Tom Valone, PhD, Speaks on Zero-point Energy Extraction from the Quantum
Addressed the ExtraOrdinary Technology conference in Salt Lake City on
Friday, July 30, 2004, 2:30 pm. Reviews the scientific literature on ZPE
with emphasis on how molecular science is enabling the detection of ZPE.
Review by T.
D. Allan, Susan
Pure Energy Systems
In a talk titled “Feasibility of
Zero-point Energy Extraction from the Quantum Vacuum for Useful Work”, Dr.
Valone reviewed what ZPE is and how it is being used.
To kick off his talk, he cited a recent article (July 25, 2004) in the Los
Angeles Times that stated that our only hope for solving the energy crisis
is to be willing to consider “extreme possibilities.” With that
introduction, he then cited numerous instances in which mainstream journals of
science have been dabbling in a discussion of zero point energy.
He discussed how the vacuum used to be considered empty, but now it has been
shown that the vacuum contains an enormous amount of energy. Even when you
remove all sources of energy and cool a region to very close to absolute zero
(the zero point), there is useable energy present in abundance. He said that
this is why Helium stays liquid at fractions of a degree Kelvin. Dr. Valone
described an experiment by Koltick that shows the effect of virtual particle
"dressing" that shrouds an electron. The Quantum Vacuum
text by Milonni, he says, estimates the ZPE energy density at 220 erg/cc in
optical regions. These measurements were able to be made because of science’s
ability to study matter at the nanoscopic level. He also reported that
gravity and inertia are proven to be effects of ZPE, by none other than Dr. Hal
Puthoff at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin.
Dr. Valone described the Casimir Effect, and how it can be used to tap ZPE. This
is the slight attraction seen in metal plates when placed very close (atomic
distances) to each other. The attraction can be shown to come from ZPE. Valone
cites evidence that the ZPE is not conserved, and does not follow the normal
laws of energy conservation. He also showed documented research that sometimes
the Casimir Force is repulsive due to magnetic or thermal conditions. In some
cases, the force changes sign as the temperature increased. This can lead to
ways to manipulate and control ZPE.
In his presentation, Dr. Valone cited several mainstream
science journals that are now publishing works by ZPE researchers (Some
examples: Phys. Review Letters #92, 2004; Aviation Week March
1 2004; Science v. 299 issue 5608: 2003 p. 862.) He talked about Robert
L. Forward’s early work proposing to extract energy from the Casimir
Effect and how he made an electron storage battery instead. He said that
now that we have the ability to work with nanotechnology, we have the tools to
extract energy from the zero point field.
Valone also discussed toroidal EM fields. He said that a ZPE field loses its
drag when the temperature nears 0ºK, according to Fronig's research. He
also cited references that show that we can now explain how it is possible
to extract useable energy from a single heat source (not from a temperature
difference), which challenges the First Law of Thermodynamics.
Valone also talked about quantum coherence and micro laser cavities. He cited
the works of Pinto (Phys Rev. B 60, 21, 1999 p. 4457) and how he was
able to use a micro laser cavity to change the properties and increase the
Casimir force – like turning on a light and getting a force out. He also spoke
about the fluctuation driven electricity experiments by Crooks (Phys Rev. E.
60, 1999) where he is able to get motion from zero input force. He described
this as like a “quantum ratchet”. The research by Linke in Science
magazine was also cited. Valone described a report in the July 8, 2004 issue of Nature
about how the “Dark Energy” of astronomy is ZPE, and is why
the universe is accelerating. He said that when he
confronted astronomer Reba Goodman about this nomenclature, and that
they are describing Zero Point Energy, so why didn’t they just call it ZPE,
the astronomer replied that they “wanted to keep it vague.”
He said spectral density for ZPE is Plank’s 2nd radiation law, which has
now been also measured in superconducting tunnel diode noise and reported
in a journal article entitled "Has Dark Energy Been Measured in the
Laboratory?" Where superconducting circuits are concerned, it is
interesting to point out that “Perpetual Motion Machines of the Third
Kind,” as he put it, have been achieved with superconducting currents that
won't stop, even after ten years of operating with no further energy input, such
as those used in MRI machines.
Valone listed the following patents as the most significant in ZPE research: “Rectifying
Thermal Electric Noise” by Charles Brown 3890161,
by Yater; and 4704622
by Capasso, which actually acknowledges ZPE. He mentioned that metal-metal
nanodiodes probably hold the key to ZPE usage with millipore sheets.
He also cited the work of Yasamoto, et. Al. (2004, Science, 304:1944)
covering peptide molecular photodiodes just 1 nm across -- another example of a
molecular tool for studying this zero point energy that shows up on the
Dr. Valone’s report makes one realize that experiments tapping ZPE are
now starting to be researched and discussed by the respected scientific
community’s peer-reviewed journals.
Related Works by Tom Valone:
Referenced Patent of note
3,890,161, a chip which absorbs heat directly while producing
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Aug. 13, 2004
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