- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 9, 2003

Using a mechanical device, it might be possible to extract energy from certain states called potential fields to provide new sources of power, an Uzbek inventor and amateur physicist reports.

Potential fields include gravitational, electrical and magnetic energy, as well as energy from the interaction of atomic nuclei.

The inventor, Nikolay Vodyanov, said he combined some laws of classical physics with a thesis he has developed about potential energy fields.

"If there are conditions which demand less energy to produce work, there are conditions which demand infinitesimal energy," Vodyanov told United Press International.

He said he has explored this possibility using the concept that it is easier to orbit a satellite from Earth's equator than from its pole. This is because a rocket launched at or near the equator can utilize the speed of Earth's rotation — more than 1,000 miles per hour.

A rocket launched from either pole cannot make use of this velocity and therefore remains at an energy disadvantage.

Vodyanov also explained an idealized case involving an absolutely elastic ball. If such a ball falls in a vacuum from a height onto an absolutely rigid slab, it would rebound without losing energy and return to the same height. Under such conditions the ball could fall and rebound again and again, without end.

In the real world, however, Vodyanov continued, say a tiny jet engine is placed on the ball and ignited for a short time after the ball begins to rebound. The engine could deliver enough thrust to return the ball to its original height, but the thrust would be much smaller than that required to raise the ball from a standing start.

The engine also could be used to propel the ball to a higher point. Falling from the new height and rebounding would give the ball additional speed. If the jet engine is started again and works briefly, it could propel the ball even higher.

As an alternative, Vodyanov said, a mechanism could be added to the slab to extract some of the potential energy from the falling ball and use it for various needs. In that case, the mechanism could be calibrated so the ball returns only to its original height.

Vodyanov said he envisions a system with an engine not placed on the ball but connected to a roller, around which is wound a thread connected to the ball by a pulley. As the ball falls, it pulls the thread and turns the roller, which produces power. When the ball is rebounding, the engine supplies limited power to pull the ball back up to its starting point.

"(There will be) energy … needed for compensation of energy outflow caused by friction and so on," he acknowledged.

Vladimir Matveev, who collaborates as a professor with three research institutes in Uzbekistan, is convinced of the scientific validity of Vodyanov's invention. Matveev said the invention could lead to revolutionary ways of producing energy.

"Vodyanov has an unconventional mode of thought that let him tie together (physical) laws and the thesis that a potential field has energy," Matveev told UPI.

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