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You are here: > Events > Conferences > 2004 > ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference > Tom Valone on ZPE

Tom Valone, PhD, Speaks on Zero-point Energy Extraction from the Quantum Vacuum

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. Cullen, Sterling D. Allan, Susan Carter
Pure Energy Systems

Tom Valone
Thomas Valone

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, and 4004210 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 molecular level.

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

  • U.S. 3,890,161, a chip which absorbs heat directly while producing electrical power

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Page posted by SDA Aug. 13, 2004
Last updated December 24, 2014





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