The Casimir Energy Machine: An Interview with Adrian Tymes
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2004 @ 20:16:31 MST
Topic: Science

Adrian Tymes is a computer scientist who also has extensive knowledge of quantum physics and nanotechnology. Mr. Tymes is trying to create a prototype device that could be used to harness energy by exploiting a nanoscale physics phenomena known as the casimir effect. He has formed a company, called Wingcat, which he hopes to use to eventually design energy-creating machines based on manipulation of the casimir force.

Question 3: Describe your vision for exploiting the casimir effect for energy production. How did you conceive of this concept?

I conceived of it by studying the failures, and why they had failed. At first I was thinking about parallel plates too, trying to come up with a way where you wouldn't have to put energy in to get the plates apart. One of the ideas I considered was linking a series of motors like cylinders in an internal combustion engine: one unit would be pulling its plates together, which force would power the other unit to pull the plates apart. But, of course, that would not work either. I wondered if there was a way to insert something to soak up the Casimir force while the plates were being pulled apart.

That was when I stumbled across my current concept: a metal ring, rotating around a metal core, with shields of a different material to cancel or at least lessen the Casimir force in one direction (clockwise or counterclockwise). The result: a small, but nonzero, torque that would cause the ring to spin. There are a number of ways to tap this mechanical energy, if it in fact would exist; the simplest and most efficient seems to be to place it in a magnetic field and place wires to draw off the resulting electric current.

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