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Article:Free Energy and the Open Source Energy Movement Part 1

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"In this series of articles, we will attempt to examine several “Free Energy" devices, and explain their workings in a very simplified way while discussing the proposed theories behind them. Also, we will take a look at the new inventors and researchers working within the Open Source Energy movement and how Internet collaboration has changed the face of invention… With selected interviews with some of the most important players in the movement today."

'Free Energy and the Open Source Energy Movement (Part 1)'

By Directory:Steve Windisch

Originally Published Op-Ed News 6-24-2008

'Free Energy?'

In this series of articles, we will attempt to examine several “Free Energy" devices, and explain their workings in a very simplified way while discussing the proposed theories behind them. Also, we will take a look at the new inventors and researchers working within the Open Source Energy movement and how Internet collaboration has changed the face of invention… With selected interviews with some of the most important players in the movement today.

The proposition here being that there are many new devices being developed using clean, cheap, and limitless forms of energy to power them: And that these devices may have the capability to change all our lives for the better. They are a new breed of electro-magnetic and magnetic motors and other devices that run on very little current, but which can provide both mechanical work and electrical output in excess to the energy that is put into them. Many of these fascinating inventions have been around for over 20 years now and there are literally hundreds of patents on devices having such claims. A few, in 2008, are finally coming into the initial marketing, operational, and manufacturing stages. These highly varied inventions have three characteristics in common: They are all outside of the scientific mainstream, are rarely reported on by the media, and are lighting-rods for controversy and skepticism.

A word about “Free Energy", a “buzz word" which will come up often: This is a highly controversial term, even amongst those who believe it is possible to extract large and useful amounts of energy by unconventional means. The word “Free" could imply there is no cost and is somehow “magical". That is not correct, perhaps “cheap" is a better term and the well-documented science behind many of them certainly is not “magic". These devices will of course cost money, and there will be significant limitations to their efficiency and effectiveness especially until they are developed further. “Free" also pertains to the fact that they are all “pollution free", using no external chemical fuels and often requiring much less electricity to operate than they output (or least being much more efficient than “traditional" means). But perhaps the most accurate use of the word “Free" would relate to the change in society that these inventions would bring: Freedom from the electrical grid and filling stations… Freedom from an economy built on “scarcity"…. And freedom from the need to pollute our planet to maintain a high level of civilization.

These devices and principles may sound wildly optimistic, perhaps even too good to be true… And possibly they are. But please note, it is not the science behind them that is holding most of them back: It is the paradigm of the society in which we live that is stopping them from eventually becoming every-day home appliances, industrial processes, and utterly clean power sources.

'A Brief Intro: Magnetic Motors and Related Solid-State Devices'

Most of the new “magnetic motor" devices work by exploiting previously unexplored aspects of magnetism and/or inductance. By “thinking out of the box", their inventors have managed to create devices that side-step, and even use for gain, the biggest problem that traditional electric motors face: What is commonly called “Back EMF" or more accurately, “Counter Electro-Magnetic Force". CEMF is the counter-current that is produced by the rotation of a motor in a magnetic field, and is what has, up until now anyway, stopped motors from being truly efficient. The higher the rotation rate of the motor, the greater the CEMF opposing it: Creating a natural brake and barrier to true energy efficiency. What several inventors have done, is find clever ways to get around most or all of the CEMF thereby greatly increasing the efficiency of the motor. As a bonus in some cases, excess electrical energy gained from the CEMF itself has been harnessed and taken out of the system as generated electrical power besides the mechanical work being done by the turning motor shaft. For this reason, most of these devices would be more accurately termed “motor-generators".

It has been seen with the designs of some of these devices, that a rotor can be made to move and do useful work using little more than carefully placed magnets (or combinations of permanent magnets and precisely-pulsed electro-magnets). Other, more traditional designs utilize the principals of “Variable Reluctance" (changing the magnetic “resistance" within a motor during operation), to lower current draw greatly: Creating motors with efficiencies undreamed of before (as developed by Dr. Peter Lindemann and others). Some designs are complex hybrids of these technologies or others, such as electro-static energy. When these turning motor shafts are used to generate electricity, the result can be more total power outputted than was put in. Some of these devices have been reportedly made to be “self-runners": Powering themselves from their own electrical output creating self-contained “fuelless" electrical and/or torque generating systems…. Motors with the capability to run as long as their mechanical parts can last, without any external input of energy.

Equally important and promising as the very high-efficiency or “free energy" magnetic motors are new non-rotating devices that work via the interaction of inductance (specially designed coils and transformers), capacitance, and magnetism. Through clever manipulation of magnetic fields, useful electrical power can be extracted from these devices that exceeds the observed power that was put into them. Col. Tom Beardon’s device, the “M.E.G.", is one such invention that is very well documented. It looks much like a transformer with large magnets attached… Yet it has been demonstrated successfully and repeatedly to produce more energy than it consumes. Perhaps another, much more controversial one, is now known famously in the Open Source Energy movement as the “TPU" (“Toroidal Power Unit") a device shrouded in mystery which has become an urban legend due to the fantastic “You Tube" videos regarding it. The TPU is purported to be first developed by a California inventor named Steven Mark in the 1990’s but Mr. Mark has since disappeared or gone into reclusion. Although the original TPU devices have all been lost, there is a large Internet cooperative project in the Open Source movement to reproduce it. The amazing thing about the TPU is, without any moving parts, a device weighing about 30 pounds could supposedly generate over 1,000 Watts of power using only a small excitation circuit powered by a 9-volt battery (…this according to several witnesses, including reputable electronic engineers). Besides the impressive power output, the TPU was reported to have the very strange gyroscopic tendency of resisting physical movement of the device… It “pushed back" with resistance when moved suggesting that a circular magnetic flux vortex was created within the toroidal (“doughnut") shape when operating. It and the M.E.G. both appear to act as “motor-generators" but with no moving parts. It is important to note that Col. Beardon’s M.E.G. is a verified working device and the TPU is as yet unverified.

These systems, whether solid-state or motive, often have what is called “COP > 1" (a “Coefficient Of Performance greater than One" also often called “Overunity")… Meaning that they produce more energy than is observably put into them. Well, this is of course “impossible" under current scientific dogma and by the “Laws of Thermodynamics": Until one considers that the form of energy these devices may be tapping into is not traditional or observable by ordinary means. The motive force is most often thought to be that illusive and seemingly “magical" form which is known by many names: Zero Point Energy (“ZPE"), Etheric Energy, Ergone, Energy from the Vacuum, Radiant Energy, and many others. It is energy that comes from the surrounding “ether", or residing within the “quantum sea" of n-space if you prefer. Others believe in the case of some devices, that it is energy coming from the Earth’s magnetic field. This highly controversial subject (even among its proponents) has caused some uproar in past years. We have sometimes heard about a few highly publicized frauds and their inventors’ or promoters’ wild claims made without any real proof to back them or even a working device prototype, for that matter. But this is inevitable with any new and rarely studied technology. The hand-full of frauds and honest but deluded dreamers have the unfortunate effect of clouding and tarring the entire subject… And they are often covered by the media while other legitimate and serious alternative energy devices are not. But it is important to note that by far the majority of these alternative energy devices are not frauds or unrequited dreams… Many of them have been duplicated, proven, and observed to work as promised by respected members of the scientific community… Producing cheap and clean energy “from the air" so to speak. Amazing? Incredible (literally..)? Perhaps…. But hundreds of legitimate scientists have now observed operation of these devices, and are forced to admit that there is indeed something unique going on here… Something that traditional science cannot easily explain without embracing new theories in Physics. And because of the Open Source Energy movement on the Internet, many independent researchers (garage tinkerers and shade-tree mechanics, would-be inventors, and electronics hobbyists) have duplicated these devices themselves with widely differing results.

There are many, many designs for non-traditional “magnetic motors" some that are simply more efficient than traditional types (but still with a COP