The idea you can power an engine by stimulating mixtures of Noble gases is not a new concept. Joseph Papp built a number of working Noble Gas Engines over the course of a few decades, but did not succeed in bringing the technology to the market place.
Now, John Rohner of PlasmERG and Inteligentry is preparing to accomplish what Papp could not. With all the parts acquired to build running engines, demonstrations seem to be destined to take place -- first private and then public.
[Editors note: We have been informed that although John Rohner founded PlasmERG, he is not actively involved with it any longer. He is now managing Inteligentry, the sister company that is actually preparing to test engines and bring them to the market place.]
In a recent email from John Rohner we have been informed that the engine parts have been assembled, and the test engine is now complete -- minus the electronic control system. You can view the test engine on his website. He states that it has been through preliminary tests to check the seals and gas pressure fill. It is said to be locked and airtight, which is important to make sure the tiny amounts of Noble Gases used do not leak out of the engine. The following is posted on his website about the methods used to seal the engine.
"You will see the unique way the case and cylinder carriers go together to make the seal air tight. There is also a pair of O rings one inside one out to enhance that seal. Same is true for the head as it also has an O ring seal. It should be apparent how the engine is "sealed" to allow it to run in a "helium", not oxygen, environment which negates the effect or corrosive on lubricants as well."
The electronic control system is being installed now, and will be tested the first week of February. The week after that, the coils that are wrapped around the cylinder will be installed, and live fueled engine tests will begin.
According to Rohner, in the near future a manufacturers' symposium is planned for the "unlimited manufacturers" that have invested in the company. The purpose of this meeting will be to verify the 3D drawings, and discuss any issues regarding production of the engine. Five such unlimited manufacturers exist in the United States, and will handle OEM (original equipment manufacturer) sales. They are spread out all across the country, from the west coast to the Gulf of Mexico. Additional manufacturing licenses will be sold as things progress.
In addition, a board meeting is planned for the near future (maybe only a few weeks away), in which a running engine may be demonstrated. PESN is invited to this private board meeting, but we will not be allowed to release the names of who attended. Rohner does not want his investors harassed by hundreds of people trying to contact them. However, it seems like we will be allowed to say if we saw a running engine or not, and hopefully additional details.
If the engine runs and things go as hoped, this technology could be a great solution for the energy crisis. For those who are not aware, the benefits of this technology (once validated) are huge. An engine with one liter of displacement is claimed to produce a couple hundred horsepower, and a couple hundred pounds of torque. While producing this huge amount of mechanical power very little fuel is consumed. A single filling of the cylinder is estimated to last months, with re-fills costing only tens of dollars. Also, the electronic controls of the engine are said to only consume an average of 100 watts. This means the electrical input used to create the ball of lighting in the cylinder, power the coil windings, and emit radio waves into the cylinder consumes almost nothing compared to the output of the engine.
On the ecological side of things, this engine would be one of the greenest technologies possible -- even more so than cold fusion. It releases no pollution into the atmosphere, emits no radiation, and uses no radioactive materials. Unlike Papp who used a radioactive isotope on the electrode inside of the cylinder, Rohner only uses a non-radioactive isotope of Strontium.
Perhaps an overlooked benefit of this technology is its simplicity. Due to the fact it is not consuming fossil fuels, it does not require a fuel filter, gas tank, or fuel injectors. Also, it does not run hot so there is no need for a cooling system. With fewer components there is less to go wrong, the engine can be made very small, its weight can be low, and it can be sold at a cheap price -- perhaps only $500 dollars.
The many uses of this engine boggle the mind. It could totally revolutionize the energy landscape in a number of different ways.
-- It could be connected to an electrical generator to power homes or the grid.
-- It could be put into cars to replace the internal combustion engine.
-- It could replace electric motors, steam engines, and many other devices.
If this technology was broadly proliferated, the cost of energy would drop dramatically. This would allow everyone to save on energy costs, boost industries that are harmed by high energy prices, and allow for new industries to be developed.
Just imagine how the recycling, water desalinization, and transportation industries could benefit from these technologies. Water could be cheaply desalinated and transported anywhere at a very low cost. Instead of filling up landfills, waste could be sent to recycling plants to be sorted through by robots powered by these engines.
Boats, planes, cars, jet packs, and even space craft could use this technology. I find it hard to think of an application that could not use it! In my mind I can visualize cars traveling across the country several times without stopping for a re-fueling, and airplanes circumnavigating the Earth without stopping.
Of course before this technology can do anything for the benefit of mankind it needs to be validated. Let's hope the engine successfully runs in the near future, and is quickly proven to work. There is a significant amount of evidence the Papp engine ran, and I think this one probably will too.
There is bound to be a lot of updates about this engine in the coming months.