Quest for Zero-Point Energy: Engineering Principles for “Free Energy”
Moray B. King
Adventures Unlimited Press, 2001
Review by Eugene Mallove
This is Moray King’s second book on the possible technological applications of so-called zero-point energy (“ZPE”) of quantum mechanics. It follows the format of his first work, Tapping the Zero Point Energy (Paraclete Publishing, 1989), which was released in the year of the cold fusion announcement. From his academic studies, King had become convinced by 1976 that tapping ZPE was a serious possibility—before he learned about his coincidental namesake, T. Henry Moray, who earlier in the twentieth century had exhibited alleged “free energy” devices. Both of Moray King’s books are collections of well-referenced and footnoted technical essays, each written one or two years apart (a date from 1991 to 2001 is designated for each of the nine chapters in this latest book), which give electrical engineer King’s then current appraisal of these technical possibilities.
This work, as indeed was King’s earlier book, is well-written, well-illustrated, and will be understandable to both general and technical readers. Its primary virtue is its compendious referencing of source material in the technical literature of zero-point energy and related works—both theory and experiment. King links these together in plausible scenarios of how “ether” energy (King’s somewhat loose, alternate designation of ZPE) might be tapped technologically. As such, he plays freely with the published experimental results of investigators such as the Correas of Canada (with their XS NRG Pulsed Abnormal Glow Discharge, PAGD, reactor). King does not provide a detailed mathematical description of how the ZPE is to be tapped—such is only offered up in terms of the possible physical linking, in descriptive form, of ZPE to the macro-phenomena that have been reported. Thus, his approach is certain to both please and displease various experimental camps and theorists with their particular perspectives. Fair enough. King’s work is still a useful starting point for shaking up the reigning paradigm that seeming “perpetual motion” machines are impossible.
As has been repeatedly stated by workers in the “free energy field,” it is the novelty of the source of the new energy that makes the seeming “perpetual motion” possible, not that something—macroscopic, coherent energy—is literally being obtained from nothing. Energy conservation is not violated.
If there is a single descriptive paragraph in this work that summarizes the range of ZPE-devices that King reviews, it is this (p. 23):
Applying the principles of system self-organization to the theories of the zero-point energy suggests that an appropriate system might be able to induce a coherence in the action of the zero-point energy. Quantum electrodynamics shows that the ZPE intimately interacts with the various elementary particles with differing vacuum polarization dynamics. The vacuum polarization description of atomic nuclei suggests that abrupt, synchronous motion of ions or nuclei may be a good candidate for coherent vacuum energy activation. The observed anomalies associated with the ion-acoustic oscillation of a plasma might be evidence for this. Further circumstantial evidence may arise from the claims of different investigators and inventors whose devices exhibit a common modus operandi: They utilize coherent, synchronous motion of ions or nuclei.
In an “Afterword” to this work, King adds a concluding philosophical remark and encouragement: “It just might be that the discovery of the vacuum energy as a limitless energy source is to be synchronized with a spiritual renaissance of all of humanity. If so, the quest for zero-point energy broadens into a consciousness transformation at the planetary level. Many feel their life’s purpose is to help with this transition. You know who you are. If you feel this way, welcome to the quest!” Very nice sentiments, but it makes one wonder whether we may be in a Catch-22 situation: The failure so far to commercialize limitless, clean energy devices may be precisely because a global (or local!) consciousness transformation has not yet occurred, which will allow that great leap into the free energy age.