|Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 16:39:01
We are still seeking to obtain the necessary funding to finish the development of the MEG. From time to time, I post the status of it on my website, www.cheniere.org.
Once we have a funding partner, we will set up the necessary lab to finish the project and produce pre-production scaled up units. Our first effort will be aimed at a 2.5 KW unit, with synchronizer for use of up to 6 units together. That will fulfill the marked from 2.5 KW to 16 KW.
Strong work will be done toward making the unit self-powering (which it is not, at present). We think that can be completed not too long after the first production units are produced.
Later we will increase the basic unit to, say, 10 KW with synchronizer, for from 10 to 60 KW applications.
Eventually we will design and produce single, more powerful units for powering automobiles and other such applications. But first, it's one thing at a time, step by step. Provision of the necessary lab and specialist team is required first, and that is what is more expensive than we ourselves can fund. Hence the necessity for a major funding partner.
There is still a rather formidable research and development program to go from the small successful lab experiments we have at present to full-bore scaled up power units. Such units are highly nonlinear, and they involve several unusual areas of physics, including geometric phase (as in the Aharonov-Bohm effect, used in the device, nonlinear oscillation theory, nonlinear oscillation control theory, and higher group symmetry modeling in unified field theory (one must model the supersystem, including the system, the active vacuum, and the local curvatures of spacetime). Contrary to popular opinion of so many "instant experts", it is not an electrical engineering task!
The classical Maxwell-Heaviside EM model and electrical engineering, for example, assume an inert vacuum and a flat local spacetime, both assumptions being false. Since an active vacuum and curved local spacetime are involved, obviously one has to have a much better EM model; such are indeed available. The standard electrical engineering model, e.g., implicitly assumes (completely erroneously) that every EM field, EM potential, and joule of EM energy in the universe is and has been created out of nothing at all, by their associated source charges. Some decades ago that problem was very reluctantly admitted, but then it was very determinedly scrubbed out of the textbooks and is almost never mentioned today. Today, few if any EEs or EE professors even realize that the model they utilize means that they already subscribe to the creation of energy from nothing, in violation of the conservation of energy law, and on a scale unparalleled in human history. One must keep one's sense of humor when one reads criticism from such folks assailing COP>1.0 EM systems as "dirty old forbidden perpetual motion" and the researchers as lunatics or worse. So in electrical engineering, "energy from the vacuum" is an almost forbidden phrase, even though every joule of EM field energy and potential energy in the external circuit comes from the source charges in that circuit, by the EE model. Yet in particle physics, the interaction of the vacuum energy is widely utilized. As an example, it generates all forces of nature (including all the forces the EE's use). The energetic exchange between the vacuum and charges is well-known in particle physics, particularly since 1957, the proof of broken symmetry, and the prompt award of the Nobel Prize to Lee and Yang for having predicted it.
Electrical engineering is incapable of even modeling an "energy from the vacuum" system, since it does not model the active vacuum, much less an asymmetry in the interaction of that active vacuum with the system (with the source charges in the system). So for proper theoretical modeling, one must use a higher group symmetry EM model, such as SU(2)XSU(2) or O(3) electrodynamics. Such electrodynamics models are available and utilized in particle physics. But since this is a new area not already in the handbooks, one has to do a great number of phenomenology experiments and buildups, varying parameters methodically, while slowly developing and fitting a nonlinear, higher group symmetry EM mathematical model to the results. Once that has been accomplished to a reasonable degree and such a preliminary mathematical engineering model is available, scaled-up units can be designed and tackled in earnest and completed fairly readily, providing the first larger pre-production prototypes (that 2.5 KW unit) and followed by prototypes of increased size (that 10 KW unit). Application of production engineering itself poses no problems, since no unusual production techniques are involved except for special materials, and those can be independently purchased to order and incorporated.
We also know of several other legitimate COP>1.0 systems ready for such final research and development. Two of them are by close colleagues, and it may be that one or more of those systems will also make it into final R&D and then production and marketing, as soon as the MEG or even sooner. We certainly hope so; any power system that succeeds in doing it will "break the barrier" for all other legitimate researchers.