by Robert A. Nelson
As planet Earth suffers under the relentless onslaught of ever increasing human consumption, we are becoming increasingly desperate for sources of energy with which to power our pretensions of civilization. There is not enough oil or coal available to sustain the present rate of growth, and the apparently inevitable result will be endless wars over dwindling resources. There are, however, numerous marvelous alternative energy technologies that have been suppressed by the powers that be. We could easily be enjoying the benefits of clean, cheap (and even free) energy in various forms, were it not for the insatiable greed of our corporate masters, who rule the world without regard for humanity or the environment.There are dozens of stories that can be told of inventors who presented wonderful liberating technologies, only to be ruined for their efforts. Many people have heard of various types of so-called "free energy" or "over-unity" generators that tap what scientists call Zero Point Energy (and other names, such as the aether) without need for fuel and without producing any pollution. Detractors like to label such devices as impossible "perpetual motion machines", even though some of them are solid state electronic systems that have been built and shown to work. Readers who are interested in such possibilities need search no farther than the impeccable history of Thomas Henry Moray, which is widely published on the internet (e.g., http://www.rexresearch.com/moray.moray.htm).If that is too much bother for you, then just continue reading here. This is the little-known story of Roy Jerome Meyers, who invented an "Absorber" that produced limitless electrical power from the terrestrial magnetic field.Almost 100 years ago, Meyers served a 3-1/2 year sentence in the Arizona state prison at Florence. Before his incarceration, he had already invented an improved trolley wheel head that prevented it from jumping off the wire. While he was imprisoned, he was inspired to invent a device that would draw electricity from the atmosphere. He conferred with Superintendent Sims and Parole Clerk Sanders, and convinced them to give him the opportunity to develop his idea in a wooden shed on the grounds of the penitentiary. Within a few weeks, using easily available materials (chrome steel magnets and iron wire), he constructed the first crude working model, and used it to spark the gas engines of the prison's pump house. His second model developed 8 volts. Miss Kate Barnard, who was State Commissioner of Charities and Corrections of Oklahoma, was a guest of Superintendent Sims at the time, and she saw the machine in operation. Miss Barnard was so impressed by it and by Meyers' essential integrity (despite the lapse that had gotten him imprisoned) that she told the story of Roy Meyers when later she appeared before the Arizona legislature to address them concerning prison reform. The legislature and Governor Hunt were convinced to grant Meyers an unsupervised leave of absence for 30 days to travel to Washington DC in order to apply for a patent.Meyers gave this account of his trip:
Roy J. Meyers & the "Absorber"
References(1) Charlton Lawrence Edholm: "Picks Power from the Air"; Technology World Magazine, p. 279-281 (1912)Electronic World (November 1912) (2) Roy Jerome Meyers: British Patent # 1098 (January 14, 1913); Improvements in and Relating to Apparatus for Producing Electricity
"When I arrived in Washington and laid my plans before the patent office experts, they merely smiled and told me that I would have to build a model and demonstrate my claims --- that it seemed strange that I, unknown as I am in the electrical world, should have accomplished the things for which Edison, Tesla and other experts have been striving for years."They could not grasp the meaning of my drawings nor the explanation I tried to make to them. There was little time to spare, as I had only 20 days left of my leave, but I set to work in a few days was able to take a crude model around to the patent office to make a demonstration."Arriving at the patent office I telephoned to a friend who had been so kind as to introduce me and aid me in reaching the proper officials. The absorber was hoisted on two short poles and made to work. While they were as yet unable to understand the principles involved and hardly willing to believe their eyes, they were forced to admit that I had something new and different, and they told me that there would be no further objection; that I might file my application without further delay. "I hope to construct my first large machine right here in Phoenix. I feel grateful; to Governor Hunt and others for what they have done for me and to the help they have given in securing protection I might not otherwise have had, and I am desirous of demonstrating this gratitude. I am going back to Florence today to resume the serving of my sentence, which will expire in 10 months. Then, here in Phoenix, I will begin the work of making my machines." (Technology World Magazine, 1912)Meyers planned to build a 200 foot tower upon which to place an "Absorber" (as he called it) with sufficient power to light the city of Phoenix. According to him, it comprised "a series of magnetized steel plates set in a circle and this mechanism attracts the electricity from the atmosphere. This is carried by wires to a transformer in the engine house below and thence is applied to produce either power or light after the usual manner.
"The flow of electricity is constant. When it emerges into the transformer it is in the form of a direct current. It will absorb the electricity day and night and will work whenever the wireless will work. I can put up a plant to supply such a building as the Adams Hotel for about $1500, and one of the principal items of the expense is the cost of the towers, the wires, the magnetizing of one set of plates, which is part of the secret of the treatment which makes it respond to the accumulations of the atmosphere."For use in the case of an electrical storm I have made what I call a modified form of circuit breaker, such as is commonly used as a lightning arrester on telegraph lines. In case of a storm the accumulator would suddenly become overcharged, possibly, and as the electricity would not of itself flow back into the air, the result might be disastrous. So I send it down into the ground, whenever the voltage rises above a certain amount."And the story ends there. It is not known what became of Roy J. Meyers. No "Absorber" was built to power Phoenix, and it appears that a US Patent was not granted. This writer first learned of Meyers' Absorber in 1986, and repeatedly searched for it in the US Patent Gazette, to no avail. It was not until 2006 that Meyers' British patent for "Improvements in and Relating to Apparatus for Producing Electricity" was located after several periodic advanced searches of the European Patent Office online (http://ep.espacenet.com). The patent has long since expired and entered the public domain. It is reprinted below for your edification. It should be obvious from this brief but indisputable account, and the description given in the patent, that "free energy" is a reality. Anyone who thinks otherwise is merely ignorant or in denial.
|British Patent # 1098 (January 14, 1913) Improvements in and Relating to Apparatus for Producing Electricity Roy Jerome Meyers |
This invention relates to improvements in apparatus for the production of electrical currents, and the primary object in view is the production of a commercially serviceable electrical current without the employment of mechanical or chemical action. To this end the invention comprises means for producing what I believe to be dynamic electricity from the earth and its ambient elements. I am, of course aware that it has been proposed to obtain static charges from upper strata of the atmosphere, but such charges are recognized as of widely variant potential and have thus far proved of no practical commercial value, and the present invention is distinguished from all such apparatus as has heretofore been employed for attracting static charges by the fact that this improved apparatus is not designed or employed to produce or generate irregular, fluctuating or other electrical charges which lack constancy, but on the other hand I have by actual test been able to produce from a very small apparatus at comparatively low elevation, say about 50 or 60 feet above the earth's surface, a substantially constant current at a commercially usable voltage and amperage. This current I ascertained by repeated tests is capable of being readily increased by additions of the unit elements in the apparatus hereinafter set forth, and I am convinced from the constancy of the current obtained and its comparatively low potential that the current is dynamic and not static, although, of course, it is not impossible that certain static discharges occur and, in fact, I have found occasion to provide against the damage which might result from such discharge by the provision of lightning arresters and cut-out apparatus which assist in rendering the obtained current stable by eliminating sudden fluctuations which sometimes occur during conditions of high humidity from what I consider static discharges. The nature of my invention is obviously such that I have been unable to establish authoritatively all of the principles involved, and some of the theories herein expressed may possibly prove erroneous, but I do know and am able to demonstrate that the apparatus which I have discovered does produce, generate, or otherwise acquire a difference of potential representing a current amperage above stated, or varied therefrom at the will of the operator according to the uses which the current is to be subjected. The invention comprises generically means for producing electrical currents of serviceable potential substantially without the employment of mechanical or chemical action, and in this connection I have been able to observe no chemical action whatever on the parts utilized although deterioration may possibly occur in some of the parts, but so far as I am able to determine such deterioration does not add to the current supply but is merely incidental to the effect of climatic action. The invention more specifically comprises the employment of a magnet or magnets and a co-operating element, such as zinc disposed adjacent to the magnet or magnets and connected in such manner and arranged relative to the earth so as to produce current, my observation being that current is produced only when such magnets have their poles facing substantially to the north and south and the zincs are disposed substantially along the magnets. The invention also comprehends other details of construction, combinations and arrangements of parts as will hereinafter be fully set forth and claimed. In the accompanying drawings: Figure 1 is a top plan view of an apparatus embodying the features of the present invention, the arrow accompanying the figure indicating substantially the geographical north, parts of the figure being diagrammatic for condensing the showing.
In Meyers' day he only had the natural magnetic field of the earth to harvest. Today we have filled the E-M spectrum with radio, TV and cell phones. If you were to build this device today it would interfere with all of the above. This would make a lot of people upset with you and probably get you in trouble with the government agencies which regulate these utilities.
This alternate energy source is much like a static energy collector designed and patented by Nikola Tesla in 1901. Patent numbers: 685957 and 685958. However, Tesla didn't find it necessary to use magnets, so there is that difference. There are many inventors on YouTube that mimic his design and show great results.