"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."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 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.”
"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.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.
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.]"