Over the last several years, there have been many reports around the world about important multiple successes with what is popularly known as “Cold Fusion”. The latest was from January 31, 2012 at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Professors Peter L. Hagelstein and Mitchell Swartz gave a symposium and short class where a successful 2-day LANL/LENR/Cold Fusion experiment was done publicly that produced at least 10 times the energy out, than was used.
By Steve Windisch (jibbguy)
April 24, 2011
It was back in 1976 that President Jimmy Carter had Solar Panels installed on the roof of the White House, the type that heated hot water. This event came at the height of arguably the most successful Grass Roots Campaign ever seen in America: The Ecology Movement. This truly “bottom-up” and widely based movement was responsible for more far-reaching legislation passed (in sheer volume), than even the Civil Rights and Womens’ Rights movements; which were also highly important grass roots successes proving the Power of the People when roused. And the Ecology Movement did most of this within a few years; and by uniting many people across the entire political spectrum together on a single issue that broke Party and social barriers. It accomplished wonderful things… Continue reading
By Steve Windisch (jibbguy)
April 8, 2011
The below is a possible Letter to an elected official. We would urge you to please write one and send it, letting them know this subject is both important to us all, and to our planet. Sadly, due to terrible events, NOW is the best time for doing this. Despite the BP Gulf Disaster one year ago, despite the Fukushima fission nuclear disaster… These topics are STILL not being seriously discussed in Congress… Major incentives for PV Solar energy is not even a serious topic, if that bizarre fact can be believed. And these topics will not be discussed, and only the ones that the energy lobbyists want will be discussed… as long as we do not work together. It is time for ALL in the environmental movements, all who seek positive change, to work together now. Continue reading
By Steve Windisch (jibbguy)
December 14, 2010
Senator Bernie Sanders’ marathon speech of December 10th was a Historic Event in America. It defined, and accurately detailed, the vast problems we face as a nation. It exposed “The Open secret”: That America has failed. That we are going backwards. That poverty is growing at alarming rates. That the Middle Class, what once made America the greatest economic powerhouse in the history of the planet… is now in obvious decline and in danger of destruction. That America is decaying, rotting, dying… starving and freezing… in front of our eyes… in our lifetimes. During our watch.
There is something very wrong with the independent media. It is unclear if this is somewhat about a failure to understand “priorities”… or if it is mainly something “darker” related to deliberate suppression and misdirection. We do know, that several important and vital stories very damning and damaging to the “status quo” are now not only suppressed by the corporate owned mainstream media (an old story for decades, but a phenomena that greatly increased after the events of “9/11” ); but are also now virtually ignored in the so-called “Independent” Internet media as well: The very people whom we trust to bring us information that the mainstream refuses to. This is a highly disturbing trend that appears to be growing; and what it causes as a result (for whatever reason), is to help maintain the “status quo” and the “hear-no, see-no-evil” mainstream media aura of : “No important questions ever asked, nor answered.”
By Steve Windisch (jibbguy)
July 20, 2010
We have much evidence now that the clean-up is a sham and a fraud, and that BP constantly engages in fraudulent practices; such as using sham workers when “big-shots” travel to witness the clean up operation. Here are two examples of witnesses stating evidence of blatant and easily proved Fraud by BP:
Ms. Kindra Arnesen relating instances of CLEAR AND EASILY PROVED FRAUD regarding the “clean-up”
I have been a pretty lonely voice over the last few weeks, talking about the clear and huge Public Health Dangers down-wind from the primitive burning going on at the site of the BP Gulf Disaster. A few good people have written or spoken about this danger,and provided much pertinent information. But there have been ZERO reports on the clear health hazards to residents down-wind from this burning in the corporate-owned U.S. national mainstream media. And surprisingly; considering the dangers, very little in the Independent Media, either: If there HAD been, I would not be writing this, and would be happy to work with those whose writing or organizing skills far exceed my own!
What we have seen, is chilling reports on local TV news, that HAVE NOT been picked up by the “parent” networks (including LA local EPA officials admitting poisons levels way above safe limits on days the wind blows from the burning site, and PROOFS of the “toxic rain” phenomena), and we are also seeing some reporting on the dangers to the workers (specifically by “MSNBC”). Although highly important as well, this only touches on the periphery regarding the health of the workers offshore… and does not mention the much wider danger to residents inland.
Looking back over the year 2009, we can see many important changes. Interestingly enough, the major changes soon to be related here were mostly not publicized in the Mainstream… Yet they certainly happened nonetheless. This interesting dichotomy comes from how the mainstream scientific community has viewed the topic “Free Energy”; and how their former attitudes on this subject appear to have embarrassingly painted them into a corner; from which there is no extraction without loss of face… and even worse, requiring at least tacit admission of a serious failure in the past to view the science objectively; and pursue the study of many varied energy-related technologies which could, “coincidentally” very favorably compete with the use of Coal and Oil as fuels.
They are not likely to tell us they were “wrong”, so we must point this out for ourselves. The information related here can be easily checked; and if we look at the data objectively, there is little doubt that most will come to similar conclusions. Yet the point is not to place blame; but to move forward, and get the errors and suppressions behind us… so real progress can be made in the genre of alternative energy research: Something that has not happened on this planet in a serious way (with the lone exception of “Nuclear Fission”, inextricably linked to weapons research), for over a hundred years and counting.
Recently the Overunity and Energetics online forums (the largest virtual meeting places and “home” for many in the Open Source / “Free Energy”communities), and several other similar Internet sites have been featuring and discussing an amazing phenomena popularly known as: “The Rosemary Ainslie Circuit“. The name comes from the South African woman who first noted the predicted effects while testing a circuit designed to verify her unique Unifying Theory of Physics. Rosemary had written a new and interesting model for electro-magnetism that she was convinced could be proved empirically by building a circuit that manifested energy efficiencies which defied “conventional” theory… And that is essentially what has happened: The anomalous energy readings that have been recorded with this circuit defy conventional explanation.
By Steve Windisch (jibbguy)
March 11, 2009
There are many controversial alternative energy technologies out there today that have been touted as being direct and highly competitive replacements to coal and oil. Many are listed in the series of articles “Free Energy and the Open Source Energy Movement” (Parts 1-4), and hundreds of other places around the Internet… These describe devices that produce no pollution, require no fuel, and are safe. The are not really “free”, in that they produce “cheap” energy (and of course the devices will not be given away). They are also not “free” in that many concerned and educated people all over the world believe they are being “held captive”; in that these technologies important to us all have been hidden and suppressed for many years… Due in varying degrees to the below factors of:
> The Trillions in easy profits from fossil fuels (and the hierarchical monopoly-like control therein from having a society based on “scarcity”). When “following the money” and using the lessons of History, human nature, and group psychology; one could predict with near 100% accuracy that suppressions and worse would happen to defend the current system against competing energy sources that would greatly change society.
By Steve Windisch (jibbguy)
March 3, 2009
In the 1950’s and 1960’s ; the Civil Rights movement vastly grew and was ultimately successful because of Grass Roots Activism. In the 1970’s and 1980’s ; the Woman’s Rights and Ecology movements also had many great successes… All because of the grass roots pressure put on by millions of every-day Americans standing up and having their voices heard collectively.
In this new Century…. We can also be likewise victorious in the quest to end oil and coal as fuels: Through the use of new and thoroughly viable and safe technologies that are now being held secret and suppressed by our governments, that are not being studied by our Universities, and that are languishing on the dusty and hidden shelves of corporate giants. These technologies will provide the world with cheap, utterly clean, safe, and abundant energy…. Ending the control and vast power of the energy cartels forever; and changing our society and planet for the better.
Nothing we could possibly do right now would help this planet more: Without fossil fuels dominating the landscape and atmosphere, we can start to repair the deep damage to our sacred home that the long decades of unbridled pollution have caused. Without the corrupting influence of the energy cartels and their allies, the international banks… Wars would no longer be profitable; thus no longer funded. Without the draconian, wholly regressive secret tax set on us by the energy corporations (larger than any tax ever complained about by politicians), we will have much more money in our pockets for reviving the economy and for education, infrastructure, and building a new future based on peace and prosperity for all… This will become possible with the new independence of thought that will come from no longer being in thrall to the electrical grid and the corner gas stations: For we will now be Free Citizens of a society based on abundance… And not scarcity.
By Steve Windisch (jibbguy)
Part one of the series:
Part Two of the series:
Part Three of the series:
By Steve Windisch (jibbguy) 8-2008
Free Energy may indeed be the key… To solving many serious problems that confront our society today. So what does the term “free energy“ mean, anyway? In the previous articles, the definition has been given as cheap, abundant, and clean energy from sources not yet accepted by the mainstream of science…. Despite the many proofs we have seen so far that would clearly call for more study. So it can also refer to the free, unfettered, and open study of new technologies that provide these new fuels and power sources; performed by universities and private R& D organizations which receive grants to do so in good faith… Well-funded studies by mainstream reputable institutions totally “free“ from government or corporate interference; and not hampered by old scientific dogmatic thought patterns that resist change.
What is meant by “government interference“: Why would the government try to stop scientific research that would obviously benefit Humanity from being performed? This is a very good question, for which there are yet no sure answers available to the public. However; there is little doubt that suppression of free energy technologies by the military has been a fact for many years, and there are proofs of this. It would seem that the U.S., and other militaries believe (or claim at any rate), that these technologies should remain secret… Some of them still buried under a pall of secrecy 30 years or more after the first patent requests were filed…. So that the military industrial complex may have full use of them while the populace remains utterly ignorant of their very existence. But many of these declared-secret patents or devices are never pursued seriously by the military… Simply and silently shelved…. Forever.
There are persons working in the U.S. Patent office, who have come forward with information regarding how free energy devices are often “stolen“ or suppressed by the government…. This has been reported on by long-time Patent Office employee Thomas Valone, PhD, to have happened to over 4,000 patent filings. Once a patent request is filed in the United States, it is automatically and immediately studied carefully by scientists and engineers working within the Pentagon. If it meets certain criteria, then the patent request, and anything pertaining to the device mentioned, is declared “Classified“ … Secret. The inventor is then informed of this, and has an opportunity to convince the Pentagon people that his or her device is not really worthy of the “secret“ tag. If the inventor fails to do this… Then this is essentially the end of that inventor’s dream. They may be offered a job to secretly continue the development of the technology, or possibly grant money via a University to work on unrelated things, or they may not. They may be offered a small licensing fee or a stipend for the device (usually a tiny fraction of the device’s true commercial worth), or may not be offered anything at all. One thing they will always be told, in no uncertain terms, is to never talk about it publicly again…. Under penalty of imprisonment. Imagine working for many years; putting all your energy and money into building a new device that would revolutionize the use of energy, ending our dependence on foreign oil… Then just as you have reached success… The government seizes your devices, your test gear, your notes… The entire fruits of your labor…. And then threatens you with prison. All in a land of supposed “free enterprise“. There is clear evidence that this is going on, and has been for a very long time. And there is also evidence that this happens disproportionally to technologies and devices which could “coincidentally“ also threaten the hegemony of oil or coal.
The reasons “why“ this happens can only be conjectured on. Are there “good“ reasons to stop people from powering their vehicles from nothing but water…? Can a motor that runs on no external source or fuel, powered by the motive force of magnets alone, be considered a “danger to the nation“? Perhaps some of these questions are worthy of debate. But however, one sure thing is that there will be no public debate on this topic; as long as the mainstream media refuses to discuss anything concerning free energy devices. For if they did, a free lance journalist such as the author would not be reporting on these things, heard by many here for the first time, as the reader would already be well aware of them… And we would have free energy devices available in the marketplace already by the score. Because, good people, please note that these amazing devices and technologies do indeed exist; some of them for many years, and that they will end the use of petroleum and coal as fuel within only a few years of being widely introduced.
Many Congresspersons and their staff know the above statements regarding the widespread “theft“ via “secretization“ of patents by the government are warranted; because they have received complaints from constituents who have been victimized in this manner, and the law makers have looked into this issue for themselves. Many have come to the same conclusion: Perhaps it is time to overhaul the Patent Laws… And insure that the military industrial complex does not have unchecked and unmonitored carte blanch control over the release of new energy technology… And any future “stealing“ and suppressing of patents must have the expressed approval of a diverse Congressional panel first, using time-sealed public records. This move will help insure that the true security needs of the nation are still met… And that the suppression of free energy devices by the government is not in reality a matter of “energy cartel security“. And such laws will insure that inventors who have worked for years, investing their own savings and all they have into a project, will not be robbed by the barons of the corporate military industrial complex… Hiding behind a false banner of “National Security“ to kill-off competition and insure continued monopoly.
These proposed changes in Patent laws would also regulate and legitimize a practice that is in essence Constitutionally illegal to begin with… Restoring the Rule of Law to our Patent Office and the Pentagon. It would insure no corporation working with the military could benefit from these “stolen“ patents. And that the inventors were properly compensated…. This is very important: it goes well beyond the welfare of a single inventor and their family; it reaches deep into the heart of the American inventive dream to insure we will have great inventors continue to come forward, continuing to strive against long odds and years of setbacks and near-poverty to bring new scientific discoveries to market in our country… Instead of losing this important edge to foreign competitors… Which is exactly what is happening to us today.
The Answer to Suppression: “Open Source It!“
Enter the Open Source Energy Movement. Herein lies the answer to the above roadblocks to bringing new energy devices into the mainstream; at least until the patent laws change. The answer is simple: Don’t attempt to patent your device: “Open Source“ it with full disclosure and documentation. Make all the information available freely on the Internet, and it can hardly then be declared “secret“. You cannot be imprisoned after the fact of the device being open sourced before you receive an illegal-to-begin-with “gag order“. This changes the paradigm to one that allows free energy devices to be built, studied, replicated, proven via independent testing, promoted, reported on, marketed… And eventually through grass-roots multiple examples and proofs, forces the mainstream media and scientific community to accept rather then simply ignore and deride…. As they can do now to lone and secretive inventors with contemptible ease.
Inventors who Open Source their device will still gain monetary rewards. But beyond that, they could gain the immortality of history; as well as the gratitude of billions of people world-wide whose lives would be vastly improved. In an “ideal“ world, the old way of procuring patents and then lining-up the most lucrative manufacturing deals is perfectly fine; inventors certainly deserve to be compensated for their work. But when you look at all the people who have tried this over the years; NONE have succeeded when it comes to new energy technologies that would seriously compete with oil and coal. Clearly something else is needed….. Something that changes the rules, and something that gives the free energy inventors, and the people of the world, a fair chance of getting these devices out into the marketplace.
The Open Source Energy Movement provides that edge. It gives a free energy device inventor the power of many: Added security from suppression, “free“ R & D help for the technology, and the very important advantages of having the work replicated and proven by others all around the world. Thus the concepts are proven, the device improved, the skeptics silenced, and the way for success left open. THIS is the only current answer to getting free energy devices into our homes and vehicles: By doing it ourselves. And this is exactly what is happening today, as we read this… All over the world by the tens of thousands of people actively working in the Open Source Energy movement…. In a way that is effective and unstoppable.
The Open Source Energy community is “recruiting“… If you have technical knowledge, mechanical skills, an electrical or electronics background, a keen and inquisitive mind, or just a strong desire to end the use of oil and coal as fuels: Humankind could use your talents; and perhaps it could be argued that they are needed more now than ever before in our history. There are very few things most of us can do as individuals to change the world for the better: This is one of them. There are many ways to contribute, not all of them by performing experiments, building new devices, and replicating designs at home. Simply taking the time to study these technologies, to judge their validity for yourselves; and then telling your all friends, family, and coworkers about them; is doing an important service. If 10,000 of us tell ten people about them… And they tell 10; that is a million people who now know there are cheap, clean, and available alternatives. Then soon there will be ten million… And a hundred million… And that will spell the end of our using fossil fuels for energy… The end of most forms of pollution, the eventual end of hunger and end of fighting wars for energy. The deserts will be turned into farmland via cheap desalinization of water. “Third-world“ countries will become able to develop safely without polluting the planet, to feed and educate their people, which is a proven means of controlling population via increased education and prosperity.… Until that “Third“ term is no longer even valid. But what it will do for a society presently based on “scarcity“ and highly-centralized and hierarchical control of energy is perhaps even more dramatic… It could change the way we all think.
Plasma: An Important Potential Energy Source, in Many Ways
“Plasma“ can be described as a unique state of matter; similar to but not exactly gaseous, in which excited gasses will freely emit large amounts of electrons (and have several other unusual characteristics); that could not otherwise be seen or extracted. In the Earth’s atmosphere Lightening is a form of plasma arc, as are the related strange and less common phenomena called “Sprites“, “Jets“, and “St. Elmo’s Fire“. Other examples of plasma include it’s use in fluorescent lighting and computer/TV video screens. Matter in a plasma state often does not have any significant electrical resistance, and it’s conductivity can approach “infinite“. It also does not adhere to many “Maxwellian“ laws, and very unique waves and energy potentials can be generated which can be seen nowhere else in science. When in a plasma state, ionized gasses will emit photons (light), and have a much larger percentage of their electrons available for “use“ or manipulation… These are the reasons it has become an important subject for study, and why it has very great potential for producing usable “free“ energy.
M.I.T. has a large and well-funded program studying various aspects of plasma, as do several other universities. Recently M.I.T. has announced success with converting hydrocarbon fuels with plasma, to disassociate them into constituent elements in order for Carbon-based fuels to burn with much greater efficiency (… Something already well-known for nearly 90 years before). But again, as we see so often with free energy type devices; individuals and groups not working within the scientific mainstream are doing the really groundbreaking research when it comes to inventing new energy-producing technologies… While the scientific mainstream community may work on the periphery but not directly tackle the politically “dangerous“ subjects smacking of “perpetual motion“… Which “coincidentally“ also compete with the use of coal and oil as fuels.
One highly-respected scientist outside of the mainstream who has had great success creating energy from plasma in recent years is Dr. Kiril Chukanov. In his vacuum plasma chambers, he has been able to create perpetually-sustained balls of plasma “as big as a man’s head“ which are then bombarded with microwave and other forms of energy. This system produces direct electricity, as well as large amounts of heat and Hydrogen which can also be converted to usable energy. His latest systems can generate over 1 Megawatts of output for 100 Kilowatts input (COP > 8; or eight times energy input-to-output efficiency once 130kW is fed back in to make the system self-sustaining); and Dr. Chukanov claims that eventually over-unity figures in the “thousands“ are possible. He is apparently currently working with Canadian energy concerns in a project shrouded in secrecy to cheaply process heavy oil from the Alberta Oil Sands fields; on a project using his plasma generators to extract the oil in a much more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly way (the heat and Hydrogen creation by-products are especially useful for this). He is also said to be working towards commercializing the technology to create mid-sized self-powered electrical generators to power neighborhoods or factories. Dr. Chukanov believes that in the near term, his system can also be used along with coal to create synthetic oil fuels and methane as a short-term answer (similar to what Germany did in the later part of World War Two, but in a much cheaper and more energy-efficient way).
Dr. Chukov’s website, with photos, videos, and extensive and detailed audio interviews of the scientist: http://www.chukanovenergy.com.
Other successful examples of generating energy from plasma can be seen by the “PAGD“ Pulsed Abnormal Glow Discharge experiments of Dr.’s Paulo and Alexandra Correa, the Blacklight Corporation’s work in this field (which has commercialized it for production of highly specialized molecular compounds as well as energy); and the “Papp Engine“, a unique invention by Josef Papp. All three of these devices/technologies were embraced by Dr. Eugene Mallove for being very worthy of further study and development by the mainstream, before his murder over four years ago (see article #3 of this series for further details).
The history of the Papp invention tells a strange and fascinating tale. Josef Papp fled Communist Hungary in 1957; coming first to Canada and the then the U.S. where he worked on a very unique device that used noble (inert) gasses in a closed system and ignited with plasma spark to power a reciprocating piston engine. In the mid 1960’s he first announced his discovery (along with some bizarre claims of it powering a super-fast submarine that could “cross the Atlantic in less than a day“), and had got some press coverage as well as much scientific interest. Over the years, many witnesses saw the Papp engine run… Self-powered and producing large amounts of torque (the last version producing over 100 horsepower); using a mix of purified noble gasses locked inside the engine that were continually recycled; supposedly being able to last for years without needing to be renewed or changed. Also, there have been working replications, most notably by a former associate of Papp; James “Jimmy“ Sabori. Shortly before Mr. Sabori’s death, he claimed that besides the large amounts of horsepower torque, huge amounts of electricity were also directly generated from his noble gas–plasma engine. With the successful replications, media coverage, many witnesses, government and academic involvement….There really is no doubt that the Papp Engine was a “real“ and working device.
By 1968, enough interest was generated for the government and several military contractors to become involved, and it was being tested successfully by independent sources…. Running without any fuel other than the constantly re-used noble gasses in the piston cylinders, operating at full power indoors for many hours at a time with no pollution output (proving there was no “hidden“ source of chemical fuel). However, there was a tragedy: While being tested in the California desert under the auspices of California Institute of Technology (“Caltech“). on October 27th 1968; the engine suddenly exploded as it was turned on, killing one person and injuring several others. The amount of inert gas that was injected into the cylinder of the device prior to the event was only a few cubic centimeters… And the device was sealed and witnessed by Naval Research Lab personnel who were there to observe and insure there was no other motive power or energy source involved except the usual high-voltage plasma spark ignition powered by a starting battery. Yet the converted Volvo engine exploded with much more violence than any internal combustion engine ever should have… Proving there was indeed huge power being created by the plasma ignition of noble gasses. After this evenp, and a subsequent court battle where Caltech settled out of court for liability, there was mainly silence about the device.
Josef Papp died in 1983, without ever seeing his engine make it into commercial production despite it’s successes. Yet there was no question that the device, and the concept of using inert gas exploded by plasma spark, certainly did work as promised. The Papp Engine is perhaps one of the most striking and interesting examples of free energy suppression that have happened in the last 40 years: Because it did have significant press coverage and successful independent testing overseen openly by universities, defense contractors, and government agencies prior to the accident.
An article by Dr. Eugene Mallove on the Papp Engine (from his magazine Infinite Energy): http://www.infinite-energy.com/iemagazine/issue51/papp.html
The use of plasma to create energy in an internal combustion engine is now being rigorously studied again outside of the mainstream: But this time in combination with water as a fuel… And not by a lone inventor; but by a whole host of independent researchers in the Open Source Energy movement.
Plasma Spark Explosion of Water: Could This End Oil as a Fuel?
What is currently happening in the Open Source world is generating a great excitement and buzz of interest. It has to do with the fact that water can be “exploded“ using a big enough radiant spark… A spark large enough that it is “plasma“ in nature, and similar to the strange phenomena known as “ball lighting“. In fact, the phenomena has been described as “Thunder and Lightning“… Happening on a tiny scale inside of an internal combustion engine: The violent “explosion“ of water droplets when pulsed with high voltage arc.
For nearly three years, many people have been working on this after reading on Open Source Energy forums about a person who claimed to run his V-8 car on water, using nothing but large High Voltage-boosted spark to explode tap water in the cylinders of an internal combustion engine. Many researchers did not believe this claim, and the proof offered was scant; although block diagram schematics and information on how to replicate the effect were offered. The inventor was very worried about his anonymity (possibly with very good reason), and wished to not be in the limelight at all…. Thus every little bit of information on this amazing claim was shrouded by mystery; only broken occasionally by Internet posts further explaining and detailing how he did it (… But containing very little in the way of verifiable proof). However, last month some additional proofs of concept came to light that showed beyond any doubt that it was indeed possible to create a large enough spark that would “explode“ water with considerable force… Thus proving the concept and possibility of the “Water Car“, if not the actual existence of one.
In a parallel related item, two years ago an inventor by the name of Robert Krupa announced something that rocked the automotive world; which he called the “FireStorm Sparkplug“. It was a highly uniquely design that was much different than a regular plug: The electrode (cathode) is a spherical ball, and the anodes were hemispherical thick steel wires that arch over this sphere in an “X“ configuration (although Mr. Krupa has since improved and changed the basic design somewhat). The result is a vastly larger and more powerful plasma ball of spark; that explodes gasoline much more efficiently than a regular spark does. In fact, if the car using FireStorm plugs can generate the large enough spark (many vehicles may need minor modifications to the ignition coil system to produce the “one Joule“ of energy needed for the big sparks); then gasoline mileage increases of 40% or more are possible! Just from using a different, higher-powered spark and “leaning-out“ the car’s fuel-air ratio (increasing the air vs. gasoline, to an amazing 30:1 or higher). Oddly enough, when using this high “AFR“ gasoline mix ignited by FireStorms, the temperature of the exhaust drops by 100 degrees F; and the horsepower as measured by Dynameter increases dramatically.
Mr. Krupa has had the FireStorm independently tested, and also tested by spark plug manufacturers who were interested in buying it from him. The results were very positive in that it does all it is claimed to, but there was a “problem“: Because of the inherent design, the plug would not foul or wear-out over time like other designs. This stopped it from consideration by the plug makers, who have no interest in building a product that never needs replacement; “cutting their own throat“ for future sales. Robert Krupa is currently lining-up manufacturing of his own for the product internationally, and may offer it for retail sale by the end of 2008 if all goes well. Let us hope he is successful in this; as the savings in gasoline and pollution this product alone will bring would be tremendous.
An automotive industry news report about the FireStorm Spark Plug: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abwXApkLhbc&feature=related
Internal combustion engines, even brand new in 2008, are notoriously inefficient…. Anywhere from 20% to 35% efficiency is the norm. That means that a very large amount of fuel is wasted… Unburned and sent out of the exhaust because of the relatively slow-burning nature of petroleum-based fuels which have large, complex molecules. In fact this unburned fuel is the reason gasoline-powered cars in the U.S. must have a catalytic converter installed to trap it and partially combust it further before sending it out of the tail pipe. The FireStorm increases the burn rate of the fuel, vastly improving the efficiency; and lowering emissions greatly as well. It does a similar thing to what using “Hydroxy“ does (“HHO“/Brown’s Gas; using Hydrogen and Oxygen monatomic and diatomic gasses disassociated from water as a fuel “booster“ for gasoline and Diesel), but without the need for an electrolyzer system to crack the water into the hydroxy gas first. So the average car could have instant mileage increases simply by switching to FireStorm plugs, and if the vehicle’s coil ignition system was slightly modified to increase the voltage (if required), and the fuel-air ratio “leaned-out“, the savings could be the very dramatic “40% or more“ figure, which has been seen via independent testing. But modern computers in cars will require some re-programming or “fooling“ of the Oxygen Sensor before allowing leaner burns: So this will also need to be performed if the full gas savings are to be seen… However these minor modifications would certainly be worth it if 40% increases in mileage could be realized, not to mention vastly decreased pollution emissions (and the hydroxy community has already come up with several solutions for this oxygen sensor and computer re-programming problems, since they are commonly seen when using hydroxy “HHO“ boosters as well).
What the FireStorm does is also similar to what many have tried to do over the last 90 years, but have been constantly stymied from doing by the oil companies: Turn gasoline into a vapor before injecting it into an engine. There is clear proof that vaporized “pure“ gasoline (without certain additives) burns much more efficiently, and mileage figures of up to “200 MPG“ have been seen using vaporized fuel with very lean air-fuel ratios (150% to 250% mileage increases are more common). But for widespread use the problem for many years has been the “special“ additives that are put into the fuel by the oil corporations: These gasoline additives fight vaporization and make it much less effective. Also, the best way to vaporize the fuel is by using the heat of the exhaust to do so: And any “tampering“ of the exhaust system is prohibited by U.S. Federal law (….Ever since the advent of the catalytic converter in the late 1970’s). Ironically, vaporized gas burns so completely and cleanly, there is no longer any need for the “cat-box“. The FireStorm’s big plasma ball of spark helps provide the same positive feature of what vaporization does: Vastly improves the efficiency of the burn; allowing the fuel-air ratio to grow significantly “leaner“. So when implemented, this invention will be an immediate Godsend to those of the middle class, working poor, and small businesses who are being broken by the ever-rising high prices at the pumps.
So when people saw what was possible with the FireStorm; and read about the mysterious person who ran his car on nothing but tap water using large plasma sparks, it began to become evident to many that large plasma-like sparks may be the answer to the “Holy Grail“ dream of running our cars on nothing but water… So earlier this year, an experimenter in the Open Source Energy movement created a simple circuit that proves the concept that this large plasma spark can “explode“ water. This intrepid home engineer and inventor, using the internet name “Gotoluc“, opened new threads in the “Overunity“ and “Energetic Forums“ Open Source Energy sites (linked at the end of this article), and showed well-made and comprehensive You-Tube videos detailing the event along with circuit schematics for all to see. In these threads, one can see how a mixed high-voltage and low voltage/ high-current “boosted“ spark is generated across a standard spark plug… Then water is sprayed onto the spark gap, and the large plasma sparks induced again. And with the advent of the water, the results are dramatic: There is a loud BANG and a bright flash as the plain tap water in the spark area “explodes“.. The effects are loud enough over time to deafen; and the flashes bright enough with a large infra-red element to require dark glasses to keep it from damaging the eyes (… The “thunder and lightening“ effect). Gotoluc’s video is below, and in the thread many other videos from several people (including luminaries of the free energy movement such as Dr. Peter Lindemann), who have successfully replicated the basic experiment and have added their own “twists“ to the circuits and effects, can also be seen:
Gotoluc’s vid which started it all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxnRQ7fkWtE
Ossie’s exploding salt water: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDU3U1gzLzc
Jetijs’ plasma spark (using steam/vapor): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSTu5eiZ98Q
Dr. Peter Lindemann’s replication of the plasma spark phenomena: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlMELbK8zDQ&feature=related
Some astonishing water plasma spark effects from Mdbreedi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs-Uk511S_I
One of Capacitor 70’s many replications working outside an engine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjBkqNc0GrQ&feature=related
The main thread covering this subject at Overunity forums, with many more videos: http://www.overunity.com/index.php?topic=5024.0
The main thread for this subject at Energetic Forums: also with many more videos and photos: http://www.energeticforum.com/renewable-energy/2242-water-sparkplug.html
Now these experiment designs by Gotoluc, Ossie, Capacitor70, Aaron, Jetijs, Dr. Peter Lindemann, Xbox Hacker, Allcanadian, Mdbreedi, and many others are mostly outside of an engine, showing how the spark is generated and the explosion of water happens. But the concept is clear: With a large enough radiant spark, water will release significant energy in what appears to be an “explosion“. Exactly what is going on here scientifically speaking, is yet unproven either way: It could be the breaking of molecular inter-acting bonds, as proposed by Dr. Peter Graneau’s experiments with water “fogging“; explained as energy being released when water turns from a compact liquid into a fine mist (..but still molecularly bonded as H2O)…. Or rather it may be caused by the disassociation of water into Hydrogen and Oxygen, such as in hydroxy…. Except done instantaneously and not via use of an electrolyzer cell as usually done. In this case the water is disassociated, the Hydrogen combusted with an explosion/implosion mixed effect, and the result being that the HHO is combined near-instantaneously back into water again (the implosion effect is caused by the H and O recombining). No one can say for sure yet exactly what the scientific explanation is. Apparently there is some energy that can be released simply by turning liquid water quickly into a fog (as Dr. Graneau’s theory states). Yet this is thought to be a “cold“ reaction, which actually lowers ambient temperature rather than raises it.
The explosion of water inside of an engine has been reported to be done recently by the same person who claimed to run the car on water (with a detailed video showing it this time); inside of an 16 H.P. single-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine. In this case, using only tap water injected into the cylinder, the motor will turn over and run (abet poorly, but run it does). The exhaust is reported to be cooler than standard gasoline operation, yet still “hot“ (which could not be easily explained by the Graneau theory of energy released by the “fogging“ of water, and points more to the hydroxy disassociation into H and O). Capacitor70 has also provided a video showing it running in a small motor-bike engine (also running poorly and sporadically, but operating). So the jury is still out on the scientific explanation for what is causing this weird and wonderful reaction. However.. This lack of sure theory is not stopping further experimentation and it is proceeding at a fast pace.
Video of the Brigs & Stratton running on tap water via plasma spark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb3d_hf7R10
Capacitor70’s motorbike engine video (we can only imagine he wishes he had electric start)! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnUv6M0N6z4
When watching these videos of the small engines being run on nothing but water and plasma spark, one can get the feel for what it must have been like to be on hand to watch the Wright Brothers on a beach at Kittyhawk.
In any case, this bizarre and surprising phenomena of water being exploded by a large plasma spark is readily reproducible outside of an engine; as dozens of people working in the Open Source Energy movement all over the world have already proven (…With more every day replicating the basic spark circuits and over 30 You-Tube videos from different people showing the effect). The circuits for doing so are being refined and simplified nearly daily by experimenters, all working together, playing off one another’s designs to improve the circuits… With the clear goal of eventually moving this proof-of-concept phase over to having it work reliably within small engines (as is being attempted now by many people at the time of publication, 8-2008).
One answer to furthering this technology may lie in the patents of the American Hero of modern hydroxy: Stanley Meyer. Meyer was an inventor in Ohio, who was one of the first to build a car that ran on nothing but water in the early 1990’s. Meyer’s system used a very efficient electrolyzer cell producing hydroxy gas, plus a special “spark plug“ that was really both a water injector and complex electrode that would squirt small amounts of water treated with RF wave energy into the cylinder, then explode it all via high voltage. This combination of plasma explosion of water, plus hydroxy gas coming in through the air intake, was powerful enough to run Meyer’s famous Volkswagen dune buggy (… Of which there were many witnesses including scientists, engineers and Professors; and several videos from local TV news stories showing it running successfully on the road).
Local news report showing the Stanley Meyer water-powered dune buggy on the road: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIgOn1kRw5s&eurl=http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=you-tube+stanley+meyer&fr=yfp-t-501&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8
Stanley Meyer tragically died in 1998 under mysterious circumstances; just after reportedly making a manufacturing agreement for his discoveries. Coming out of the restaurant where he had been meeting with Belgian businessmen, he collapsed and died; his last words spoken were reported to be: “I’ve been poisoned!“.
Interesting enough, Stan Meyer by his own account narrowly avoided the “Seizure in the Name of National Security“ of his patents by the U.S. Government, who were attempting to have his technology declared classified. Apparently, according to Meyer, he avoided this by use of a method of sending the information out in written form to another country before the government could act with a gag order (there is clear evidence Stan Meyer was working with the British Admiralty on pursuing some of his devices for powering ships). There has been much speculation about his death; but the Franklin County autopsy stated he died of a “brain aneurysm“. In any case, Stanley Meyer’s death was the end of his water car or electrolyzer units being marketed (the dune buggy and his electrolyzer units mysteriously disappeared soon after the tragic event). In June, 2007; many of his patents expired.
So we have the background: Dr. Kiril Chukanov, Josef Papp, and others have successfully created energy from using plasma. Stanley Meyer used both hydroxy and water exploded by HV plasma-like spark to power a vehicle; with many witnesses to back this. Mr. Robert Krupa designed a revolutionary new spark plug that utilizes plasma spark to ignite gasoline with greater efficiency inside an engine, greatly improving mileage and lowering emissions (Mr. Krupa has also observed the amazing plasma spark exploding water phenomena). And we have the recent experiments first reported by Gotoluc and then furthered by over 20 other experimenters in the Open Source Energy community that show beyond doubt that a plasma spark will “explode“ water with significant energy being produced. And there is the unverified and mostly anecdotal information about the person who ran a V-8 engine of a car on nothing but water via plasma spark; plus the same person’s more recent videos of single-cylinder small engines being run on nothing but tap water (but yet to be fully verified); as well as Capacitor 70’s video of the motor-bike engine running on water. These items strongly point to pursuing the use of plasma as an important energy source, and for using plasma spark to explode water as a fuel for internal combustion engines. And thus has the great excitement and interest in the various Open Source forums regarding plasma been generated… And explains why many people have temporarily dropped other free energy projects they were working on and are now actively reproducing and furthering the effect.
What can we expect in the next few months from this? Many are now working on moving the experiments and replications to the small engine phase. But there will be several hurdles yet to overcome: Just how much water is needed in the cylinder, what engine timing to best use, how to inject the water into the cylinder for best results, exactly how much HV plasma spark is needed, how to best throttle the engine to control RPM … All these important questions and more must be answered by empirical testing of new ideas; failure after failure can be expected before good results finally start to happen. But since this is an Open Source project, the results will be shared, and thus much time saved. And once the answers come, all the information will be directly transferable for use with large multi-cylinder gasoline, and eventually Diesel engines…. So that we can start running our existing cars and trucks on nothing but water with some fairly minor modifications. Maybe one of the readers who are learning of this for the first time now today, and who then goes on to study this further, will be one of the first to announce their verifiable and successful replication of a working “water car“. There could possibly be several, perhaps dozens, who do so within the next year; sharing their schematics and plans so that others may do so as well. The more who replicate the better: This is the most effective way for this important, history-changing technology to breakout into the mainstream… Via multiple, even hundreds, of proofs announced simultaneously all over the world so it becomes very difficult to deny and suppress any further.
It could turn out, at least until all-new engine designs are created to best utilize the effect, that to best make an engine run smoothly and with well-metered throttle; “HHO“ hydroxy will be needed for fuel as well… A system using both the simple tap water and hydroxy gas exploded together inside the cylinder by large plasma spark. This system would explain a question which has nagged hydroxy enthusiasts for several years: How did Stan Meyer create enough hydroxy gas to run a vehicle? Some tests have shown that vast quantities of hydroxy alone are needed to do this, more than the Meyer electrolyzer cell should have possibly generated (yet there is much evidence that his dune buggy indeed worked). When used as a mileage booster with gasoline, not much hydroxy is needed at all (as little as 3% by volume to get a significant result)… It would seem by the many years of study on this by the Open Source people as well as the many companies now producing boosting systems, that the hydroxy gas works most efficiently as a fuel when there is another fuel as catalyst. So it could be that the regular tap water exploded via plasma spark will act as this catalyst, cutting the amount of hydroxy gas needed way down from what would be required to run a vehicle by itself, and answering some of the problems associated with running the car on only the tap water being exploded by plasma spark (such as throttle/RPM control). Or, it is also quite possible that simply using the tap water exploded via plasma spark will suffice to run an engine without the need for a separate hydroxy electrolyzer system…. If proper methods of solving the above problems are found.
But there is one large problem that will likely remain a damper: That of the plasma arc not creating a “wave front“ chain reaction of explosion with water. Only water that is touched by the plasma itself will react (just as lightening in a rain storm will not turn the entire sky into an inferno, but only affect the water touched by the strike)…. Which means that the spark’s plasma “ball lightening“ size needs to be large enough in diameter to explode enough water to move a piston, yet not be too large or powerful enough to burn or melt the metal surfaces of the engine. At this point it is too early to know these answers. Both the hydroxy and plasma exploding technologies come from water anyway; and testing has proved that the electrical power needed to produce them in both cases can be provided by a car’s alternator and battery in a closed, self-powered system. But what is certainly known so far; is that something very important is going on here!
A commonly-heard question about the technology is: How will water, and especially salt water, affect a standard internal combustion engine? Well, as one would think, corrosion damage over time is a strong possibility. But when one considers that the engines used 100 years ago by the Wright Brothers as well as the first Curtiss and European aeroplane designs, were terrible by modern standards… Only lasting 60 hours in operation or less… This would be more than enough to prove the concept; as those sputtering, oil-leaking rattle-traps did back in the early days of powered flight (and would do so today with considerably more safety than those brave early pilots enjoyed). And as the plasma-spark exploding water technology becomes mainstream, the market will solve these problems as totally new engine designs best utilizing the technology will be designed, as well as corrosion-resistant after-market coatings that will allow existing motors to last longer… Allowing us to slowly segue over to new engine designs without prohibitive cost. After all, “engine efficiency“ will now have another meaning: If a motor uses twice as much water fuel as it did before… This is not a horrible thing! Especially since the resultant exhaust is only water that can be captured and re-used.
The reader may ask:
“How is it possible that these simple experiments proving that water can be exploded by plasma spark, have never been discovered before ?!“
The answer is that this effect certainly has been discovered before… And likely many times by several different inventors. But if the person or persons who discovered it then tried to patent it… Then it is very likely that the public is unaware because the patents were declared secret in the name of “National Security“. Or it could be because the patents were bought by a corporation that shelved them, and the inventor(s) ordered to not talk about it as part of a multi-million Dollar deal (it would be interesting to see if a corporation would have the nerve to file patent violation complaints today if they had done this: Their public relations would certainly suffer greatly when the news got out)… Or it could be we haven’t heard about it because the inventor died before being able to market their discovery; such as in the tragic case of Stanley Meyer; who reportedly resisted “selling-out“ several times in order to insure the technology would be made widely available by the buyer. At any rate, the only reason we are hearing about this now is because it is being done via Open Source and reported on via the alternative media of the Internet…
The people of the Open Source Energy movement who are replicating this and who want to move it to the next and then ultimate levels of powering vehicles or home electrical generators, are doing it not for money, but for the good of our society; as well as for themselves in “enlightened self-interest“. Patent infringement suits can only be filed realistically against those trying to market and prosper from a technology or device; not against those who build it for their own study or use and not for selling…. And the government’s use of the Patent Office as a means of suppressing technology only affects those who file patents and who try to keep the technology known only to themselves. This is why the model of Open Source is so important, and why it will eventually provide us with the truly effective, clean, and low-cost alternatives to using oil and coal that this country, and this planet, so desperately need…. Despite those who would stop it from happening.
One very important note: Replicating these experiments with High Voltage plasma sparks of up to 80,000 Volts or more going from the ignition coil to the spark plug are dangerous and extreme caution is required… As with any High Voltage electrical work; be it in the free energy arena or in the mainstream. Those who try them at home should have a very good understanding of just how dangerous HV can be and realize that it could easily END your time here on Earth if the proper safety procedures are not ALWAYS remembered and taken. Write a safety procedure and check-off list, and put it on the wall of your work area where you can easily see it at all times as a reminder. Don’t work alone without someone nearby who can help you in times of emergency. And insure your hand tools are properly insulated, inspect them for breaks in the insulation regularly. ALWAYS disconnect the power source before working on a circuit, and in the case of large capacitors, fully discharge them first as well (this can be done safely simply by putting a high-wattage resistor across the cap’s terminals for several seconds). We hope to have all of our Open Source Energy experimenters with us for a very long time, certainly long enough to enjoy and share the sweet victory of experiencing cheap, abundant, and clean energy coming into all of our lives… At long last!
The Panacea-BOCAF site… Dedicated to the Open Source Energy movement. A great resource with tons of useful info, Please sign the petition here: http://www.panacea-bocaf.org
The very extensive Overunity forums; where internet inventors and experimenters share their projects using the Open Source model. Fascinating reading! : http://www.Overunity.com
The Energetic Ministries/Energetic Forum: Wonderful forum with many Open Source free energy topics:http://www.energeticforum.com/renewable-energy
Dr. Peter Lindemann’s site, great source of information and the place to buy his excellent DVD’s, they are a requirement to truly understanding this subject: http://www.free-energy.ws
The Pure Energy Systems main page; great source of general information and news: http://peswiki.com
Dr. Kiril Chukanov’s website detailing his work with producing energy from Plasma: http://www.chukanovenergy.com
Col. Tom Beardon’s excellent site; the most comprehensive available for the new physics theories explaining free energy principals, as well as listings of many inventions: http://www.cheniere.org
Inventor John Bedini’s website, a major source for understanding magnetic motors, and his pulsing, de-sulfating battery chargers: http://www.icehouse.net/john34/index.htm
Rex Research. A top resource for free energy devices: http://www.rexresearch.com
Keeleynet.. Interesting font of info for news and hundreds of inventions: http://www.keelynet.com
ZPEnergy. News and forum dedicated to researching and discussing news forms of energy: http://www.zpenergy.com
Air Car Access, a great site for exploring the wonders of compressed air and the many inventions that have utilized it.. An often over-looked subject with great promise for free energy: http://www.aircaraccess.com
**~Imhotep~** The Inventor’s website. Featured in article #2 of this series, **~Imhotep~** has several great free energy devices that are easy to build, including his latest “Radiant Pulse CFL Charger“ which uses modified, highly-efficient Compact Fluorescent Lamps in a nearly free-energy way of producing both light and self-sustaining battery charge: http://www.imhotep.cjb.net
By Steve Windisch (jibbguy)
There is much talk about Compact Fluorescent Lamps recently. These are the small glass fluorescent tubes often shaped into a coil, designed to directly replace regular incandescent light bulbs. These new CFL’s have been touted to save energy, and they do certainly save significant amounts of electricity. But there are some interesting and largely unknown facts about these devices. It would appear that those sold within the United States and other countries may be specifically designed to allow the utility corporations to bill us nearly double what we should be paying for their use.
The problem lies in the combination of two factors: First, that the CFL’s sold in the U.S. are generally built without the addition of a low-cost capacitor to provide something called Power Factor Correction; and second, the way in which our power companies calculate our monthly bill using “AC Apparent Power” instead of “AC Real Power”. Together these factors insure we are not able to see all the possible savings on our electric bills that these new lamps should offer…. And in fact, when “AC Power Factor” in consumer devices is examined closer in general, it would seem that CFL’s are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to home and small business Customers paying more than they should for power, to a truly staggering extent… All for the want of a low-cost capacitor.
One would suspect the electric utility corporations do not want you to know this, but it is nonetheless fact anyway: The power companies charge their non-industrial customers using something called “AC Apparent Power”. This is not the same as “AC Real Power”; which takes into effect “AC Reactive Power” caused by electrical Inductance. The difference between Real and Apparent Power is called the AC Power Factor, and is generally determined in these cases by the phase angle difference between the AC Voltage and the AC Current across a device. This phase shift is commonly seen with induction devices such as Compact Fluorescent Lamps, and more importantly, AC motors like those used in common Consumer home products such as refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, and air conditioners (by far the greatest users of power in the home). In large industrial applications, this Power Factor is routinely “Corrected” by adding electrical Capacitance to the circuit, to “balance” and remove the phase angle difference, bringing it to a state approaching “Resonance”, and thus insuring greatest efficiency. However, Power Factor Correction is mainly unknown in American consumer products; so the “unbalanced” motors and other devices such as CFL’s are reported on the Customer’s billing meter to be using more power than they would be consuming if properly built, or if the power companies actually charged us by Watts as they now wrongly claim. And thus many of us are being charged more on our power bills by a significant amount every month than we should be.
When using the Compact Fluorescent Lamps (which are Inductive in nature; meaning they use inductive coils in the circuitry to step-up the voltage of internally-generated pulses to power the fluorescent tubes), there usually is a Power Factor difference of “.55” with the non-PF Corrected ones sold here in the U.S.; which means that the “Real Power” figure in Watts is almost half what the Apparent Power figure is. So although these bulbs are indeed saving energy; the electric company is charging us almost double what the actual Watt rating would denote. Simply adding a few low-cost components (mainly a capacitor) to Correct and “balance” the Power Factor would eliminate this: And CFL’s sold in the European Union appear to always have these low-cost items added into the internal circuitry of the CFL already. When considering the Power Factor of an appliance’s AC inductive motor, the Consumer can pay up to 25% more in the cost of electricity for operating that device if there is a phase imbalance (which there will most likely be unless a capacitor is added for PF Correction). And literally hundreds of millions of AC motors in U.S. Consumer appliances today are not Power Factor Corrected.
Regular “old fashioned” incandescent light bulbs (which are “Resistive” in nature and exhibit very little AC inductance or capacitance and therefore no phase shift), have an AC Power Factor very close to “1.0”; therefore Real and Apparent Power are virtually the same. So if rated at 75 Watts, then the Consumer is charged by the electric company for 75 Volt-Amperes. It is interesting to note that Apparent Power figures should never use the “Watts” metric, and should always be stated in “Volt-Amperes” (V/A), although this is not the case with our power companies who erroneously bill us by the “Kilo-Watt Hour”: When in fact the residential and small business meters only read Apparent Power and not Real Power. We can easily check this for ourselves: Go outside to where your billing meter is, and look at the dial: It reads in “Volt-Amperes”.
Compact Fluorescents designed to replace 75 Watt incandescent bulbs are usually rated by the manufacturer for an impressively low “18 Watts” (an AC Real Power figure). The universally-repeated misinformation is that these bulbs use “only about 25%” of the power the old-style bulbs do: This is not precisely the truth. In actuality because CFL’s sold here in the U.S. have significant inductive Reactance and thus an AC phase difference between Voltage and Current, the Power Factor of the CFL is around “.55” … And since we are being charged by the utility in Apparent Power, the draw on our billing meter is actually about 33 Volt-Amperes of power…. Nearly double the figure in Watts. And thus is revealed a chronic and institutionalized over-paying by Consumers of our electric utility bills: Only because a small low-cost part was left out when our CFL’s and appliances were manufactured. Deliberately left out? That is a question which deserved further investigation.
There are Compact Fluorescent Lamps that have a “resonance tuning” capacitor circuitry added internally to solve the phase angle difference and provide a Power Factor near “1”: These appear to be sold mainly in Europe; and this was rumored to be done at the insistence of the European testing agency TUV who have some ability to stop imports which do not meet their design criteria. These Power Factor Corrected lamps are not generally seen for sale here in the U.S. (apparently the “U.L. Approval” stamp we are familiar with here does not represent quite so picky a testing regimen). The cost of adding the capacitor to CFL’s in mass production would be only a few pennies…. And there is no chance at all that any electrical engineer with General Electric or its competitors would not fully understand AC Power Factor: It has been known, taught, and extensively written about for over 100 years. It is just that since the end of World War Two, PF Correction technology has all but disappeared from American Consumer products… As well as the Consumer awareness for this important money saving technology. This is certainly not the case in industrial settings or with large buildings… Power Factor Correction is very important in these cases and banks of AC capacitors up to the size of oil drums can often be seen in power rooms for this express purpose. This is because in industrial and large commercial billing, the power companies will usually charge in Real Power, but also charge a penalty if the Power Factor is not within a certain limit. In these cases, since the power company is the one “holding the bag” not the Consumer, they are very helpful, and even insistent, when it comes to Power Factor Correction: Providing much information and even consulting help to solve the issues. Is it not odd that they never mention this issue to us, the Consumer? Considering we are the ones who pay for the Apparent Power difference when it comes to homes and small business, not them: It then becomes understandable (if “not exactly” ethical).
CFL’s offer a great savings in energy, and are very worthy of use in themselves (Power Factor considered or not). However the power companies are benefiting from their use because of a design flaw. Although we can still save 50% by their use over incandescent bulbs, we should be saving 75% … But again, the differences here pale in comparison to what we could be saving on our bills when it comes to Power Factor-Corrected AC induction motors. A few home appliances and some business equipment devices do offer this technology installed by the manufacturer, but most do not in the U.S. If they all did, then we could be saving many billions of Dollars collectively on our power bills each month. This is not so much a “green” energy savings issue, but more a question of billing between the Consumer and our electric utilities… Or perhaps an issue of our appliance and CFL manufacturers not adding the Power Correction technology that they should have, and that is already enjoyed by our European friends. This is mainly because of the European Union’s mandated standard #IEC61000-3-2 regarding Consumer appliances of over 75 Watts requiring harmonics distortion protection and Power Factor Correction; which was also closely followed by Japan, China, and many other countries… But largely ignored in the United States (please note that European appliances built before the law came into effect in January, 2001 may not have PFC technology installed… But those sold afterwards in Europe, including those built and exported by American manufacturers, do have Power Factor Correction… Just not the ones sold within the U.S. ).
The above technical information can be verified by use of a “Kill-A-Watt” or similar power meter, or by use of an oscilloscope measuring the phase angle between Voltage and Current, and then doing the calculations manually. Any text books for the last 100 years on AC electricity can fully explain the meanings and relationships between the terms Phase Angle, Apparent Power, Real Power, Power Correction Factor, Capacitance, Inductance, and Resonance. There are easily-done techniques for checking the Power Factor of your home appliances (simply reading voltage across the motor, and using a shunt to read it’s current draw and comparing them); and a good electrician should be able to do so and provide the added capacitors to “balance” the AC motors of our homes’ major appliances to the point of 0.95 Power Factor (the highest recommended PF figure for motors). If we had unbalanced (out of phase, non-Power Corrected) AC motors in a refrigerator, air conditioner, and washing machine… And our monthly bill was $200; it is very possible we could to see a savings of $35 or more on that bill; realized simply by adding the necessary capacitors to bring each appliances’ motor to a Power Factor of close to “0.95”. Such capacitors are of low cost, consume very little energy themselves (when installed in parallel across the motor’s power terminals so they only operate when the motor runs), and the modifications are relatively easy to perform. It is interesting to note that although many “green” advances in motors and electronics have come to pass with consumer devices in recent years, making them significantly more energy efficient; Power Factor Correction technology is still not in widespread use by the U.S. consumer appliance industry… Questions sent to the customer / technical support services of over 8 different U.S. major manufacturers have verified this: None of them apparently do use PFC technology in their appliances. A very good question for us to ask these corporations like General Electric would be: “Why is this”?
When reading about CFL’s around the ‘Web, there is much consumer information about them available; and they are certainly a “Hot Item”. Walmart sold roughly 100,000,000 of them last year alone. Yet, in over 12 mainstream articles regarding CFL’s ; only one brief mention was seen regarding Power Factor (on G.E.’s CFL pages), which stated that although they were not “Corrected” (with no further explanation of the term given); they were still an important energy saving device. The term “corrected” by itself is meaningless: One wonders why they did not wish to use the proper “Power Factor Corrected”, which is the only acceptable term. Not surprisingly, the “Popular Mechanics” article on CFL Consumer awareness from May 2007 also did not mention the Power Factor issue; although an “expert” equipped with “pro meters” measured the wattage of the various models tested. Nor was the issue mentioned on the “Energy Star” pages about CFL’s. Several of the CFL models that have the Energy Star “blessing” are not Power Factor Corrected, so it would seem this is not a criteria to gain this “prestigious” award. In fact, at least one of the G.E. refrigerators which won an award for “Best” last year from Energy Star has no Power Correction technology in it either.
Energy Star is a unique sort of creature: Born of an alliance between the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency; but actually supported and “steered” by the electronics and appliance manufacturing industries along with the power utility corporations “in partnership”. Knowing this, it is then perhaps no wonder that Energy Star has also all but ignored an important technology like PF. Oddly enough, Power Factor Correction is required for computer power supplies to gain the Energy Star rating (which often have some leading-current Capacitive, not lagging-current Inductive phase shift)… Yet major appliances that have AC inductive motors with many more times the power usage and possible savings are not required to have Power Factor Correction technology installed in order to meet Energy Star requirements? This question also begs further investigation. Especially since homes with computer power supplies with current-leading Capacitive phase shift could actually help balance out and improve the total Power Factor when summed with the AC motor’s Inductive current-lagging phase shift causing poor Power Factor… In other words, if they had left the issue alone all together, then the difference we pay on our bills because of Apparent Power could actually be lower…
The costs to the manufacturers of adding Power Factor Correction would be minimal, but the savings to the Consumer could be dramatic. If the figures on General Electric’s CFL information web page can be used; over 30 Billion Dollars are “saved” annually by U.S. Consumers using CFL’s (this figure assumes the billing is done in Real Power Watts, which it clearly is not in most cases). So knowing what we now do about CFL’s and Power Factor Correction, and that we are actually billed by Apparent Power… Then this would mean that the American consumer is paying over $14 Billion a year more on their power bills than they should be…. Just for non-PF Corrected CFL’s alone. The amount of money for non-Power Factor Corrected AC motors in homes and small businesses would be difficult to estimate with accuracy (there are several hundred million such motors in operation within the U.S.; with only a small but unknown percentage of the Consumer models being Power Factor Corrected); but this amazing figure could easily be well over $150 Billion annually…. All because of missing low-cost components?!
There are many things we can do to save energy; and this is unquestionably a worthy endeavor. But as we have seen, there are also things we can do to simply save money as well… Perhaps it is time to call the electric utilities on their deceptive practice of charging by Apparent Power; and insist that we be billed by Real Power; as their charging by the “Kilo-Watt Hour” wrongly suggests (they should be naming it “Volt-Amperes Hours” to correctly denote Apparent Power). There is some debate on whether the electric utilities are actually being loaded down at their generators with the Apparent Power figure or the Real Power figure… They must always supply Power Factor Correction in their transmission lines and sub-stations anyway, and even at the residential neighborhood transformers. So on one hand they must provide enough power to supply the higher Apparent Power amount; yet the question is which power figure is actually being drawn from the system at the generator end: Real or Apparent? There are differing opinions; but it is much evidence that the entire additional amount of Apparent Power is not seen at the generators (and that the amount is somewhere in between the Real and Apparent figures)… Meaning Consumers are being over-billed, and have been for many decades. We can contact our State’s Public Utility Board, and insist action be taken to stop the “time honored tradition” of the power companies billing us by the “Kilo-Watt Hour” instead of accurately using the “Volt-Amps Hour” figures that reminds us that we are really paying for Apparent Power, not Real Power…. An age-old “trick” on their part that can be described as deliberate deception; which has helped to successfully suppress the entire question of Power Factor with Consumer billing for over a century. Perhaps more importantly, we need to start insisting that our home and office appliances with AC inductive motors, as well as the CFL’s sold in the U.S., all have AC Power Correction technology installed by the manufacturer. It would cost the appliance manufacturers much less to add the capacitor than for what they pay for the unit’s cardboard shipping box.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps are a wonder of technology. And despite a small danger from Mercury inside the tubes, they are a Godsend to many undeveloped areas of the world where they now provide light when before was only darkness or polluting chemically-fueled lanterns after sundown. But CFL’s can certainly be even better and more useful, as proved recently by members of the Free Energy and Open Source Energy community who have greatly improved the lamps efficiency through experimentation; making them several times more efficient through significant modifications to the circuitry. By harnessing the usually-ignored energy contained within the collapsing field of the inductive coils in the circuit, the modified CFL’s can actually charge batteries while supplying light; “reusing” the inductive voltage pulses and creating a system that is nearly self-sustaining. In fact, a small solar panel run only one hour a day may be all that is needed to make this CFL / Battery charging system operate indefinably in a closed-loop, with “Charge” and “Source” batteries for power, and the solar panel to help keep the regularly-swapped batteries at full charge. This experimentation and improvement of CFL’s, done by many intrepid researchers and inventors of the Open Source Energy movement (especially one known on the Internet as “The Inventor **~Imhotep~** ”, who first developed the improved circuit design), have helped bring this very interesting and “illuminating” Power Factor Correction issue out into the open. For more information on this amazing “nearly-Free Energy” CFL modification, see the Energetic Forums thread link below which details the great work done by **~Imhotep~** and others; which may prove to be a wonderful boon for many poor people around the world who do not enjoy reliable grid power: Providing bright light to stave off the darkness without pollution, significant cost, or generator/grid power; simply using 2 small or medium-sized 12V batteries, a low-cost solar charger, and modified CFL’s (several lamps can be used together per battery set). http://www.energeticforum.com/renewable-energy/2255-imhoteps-radiant-oscillator-video.html.
CFL’s can cost American Consumers even less on our power bills than they now do… If we would only demanded the same 100-year old Power Correction technology be installed that our wiser friends in Europe now enjoy. But as stated before, this is just a drop in the bucket compared to the non-Power Factor Corrected AC motors… There are few viable reasons for our appliance manufacturers to continue to ignore this important money-saving technology… Perhaps it is time to ask the power utilities and the U.S. appliance manufacturers if they have ever discussed this issue between themselves; and what was the outcome of those discussions?… When over 160 Billion Dollars per year in Consumer “over-charging” is in question; year after year… Isn’t this question worth looking into? But these “happy days” for the utility corporations will be ending soon: When put under the hard scrutiny of Consumer awareness; they will have no choice but to change their deceptive practices.
1. CFL’s are excellent energy savers, but ones sold in the U.S. need Power Factor Correction technology built in, as they have now in Europe. This would save U.S. Consumers at least $14 Billion per year, and cost pennies to the manufacturer to add. Contact the manufacturers such as G.E., and demand that we be offered PF-Corrected CFL’s. And ask them WHY we haven’t in the past, knowing that the models sold in Europe have them as a requirement.
2. AC inductive motors also need Power Factor Correction installed, and U.S. Consumer appliance manufacturers should all be doing this, but currently do not. Older units can be modified to have a low-cost AC capacitor added to them, in order to save Consumers a total of over $150 Billion per year nationally (estimated); just from AC motors that are not Power Factor Corrected. When buying your next appliance, demand Power Factor Correction. Contact your power company and ask them why they never told you about all this; when they do already work closely with their industrial Customers to insure high and efficient levels of PF.
3. Power utility corporations should stop the deceptive practice of charging Consumers and small business by the “Kilo-Watt Hour” (which denotes Real Power), and instead use the accurate metric of “Volt-Amperes Hours” for Apparent Power. Or, even better, they should charge Consumers by Real Power instead of Apparent Power; and then we would see the need for Power Factor Correction for Consumers suddenly championed by the industry, forcing action (because it would then be in their interest to do so): Instead of this important technology being suppressed and ignored for decades, while we continue to pay significantly more for power than we should be. State Public Utility Commissions and Consumer Watch agencies can be contacted with the above easily verified information: Don’t let up, keep up the complaints until you are contacted back with meaningful answers. The more of us that do so, the faster we will see real results.
4. Corporations such as General Electric and others who build consumer devices such as CFL’s and major appliances need to explain to the American people why they have been deliberately allowing us to be over-billed for our power to such a staggering extent, and for so many years… If there was collusion between them and the power utilities, this needs to be investigated and uncovered. “Energy Star”, technically part of the DOE and EPA but in reality a “partnership” between the government, the electric utility corporations, and the electronics and appliance manufacturers; also has some serious explaining to do in this regard. When the IEC standards were introduced in Europe, Japan, China, and elsewhere in 2001… Why did the U.S. not follow suit (since to export to these countries, manufacturers must comply anyway)? And one would think if this was truly a “free and open market” industry , that one or another of our manufacturers eventually would embrace and proudly advertise this great money-saving technology to gain an edge over competitors: But we have not seen this. Why is this?… Contact the appliance manufacturers such as General Electric and demand to know why they do not offer Power Factor Correction technology for all their inductive Consumer appliances and CFL’s.
Nothing we have seen in the mainstream energy arena in recent years has created a bigger improvement in efficiency than Compact Fluorescent Lamps. They should be used in every American home and office; to save energy and money both. But this does not mean that the power companies should be allowed to “keep” half of those impressive savings for themselves… If indeed there was some monstrous secret deal made between them and the manufacturers to suppress and ignore Power Factor Correction in Consumer devices, it was made without our approval… And as the Customer, we do have a voice: One that rings with another kind of “Real Power”. So let us use it… And generate some “corrections” of our own.
By Steve Windisch (jibbguy)
Part one of the series:
Part Two of the series:
This article, the two previous ones in this series, and those yet to come are dedicated to discussing the over one hundred year-old phenomena known as “Free Energy”; as well as the relatively new phenomena known as the Open Source Energy Movement. Continue reading
By Steve Windisch (jibbguy)
July 9, 2008
Part 2 of the series: This installment examines Dr. T. Henry Moray’s work, the important energy savings technology known as “Rotoverter”, and an Open Source free energy device that nearly anyone can build themselves.