Zero Point Energy: The Fuel of the Future is an Instant Classic
Thomas Valone, Integrity Research Institute, April, 2007 webpage link
Zero Point Energy, The Fuel of the FutureWhy are there no books on the market that explain the history, basic science, recent discoveries, and the usefulness of zero point energy for electricity and propulsive force? Especially now that we recognize the need for a new, clean, renewable energy source, Zero Point Energy, The Fuel of the Future has just been published and is destined to become an instant classic. Authored by a former community college physics and engineering teacher, it is the first book designed for the general public, with lots of visuals, on the most intriguing subject in physics today: quantum fluctuations from zero point energy.
What is zero point energy? It is the lowest state of energy in the universe but still enough to keep helium a liquid, even at microdegrees of absolute zero. It also gives rise to the mysterious Casimir force, also called van der Waals forces, that keeps geckos stuck to any surface. Most importantly, it also causes nonthermal noise in lots of electronic circuits which this author claims can be rectified by special diodes that have no bias voltage to surmount. Zero point energy is also becoming the leading candidate for dark energy (see story #6 about Dr. Christian Beck in Future Energy eNews April 16, 2007 archives).
The book is full of pictures, like all of the famous scientists responsible for the history of zero point energy, inventions that use zero point energy, effects and magic tricks. It also has a good collection of reference articles in the Appendix to prove how exciting the emerging field really is, including a short essay to show how magnetism is related to zero point energy. At 238 pages, the book is a sizable contribution to the field. and all other major book distributors (Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Gazelle) sell it. Integrity Research Institute also has online ordering available.
Note: Review copies of this book are still available for a limited time.
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Review by journalist Jeane Manning from Atlantis Rising, June, 2007
Keys to Tapping Zero Point Energy From The ‘Vacuum’

When Los Alamos national laboratory physicist Peter Milonni wrote a book entitled, The Quantum Vacuum, and Academic Press published it in 1994, engineering physicist Thomas Valone decided it was time to do his own Ph.D. thesis on the topic Milonni’s book dealt with -- zero point energy. Dr. Valone did write his Ph.D. thesis on the feasibility of using zero point energy to do useful work. He more recently decided to write a separate book to make the information accessible to the layperson. That’s the first installment of my summer reading -- Valone’s new book Zero Point Energy: The Fuel of the Future. Its premise is that soon we’ll be able to use ZPE (his shorthand for zero-point energy) to power cars and houses. His book is indeed welcome. We might not easily follow the formal language of the Milonni book, such as his passage regarding fluctuations of the quantum vacuum “…the coupling of the dipole oscillator to the electromagnetic field has a dissipative component, in the form of radiation reaction, and a fluctuation component, in the form of zero-point (vacuum) field; given the existence of radiation reaction, the vacuum field must also exist in order to preserve the canonical commutation rule and all it entails.”
In contrast, aside from mathematical terms the language of Valone’s latest book is conversational. “…the fluctuations of ZPE must be imprinted on your mind. To me, this is the key to an energy solution. Just like a refrigerator or heat pump forces heat to go in one direction only, this ‘rectification’ of heat can also be applied to non-thermal fluctuations.” In Milonni’s text and elsewhere, Valone finds clues for the would-be engineers-of-the-vacuum whom Valone addresses. For example, Milonni explains that “quantum noise” can be amplified. Valone predicts that amplifying spontaneous emissions will be an important tool for the vacuum engineer to use when a circuit component such as a diode is chosen to convert ZPE to electricity.
Why is it called zero point energy? That name came about because scientists discovered that it’s impossible to freeze anything so solidly that its molecules become absolutely still. Even scientists were to cool a substance down to absolute zero Kelvin, the atoms of the substance’s molecules would still be jittering. Some source of energy is jostling everything all the time. If they pump everything out of a container – substance, gases and any heat energy – as the temperature approaches absolute zero the only thing left in the container will be a vacuum and zero point energy. Valone says scientists have come within microdegrees of the absolute zero point of temperature. One experiment involves cooling helium to within one degree of absolute zero. Helium’s molecules retain some kinetic energy – enough to keep helium in the liquid state instead of freezing solid. Only ZPE can account for the energy that prevents helium from freezing.
Scientists speak of the “physical vacuum” when they refer to the sea of energy that fills all space and is the background out of which our every atom is formed. Its energy density is estimated to exceed that of nuclear energy. Vacuum? Physics theory and many experiments prove it’s not empty; energetically it’s a plenum not a vacuum. ZPE could relate to the old ether-theory, Valone speculates. In that nineteenth-century concept of ether, also spelled as aether, light travels by moving through a medium called the ether, just as sound travels by rippling through water or air. The famous Michelson-Morley experiment of early in the 20th century convinced scientists the ether doesn’t exist, but Valone points out that their experiment has been countered by E. W. Silvertooth ("Experimental Detection of the Aether", Speculations in Science & Tech, V10 N1, p. 3-12) and other scientists with improved accuracy. Can we get ZPE to do useful work for us? That’s the question everyone wants to see answered, from interested bystanders to inventors of magnetic motor/generators. So I eagerly turned to Valone’s appendix chapter entitled “Is Permanent Magnetism Connected with Zero Point Energy?" He indicates that permanent magnets (magnetized materials, as opposed to electromagnets) can indeed be a source of energy for the future. The “magnetic gradient” is an untapped potential energy source just like other gradients we depend on for energy. His examples include the thermal gradient in heat pumps, the voltage gradient in wall sockets, the gravity gradient in hydroelectric power plants, and the pressure gradient in water pipes.
We haven’t commercially perfected any magnetic-gradient machines that work continuously, Valone says, but he cites several promising patents give a template for what such a motor or generator would look like. As a patent expert he helped draft the patent for a complex multi-rotor motor design by Russian scientists Roschin and Godin. Years ago the duo had been inspired by the work of John Searl of England. Searl’s story appeared recently in Atlantis Rising and I earlier wrote about Roschin and Godin. Valone’s magnetism piece introduces the argument that the spin and orbital motion of an electron is closely coupled to nuclear energy states, which also include rotation. What does that have to do with zero-point energy? If your science teacher explains the magnetic property of permanent magnets to you, the topic of spin alignment comes up. A material is magnetized when the direction of spin is no longer random; the spins are lined up. Valone says “Not only have we shown that the proton spin derives from the vacuum field… but that the atom itself is deriving energy from the vacuum ZPE field. Futhermore…it is a well-known fact in quantum mechanics that the electron and the nucleus exchange energy and depend upon each other in an intimate fashion, acting as a coupled system of oscillators.”
Moving up from the submicrosopic world of proton spins, Valone concludes that we can now understand the pathway ZPE travels as the energy source sustaining all energy states of the atom, including electrons’ spin. Up in the macroscopic world, the magnetic field of a permanent magnet – totally dependent on the aligned spin of electrons – is thus shown to be sustained by the vacuum ZPE field, Valone states. “Therefore as totally permanent magnet motors, generators and actuators become commercialized, it will no longer be a mystery as to where the energy is coming from. Furthermore, these magnet-powered devices cannot be mistaken for perpetuum mobiles.” Meanwhile in Amsterdam, an expert on another proof for the ability of the ZPE to do work – the Casimir force – teaches about a twisting force called quantum electrodynamical force which also depends on ZPE. Valone cites a 2006 posting (pdf) by Dr. Ianuzzi and says the Dutch physicist refers to an experiment running at Harvard University. Valone admits that skeptics claim ZPE can do nothing useful, but his book cites many indications that ZPE can be converted to produce electricity. Scientists have found that space is rich with activity -- perhaps from what they call virtual particles -- and full of energy. What they call the physical vacuum vibrates and fluctuates. Vibration and fluctuation are the essence of ZPE, Valone says. The branch of science called quantum mechanics predicted vacuum fluctuations. In the language of the Star Wars films, it’s a disturbance in the Force, Valone adds. “It may be our primitive 20th century upbringing that stops us from putting a paddlewheel in this sea.”
Review by Nick Cook, former Aerospace Editor from Jane's Defence Weekly, the world's leading defense journal (UK)
“Tom Valone became an invaluable reference and source for me during the writing of my own book, The Hunt For Zero Point and, five years on, with 'Zero Point Energy - The Fuel Of The Future' his work doesn't disappoint. Valone describes with masterful ease, and in an easy-to-understand timeline, the history and science underpinning this esoteric, yet vitally important subject - one that is rightly beginning to move from left- to centre-stage in our understanding of the universe and, indeed, the very essence of reality, both at a macro and quantum level. Five stars!"
Review by Vlad, CEO and Editor from ZPEnergy, the world's leading zero point energy website
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Since the article "To The Stars" published in the March 2004 issue of the Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, many informed people from the public got interested in learning more about this new "buzz word" of sci-fi technology called "Zero-Point Energy" (ZPE).
Unfortunately, the concept of ZPE is rooted in quantum theory, and is difficult for even the technically minded to grasp. Very few publications dealing with this subject were written to be accessible to the general public (easy to read). With this book, Tom Valone, PhD, PE, director of the Integrity Research Institute, did his best to fill this gap.
Tom followed Einstein's principle that: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." The book presents the evolution of ZPE theoretical and experimental research to this day. We learn about the pioneers of the "vacuum engineering" science and their contribution, the basic theory and experimental evidence for the existence of the ZP field, some of the ingenious ideas proposed to tap into this inexorable, ubiquitous and extremely dense energy for useful work and, even the thought-provoking possible connection between ZPE and consciousness. I also found the Appendix with some selected papers on ZPE, Glossary and the suggested Web links very useful. For those like myself who like to know more and check the source of information, the extended reference list is very much appreciated.
At this time "conventional" science is very skeptical with regard to the possibility of ZPE conversion. As it happened with many revolutionary ideas in science and technology, this is expected. The great German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer well said: "All truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; next it is violently attacked; finally, it is held to be self-evident." With ZPE revolution we're still in the second stage ... but we humans have something that will always save us: once we accept our limits, we go beyond them!
Remember, for skepticism to be useful, it must be informed. The author's stated hope is that "each reader will grasp the significance of the true energy revolution that this book heralds". I think he did an excellent job for his hope to be fulfilled. Just read this book and give it a chance to open your mind and help you move beyond what you believe to be possible.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
Review by Col. Thomas Bearden, Author of Energy from the Vacuum, an authoritative book on energy conversion
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Tom Valone has written a superb introductory book for the reader who is seriously interested in "energy from the vacuum" but who is not a Ph.D. or practicing physical scientist. In this book he has given very important and clear explanations and meanings of fundamental terms, a digest of the technical efforts that have proven EFTV to be real, and many technical references for those who wish to probe even deeper.
With the present seriously escalating energy crisis (oil just hit $88 a barrel as I write this review), even the most nonchalant among us now is beginning to appreciate the catastrophic economic collapse that awaits much of the Western world if we do not dramatically reduce our dependence on oil, coal, nuclear power, etc. and if we do not find another inexhaustible and ubiquitous source of the electrical energy we need and must have, in a modern economy.
Valone has long been one of the leaders in the growing movement to point out that we already know in modern physics that the active vacuum has enormous energy density, is ubiquitous, and that it also interacts vigorously and continuously with every charge in every circuit and system. Indeed, if we rigorously apply the findings of broken symmetry since the proof of it in Feb. 1957, and since the prompt award in Dec. 1957 of the Nobel Prize to Lee and Yang for having predicted it, then we can show that all EM energy in every circuit and system already comes from the seething vacuum -- specifically from the broken symmetry of any dipolarity (which includes a single "isolated" charge and its polarized surrounding vacuum, as well as any "ordinary dipole").
Valone makes the background of this entire area available to the seriously interested researcher, without the researcher first having to have an advanced degree in physics. If we are to resolve the escalating energy crisis and survive with an intact national economy, such a book has long been absolutely essential. And Valone's book fills this void very admirably.
We would only suggest that a future Valone book also address the issue of the long-neglected "source charge problem", where every charge continually and steadily emits real photons (real EM energy) in all directions. The emission is measurable and observable, but no instrument known to man can detect any observable input of the required energy to the isolated charge.
However, the revolutionary 1957 broken symmetry discovery by Lee and Yang reveals the underlying input energy exactly where Valone is addressing attention: In any broken symmetry -- such as that of a classical charge and its associated and interacting polarized virtual state vacuum -- "something formerly virtual has become observable". In short, as Valone's work is leading up to, the charge already absorbs virtual (subquantal) photon energy from the vacuum, coheres and integrates it in increasing virtual excitation of the mass-energy of the charge to observable magnitude, then re-emits the now-observable energy as a real emitted photon radiated away at light speed. The process iterates continually, so that we already have the "magical vacuum energy extractors" to take energy from the vacuum -- the freely working extractors are already normal "classical" charges when their vacuum interaction is included as in modern quantum field theory (but absent from electrical engineering since 1892).
Hence the dramatic importance of Valone's work in explaining a host of modern quantum physics and quantum field theory to "get at" and press into use the energy already freely being obtained from the vacuum.
Illuminating "insight" books such as this book by Valone will lead to increased interest by our sharp young doctoral candidates and post doctoral scientists. Once sufficient scientific attention and effort is focused on the EFTV area by them, then very shortly there will never again be an energy crisis anywhere. We will then be powering everything directly from the ubiquitous energetic vacuum, cleanly and cheaply, and eliminating most of the manmade harmful emissions now so polluting to our fragile environment and speeding us into global warming.
So Valone's book is a true pioneering tome for helping the entire world get into this coming and final solution to the energy problem, the present problem of despoiling the environment, and the present problem of human contributions to escalating global warming.
I personally recommend this book most highly to all those who are sincerely interested in cleaning up the energy we use, getting off "big oil and coal" and "big nuclear power", cleaning up the biosphere, and dramatically reducing Man's present contribution to global warming. We have only a precious planet and a fragile biosphere -- and an entire human species -- to save, and Valone's book plays a very important contribution to pursuing that noble goal.
Thomas E. Bearden
October 16, 2007



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