Feasibility Study of Zero-Point Energy Extraction from the Quantum Vacuum
Date: Saturday, June 05, 2004 @ 21:21:41 GMT
Topic: Science


From the Intergrity Research Institute (http://users.erols.com/iri/): "Feasibility Study of Zero-Point Energy Extraction from the Quantum Vacuum for the Performance of Useful Work" (180-page Word document 3 MB) authored by Dr. Thomas Valone has now been released by IRI. Online version is free. HTML version will be posted next.

Here is the PREFACE:

Today this country faces a destabilizing dependency on irreplaceable fossil fuels which are also rapidly dwindling. As shortages of oil and natural gas occur with more frequency, the “New Energy Crisis” is now heralded in the news media. However, an alternate source of energy that can replace fossil fuels has not been reliably demonstrated. A real need exists for a portable source of power that can compete with fossil fuel and its energy density. A further need exists on land, in the air, and in space, for a fuelless source of power which, by definition, does not require re-fueling. The future freedom, and quite possibly the future survival, of mankind depend on the utilization of such a source of energy, if it exists.

However, ubiquitous zero-point energy is known to exist. Yet, none of the world’s physicists or engineers are participating in any national or international energy development project beyond nuclear power. It is painfully obvious that zero-point energy does not appear to most scientists as the robust source of energy worth developing. Therefore, an aim of this study is to provide a clear understanding of the basic principles of the only known candidate for a limitless, fuelless source of power: zero-point energy. Another purpose is to look at the feasibility of various energy conversion methods that are realistically available to modern engineering, including emerging nanotechnology, for the possible use of zero-point energy.

To accomplish these proposed aims, a review of the literature is provided, which focuses on the major, scientific discoveries about the properties of zero-point energy and the quantum vacuum. Central to this approach is the discerning interpretation of primarily physics publications in the light of mechanical, nuclear, thermal, electronic and electrical engineering techniques. Applying an engineering analysis to the zero-point energy literature places more emphasis the practical potential for its energy conversion, especially in view of recent advances in nanotechnology.

With primary reference to the works of H. B. G. Casimir, Fabrizio Pinto, Frank Mead and Peter Milonni, key principles for the proposed extraction of energy for useful work are identified and analyzed. These principles fall into the thermodynamic, fluidic, mechanical, and electromagnetic areas of primary, forcelike quantities that apply to all energy systems. A search of zero-point energy literature reveals that these principles also apply to the quantum level. The most feasible modalities for the conversion of zero-point energy into useful work, such as the fluctuation-driven transport of an electron ratchet, the quantum Brownian nonthermal rectifiers, and the Photo-Carnot engine are also explored in more detail. Specific suggestions for further research in this area conclude this study with a section devoted to summary, conclusions and recommendations.
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