Monday, January 10, 2011

Karpen's Pile Operates for Sixty Years

Read this.  First of all, the cathode and anode are two metals that I reasonably assume do not contribute free ions into the near purity sulphuric acid.  I assume that the acid is sealed off from the environment.  Thus we can assume that the acid collects a surplus of electrons from the environment that are then released by the work produced.

The container may be and surely must be an insulator but still has sufficient electron leakage to build up a charge.  The remaining question is how direction of electron flow may be established.  At worst we have the Earth’s magnetic field.

This protocol deserves to be worked on and replicated.  A simple coil could direct the produced electron surplus to give serious work.

I must say that concentrating electrons in an insulated pile is a novel idea and may be vastly more efficient than any would guess from this demonstration.  The next question is to discover how it varies with level of insulation or access to ground.

A battery operates continuously in Romanian museum since 1950

For more than three centuries inventors—usually crackpots—have sought the elusive fantasy of a perpetual motion machine.

Now investigators of an amazing object stuck in the dusty corners of an obscure Romanian museum may have found the next best thing: a perpetual battery.

Whether a battery that has operated continuously since 1950 without a recharge can be termed perpetual may be open to debate, yet the fact remains that the remarkable device has never ceased working and doesn't look like it's about to give up the ghost anytime soon.

The battery that's been pumping out electricity faithfully for 60 years was built by Vasile Karpen.

Karpen's Pile

The director of the Dimitrie Leonida National Technical Museum in Romania,Nicolae Diaconescu, when interviewed about the battery by the Romanian newspaper, ZIUA (The Day) said, "I admit it's also hard for me to advance the idea of an overunity generator without sounding ridiculous, even if the object exists."

That the battery—called "Karpen's Pile"—exists is indisputable.

When Karpen built the battery he claimed it would function forever. Although decades ago engineers and physicists that studied it believed it would stop working soon it never has stopped.

Those engineers and physicists are now long dead, but the amazing "perpetual" battery keeps humming along.

Patented in 1922, most scientists that have studied it over the ensuing decades cannot fathom exactly how or why it works. 

The Karpen's pile that sits in the director's office at the museum was a prototype built to Karpen's specifications. It has two series-connected electric piles that move a small galvanometric motor. That motor spins a blade that's connected to a switch. Every half rotation the blade opens and then closes the circuit during the second half of the rotation.

According to some engineers that have analyzed the ingenious device, the blade's rotation is exactly timed to allow the piles to recharge themselves and re-establish their polarity before the next rotation of the blade.

ZIUA also reported that a measurement of the current established a steady one volt output—exactly the same as when the battery was first activated in 1950.

During the interview with the newspaper, Diaconescu added that "unlike the lessons they teach you in the 7th grade physics class, the 'Karpen's Pile' has one of its electrodes made of gold, the other of platinum, and the electrolyte (the liquid that the two electrodes are immersed in), is high-purity sulfuric acid."

The museum director also asserted the battery could be made larger to produce more power.

"The French showed themselves very interested by this patrimonial object in the 70s," Diaconescu said, "and wanted to take it. Our museum has been able to keep it, though. As time passed, the fact that the battery doesn't stop producing energy is more and more clear, giving birth to the legend of a perpetual motion machine."

Recently, some leading European electrical engineers proposed that the device creates power by converting heat into mechanical energy. Diaconescu doesn't agree.

The fascination over Karpen's Pile is fed by the possible physics behind it. Some who have studied the theory Karpen created explaining the functionality of his battery believe the engineer's device violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Others scoff at that, but then go on to argue that it may well be an application of the physics inherent in drawing power from the theoretical "Zero Point," thus making it a Zero Point Energy device.

Whatever the cause, understanding the driving principle underlying Karpen's Pile might revolutionize both physics and the search for alternative energy sources.

And it certainly puts to shame the Energizer Bunny.

1 comment:

DAN 1 said...

This "Karpens Pile" is indeed a fascinating thing. This report makes me want to explore further this energy source. But, I am concerned that it might be a hoax. It seems too good to be true.

I also read, earlier this evening, about a combination battery/capacitor that doesn't put out a "charge" as long as a battery does, but recharges very quickly. I wonder what could be done with both developments combined somehow?