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Monday, April 26, 2004
  Science Monday

The following articles are the result of the Google News Alerts that I have set up, specifically on Zero Point Energy. I have errands to run, so I will probably do a couple of seperate Science Monday posts today scince I'm not sure how the Site Feed process works, i.e. 'do people get notified if I just update a post, or only if I generate a new post?'.

The idea of Zero Point Energy, and especially the ramifications this would have on geo-politics, markets, society, space exploration and just about everything else. But, since contol of energy has been the source of power and riches, the idea that it suddenly would become abundant, well, I just hope I survive the upheaval. Anyway, on to the stories:

ZPE Speculation
ZPEnergy.com - Zero Point Energy: Can it become a practical, near-term, alternative?:
"March 1st, 2004, Aviation Week and Space Technology published an article headlined: "Aviation Giants Eye Zero Point Energy". The next line reads: "Zero Point Energy emerges from realm of science fiction". The article goes on to suggest that ZPE might result in "Mach 4 fighters, quiet 1,200-seat hypersonic airliners that fly at 100-mi. altitudes as far as 12,000 mi. in about 70 min., and 12.6-hr. trips to the Moon."

ZPE is still not widely known or understood. It emerges from experiments that demonstrate that seemingly empty space, sometimes called the "quantum vacuum", is teeming with energy. According to Tom Valone at IRI, data from the NASA Wilkinson Probe suggests that it should be possible to extract about 20 times more energy from the Zero Point Field, per unit of surface area on earth, than can be derived from solar energy -- approximately 20 kilowatts per square meter -- 24 hours per day.

ZPE has been investigated as a potential power source since a 1984 paper, by the late Dr. Robert Forward, appeared in Physical Review. Physical Review has also carried several articles stating that it is theoretically possible to tap this energy for power and propulsion. ZPE is present everywhere in the universe. The late Nobel physicist, Richard Feynman, once remarked that enough was present in the volume contained within a light bulb, to evaporate the oceans of the earth...

...Dr. Hal Puthoff, Director of the Institute of Advanced Study at Austin, is quoted in the Aviation Week article: ”I’d say our confidence level [of a breakthrough] is 50% or better. If our [research] is successful, almost assuredly there’d be no problem with small units—a few cubic centimeters of ZPE—providing enough energy to power spaceships.”
I specifically sited Dr Puthoff's work because he impresses me as the kind of scientist that is willing to take risks in unusaul areas of research, and stand behind his findings. See Fortean Times - Dr Hal Puthoff for more information.

ZPE for speculators?
ZPEnergy.com - Formation of Archer Energy Systems, Inc.:
"Dr. Robert Langgons of IceFire Systems, Inc. and Mark Tomion, president of Archer Enterprises and inventor of the patented Electrodynamic Field Generator, are pleased and excited to announce the recent formation of Archer Energy Systems, Inc. as a formal vehicle for the funding and implementation of the co-developers' planned 24kW EDF Generator Prototype Project.

Heretofore, the inventor's individual efforts to prototype the EDF Generator, an exotic variant of the Faraday disk dynamo which produces electric power with no generated retarding torque by electrostatic induction and stimulated thermionic emission means, have been hindered by the lack of adequate funding or any significant governmental or academic support. The new corporate support structure should alleviate this situation and allow a coming demonstration of what may be the world's first self-sustaining over-unity power plant which taps the zero point energy on a large scale. [Detailed information about the EDF Generator technology may be obtained by visiting: www.stardrivedevice.com/power_plant.html.]"
I'd suggest going to ZPEnergy.com and following the links from there. I'm certainly not sure about the claims, but if true, hold on cause we'll be in for a wild ride.

Off to do errands (have to return the fish tank filter for a smaller one. Ugh! Wal-Marts again). Will post more but it may not be until this evening as I have to devote time to the great job hunt. This evenings will wander further afield in the realms of science, though I'm not sure you can truly go further than ZPE.
 
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