"Free Energy" Sterling Quotient
Determining the SQ of a device, which takes into
account its costs compared to its efficiency in tapping an inexhaustible
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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
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
Sterling D. Allan
May 14, 2002
updated April 19, 2005
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D. Allan May 14, 2002
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,
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)
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.
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