February 6, 2009 | 16 Comments
The concept of a hydrino, a hydrogen atom with a reduced orbiting electron is something that Randell Mills at Blacklight Power has managed to engineer such that researchers and customers are beginning to quietly line up especially now that Rowan University has confirmed that the device yields energy output.
Cal Tech’s Bernard Haisch and Colorado University’s Garret Moddel are in receipt of a U.S. Patent for another device that is said to extract (Zero Point) energy. In this design the patent states in effect that disruption of the balance between Larmor radiation vs. absorption of radiative energy from the electromagnetic quantum vacuum will yield a release of energy.
The Cal Tech-Colorado design is described in the patent (A very good document to understand the concept) as extracting energy at the location of the device and then recovering the energy out from the device or to quote, “In this way energy is extracted locally and replenished globally from and by the electromagnetic quantum vacuum.”
The device, which is awarded the patent, is a set of cavities called Casimir Cavities that are contained volumes in which the electromagnetic modes are suppressed or restricted. When atoms are pumped (#22, 28) through the Casimir cavity device (#10) a decrease in the orbital energies of the atom’s electrons takes place. The device then captures the energy “lost” or released and expels the atoms out to recover the energy from the electromagnetic quantum vacuum. Surrounding the Casimir cavity device is a capture structure (#24), most likely a form of heat sink. The heat capture structure then moves the heat to something (#26) such as a thermal converter to electricity. Sounds simple enough.
The key for the Casimir cavity device is in the cavity “size” being matched to the electron energy level so that an atom is suppressed significantly enough that energy of the electrons within is stripped away so that it can be harvested. The suggestion in the patent, page 14 referencing Fig. 3 could yield up to 21,500 watts of gross energy release from a Casimir cavity device only 1 centimeter cubed. It will be hot!
All this is a stretch to the imagination. However, it seems Blacklight has managed to use the cavities within the nickel aluminum alloy called Raney nickel when the aluminum is etched or leached away in a specific process. Now the Cal Tech-Colorado device could be manufactured using the systems that make silicon chips. Silicon chip manufacturing is at the level now where etching is working at near single atom levels. Instead of making complex processors, memory and other chips the processes could be modified to simply carve channels for the gas atoms to flow at specified widths and depths.
The hydrino and zero point energy harvests both rely on the reduction of the orbit of electrons. As of today only Blacklight has a third party confirmation of a net energy harvest. That bodes well for the Cal Tech-Colorado gentlemen’s design. The grief is coming from a physics community that in large part regards the whole things as impossible.
Yet quantum physics is a field replete with theories that have come to dubious if not wholly dead ends, and that still needs researched to a sound working understanding. Dr. Mills has his own extensive thoughts on quantum theory and should his device prove workable will seriously upset the current state of quantum physics as he only starts with classical mechanics for his variation. Dr. Bernard Haisch and Dr. Garret Moddel at Cal Tech and Colorado University have carefully reasoned (very well explained in the patent) their theory on what can be regarded as “solid” quantum mechanics that is not nearly so disruptive yet if functional unravels a lot of assumptions.
What is likely if these devices can be made to work is that working units exploiting the physics will set the stage for considerable physics community examination to precisely describe the activities within. That might open the door to even more energy solutions.
The patent has been licensed to Jovian Corporation who at the latest information is running on Proof of Concept investments from Colorado University, Boulder with the aim to develop and commercialize the design with construction and testing of a device.
So . . . That’s the very far outside the box view. Now the Cal Tech-Colorado guys have a circulation system for capturing the “jitter’ in the quantum vacuum. You’ll just have to forgive the word vacuum; quantum space should be an intensely busy place. What the guys have is a system much like an air conditioner or heat pump that moves heat. Instead of heat, the quantum system moves “an absent of some energy orbiting electrons” gaseous atoms, extracting the energy by the device, said energy then sent out to be used releasing the energy into the quantum vacuum, where absorbing the energy back from the quantum vacuum into the circulating gas atom’s electron orbits to be cycled again. That wasn’t so hard.
Now if you’ve a mind to get a sounder grasp on this, here is a link to a lucid explanation of many physics topics by Marcus Chown with the quantum vacuum partway down. Once you’re through that if you need more, you likely already know where to look, but here is a link to get you started. Be warned, if you have a healthy curiosity you could be weeks getting to a workable depth of knowledge and still be frustrated, as this field isn’t fully worked out. It is looking more and more like a field for great careers and venture investment and soon even more creativity and innovation.
Which leads to fun questions like: As the electromagnetic quantum vacuum could be thought to be a result of the big bang, is there an edge to it out beyond the sphere of the energy and matter expelled from the big bang, or is it limited to the part of the space the big bang’s results occupy?
Whatever the results, should these either of these two efforts to draw energy from the quantum state succeed it would drive a need for better understanding. Should the devices perform well, then the fundamental energy of the universe would be in man’s hands, and that would really be incredible.
A hat tip, and a bow in fact, for Brian Wang at Next Big Future for the post that triggered this one. Thanks Brian.