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You are here: > News > March 3, 2010

PlasmERG among EE Times' ACE Award finalists

PlasmERG Inc, who is developing a noble gas plasma expansion motor providing clean, cheap, and reliable power has been selected as a top five finalist among the "Most Promising Renewable Energy Technologies" category for EE Times' prestigious Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards.

UPDATE Apr. 15, 2010: PlasmERG was disqualified from the contest due to John Rohner's brother and company nemesis, Bob Rohner, claiming that they do not have clear intellectual rights to the technology -- a claim that John said he can refute point by point.

Image from EE Times' ACE Award home page, showing last year's trophy.
FAQ: Have you seen this PlasmERG noble gas motor in operation?
Answer: Not yet.


by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
Copyright © 2010

PlasmERG Inc.
, who is developing a noble gas plasma expansion motor that could revolutionize the renewable energy industry with clean, cheap, and reliable power has been selected as a top five finalist among the "Most Promising Renewable Energy Technologies" category for EE Times' prestigious Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards, with media sponsorship by IEEE Spectrum.

Regarding the Renewable Energy award category, the EE Times ACE Award website states:

"There are plenty of ideas out there and venture capital chasing new ideas. This award will go to the company that is closest to deploying renewable energy sources that offer the quickest return on investment and lower carbon footprint."

Rohner's Plasmic Transition Process Engine

The noble gas engine by PlasmERG, Inc, with just five moving parts, would allegedly cost 1/3 what a regular engine of comparable output would cost. Meanwhile, its fuel cost is negligible – we're talking ten dollars a month for a home power generator. The motor is kind of like a Stirling engine – a sealed system – except that the expanding component is internal, and comes by way of a plasma form of inert, noble gasses, which are not consumed in the process, and which are environmentally benign anyway.

According to the company website, the most important component in the system is the electronic control system (ECS) that makes it all work, hence qualifying it as a technology of note for this electronics award by EE Times. Without this flexible controller the general motor design, coming up with the proper noble gas mixtures, and the gas processor to make the fuel would be for nothing. This ECS is a multiple microprocessor, embedded system design with the processor sharing functions in real time based on engine and speed requirements, covered in the PlasmERG patent.

PlasmERG circuit board. (more)

Brief History of the Papp Engine

Known as the Rohner "Plasmic Transition Process" Engine, it is an improvement of the Papp engine – a technology with a deep legend base that has stirred the imagination of many.  Joseph Papp was a Hungarian inventor who moved to Los Angeles where he built and patented (now expired) the first noble gas engine starting in 1967.  In 1968 an engine exploded during a public demonstration, killing one bystander, which set the company back.  In 1983 a version developed by two Rohner brothers was run and certified. 

John Rohner, who got involved in the Papp technology in 1981, has rediscovered the process and been able to resurrect and improve Papp's old technology. PlasmERG has a patent filed and is close to obtaining this patent on extensions and other improvements to the older Papp International patents, now void. PlasmERG, where John Rohner sits as the Chief Technology Officer, is presently working on building beta test units as well as preparing for licensing the technology to other manufacturers and production jointly with companies in Canada and China, and soon with many others as well.

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From left to right: John Rohner and his wife, Connie; Chad, the mayor of West Liberty and company attorney; Don from China; Shaun from the US.
Rohner writes: "This picture was taken at the test shop in Wellman, IA, where we are working.  This was taken last week as we started to do the final fittings to get things running and tested. In the foreground is a 23KW Generator, left, attached to a one liter Chinese Co developers engine, and then the test set Big Black 5kw starter.  On the far right, lower, is the new 'plastic' piston, as we call it. Made from a new material light as magnesium, strong as steel, yet can be precision formed like a standard plastic. This motor uses super sized main and conrod shafts and bearings designed to handle 3 times the expected loads. The flywheels are a part of the Crank as is the timing teeth for compact design. The head electronics and accessories is not on yet.  The starter was just set there for pix.  It does bolt down."

Motor Applications

Rohner states on the company website:

"We are working with other companies to create a car that will NOT have a big ugly eco unfriendly battery, will NOT need to be plugged in after 60 miles, WILL go at least 80 MPH safely, will continue to run continuous for nearly a year without a refill, and is whisper quiet."

That is just one application.  There are a myriad of others including clean, affordable base load power for a home or neighborhood, business, or city. 

"The uses for this motor range from ships, planes, water pumps, generators, cars and over 129 other uses -- all without any degradation to the environment."

The company is entertaining licensing inquiries for companies wishing to help develop the technology for the many applications imaginable.  Their policy toward licensing is: "We will take a letter of intent and inform you when it is available, but we will not require money until we are sure that with our technology you will succeed."

A PlasmERG motor built by the Chinese group involved.

Getting Recognition

We've been covering PlasmERG Inc in our news regularly in the past two years.  I included them in my "Top Ten Exotic Free Energy Technologies presentation in January, deeming them to have one of the most promising technologies I've encountered.  It is welcome news indeed that they have now reached this level of recognition by EE Times to be included as a finalist in their prestigious awards ceremony, signaling that the noble gas engine technology is on the beginning steps away from "exotic" and is merging into the "mainstream".

Rohner, who I'm honored to call a friend and supporter of PES Network, Inc., is pleased with the latest recognition, saying that even making it as a finalist "itself is a big deal, considering the entries from companies like National Semiconductor, HP, GE and the like."

"This will put us into a category where companies will know who we are when we ask info, and some will contact us making forward progress even easier."

Awards Ceremony

The winners of the several categories will be announced on the evening of April 27 (two days after Rohner's birthday) at the EE Times ACE Awards Event as part of the ESC Silicon Valley conference and expo. (Register)  Keynote speakers scheduled for that four-day event include Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist; Richard Templeton, CEO of Texas Instruments; and Jason Wolf, VP of North American Better Place.

About EE Times and the ACE Award

EE Times (Electronic Engineering Times) is an electronics industry newspaper published in the USA, which for more than thirty years has been the electronics industry newspaper of record for design and development engineers and technical managers. EE Times employs a total of 30 editors, with a readership of 141,100 persons employed in engineering and technical industries the largest Electronics circulation in North America . (Ref.)

The EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards "celebrate the creators of technology who demonstrate leadership and innovation in the global industry and shape the world we live in."

"Now entering the sixth year of the program, the EE Times ACE Awards are the fastest-growing electronics industry recognition event honoring the people and companies behind the technologies that are changing the way we work, live and play. In the first five years, the editors of EE Times received nearly 2,500 submissions for consideration in seven categories."

About IEEE Spectrum

The award's media sponsor is IEEE Spectrum  magazine, the flagship publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest professional technology association. IEEE Spectrum is read by over 385,000 technology professionals and senior executives worldwide in the high technology sectors of industry, government, and academia. Subscribers include engineering managers and corporate and financial executives. Deans and provosts at every major engineering university and college throughout the world are also IEEE Spectrum readers.

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Page composed by Sterling D. Allan Feb. 4, 2010
Last updated June 17, 2011


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