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?
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
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
“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
“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
“It’s a giant leap
forward. The uses of this are almost beyond imagination.”
RED HOT WITH
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,
“These people (Jasker)
are either Nobel prize-winners or they don’t know what
they’re dealing with. The energy has to come from
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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.
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.
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
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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