2012: How to Use Solar Energy at Night

By David Biello Molten salts can store the sun’s heat during the day and provide power at night Near Granada, Spain, more than 28,000 metric tons of salt is now coursing through pipes at the Andasol 1 power plant. That salt will be used to solve a pressing if the obvious problem for solar power: What do you do when the sun is not shining and at night? The answer: store sunlight as heat energy for such a rainy day. Part of a so-called parabolic trough solar-thermal power plant, the salts will soon help the facility light up the night-literally. Because most salts only melt at high temperatures (table salt, for example, melts at around 1472 degrees Fahrenheit, or 800 degrees Celsius) and do not turn to vapor until they get considerably hotter-they can be used to store a lot of the sun’s energy as heat. Simply use the […] Read More

2000: Cosmic Energy

Miroslav Provod Although the twentieth century will certainly pass into history as a century of scientific achievements and unprecedented progress, it has not provided explanations of many historical and even new phenomena, which in many instances are denoted as mysteries. The reason of this may be found in the many still undiscovered pieces of the mosaic of general knowledge which constitute obstacles to continuous progress in some fields of science, as well as in the belief that the progress of civilization must proceed in the direction approved by us in advance. According to the prevailing concept, apart from what has already been discovered, nothing so far unrevealed could have existed in the past. And these points of view did not allow us to understand the activities of ancient cultures, and these have been so to speak compressed, ??? at all costs???, to fit our concepts. The respective assessments were […] Read More

2000: VACUUM ENERGY: A BREAKTHROUGH?

By Andrei Samokhin The model of a plasma generator which can convert physical-vacuum energy into electricity has been developed under Prof. Alexander CHERNETSKI at the Moscow Georgi Plekhanov Institute of the National Economy. Such generators could lay the groundwork for the future environmentally-benign power industry. Classical physics cannot explain what happens when a plasma discharger placed in the Chernetski circuit is started: for no apparent reason the ammeter pointer shows triple strength-of-current increase [sic] and energy output is several times above input. The plant’s efficiency is much more than 1. No magic is intended. Additional energy outputs at specific plasma discharges are fixed in several independent expert reportsby the Lenin All-Union Institute of Electrical Engineering. This effect has been checked by different methods. Whence this mysterious energy? Self-generating discharge Prof Chernetski, the author of the first ever study paper on plasma-diagnotics equipment (he has been in this field fro […] Read More