Jeane Manning

A tiny step toward a new energy source

This winter, Professor Garret Moddel and his lab team at the University of Colorado at Boulder proved it’s possible to extract energy from what he calls the “quantum vacuum” or “zero-point energy.” 

They made a teensy device called a MIM (metal/insulator/metal) tunneling device. (A friend explained to me that MIMs are sort of like capacitors in which thin metal plates are separated by an insulator.)

The team created an “optical cavity” on one side of the device, so small that it was less than a micron (millionth of a meter.) That induced a measurable electrical current between the two metal layers—without the scientists applying any electrical voltage!

Their January 8, 2021 paper stated, “We have consistently observed a small output current and voltage, as reproduced in over 1,000 devices produced in 21 batches.”

Electricity coming from seemingly nowhere is impossible, or so we’ve been taught. However, frontier scientists write papers explaining that they aren’t violating any fundamental law of thermodynamics if they tap into a previously unrecognized source of energy such as “the zero-point quantum fluctuations of space.”

Dr. Moddel and his team in the past have developed ultra-high-speed metal-insulator diodes for collecting sunlight and waste heat. Yet when I met him at one of Tom Valone’s conferences he was already cautiously talking about pursuing a different source of energy.

Now Dr. Moddel has nailed it.

I did see it as exciting news, yet only at a nanoscale. I want to see something powering appliances.

The friend who notified me about the news replied that yes the device’s output is nanoscale now, but could be scaled up by putting millions of devices on a chip. “…then make the chips into arrays. As circuit elements, they can be miniaturized so as to make useful microscale power!”

Don’t ditch your phone’s charger yet, though. It’s a long road from invention to marketplace, and the military and defence agencies are known to lure discoverers off the public route.

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