BRADENTON, Fla., July 21, 2014 -- Before you read this article, you ought to go to www.blacklightpower.com
and look at the videos, illustrations and scientific-validation reports that crowd the site. Then come back here.
Okay, you're back. Did you think that what you were seeing was some kind of scam? Some eccentric's wild fantasy? Some misguided physicist's last gasp and last grasp for fame?
I don't think a rational person is going to feel any of those things. You may have only the dimmest understanding of the processes involved in the technology, but you probably recognize that what is being talked about there is real.
So, if you accept that Dr. Randell Mills' hydrino technology is ready to debut on the world stage pretty soon -
When will the technology be available?
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The answer to that is that while working prototypes are now available for qualified people to inspect, the actual roll-out of commercial and residential devices is about a year away, by my estimate.
Since there are a variety of applications - such as for bullet trains, jumbo jets, electric cars and power stations, the debut of each model for each application will probably be staggered, reflecting the speed of the system engineering and the product-manufacturing process for each one.
That is so even though the fundamental device will only change slightly for each application. Three different engineering firms are now working on these projects, Dr. Mills says.
It seems likely the smallest unit would come first and be for cars that will get 1,500 miles on a liter of water. The last will probably be for the jumbo jets, which will require an extensive safety-evaluation process, as will units for homes and communities.
How will it affect me, and the economy in general?
Since virtually every electrical-energy application we now know can probably be replaced with the inexhaustible SF-CIHT and other hydrino-based fuel cells, you can expect great resistance and the most virulent condemnation of the hydrino devices. That will come from people with intellectual and financial investments in competing fuels and technologies.
One antidote to that, of course, is the demand for technology that will dramatically reduce the cost of power for homes and manufacturing. Powering homes and fueling cars almost for free will have a powerful appeal for the ordinary person.
These two opposing forces will have to balance one another until the technology gains wide acceptance, and at that point - the tipping point, we'd call it - all other forms of electric-power generation will become obsolete. You might like to keep driving that shiny green '65 Cadillac for the luxury and style of it, but you won't like paying for gasoline that has become obsolete.
When demand for gas falls, it becomes expensive to supply it, so prices may rise so dramatically that only the very rich will be able to afford to fill their tank. Or, possibly, it will become so cheap that it is almost given away because no one wants or uses it. Oil, on the other hand, will always have many uses, from simple lubrication to complex plastics.
As all this occurs, there will be a predictable set of results. One is that millions of people will be employed in the assembly, sale and design of new cars, ships, planes, power plants and other applications that will use the immense amounts of energy created by these cells.
Huge fortunes will be made by those who correctly guess the most popular applications. For instance, confronted with a choice between a gas-free vehicle that will take you across the country without a stop for fuel or recharging, what will you want to travel in? An RV? A power bicycle? A fancy sports car? Your decision (and that of the larger market, of course) will make someone a millionaire.
At the same time, because the technology is so affordable - it cost only $70 million over 26 years to create it - when the R&D costs trickle down to you and the volume of technology production ramps way up, your costs will be quite low. By contrast, imagine how long it would take to amortize the $60 billion that been spent - fruitlessly, so far - on the search for hot fusion.
It will not be nearly so expensive to transport beans from fields in California or kale from Arizona or pineapples from Hawaii or wheat from Kansas to you in New York or Chicago or Miami. That fact alone will reduce the cost of your food - and anything else delivered by car, truck, train or plane. That transportation cost
can currently be as much as 10 percent of overhead.
You won't face $800 heating bills for your 5-bedroom home in December, or $600 bills to cool it in summer; instead, that electricity usage should only cost you $5 or $10.
You'll have virtually no cost except the car payments to fuel your car, and the cost of taking a bus or train or plane will be dramatically less.
Will the government really let this happen?
Well, that depends on a lot of things. The first is how wisely you cast your vote for Congressmen and Senators and our future Presidents.
As an example, my old friend Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), who represents the district in which Blacklight Power and Dr. Mills reside, is a quantum physicist who is very skeptical of the classical Maxwellian mechanics that underlie Dr. Mills' work, and has never lifted a finger to help his research along. Instead, he has worked hard to fund the endless cost of the Princeton scientists who are still searching for practical hot fusion. You would think he'd know better.
How amenable the government will be to the introduction of this technology - after all, it would entirely wipe out the gas taxes that provide funds for the Interstate highway system - will depend on how wisely you vote and whom you elect.
You may have to resist some very powerful campaigns funded by the richest corporations - the oil companies - and you will not find it easy to determine who the good guy really is. It won't be a partisan affair - integrity doesn't come in just Red or Blue.
Members of Congress and the Senate will be torn between the corporations that rely on high fuel costs for their profits and you, the ordinary guy or gal, who desperately need a break from those escalating costs.
The technology will also free up a lot of money that once went to fuel costs - whether it's to heat that stove at McDonald's, or to power the assembly line back at the factory where the stove was made. While the store's revenues may fall with lower prices, its volume should increase proportionately to make up for the revenue loss. The result ought to be higher pay (for more work) and a lot more disposable income for you - if your vote elects the right people to office.
The government is a huge consumer of food and fuel. Just think about what nearly free electricity will mean for all those troop carriers, from trucks to tanks to jet planes and rockets, and all the food all those soldiers consume and complain about.
Congress won't be able to defend huge defense budgets to support armed forces of the same size when those costs are so dramatically cut, so they won't be able to ask for the same high level of taxation.
Again, however, and I can't emphasize this enough, this will depend on how wisely you cast your vote. Whether you're a fifth-generation Democrat or the scion of a rich Republican dynasty, your common interest in lowered costs will be the same - and a good government will reflect that fact.
What will the technology cost me?
Again, there are many variables to consider. Since the adoption of the technology will be universal, the applications that the ordinary family can afford ought to be pretty modest.
But the inventor, Dr. Mills, will be in the same position Thomas Edison was in when he invented the light bulb a half hour from the Blacklight Power headquarters in New Jersey.
Dr. Mills will expect a royalty from every device - every light bulb, in other words. But spread out over our 315 million American consumers, that ought to be a very small amount for you - a matter of dollars, or even cents.
In all probability, Blacklight Power will adopt the recent innovation of solar power companies, which provide you a free set of solar panels to power your home, charge you about 70 percent of what you are paying now, and then sell any extra power to the national grid.
Eventually, though, there will be no national power grid, just millions of self-powered homes. It might even be possible that hydrino devices, since they are powered by light, might be immune to the explosion of an EMP, an electromagnetic pulse bomb that would devastate any nation, because it stems from a chemical process, not an electric one.
The cost of power might fall to 30 percent or less - even 15% - of the current rates in the first decades of hydrino power. Eventually, the Blacklight patents will expire and generic hydrino reactors will be available at progressively cheaper prices, and electricity will be ever cheaper. It will be especially a huge boon to the Third World, and philanthropic billionaires may buy the units to power entire African countries.
In another model, the unit in your home may be leased, but at the same time would not be metered. That means you could use all the power you wanted - run the AC night and day all summer, or leave every light in the house on for years at a time - and the cost of the lease would remain the same. The lease payment, however, may vary with the model of the device you buy, so that some may produce less power than others. That seems unlikely, though, because any hydrino device would produce so much power.
The great thing about the home units is that you will never have to worry about losing power in a hurricane. A tornado could rip your house apart and theoretically vacuum up the fuel cell, but short of that no matter how hard the wind blows, or how heavily the ice coats the power lines, or how high the river rises, you'll have power.
A car with an engine that effectively never needs fuel will be quite pricey at first, even though the cost of manufacturing that engine will be much less for automakers.
If market forces work as they are supposed to, they ought to find an affordable balance between the free fuel and the cheap cost of manufacturing the car when it is no longer a novelty. It could be - at least a few years after the first cars come out - that the cost of the car will be pretty much the same, relatively, as it is now.
One of the most interesting and highly anticipated events at the beginning of an SF-CIHT technology for cars will be Dr. Mills' personal demonstration of his own hydrino-powered car. Lucky guy!
How safe is the technology?
That's not a question I am qualified to answer. But I will try.
Obviously, a process that produces plasma - blobs of raw energy - that are 50 times brighter than the sun, and can produce 10 megawatts (10 million watts) of power - enough to power 10,000 homes - is a rather daunting thing to put in an upstairs closet (to keep it above the level of that rising river next door!).
If Underwriters Laboratory will provide their imprimatur for it, as all local, state and federal laws will require, we can expect the devices to be safe. For reasons that are far too complex for me to understand, the devices themselves, and the powerful light they emit, produce no corresponding heat* (please see comment below) - but hundreds of degrees, not millions - and the explosions of plasma produce a pressure wave of no more than a tenth of an atmosphere - less than the atmospheric pressure, in other words. There is no radioactivity and no shock wave, and no harmful radiation from the machine. It is purely a chemical reaction, Dr. Mills emphasizes, and there is nothing at all "nuclear" about it.
I do have to wonder what the effect of submerging an active unit in a lake or pond or that rising river would be - would it electrocute all the fish and anyone who touched the water? I don't know.
The likelihood, however, that the home unit will cause a fire is probably much less than the likelihood that you will leave the iron plugged in and burn the ironing board - free electricity may inadvertently encourage that kind of thing.
The most obvious and compelling danger of the devices is that, if they are not properly shielded, the fantastically bright light that is the source of power may blind you. But no device that would do that would ever be approved by Underwriters Laboratory or any level of government, and I cannot believe a unit with that flaw would ever be produced.
When Dr. Mills realized that cheap photovoltaic cells could turn this high-intensity light into electric power, he reached the end of a 26-year journey through endless delays, constant skepticism, theoretical issues, mechanical complications and rising costs to the final production of a working device. He plans a demonstration of that device today, July 21, at the Blacklight Power offices in Cranbury, N.J.
The media did not get an invitation to Monday's demo - it was primarily aimed at prospective investors and clients - so the technology will not get the media interest it deserves. But those who are in the know will go to the company's website
, where the explanations come complete with videos, scientific reports, illustrations and an incredibly complex theoretical foundation compiled in book form that is a large but free download.
In comments to a reader at a scientific journal he visits, republished at e-catworld.com
, Dr. Mills said the demo was "awesome" and that he "Showed new technology for the first time" and provided a timeline for a commercial-type unit.
Elaborating slightly, he added in another comment that "The main aspects were the presentation of the complete system design and a unit that demonstrates those elements of the fast ignition and regeneration, and optical distribution and photovoltaic conversion systems.
"Based on work of our engineering firms we are pushing to have a 100kW electric, field-testable power generator in 16 to 18 weeks," he wrote. The device he mentions would be capable of lighting an array of 1,000 100-watt bulbs at the same time.
How does it work?
That's the toughest question of all. The physics behind the invention are, at least for me, impossibly complex. To simplify it, Dr. Mills offered a metaphor in a recent interview with Sterling Allan of Peswiki.com, a relentless hunter of innovative energy sources.
Dr. Mills asked Mr. Allan to imagine the orbit of the electrons and protons of a hydrogen atom to be at the relative distance of a 100-story building, with the electron at the top and the proton on the ground floor. When a photon is knocked out of the electron's orbit, the electron orbit "decays" so that it is at the 25th floor instead of the 100th. The photons streaming away from the electrons, perhaps, are "harvested" in the plasmic bursts of light.
That "decay" immensely changes the power density, meaning the amount of power the atom packs. Perhaps it would be easier to imagine the growing repulsive force between two giant magnets being forced closer and closer together, positive pole to positive pole.
Or maybe it's like a crazy guy in Beijing madly in love with a crazy girl in Shanghai. He is so totally attracted to her that he sheds his baggage to get on the plane and fly to Shanghai, but she won't let her near him, fearful that something terrible will happen if they physically collide. The scenario doesn't end in a tawdry struggle but with the two people standing off from one another at a respectful distance, in a romantic stasis of immense energy - energy that explodes between them in almost palpable worlds of light.
Something has to let the increased force express itself, after all, and in the case of the hydrino - the hydrogen atom minus the photon - the medium is pure, intense white light - "the light of 50,000 suns," Dr. Mills says.
That light is then captured by inexpensive photovoltaic concentrator cells, which turn it into huge amounts of electricity. Just 1 percent of the power generated is used up in igniting the plasma, so 99 percent remains available for conversion to working electric power.
Most significantly, the water-based fuel for the device is regenerated, so that there's a need for refilling only rarely - perhaps every 6 months in the auto engine design. Any motor can be powered by it.
The impact of the hydrino reactor will be as great as that of the Internet. I don't know precisely how the technology will affect the world of communications, or if it can entrain light and radio waves, but I expect an inventor as talented as Dr. Mills will come along soon and give us an answer to that question, too.
He has already demonstrated that the current can power light bulbs, we understand, which is far ahead of the work on hot fusion at nearby Princeton University.
Meanwhile, we await the day when Dr. Mills hops in his car and drives around the parking lot with an engine powered by an SF-CIHT fuel cell.
Or, even better, the day will come when he goes to his laboratory's main power panel and flips the master switch to Off, clamps the main lines to his hydrino reactor's electrodes, and turns the lab back on from his new power source.
That day, truly, the lights will come up on a new world that his quarter-century of work will define. As lights go on in dark places all around the world, the promised Golden Age of humanity can begin.
By the end of my lifetime, in fact, I expect to see the size of the hydrino-generator greatly miniaturized. My fondest hope is that it will become so small it can power a smartphone I can afford.
*Comment: Joe, [With respect to the SunCell,] you wrote that the device produces no heat, or not much. Wrong.
[There is] black body radiation, like sunlight, according to Randy Mills, and there is plenty of heat sent out.
Also, the 60 percent or so of light energy that cannot be captured as electricity Is made into thermal energy.
The typical high-intensity solar panel can give over 3kW of electricity, but needs water cooling to get rid of 5kW
That is not a problem: Most electrical-generator stations and all [internal combustion] engines emit lots of heat. Ever noticed that big "radiator" at the front of your automobile?
The SunCell, by avoiding the Carnot cycle efficiency limits on the efficiency of any heat engine, is great, all the same.
Peter Wolstenholme, University of Trier (Founded 1473), Trier, Germany
Write Joe Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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