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"Free Energy" Sterling Quotient

Determining the SQ of a device, which takes into account its costs compared to its efficiency in tapping an inexhaustible energy source.

    Free energy does not mean perpetual motion.  By 'free energy,' we refer to energy systems that tap into inexhaustible, ubiquitous, and clean sources of energy generation, such as solar, wind, tide, and geothermal, but also non-conventional avenues such as zero point energy, radiant energy, cold fusion, and magnet motors.  Extracting power from the vast sea of energy that surrounds us is no more perpetual motion than a photovoltaic cell.  It does not violate the second law of thermodynamics.  It is a conversion of energy from one form into another form that is usable -- not the creation of energy out of nothing.

We encourage people to present their information via a standard term of comparison, such as is found in the labeling of food. Thus can over-rated technologies come down from their undeserved perks, and the under-rated technologies can take their rightful place.

Devices that are sometimes billed "free energy machines" or machines are anything but free.  We need to itemize the actual costs of all forms of energy and provide consumers, from individual users to municipalities, with the whole tallies so that they can make informed choices about the energy devices they decide to support.

Free Energy Devices are Not Free
The devices cost money to invent, prototype, manufacture, distribute, sell, install and maintain.  The "free" part is the source of energy, which is readily available without cost, including being renewable so it is not exacting long-term detriment to the environment.

Sterling Energy Quotient (proposed)
A relevant question needs to be asked with each proposed device, and that is, "what is the Energy Quotient?"  In other words, how much does it cost to produce one kW of energy output?  ("HP" output would be more applicable to some devices.  A thrust output would be a third category requiring an Energy Quotient rating.)  All of the costs need to be calculated into the equation, and then compared with other energy devices for a fair comparison to be made.  I have proposed the name: "Sterling Energy Quotient" and will coordinate the establishment of standard procedures for determining. the SQ of a device.

Consumer Information
Just as food products display nutritional information, the consumer documentation for all energy devices should provide this kind of information, prior to purchase or investment (to the best modeled estimates available if actual data is yet insufficient). 

Such a listing would include:

  • "Life cycle" costs (manufacture*, warehousing, transport, installation, maintenance, disposal)
    *should prorate the assembly plant erection costs
  • Yearly maintenance costs.
  • Environmental pollutants included in the device.
  • Health or other physical dangers of the device.
  • Provide a final "cents per kW for 6 years" kind of measure.

Examples of Free Energy Device Genres
Wind, solar, geothermal, cold fusion, hydro, wave energy, zero point energy, radiant energy, waste-to-energy.

New Science
Some of those "free energy" sources are not readily understood or fully developed, and may seem hard to believe; but if an inventor is able to tap into an energy source that is "free," more power to him/her (pun intended).

Vapaire Unit -- Extracts Water from AirAnalogy
Here's an analogy to something most people today understand, but which a less educated person would not understand and would consider "magic."

Take at look at Vapaire.com  There you will see a unit that extracts water from air. You and I understand that this is done through water vapor condensation on coils of low temperature, cycling to warm. It isn't magic at all, yet sure enough, water is being extracted out of air.

Conservation of Energy Maintained
Likewise, these "free energy" machines are no more "magic," for they are only converting energy from an unseen yet real force. Though we might not fully understand what that is, it is nonetheless there. No "conservation of energy" maxims are being violated.

New Physics Discovered
Often, however, a new set of rules of physics are being discovered in the process.

Sterling D. Allan
May 14, 2002
updated April 19, 2005

See also

  • Energy Efficiency - Directory page by John Coviello to addresses the general principle of device efficiency in determining the value and practicality of any particular proposed solution. (PESWiki; April 16, 2005)
  • Assessing the Life Cycle of Wind Turbine Production - Denmark team determines a 6.8-month "payback" time, taking into consideration the production costs, transport and erection costs, operating and maintenance costs, disposal costs. (Renewable Energy Access; April 19, 2005)
  • Answering Karn: Why Chase Free Energy - Open letter to Phil and all the other establishment scientists who balk at "free energy." (PESN; Dec. 12, 2004)
  • Alternative Utilities - index of Tesla and other free energy related devices, resources, directories, symposia, essays, etc.
Page posted by Sterling D. Allan May 14, 2002
Last updated August 08, 2008
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