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Free Energy and Over-Unity: Why They Are Scams

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Free Energy and Over-Unity: Why They Are Scams
The development of new energy technology has been an important driver of the advancement of civilization. From the use of muscle (human and animals) to windmills and watermills to fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) to nuclear and solar, every advance in generating energy has improved the human condition.

However, as civilization progresses, more energy is needed to maintain that progress. The cheaper and more environmentally safe the energy generation technology, the better. Research projects, from the Lockheed Martin fusion reactor program, to efforts to develop more efficient solar panels, are proceeding apace.

Then, sadly, there are the scammers.

You’ll see from time to time on the Internet ads for devices that generate “free energy” (1) that is to say, they create more energy than it takes to run the device. The Amasci site (2) defines such devices as:

–> “A device which collects energy from a source that’s not recognized by contemporary science.
–> “Another name for ‘perpetual motion machine.’
–> “A device that collects energy at zero cost.”

The first definition might describe any technology that is not well understood, say the idea of a nuclear reactor 100 years ago. But the real free energy scams have to do with devices that are supposed to output more energy than is inputted. The problem with such devices is that they violate known physical laws, particularly the law of the conservation of energy.

Energy Scams

Stanford has a good rundown (3) on how the law of the conservation of energy works. In a nutshell, it states that the amount of energy in the universe is a constant. It cannot be created or destroyed, but rather changed from one form to another.

For example, a bag of coal or a tank of natural gas contains energy in a chemical form. When the coal or natural gas is burned, it changes that chemical energy into heat. When the heat is applied to water or some other fluid to turn a generator, the energy is turned into kinetic energy and then into electrical energy.

Solar energy involves transforming the energy of sunlight directly to electricity. Nuclear power uses the heat of nuclear fission to turn a generator in a manner similar to that used by fossil fuels. Wind power takes the energy of wind to turn a windmill that then runs a generator to create electricity.

Hence, free energy machines, which create energy out of nothing or create more energy than is put into them, are impossible. Energy has to have a source.

One can spot one of these scams fairly easily. The scammer will use a lot of scientifically impressive words to describe his machine like “quantum” and “zero point energy.” The one thing that he will not provide is proof.

The Revolution-Green site notes (4) that the scammers do not offer proof but invite skeptics to prove that their devices do not work. Besides just citing the law of the conservation of energy, disproving that a free energy device works, without having the device tested in a lab, is impossible.

Lack of Scientific Understanding

If the free energy generator has not been tested by a number of other groups, disinterested in whether it works or not, with the claimed results replicated, then it is a scam or, at least, a product of someone who doesn’t understand science.

An example of how replication works concerns the claims of cold fusion that arose in the late 1980s. The problem is that no one else could replicate the claimed results. Cold fusion was duly labeled pseudoscience and is not taken seriously by the scientific community.

If a device such as a free energy generator violates known physical laws, has not a ready explanation of how it works, and has not been replicated, them likely it is either a scam or a fantasy. Stay away from such devices and the people who claim to have created them.

References & Image Credits:
(1) TSW: Three Examples of Free Energy Scams
(3) Stanford
(4) Revolution Green

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  • Leo Freeman

    The Universe seems to be expanding everywhere, pushing the galaxies apart at an accelerating rate. Maybe the amount of energy in the Universe is not constant after all, but constantly changing (higher or lower, who knows?)

  • Gerrit

    Huw Price is Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy and a Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge

    The cold fusion horizon – Is cold fusion truly impossible, or is it just that no respectable scientist can risk their reputation working on it? by Huw Price

    Mark Whittington should read that essay.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    People that truly don’t understand free energy and write articles about it always crack me up.

  • DrScope

    You just quote something scientifically true that the universe is expanding and than you say some crap that amount of energy might not be constant… You’re an idiot.

  • DrScope

    People that have 0 knowledge in electronics or anything scientific for that matter and fall for free energy crap always crack me up… Ah, like you…..

  • Leo Freeman

    We just don’t know enough about the Universe to really say whether energy or charge is conserved or lost over time. We crackpot idiots must be onto something, though; something that _someone_ wants to keep under wraps. Do you work for this secrecy apparatus, trying to hose down discussion on this topic? I see this all over the Physics forums whenever they debate things like UFOs, faster than light travel, scalar waves, Zero point energy etc. There is always a DrScope who tries to ridicule and de-rail the discussion.

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