turbines would be seated. It is connected between the upper trough and lower water tank.


Operation of Capillary Energy Source
Water is placed in the lower water tank until it is completely full. Water will be drawn up the capillary water pipe because of the capillary effect, but will not leave the top of the capillary water pipe because of surface tension. Air pressure will be added to the lower water tank, not to go below the entrances of both capillary water pipe and open water pipe, if it does air pressure will equal out. With the addition of the added air pressure, water will flow out of the top of the capillary tubing. The upper water trough will allow water to flow to the open water pipe, without increasing air pressure due to the air filtration system. Water will fall down the open water pipe and pass through the turbines, producing electricity. This process continues as long as water stays above the entrance of the capillary water pipe and open water pipe.

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