Magnetism & the search for unlimited energy
The holders of this patent for the Motionless Electromagnetic Generator, or MEG, believe that “Under the right circumstances, a permanent magnet can be induced to fire a force hundreds of times its base magnetic strength,” a phenomenon “which can lead to a permanent self-powering magnetic motor.”
It has been proven that the vacuum all around us contains massive amounts of energy. In 1957, T.D. Lee and C.S. Wu were awarded the Nobel prize in physics for their work on “broken symmetry” and substantiating the process of extracting energy from the vacuum (EFTV). While the issues are incredibly complex - involving laws of thermodynamics, Quaternion algebra, and scalar potentials - the underlying question is this:
"When a permanent magnet performs work, does it exhaust its own limited energy supply or does it extract energy from the seemingly infinite vacuum?"
In other words, consider a permanent magnet that has the power to lift 10 pounds, but not an once more. If this magnet is currently holding a 10 lb. piece of steel 100 feet above the ground, will it be able to do so forever? Is this considered work?
If in fact a permanent magnet has its own limited energy supply, it is likely that Patent No. 6,362,718 B1 will simply waste away. On the other hand, if a magnet (or any dipole) is actually a tool for extracting energy from the vacuum, the renewable energy paradigm will have truly shifted.
Virtually all trained physicists and electrical engineers will claim that a permanent self-powering magnetic motor violates the second law of thermodynamics. The explanation by Tom Bearden, Ph.D. and his team of MEG inventors - that the field of electrodynamics is still developing - is akin to Galileo’s claim that the teaching that the sun revolves around the earth resulted from a limited understanding. Dr. Bearden has published a 600-page book, Energy from the Vacuum: Concepts & Principles, and has produced a number of DVDs, which provide substantial detail to support his position.
Unfortunately, the MEG still requires engineering development, not to mention funding, so the jury is still out. Dr. Bearden has suggested that the federal government implement a Manhattan Project-style program to complete the development of the EFTV technology. Considering the potential benefits from this technology (including the creation of an entirely new industry), his recommendation seems worthy of consideration.
What are your thoughts about the potential of this technology? Should the federal government consider funding research and development?