|Subject: RE: "The Final Secret
of Free Energy"... flawed?
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 10:44:10 -0600
Dear J.K., Consider the flaw in your "resolution". You have assumed that, no matter what voltage you put in, in a switching mode, just the switching (making and breaking contact) will use up all the energy. Were that true, even no conventional switching power supply would work, of the hundreds that are on the market. So that notion -- which is really that switching itself will dissipate all the potential energy -- is already falsified by untold thousands of experiments and working devices. Nonetheless, that is a good thing, to "go at" a notion or idea, to try to see if it stands up or if you can find a flaw in it. If the flaw is there, the notion or idea has been "folded". However, let me encourage you to keep thinking and keep that inquiring mind, open to new notions and concepts, but also examining them with the best understanding you have. The important thing is to keep BOTH the inquiring and open mind, AND the skeptical, honest examination. On the particular problem, you might like to think this way. It does not cost anything to add voltage alone, so long as the electrons do not move in the conductor to which the voltage is added. The electrons do take a finite bit of time to get going, but unfortunately in copper it's very, very short -- something like 10 -16 to 10-22 seconds, depending on some of the estimates one makes in computing it. Check any good book on electron relaxation time. That is what the time it takes the electrons to really get moving is called (loose explanation, deliberately not the prosaic and rigorous definition!). However, there are many conducting and semiconducting materials where this relaxation time is far longer. Alloys can be made --- with difficulty, one being about 2% Fe alloyed into Al --- which have an electron relaxation time of about a millisecond. That's called a 'degenerate semiconductor'. Anyway, one millisecond of "frozen electrons" in the potential-receiving wire gives you plenty of time to connect the voltage and STATICALLY potentialize all the temporarily frozen electrons in the special conductors. Since the potential flows at nearly the speed of light onto a wire or conductor, you can potentialize quite a bit of temporarily-frozen Drude electrons that way, and still switch away the voltage source, leaving the "static potentialization" still on that wire or conductor. Then in the now-potentialized circuit, the electrons suddenly wake up and their frozen state melts, and they begin to move as current. At that moment, dissipation of some of that potential energy begins in the circuit, and the circuit is doing work and dissipating energy in its losses. Not until the current moves, is ANY energy being dissipated in the potentialized wire circuit, even though one has freely changed the potential energy of the wire (and therefore of the circuit). The amount of excess free energy you have collected in that circuit is given by Vq, where q is the amount of charge in the potentialized temporarily frozen electrons, and V is the magnitude of the potentialization applied. That gives you the excess free potential energy in joules. (There is a well known gauge freedom principle in quantum field theory and electrodynamics that guarantees that pure change of potential alone, requires no work. Electrodynamicists use that principle all the time). So if you withdraw the "potential source" used to potentialize the temporarily frozen charges, while they are still frozen but now potentialized, and simultaneously connect up that statically charged conductor as the high potential line in a closed current loop circuit with the load (put a one-way diode in the back-emf region of the circuit, and a capacitor in there helps also), voila! You get a free discharge of energy in the load, which can be a lamp or common resistor. In real life, one has to pay a little bit for switching, but that can be made very, very efficient and low cost. Everything in the above gedankenexperiment is already well known in electrodynamics, quantum field theory, and physics. There are of course many refinements on that crude circuit explained. A real circuit fellow can give you lots of improvements, so long as the basic principles are maintained. So let me encourage you to keep studying and questioning. You have just started physics. It is a very, very comprehensive subject, and has a very great number of facets, odd corners, and discoveries just sitting on the shelf. It also has lots of individually discovered things in one area, that are little known or unknown in other areas. So one fascinating thing is to try to put together some of these presently rather "disjointed individual things" into a system to see what happens. Any number of new breakthroughs are sitting there in physics, on the shelf, just waiting to be put together and made to work in a system by sharp young students "thinking outside the box" a bit, to use a present buzz word phrase. Best wishes, Tom Bearden
Subject: "The Final Secret of Free Energy"... flawed?
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 13:40:10 +1100
I've looked through the theory presented in "The Final Secret of Free Energy". After reading through it, I think the idea is more or less like this:
Position the two ends of a wire (for example) near the terminals of a source of electric potential - such as a battery or capacitor. This pushes / pulls the electrons in the wire towards one end. Now, this wire is quickly moved and connected to a circuit, where it releases a current. The wire is moved back to the source, and the process is repeated.
At first I only saw engineering difficulties. I really wanted to believe that the theory worked, but the energy has to be coming from somewhere, and the claim that the energy was coming from the vacuum didn't satisfy me. After a few hours, it came to me. After all those years you spent on this idea, it seems almost cruel for me, a 17 year old physics student, to have to tell you this!
When the ends of the wire become charged due to the source, they becomes attracted to the source. To move the wire away and connect it to another circuit would require... energy.
Overall, the theory only appears to give a method of converting kinetic energy into electrical energy - a task for which we already have generators, which do a very good job, too.
I really wish the theory did work out... but I cannot see how it does so.