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‘Free energy’ or ‘voodoo science’?

Irish inventor
says he’s built
a revolutionary
power source;
skeptics abound

A prototype of the Jasker Power System is lit up by bulbs connected to the device at a secret Irish location. The system is hooked up to 12-volt batteries, but the inventor contends that the batteries' electrical power is replenished by the system.


Image: Jasker Power System


Tuesday January 22, 11:53 AM

A technician peers between a pair of household light bulbs which were being powered by the prototype of the Jasker Power System, a device whose makers say it can provide free energy, January 11, 2002. Its inventor, a 58 year-old electrical engineer who intends to remain anonymous, has spent 23 years perfecting the machine says it is capable of nothing less than replenishing its own energy source. Experts contacted by Reuters were wary, citing the first law of thermodynamics which states you can't get more energy out than you put in. REUTERS/Paul McErlane

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 22 —  It has been a pipe dream of inventors since Leonardo da Vinci, but has the secret of free energy now been found in Ireland?

  A COLD stone house on a windswept Irish hillside may seem an unlikely setting for the birthplace of such an epoch-making discovery, but it is here that an Irish inventor says he has developed a machine that could change the world.
       The 58-year-old electrical engineer, who lives in the Irish republic and intends — for “security and publicity-avoidance reasons” — to keep his identity a secret, has spent 23 years perfecting the Jasker Power System.
       It is an electromechanical device he says is capable of replenishing its own energy source.

       The Irishman is not alone in making such assertions. The Internet is awash with speculation about free or “zero point” energy, with many claiming to have cracked the problem using magnets, coils and even crystals.
       “These claims come along every 10 years or so, and nothing ever comes of them. They’re all cases of ’voodoo science,’” said Robert Park, professor of physics at the University of Maryland.
       The makers of the Jasker — a name derived from family abbreviations — say it can be built to scale using off-the-shelf components and can power anything that requires a motor. They see the first practical application of their technology as a stand-alone generator for home use, although the automotive industry could also be a near-term target.
       “The Jasker produces emission-free energy at no cost apart from the installation. It is quite possibly the most significant invention since the wheel,” Tom Hedrick, the only person involved with the machine willing to give his name, told Reuters.
       Hedrick, chief executive of a company set up with a view to licensing the device in the United States, said the technology shattered preconceived laws of science.
       “It’s a giant leap forward. The uses of this are almost beyond imagination.”

       Not surprisingly, this topic is red hot with controversy — sharply dividing a world scientific community still on its guard after the “cold fusion” fiasco of 1989, when a group of Utah researchers scandalized the scientific world with claims that the long-sought answer to the problem of room-temperature fusion had been discovered. The claims were quickly found to be unsupported, although hard-core researchers are still pursuing the cold-fusion dream.

 Experts contacted by Reuters about the Jasker device were wary, citing the first law of thermodynamics — which, in layman’s terms, states that you can’t get more energy out than you put in.
       “I don’t believe this. It goes against fundamentals which have not yet been disproved,” said William Beattie, senior lecturer in electrical engineering at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
       “These people (Jasker) are either Nobel prize-winners or they don’t know what they’re dealing with. The energy has to come from somewhere.”


  Undaunted, the inventor says that once powered up, his divice can run indefinitely - or at least until the parts wear out, adding that he has supplied all his own domestic power needs free for 17 months.

   But he is keen to head off the notion that he has tapped into the age-old myth of perpetual motion. “Perpetual motion is impossible. This is a self-sustaining unit which at the same time provides surplus electrical energy,” he said.

 In a demonstration for Reuters, a prototype — roughly the size of a dishwasher — was run for around 10 minutes using four 12-volt car batteries as an initial power source.

 Emitting a steady motorized hum, the machine kept three 100-watt light bulbs lit for the duration.

   A multimeter reading of the batteries’ voltage before the device started up showed a total of 48.9 volts. When it was switched off, a second reading showed 51.2 volts, indicating that the voltage had not run down.
       The machine went on to run for around two hours while photographs were taken, with no diminution in the brightness of the light bulbs, which remained lit during a short power cut.
       “The draw on the batteries was estimated at more than 4.5 kilowatts. With any existing technology the batteries would have been drained flat in one and a half minutes,” the inventor said.

       Modern theories of zero point energy have their roots in quantum physics and encompass “antigravity machines” and “advanced propulsion” research. Contributors to the debate range from serious exponents of quantum science to those who insist free-energy secrets have been imparted to them by aliens. Still others seem convinced the U.S. government is conspiring to suppress such discoveries

 Nick Cook, aerospace consultant to Jane’s Defense Weekly and author of “The Hunt for Zero Point,” is not as quick as some to dismiss the possibilities.
“Zero point energy has been proven to exist,” he told Reuters. “The question is whether it can be tapped to provide usable energy. And to that end, I think it’s possible, yes. There are a lot of eminent scientists now involved in this field and they wouldn’t be if there wasn’t anything to it.
       “In my experience opinion in this field is extremely polarized ... people either go with this area of investigation in their minds or they don’t, and if they don’t they tend to pooh-pooh it vehemently. It’s very difficult to get an objective assessment,” he said.
       “Basically, no one wants to be the first to stick his head above the parapet.”
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