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You are here: > News > April 2, 2011

Noble Gas Engine Ready for Production Investment

PlasmERG Inc., which has demonstrated a noble gas plasma expansion motor that can provide clean, cheap, and reliable power; is gearing up for commercial production, pending patent approval and adequate financing.

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On March 22, the day before my interview on Coast to Coast AM, I did an interview with John Rohner, Ph.D., developer of the PlasmERG noble gas engine, to get an update on where they are at in their progress toward having commercially-ready devices for available for sale.

I’ve had them listed in our Top 5 Exotic Free Energy Technologies page. After my interview with John, I bumped PlasmERG up to the top of the list.

In the interview, John briefly described how the process works, and he gave a history of the technology development since Joseph Papp.

This is an engine that runs on inert, noble gas, though a plasma process, consuming a miniscule amount of fuel in what may actually turn out to be a safe nuclear reaction. Less than a dollar’s worth of fuel in a canister would keep an engine running for three months before needing to be replaced. An engine like this sitting in place of many batteries in an electric vehicle could keep the batteries topped off, giving the vehicle three years of run time of average use with one canister.

The fuel canister is about the size of a paintball gun: 4 inches long by 1.5 inches in diameter. You just screw it into place. Because the gasses are non-combustible, the refill canisters could be sold at regular retail outlets or mailed with no problems or permitting required. There are multiple combinations of gases that will work in the engine. As time goes on they may find even more optimal mixtures. 

Because the noble gas engine only has 6 moving parts, its manufacture is expected to be three times cheaper than the engine of comparable output that it will replace. We're talking two pistons and two rods, a crankshaft, and an alternator. One of their engines with 1000 cubic centimeters of displacement (two cylinders of 500cc) would produce four times the horsepower of the same sized internal combustion motor, but would only cost approximately two hundred and fifty dollars to five hundred dollars to build. The same I.C.E would cost a couple thousand dollars, have more parts that could fail, and would require much more maintenance. 

In addition to being very powerful, composed of few moving parts, and using very little fuel; the technology has additional benefits as well. One of these benefits is that the engine does not heat up as long as long as it is kept below 3000 RPM. This means there would be no need for a cooling system as in internal combustion engines. Also, the technology is scalable. It could be used to produce very large or small motors. One application will be to replace the large diesel engines in trains. Yet another benefit is that it does not rely on having oxygen to mix with fuel. This would allow it to be used in space or under water or under ground. 

They key to the operation is in the electronics that control the process. If I understand correctly, the gas is squeezed by an electromagnetic coil which pushes them toward a focal point where they are "jiggled" by a radio frequency, which creates an ionized form of the gas. A super-high voltage charge creates a plasma state in which the gases go through a transition during a temperature of 4000 times the surface of the sun that is achieved for a picosecond (billionth of a second); and this may involve a fusion process, intermingled with a chaotic fission process in which atoms come together then go apart again. A couple of atoms are fused each cycle.

The exact mechanisms involved are theoretical at this point, and can be studied by academia for years to come; but the bottom line is that when these inert gases are subjected to this combination of electromagnetic stimulations, they create an expansive force which pushes on the piston on the way down, then pulls back (but not with as much force) on the way back up. And no detectable radiation is measured in the process, though theoretically there may be some showing up for extremely short durations each cycle. Additionally, it is important to note that no radioactive materials are put into the engine and no nuclear waste is produced. 

The whole process is controlled in a precise manner by the electronics. John said that if an accident occurred, there is no chance of explosion or run-away. It would just stop working. This is because if the control electronics are damaged the high voltage pulse that creates the powerful “spark” that sets the reaction off will not fire. 

They apparently have had a number of working prototypes over the years, and so far have accumulated a total of nine months of run time. Previously, they had estimated that wear and tear would require one of their engines to be rebuilt after three years of constant operation. When examining engines that have been running for extended periods they found wear and tear to be much less than expected. This could mean that these engines could have a lifespan of more than three and a half years. Due to the fact development has only been going on for approximately a year with additional efforts it is almost a certainty there will be improvements that extend the lifespan of these engines.

The company has to closely guard their prototype until they get their patent. They certainly will not be doing public demos until then.

While continued improvements are expected, John is confident that the design they have now is ready to go into production. They have casts made for the engine components, so with proper funding production could start immediately. He estimates that the cost of a production plant would only be around five hundred to seven hundred thousand dollars. This is reduced from an earlier estimate of over one and a half million dollars. The reason for the reduction is that due to the difficult economic situation our nation is experiencing, buildings that could be used to house a manufacturing plant are available at very low cost.

One of the things that is holding him back is that they don't yet have their patent awarded. They had expected to have it last November, but some last minute changes made to the patent apparently pushed back the date. They expect it to come through in June or July. An additional challenge is that the patent office is extremely busy due to a huge workload and an anorexic budget. 

PlasmERG has also had a challenge getting funding that is consistent with their intentions for helping the planet, and not just focused on greed. They are presently considering selling 51% of the company. However, the investor must meet two conditions. First the investor must have the ability to take the engine into manufacture. Secondly, the investor must be able to have the financial management skills to handle the marketing and licensing of the technology. 

Meanwhile, they're anticipating four types of licenses. One would be for an OEM selling of completed units. Another would be a manufacturing license. A third type of license would be for a manufacturer who would like to co-develop the technology, helping with the research and development and the scaling to the various applications. A fourth license type would be purely academic for the testing, modeling, theorizing, characterizing, and improving the technology. This fourth type of license would require all results from testing to be disclosed to the company and allow them first rights to any improvements developed.

John has some university groups lined up to do the later. PlasmERG has not had the funds yet to do third party testing, but hopes to have this taken care of by the third quarter of this year. One issue that may be hindering third party testing is that until the patent is granted, they have to be extremely careful about who they allow to see their engines. Currently, only those working on a day to day basis on the motors are allowed access to them.

The situation is clear. We have a proven-to-work, economically advantageous, ecologically friendly, and safe technology that is ready to go to the market. It holds the potential to completely change how we produce energy. The only thing stopping this technology from jump starting a new industrial revolution is a lack of funding. To be blunt, this is disgraceful.

A million dollars or less to start manufacturing is cheap considering the huge potential of this technology. Many people spend more than this on a single home. The fact that hundreds of investors are not lining up to take advantage of this opportunity is staggering. The first individual or company that does step forward has the potential to reap a huge return on investment, while at the same time kick starting a technological revolution that could make this world a better place.

This is a technology that deserves our support. It could end the energy crisis, reduce the need for fossil fuels, reduce CO2 emissions, and bring the world out of the current economic depression. All it will take is for one person or group with courage and vision to step forward with the funding. Could you be that person? Do you know someone that might be that person? Let's spread the word about this technology so that it can obtain the funding it needs. 

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This story is also published at BeforeItsNews.

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Page composed by Sterling D. Allan April 2, 2010
Last updated September 04, 2012




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