Here’s the at home test, push a plastic cup that’s upside down into water. Gravity working on the mass of the displaced water is trying to push the cup back up, that’s buoyancy. Simple enough, and there is a wealth of places to do this, wells, ponds, lakes, standpipes, water heaters, anywhere that gravity can pull the water’s mass back to the center of the earth. The energy can be available anywhere. But.
It’s the cycling of the displaced water by the cup that bedevils the gathering of net energy. It takes energy to push the cup down to start with.
Wayne Travis of Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA, is using a new understanding of the age-old concept of buoyancy to run a hydraulic motor, leading to a generator, and, ultimately, a net result of ‘overunity’ energy. There’s the skeptic’s trigger, ‘overunity’.
But again, hold on.
Mr. Travis had a “eureka moment” that came to him in a hot tub, using two red plastic Solo Cups. Travis realized when thinking about diving bells that buoyancy was not controlled by volume (of the cup), but rather by pressure differentials and surface areas. Travis is well along in the process of proving his concept by running a hydraulic motor from the changing displacements of water under the effect in separate chambers.
Two water vessels give an engineer a shot at cycling the displaced volume.
Another “but’ is the intellectual property has patentable characteristics. So far the provisional patent pending is underway and the patent application filed in November of 2011 and a new patent pending number has been granted. The concept hasn’t been blown off by the patent office from the start. As the intellectual property is still pending, the explanations about how things work are understandably – very vague.
Then add Sterling Allen who runs the Pure Energy Systems website whose friend Mark Anthony Dansie, a debunker and professional skeptic are surprised with what been seen so far. Dansie will even act as an adviser to the project. If it checks out in being able to self-run for at least two days straight, Dansie predicts: “It could replace solar and wind as the primary renewable energy source for the planet. The next challenge will be to increase the output to make the device commercially viable.” Now your humble writer’s attention is focused.
Travis must also be quite a personality. The community of Chickasha has thrown in with Travis with nearly a hundred people helping out with everything from construction to bringing over cookies and the local Boy Scout troupe (Chickasha Troup #4319) won a local contest to name the machine, calling it the “Zydro Energy Device”.
Travis is exploiting the hydraulic effect of gravity on fluids. The video above by Tom Miller does a good job of explaining yet the answer to a cycling for making continuous power isn’t there.
Nevertheless, Travis may be on to something. However the cycling of mass is accomplished, most likely manipulating the displacing air that enables the buoyancy rather than the mass of the water, the results will be intensely interesting.
Time will pass and Mr. Travis’ work will progress or simply disappear. Somehow though, there is more here than common sense would easily allow – intuition suggests an eye best be kept on this and see where it goes.