On Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, I interviewed Tom Valone, Ph.D., who works at the U.S. Patent office and is the author of several books on Zero Point Energy – a source of energy that is everywhere present and constant in the universe.
General Physics tends to think that this is an inaccessible energy source, but that’s usually when we get most interested – when science as we know it says something is “impossible”. Tom gave us us an overview of the general concept of Zero Point Energy and described some recent developments toward building working prototypes using nanotechnology.
Valone is one of the most, if not the most knowledgeable person on this subject on the planet. And he is quite articulate in explaining it in a way that both scientists and lay persons can understand.
The promise of zero point energy comes from an effect that is found both on a subatomic level as well as a macro level, in which two bodies tend to be attracted to one another as they come into very close proximity to one another. Valone points out that this effect can be seen with boats. As they come close, they want to be drawn to one another.
On the near molecular level, this is manifest in what is called the "Cassimir Effect".
The exciting thing is that with the maturation of the field of nanotechnology (manipulating substances in the size range of a billionth of a meter), we now have tools by which this effect can be harnessed.
Valone describes one possible prototype involving nano-particles using a spring-like action to vibrate back and forth. Imagine a gazillion of these nanoparticles acting together. I didn't quite catch how this could be accomplished or harnessed.
The second prototype proposal was easier to grasp, as it is presently used on a larger scale. ("Larger", in this case, refers to things we can actually perceive with our eyes, such as a diode in a circuit board.) He envisions nanodiodes being aligned, and the zero point energy forces -- free from the universe -- acting on them via the Cassimir Effect. This would result in one-way movement of electrons -- similar to what happens in a photovoltaic cell as photons -- free from the sun -- act as the stimulant. Valone envisions that a solid state (no moving parts) device one meter square, thus composed, could power a house -- continuously, with no fluctuation, no maintenance, no pollution, no fuel requirement (fuel comes freely from the zero point field).
Valone also talked about conjecture that spacecraft could be propelled by this force as well, using a fuel that is everywhere present, including in the deepest reaches of space.
The nanodiode technology is already here. It's just a matter of configuring it properly, he said. And how long before we might see something like this in the marketplace? "Five to ten years."
Valone also conjectures that Zero Point Energy could be the contributing energy source in all-magnet motors -- another technology modern physics generally says is "impossible."
Link which contains digital footage: pesn.com