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Most of the information on this page is now obsolete.
AKA: Aerodynamic Air Turbine Engine
Device is said to runs totally on ambient air -- the air we breath. This is not a compressed air method. The device allegedly runs on its own, and can be scaled large enough to power an airplane or small enough to power a lawn mower.
Beginning on Feb. 12, 2007, the New Energy Congress commenced discussions with Rockwell to have an NEC representative validate the technology. As of Oct. 25, 2007, Rockwell has not provided an appointment.
"Lots of smoke, but where's the fire" category.
Video Added new Video Sept 2008.
Includes two interviews of Ron Rockwell by Lou Epton Radio show in Las Vegas - includes statements by engineer who helped make the device as well as Haskell Karl, the original inventor (1960's)
Flash Video (30 min)
On Feb. 15, 2007, Congress:Founder:Sterling D. Allan wrote:
According to Ron Rockwell, a turbine of comparable output to an automobile engine would cost about as much as an automobile engine to make, but would not require fuel components, or carburetor, or coolant. Most of all, it wouldn't require fuel.
Company bemoans lack of warm response from Washington DC Energy Department, who declined to assist.
One prototype has been built, which took 2.5 years to construct (modified) from drawings, photos, and instructions from an earlier prototype (that disappeared) built by the original inventor, Haskell Karl, in the 1960s.
Rockwell said a multi-billion dollar contract from a foreign government is in process of being signed, and that a major announcement will be made next week. "Keep an eye on MoneyTV.com [?] and Oprah."
The company is seeking public exposure as a way to prevent suppression of the technology.
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New video added.
Previously public pages from the company website become confined to "members only". See http://archive.org to view archived versions of the previous pages.
In a phone conversation, Bob Beverly said that the company is waiting to secure funding to be able to build a factory where the technology can be demonstrated in a large press conference, inviting all the major media. Because of some of the negative comments we have posted here, they are not interested in letting the New Energy Congress in to validate the technoloy. -- Congress:Founder:Sterling D. Allan
This feature page at PESWiki is posted.
Press release issued: Aerodynamic Air Turbine Engine -- The End of Fossil Fuel Burning -- the Beginning of a Renewed Industrial Revolution. Sent to 50 news organizations, none of which published it. Later the technology was brought to the Energy Department in Washington DC, who gave it a cold shoulder.
According to Bob Beverly, in June 2006, two $100+ billion dollar deals were being negotiated. Two people "mysteriously died" one from a heart attack 6 days after their discussion and they never heard again from the Chinese individuals involved in the negotiations. The deals fell through.
The technology was first developed by Haskell Karl. It was tested at Wyle Laboratories in California. They couldn't figure out how it worked, so they would not certified that it worked. After the engine was removed from there, everyone that worked on it mysteriously disappeared, along with the turbine. Ron Rockwell later met the inventor and promised him he would resurrect the technology, which he said he was able to do, using diagrams, photos, and descriptions.
According to http://www.airturbineengine.com/video.html
The device is claimed to put out same torque as a 350 Chevrolet V8 engine. An exciter motor required to get rotation started, after which the engine could conceivably run indefinitely, minus bearing and other mechanical wear. Elaborate governing mechanism includes fiber optic rpm measurement, emergency shut-down system.
"The engine uses the sucking created by a vacuum to power its parts and generate energy." http://www.airturbineengine.com/member-only/press3.html
Bob Beverly says the present prototype spins as fast as 100,000 rpm.
Ron Rockwell in a phone interview with Congress:Founder:Sterling D. Allan on Feb. 12, 2007 said:
The prototype (one exists at present) has been operational for a few months. The longest it has run continuously has been a few hours for testing.
The unit has a remote control throttle-control.
Rockwell would not disclose the power output of the device without an NDA. He said the company was busy with overseas licensing requests.
Haskell Karl launched the "Kittyhawk" "now we've taken it to the 767 Boeing level."
There is very little technical information on the website. But it appears that the turbine in the engine is forced to rotate by what is referred to as above as a vacuum. Ron Rockwell may not understand that in order to generate say 100 watts of energy, it would be necessary to use 101 or more likely 1000 watts of energy to generate the 'vacuum' or air flow around the turbine. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
I beg to differ with above poster. The principle of this motor would appear pretty simple. It's
probably a series of tesla-turbine plates, possibly as modified nested cones, on an axle. The
inlet and outlet ports seem to have a directional cut to direct airflow, although a single
tangential inlet and outlet common to turbines and blowers would probably work as well. An HV
potential applied at the inlet would charge the incoming air, racing to ground, or an equally -HV
at the outlet. This would create a charged tornado like some newer vacuum cleaners, the airflow
grabbing the plates to generate axial rotation. Of course the turbine/plates would need to be
turned initially by a prime mover and raised to high speed to create the coriolis air rotations,
after which the charged air potentials would take over and make the air flow self-sustaining, as is
common to natural tornadoes.
This post edited by thrival on Nov. 1, 2007 @ 12:11 P.M.
Video (10 min) - abbreviated
Flash Video (30 min)
Due to some technologies being shut down by the U.S. government during the patent phase, Rockwell has chosen not to pursue patents, but to protect its intellectual property via trade secrets and mechanisms to prevent reverse engineering.
Haskell Karl invented the air engine in the 1960s. Now 86, Haskell lived for many years in Los Angeles. He now resides in Goldfield, having decided a couple of decades ago to move to a smaller town.
Ron Rockwell says he used to work as a machinist with Martin Missile Company through Universal Specialties, building rocket components. He met Royal Raymond Rife and John F. Crane in 1964 and worked with them in their laboratory as their machinist. Rockwell developed a brain tumor in 1973, which he said was cured by the RPG-900 (Rife) machine. Several years ago, Rockwell met Carla Stevens who introduced him to Haskell Karl. Bob Beverly said that Rockwell is the only bona fide successor of the original Rife technology.
Rockwell held the Pacific Offshore B-Class boat speed record from 1988-90. http://www.lasvegassun.com/dossier/crime/bio/rockwell.html
: SUN profile: Rockwell's credibility probed in anthrax arrests
: February 23, 1998
: Although the FBI has said that Ronald G. Rockwell is a scientist specializing in cancer research, his name isn't registered with the National Library of Medicine. This organization indexes and references all legitimate cancer research papers from around the world.
: Rockwell's credibility is an issue because he is the FBI's key witness in the arrest last week of William Job Leavitt and Larry Wayne Harris on suspicion of possessing anthrax, a deadly bacteria.
: Lamond Mills, Leavitt's attorney, characterized Rockwell as "far from being a credible witness."
: The FBI, in a complaint, said Rockwell has two felony convictions against him for conspiracy to commit extortion in 1981 and 1982.
Correction : "Ron Rockwell only had one conviction not two. [Regarding the statement:] "The FBI, in a complaint, said Rockwell has two felony convictions against him for conspiracy to commit extortion in 1981 and 1982." The above quoted statement is not correct. Again there was only one conviction one complaint that was in 1981.
: "Now as far as Lamond Mills, Leavitt's attorney, characterizing Rockwell as being "far from a credible witness'" that's here say, from Levitts attorney, not based on any facts ...
: "Fact: The FBI felt Rockwell is a credible witness to bring about an arrest of Leavitt and Harris." -- Bob Beverly (Oct. 25, 2007)
Congress:Member:Sepp Hasslberger's Comment : I believe someone's past should be known but should not be held against them. The important thing is whether what they are doing today is of value or not. So I think the only deciding factor on dealing with these people should be whether their claims for the air turbine turn out to be verifiable (do they have an actual workable technology) or not. (Feb 16, 2007)
(Has been around since at least 1998)
Company founder, Ron Rockwell, says they are planning to build a new 200,000 square foot facility to bring this device into production.
Rockwell says provisions are in place such that if he were to be "taken out", the plans would be released to the world, to prevent their suppression.
According to Bob Beverly, the company is presently in negotiations for multi-billion dollar funding to manufacture this technology at a rate of around 20,000 units per month, beginning with two model sizes: a smaller unit of around 365 horsepower to retrofit the automobile and other transportation industries and a larger unit to retrofit power plants. They are also negotiating procuring a decommissioned power plant in Laughlin Nevada to test the retrofit process.
The smaller sized unit would be priced in the range of around $2,500 to $3,000 USD.