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The Peak Oil Crisis: The Buoyancy Solution

There was more news last week concerning the Rosch Innovations Kinetic Power Plant generator that I wrote about several weeks ago. You will recall that this device makes electricity by using the force of buoyancy. Floats in a column of water are filled with air at the bottom and are pushed to the top by buoyancy, which drives an electric generator that pressurizes the floats and produces excess energy. As compared with other possible sources of cheap power, this technology is simple to understand; cheap to make; requires no fuel; leaves behind no pollution, and operates 24 hours a day. Of course, “too good to be true” is what many are saying. This is clearly a claim of “perpetual motion” and as anyone who has been exposed to the laws of physics knows is impossible.

The problem for the skeptics, however, is that in so far as numerous independent observers who have actually looked at the technology up close can tell – it works. The basics of the Rosch’s device are almost ludicrously simple for what it purports to do although the subtleties of the electronic control system are proprietary and patented. The company’s demonstration devices have been taken apart and thoroughly examined without any sign of fraud or trickery many times. One Rosch’s tech noted that he has had to drain and refill the large buoyancy tank containing the floats 20 times so that skeptical prospective purchasers could poke around inside looking for hidden wires or motors.

Rosch’s technology now has been granted a German patent after it was examined by an independent testing laboratory and was certified to work. For now, we can assume that, until proved differently, a new phenomenon of nature has been discovered. We should also note that we, as mankind, might not know everything there is to know about how God’s universe works – as yet.

Before going any further, let me apologize to the folks at Rosch Innovations AG for an error in my previous story on their discovery. When the story was written an environmental organization called GAIA was demonstrating and selling a version of the machine and I mistakenly came to believe that GAIA had discovered the technology, and that Rosch was only developing and manufacturing the buoyancy devices for them. In fact the Rosch Company developed the technology by itself starting from a drawing on a napkin of course – where else do new ideas originate? After the napkin, engineers were set to work, and the first working prototype was completed four years ago. Starting last year, prototypes were demonstrated at trade fairs in Europe, including one that was built of Plexiglas and was demonstrated on wheels to ensure all concerned that there was no fraud involved and that the device was indeed producing electricity on its own.

Last week a delegation of people with technical backgrounds and an interest in exotic ways of producing energy visited the Rosch factory in Germany to observe a larger 20 kW device in operation; to closely inspect the machine to insure that all was as claimed and to learn more about the devices and the company’s plans for them from Rosch’s CEO, Detlef Dohmen. Portions of the visit were streamed live so that those of us who were aware it was going on could watch the careful inspection and measurements taking place.

After three days of tests, the team concluded that they are certain that the device works as claimed despite the uncertainty as to the physics behind how it works. The release of the outside technical report, used to convince the German patent office that the Kinetic Power Plant generator is a genuine discovery of a new phenomenon, was an important part of the conclusion that no fraud is taking place.

According to company officials, plans to further develop the system are well underway. The parts for a 100 kilowatt generator are already on site and the device is supposed to be operational this month. For a technology that has yet to be mentioned in the mainstream US media and is being subjected to a stream of skepticism as a likely fraud in Europe, the company says the devices are selling well based on demonstrations for prospective buyers. Except for the small 5 kW devices that were offered for sale by GAIA last month, Rosch itself will sell only 200 kW or larger generators. One and five megawatt installations, based on 500 kW generators, are said to be under construction in Croatia and Slovenia.

The secret of how this electricity-generating device works is in its proprietary circuitry, which controls the device’s operation by regulating the amount of air that is injected into each float before it begins its ascent to the top of the tank. As we can all recall from 7th grade science, buoyancy forces things upwards with a force equal to the weight of the water displaced. Although the mechanics of the system – an electrical generator, a water tank, bicycle chains, and an air compressor — have been around since late in the 19th century, it takes 21st century electronics to make the device work. The highly efficient generator and air compressor required to make the generator work are also of an advanced design and are proprietary.

Unlike other sources of cheap, pollution-free energy, the kinetic power plant technology is not based on exotic particle physics, but simple mechanics and a few silicone chips. It is hard to say just where this technology is going. As it requires little more than a tank or pool of water to produce electricity and emits nothing, the whole world should be cheering. If the prototype devices scale well into larger commercial sized systems, we should be hearing about them in the mainstream media within the next year or so. How these will be used will be determined by economics. The current devices seem rather bulky – requiring a large water tank – for home use, but for remote locations they might be just fine. Given that much of our electricity now comes from large remote generating stations that require hundreds of miles of expensive high-tension lines to bring electricity to consumers, smaller local non-objectionable power stations might be in our future at the neighborhood or even building level.

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