By Hank Mills
Pure Energy Systems News
Over the course of multiple decades, Joseph Papp attempted to bring his Noble Gas Engine to the market place. A combination of extreme skepticism by outsiders, Papp's overly paranoid personality, legal battles, and a tragic accident during an important demonstration, prevented it from being utilized for the benefit of mankind. You can read about the history of the Papp engine in a previous featured article titled, "From Papp to PlasmERG: The Convoluted History of the Noble Gas Engine." Now many years later, a company named PlasmERG (along with a sister company called Inteligentry who holds its intellectual property) is developing an improved and more advanced version of the technology. Despite the skepticism about the company's claims from potential competitors and other parties, as well as being called out for exaggerated claims about the extent of working prototype status, Inteligentry and PlasmERG are moving forward with their plans to introduce the technology to the world.
As a clarification for many of those who have been following this story, John Rohner now claims that Inteligentry (PlasmERG's sister company) has taken the lead in developing and pushing out the this technology. Inteligentry is headed by John Rohner. This can be a bit confusing, because of PlasmERG being the company developing and pushing this technology for so long. Personally, I also find the name Inteligentry a bit unclear, because it does not have anything to do with the technology. The "Plasm" part of the name "PlasmERG" at least resembles the term, "plasma." To prevent confusion, I wish they would have just stuck with the name PlasmERG, or allowed PlasmERG to take the lead. By switching from PlasmERG to Inteligentry, I think they are only going to confuse people.
Overview of the Technology
For those who are not familiar with this technology, a PlasmERG engine in some ways is similar to a conventional engine. Like the engine currently in your car, a PlasmERG engine has a cylinder, a piston, a crank shaft, and a head that contains electrodes. However, one big difference is that a PlasmERG engine does not utilize fossil fuels. Instead, it utilizes small amounts of gases that can either be Noble Gases, or other types of gases (such as hydrogen). Also, instead of these gases being burned in a traditional sense, a "plasmic transition process" takes place when they are exposed to radio frequency stimulation, and a high voltage "ball lightning". During this process, the gases in the cylinder expand, and push the piston. Also, external windings produce a magnetic field that interacts with the internal gases to control the shape of the "virtual cylinder" of expanding or contracting gas. When the high voltage and radio frequencies are turned off, the gases contract, and pulls the piston. This movement of the piston can be converted into torque to produce mechanical power, or used to turn a generator to produce electricity. Another big difference is that fuel is not continually injected into the piston, with exhaust exiting; but the piston is sealed off, to use the same environment for an extended period of time, such as many months. [See "how it works"]
By not burning conventional fossil fuels, a PlasmERG engine would not need a gasoline tank, oil pan, fuel filter, or many of the other components a typical engine needs. This would make producing a PlasmERG engine far cheaper than a conventional engine (once mass manufacturing begins). There would also be far fewer parts to break down, which would increase the reliability of the engine. Even more impressively, it would not require oxygen to operate. This means it would run in space (vacuum), or underwater. The engine also operates very quietly. It is said that blindfolded, it would be difficult to track down an engine in a room, if it was placed in a wooden box.
Most importantly, a PlasmERG engine only utilizes tiny amounts of fuel over an extend period of time. Perhaps only a few dollars worth of these gases could fuel an engine for many months, or even longer. The maximum lifespan of these gases are not known, because they are not "burnt" or "consumed" in a conventional sense. Also, the technology is safe, in that no radiation or pollution is emitted by the process. Engines utilizing this technology could replace traditional internal combustion engines, actuators, and electric motors. For example, like electric motors, they have a "flat" torque curve, in that all the torque is produced immediately -- unlike an internal combustion engine. Even better, one of these engines replacing an electric motor would not need a source of electricity from the grid to operate. Like in today's vehicles, an alternator can produce enough electricity to keep a battery charged, that can then be used to power the electrical components of the PlasmERG engine -- that are said to only consume a couple hundred watts of electricity. This is nothing, compared to the hundreds of horsepower these engines are claimed to be capable of producing.
Updates on PlasmERG's Progress
PESN has provided extensive coverage of PlasmERG and Inteligentry in the past. Our coverage led to multiple parties contacting us, and providing their opinion about the company and John Rohner, the founder of PlasmERG. Many of the individuals who contacted PESN were extremely skeptical of the claims that have been made about the technology. A few were even more cynical, and tried to convince us that PlasmERG had never built a running engine. They were doubtful a running engine had ever been constructed and successfully tested, despite the claims John Rohner had made in the past. Yet the opinion of others about PlasmERG were cautiously supportive. Perhaps the most perplexing contacts were those from multiple individuals who shared their own theory of how they believed (completely and wholeheartedly) the technology works.
Obviously, there are lots of opinions, theories, and feelings (positive and negative) floating around about PlasmERG, and the technology the company is developing. It is difficult to sort out everyone's true motivations, because it is a fact that Rohner has competitors (such as his brother) that continually attack him, and try to discredit the work he has done. I think the good news is that according to John Rohner, presently, progress is being made towards the construction of eight engines. The successful testing of these engines -- once John Rohner is ready to share the results -- should go a long way towards confirming the exciting claims that the company has made in the past. It might be a while (perhaps a few months) before a public demonstration of these engines takes place. PlasmERG wants to have inventory sitting on the shelves of a warehouse before a public demonstration is held.
The unwillingness to perform a demonstration of the technology immediately after the successful completion of these engines fits with PlasmERG current policy of secrecy. Rohner hopes to stay "off the radar" while these engines are being constructed, assembled, and tested. He is going so far as to not confirm or deny any of his previous statements about running engines. It also seems he does not mind if some of his antagonists are going around the internet, and saying that he has never built a working engine. This keeps public attention off of PlasmERG. Too much attention from the media or the public would only distract them from the work they are doing.
John Rohner sent us a couple emails with some updates, and he also answered several questions we sent in response. The following are several bits of new information he does not mind us sharing.
First, PlasmERG has obtained the funding they need to continue their work. At least a portion of the funding is probably coming from the sale of licenses to those who want to manufacture the engines, and from those who want to sell them to the public. Rohner indicates they have sold many such licenses. According to him, they may end up selling all available licenses very soon.
Secondly, according to the most recent email from Rohner, they are obtaining parts and are preparing to build five initial engines, which will all be training engines.
In a previous email he claimed that eight engines would be built. According to that email, two of them would have been test engines. These engines will be used to test fuel efficiency, power production, and verify refueling systems. One additional engine will be used to test the control electronics. The remaining engines will be used by engineers for additional testing, and by manufacturers to base their mass produced units on. In the recent email, Rohner wrote:
These are to be used as "training" engines. Engineers in our classes will cather the parts, build and debug their engine. Once running they will know not only the "Why" it runs but have the experience of knowing "How" it runs. That should make their task of creating new products and engines easier. These 5 are also the "proofs" for producability and also for production as ongoing "teaching" engines as we expect to go thru 15 of them a week in training.Third, the first engines will be "lite" engines, because they will be limited to approximately 200HP. Of course, this is a huge amount of output for an engine with a displacement of about one liter of volume (in each cylinder). When these units are mass produced, manufacturers will be able to increase the strength of certain components (such as bearings and shafts) to allow for higher levels of power output.
Finally, they plan on inviting Sterling Allan for a visit to see a running engine. A couple months later, he will be allowed to report on it when PlasmERG, "goes public." I am assuming this means when licensed manufacturers have stock built up and when PlasmERG is ready to perform a public demonstration. According to the time table that Rohner is indicating, all of the above should be taking place in the fairly near term. My best understanding is that PlasmERG hopes to "go public" in a few months with the first engines assembled and tested before then.
PlasmERG Website Updates
If you go to the PlasmERG or Inteligentry website you can see that Rohner has posted pictures and 3D renderings of several components that have been made for the first eight engines. Interestingly, it is revealed that they are actually using a few Harley Davidson "Sportster" components, for the crankshaft and cone of the "lower end" of the engine.
On the same page, you will also see the windings that go around the cylinder, 3D printed molds, aluminum castings, and various other components. Apparently, they do not yet have all the components they need for the first eight engines, but they are in the process of being manufactured.
Encouragingly, all the parts are said to be "made in the USA." I find this to be refreshing, because we desperately need jobs in this nation. We have lost our manufacturing base, and we need to get it back.
I would rather buy an exotic energy device that is made here in the USA, than one from China!
Addressing the Cynics
The controversy around PlasmERG is something that frustrates me, because it is difficult to determine which parties are being bluntly honest, and which parties are pushing agendas -- perhaps because they are competitors -- or, in the case of Bob Rohner (his brother), simply hates John's guts, due to an extremely long feud. There are billions of dollars to potentially be made with this technology, and obviously there are other entities that want a piece of the action.
Despite the comments that some parties have made, I find it difficult to fathom that Rohner has never built a working engine. Communicating with him, he displays a keen knowledge of his systems, and the engineering issues that he has faced while developing them. Also, the accounts of the challenges he continually faces -- and overcomes -- during the development process seem realistic, and not something made up.
Although I think it is possible he may have exaggerated in the past about his progress, but for him to have never built a working engine would make him into something I cannot imagine him being -- a bold faced liar, and a master con-man. I just do not get that impression from him. He seems convincingly determined to get this technology developed and into the marketplace, to benefit all of mankind. I could be proven wrong about his claims of having built running engines in the past being true, but I doubt it.
It is also obvious that PlasmERG is seriously pushing hard to build the eight engines mentioned previously in this article. They have moved to Nevada, acquired a facility to do their work, and have spent money for custom made parts to be manufactured. To me, this is a positive sign that he is a serious researcher and developer. I also don't know of any other party that is even attempting to build full scale, working engines based on this technology. There may be parties out there with decades old hardware from the Papp era, or systems that can produce single pulses of power, such as what Heinz Klosterman demonstrates. But no one else seems to be building an actual newly designed engine, and prepping for it to enter into the market place. Until someone else comes and tries to do what Rohner is attempting, I think EVERYONE should give him credit for his effort -- regardless what they think he has accomplished with the engine in the past.
Lets Wait a Bit Longer
Delays in the energy field are never fun, and can be very, very frustrating. One reason they can be frustrating is because the world so desperately needs exotic new sources of clean, cheap, and safe energy. During the past year, it's obvious PlasmERG has experienced delays, but it is also clear they are still pushing forward. The delays were not intentional, and not of their own making. Even though we wish it could happen fast, product development (especially when many custom parts are needed) can take time.
I cannot say that I'm 100% convinced of all the claims that John Rohner of PlasmERG has made in the past. There is some amount of doubt in my mind, due to some statements that may have been exaggerations. However, I'm convinced they are working towards building real-world, working engines, and we should be thankful for their efforts.
Someone needs to seriously be pushing to develop Papp's technology. Right now, it seems PlasmERG (Inteligentry) is that company.
The next few months should tell us a lot. Let's try to wait a bit longer, and see what happens.
Once Again in the Top Five
It should also be noted that PlasmERG has been placed once again in the "Top Five Exotic Free Energy Technologies" in position #4. Once we have evidence of working, running engines, their status on the list will improve, probably to #1, even ahead of the E-Cat.