Vroeger dachten sommigen dat je van hoogspanningslijnen en huishoudelektriciteit kanker krijgt. Er was zelfs een theorie van ene Abraham Liboff (foto) dat bepaalde moleculen in het lichaam konden meetrillen met broodroosters. Na jaren van onderzoek bleek er niets van dat verband tussen huishoudvelden en kanker te kloppen. Ondertussen zijn er tal van rare apparaten ontwikkeld die zogenaamd ziekten kunnen genezen, en die ideeën van Scientology combineren met onzintheorieën. Ze ‘genezen’ met die voorheen enge elektrischedekenvelden. Die heilzame werking wordt ‘verklaard’ door diezelfde Liboff-theorie die eerder vertelde waarom die velden kankerverwekkend waren: de ion cyclotron resonance.
Ion cyclotron resonance was presented in the early 1980s as the biological mechanism responsible for possible carcinogenic effects of 50 or 60 Hz radiation. Electromagnetic radiation of such a frequency is emitted by high-voltage power lines and by devices that take their energy from the power grid. After many years of research, a consensus developed that there are no health effects associated with doses that are normally encountered in daily life. Meanwhile the alternative medicine industry has for many years been making devices that deliberately produce electromagnetic radiation with frequencies in the vicinity of 50 or 60 Hz. Different scientific misconceptions circulate about how such radiation can lead to great health benefits. Ion cyclotron resonance is one of these theories.
Cars need gasoline and a washing machine will stop running the moment you pull the plug. This is because energy can be converted from one form to another, but it cannot be made to magically appear out of nothing. Anyone making claims about an engine running without an energy input is either a swindler or an ignoramus. The ‘Rosch Thrust Kinetic Generator’ is the most recent attempt at hyping up a ‘free energy’ engine. Common sense and a little bit of high school physics are all that is needed to show that here too the Law of Conservation of Energy stands in way.
The device shown left is the Rosch Thrust Kinetic Generator. It is developed and manufactured in Serbia, but the company also has branches in Germany and in Switzerland. Google on Rosch Thrust Kinetic Generator and glossy brochures pop up, promising a bright new future (see for example the site of Zilverstroom).
How does it work? Or rather, how is it supposed to work? The entire device in the illustration above is submerged in a column of water. At the bottom on the left side of the device air bubbles are injected into the water column. These air bubbles are captured in containers. The containers are pushed upwards by the air and the engine’s chain transmission is set in motion. Once a container reaches the top of the water column, it topples and the side with the holes comes up. The injected air then escapes. The upward force only pushes up containers on the left side of the column and this is what keeps the system in motion. Combustion engines will be museum pieces. Windfarms will be mere monuments. Nuclear power will be obsolete.
Sounds too good to be true? That’s because it is. The rub is that it takes energy to pump air bubbles into the water column. The maximum amount of energy that can be extracted as the air bubbles push the containers upward equals exactly the amount of energy it takes to pump the bubbles into the water column.
What Is The Source Of The Energy?
Like everything in the universe, flowing gasses and moving liquids do not escape the Law of Energy Conservation.
As is demonstrated with the next illustration, it requires pressure, and therefore force and energy, to insert an air bubble at the bottom of the water column.
Let the mass of the water column be M. The insertion of the air bubble raises the level of the entire column by a height Δh. The energy that is necessary to do this is E = M × g × Δh, where g is the acceleration of gravity. M×g is the weight of the column of water, i.e. the force with which gravity is pulling it down. The height Δh is the distance that needs to be covered when expending energy to overcome gravity. When the inserted air bubble next moves up, the mass of water above the air bubble gets smaller and smaller. Effectively, the water is falling around the air bubble and that falling again releases the energy that was put into lifting up the entire column. When the air bubble reaches the surface and disappears, the water column is back in its original state. The Rosch Generator shown in the first figure captures the air bubbles in containers. The upward motion caused by the buoyant force is used to generate energy. In the impossible case that the device is completely frictionless and the energy conversion is 100% efficient, only in that case will the device produce exactly the amount of energy that is required to insert the air at the bottom of the column.
You can take a piece of styrofoam and push it down under water. When you next release that piece of styrofoam there, it will come to the surface. Energy can indeed be extracted from that upward motion in a way that is analogous to how a hydroelectric power plant extracts energy from falling water. However, the energy that is extracted from the upward motion of the styrofoam will never be larger than the energy it took to push the styrofoam down. If you don’t push the styrofoam straight down, but instead insert it at the bottom of the water column, you need just as much energy. This is because the water pressure that you have to work against in the insertion is directly proportional to the depth below the water surface. The second figure illustrates this.
Many “free energy” devices are boxes filled with electrical parts where it is hard to figure out what is happening or what is supposed to happen. Claiming that patent applications are still pending, the manufacturers of these devices also commonly refuse to have their devices or designs examined by outsiders. With such secrecy and vagueness it is impossible to have a meaningful discussion. But Rosch is remarkably open and forthright. The concept and the device are refreshingly simple. Because of this, we can also be short and concise when showing that it is all a mistake.
Quarter Of A Million Households
On the internet you’ll find stories about producing 100 megawatts (one hundred million watts!!!) and about how a power plant with a capacity like that can be commissioned. Apparently over at Rosch’s they think big. One hundred megawatts is roughly the at-home electrical power consumption of a quarter of a million West-European households all together. We are talking about powering a city here!
There are also smaller models for domestic use. These can be ordered in Germany from the “Verein Gaia” . The figure left is a photograph of such a model.
On the website of the Dutch “free energy” association FE4All (Free Energy for All) there is an almost touching description of how four members actually traveled to Germany to inspect this smaller device. But in the end frugality won the day as the quartet agreed that 15,000 euros (US$16,500) was a little too steep. Apparently even Holland’s most revolutionary innovators have to sometimes watch the pennies! But according to their website FE4All is seriously considering buying a Dutch license for the technology. Really … a license like that would be worth no more than the paper that it is printed on.
Auto’s moeten benzine tanken en een wasmachine houdt op met draaien als je de stekker uit het stopcontact trekt. Dit is allemaal omdat je energie wel van de ene in de andere vorm kunt omzetten, maar niet uit het niets tevoorschijn kunt toveren. Wanneer iemand claimt een motor te kunnen laten draaien zonder energietoevoer, dan is er sprake van zwendel of van een vergissing. Rosch Thrust Kinetic Generator is de naam van de nieuwste vrije energiehype. Een kleine dosis gezond verstand en wat elementaire middelbareschoolnatuurkunde volstaan om tot de conclusie te komen dat ook hier de Wet van Energiebehoud tussen een wensdroom en z’n vervulling staat.
Het in de afbeelding hiernaast getoonde apparaat is die Rosch Thrust Kinetic Generator. De ontwikkeling en productie vinden plaats in Servië, maar blijkbaar heeft het bedrijf ook vestigingen in Duitsland en Zwitserland. Wie googelt onder de naam van het apparaat, die loopt tegen veel mooie brochures en blijde toekomstverwachtingen aan, bijvoorbeeld op de Zilverstroomsite en de Rosch-KPP-brochure.
May 2014 saw the market launch of the Liam F1. A lot of publicity surrounded the roll out of this new wind turbine. It weighs just around 55 kilograms (120 pounds) and it measures 1.5 meters (5 feet) in diameter. The idea would be to ultimately put it in large numbers on roofs and on top of street lights. Individual consumers would be able to bring down their electricity bills significantly. However, with some simple high school math and physics it is easily checked that the claims are exaggerated.