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Article:What You Can Expect Open Sourcing Energy Technology
The following is adapted from an email by New Energy Congress founder, Sterling D. Allan written on July 9, 2008 to an inventor who he is trying to encourage to open source what is alleged to be an easy-to-understand, easy-to-replicate, easy-to-source, useful power output technology.
I've been involved in a number of open source energy projects, so I can tell you from first-hand experience what you can expect.
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There are a lot of very talented people out there, so right away, you will see some very professional drawings emerge, followed by many replications. There will be animations showing the inner workings of the design. There will be theories set forth as to how/why it works. And, as to be expected, there will be skeptics naysaying everything. Some of them can say very rude and mean things. You just have to shrug it off and pretty much ignore it, and not let it get to you.
People tend to be resourceful and inventive when they replicate, so very few of the replicas look like one another. Each has it's own personality. What that variety does is it shows the scalability and variability of the technology, or lack thereof. Some people will make changes that result in a non-operational unit, and sometimes they will also be obnoxious in stating that they have proven that the design does not work, even though it is obvious they made some crucial changes. Others make changes that increase performance.
Much of this is shared with the group through the forums -- and there are likely to be a number of forums. We usually set one up at YahooGroups, which is one of the most commonly used venues for such things. There will be a thread over at http://OverUnity.com, and another one over at the Steorn forum, among other places.
PESWiki.com will provide a web presence summarizing the project, giving instructions, listing the updates, posting the replication reports, etc. These pages will be linked together with a right-hand navigation column.
Another advantage of open sourcing is the volunteer spirit that drives people with no thought or expectations of remuneration for their efforts.
There is a lot of staying power and persistence among most who tackle the project, working through the various catches and obstacles that arise, some even continuing years after most everyone else has given up or written it off as unfeasible.
The closest thing we have had to an open source project for a design that actually works well and produces useful energy would be the various "hydrogen boost" projects in which an onboard electrolyzer produces hydroxy gas which is then injected into the air intake to catalyze a more efficiency burn of the fuel. Several commercial operations are emerging in this field, some of which have had their origin in the open source forums. Ozzie Freeborn's "Water4Gas" is one of these, and as I mentioned before, he is raking in money at a very high rate, $100 dollars at a time through downloads via Clickbank.
The biggest advantage of open sourcing is that it gets the plans out there to a large number of people very rapidly, so that the technology cannot be suppressed. People copy the plans to their hard drives, replicate the device, and share their information at a high rate of speed. Things move along much faster, and almost immediately the pressure is off the inventor in terms of potential suppression episodes. The bullies of the planet cannot suppress something once it blows like a pillow-full of feathers to the wind.
There will still be pressure on the inventor in terms of people asking questions about the device; but once again, open sourcing can reduce that pressure by posting the answers where everyone has access to them in a well-organized manner. Also, we can reduce your load by having just one or two individuals who serve as your interface, answering the questions that have already been addressed, and asking you only those things that have not yet been addressed, insulating you from public view and harrasment.
Open source can move very rapidly, though we would probably try to contain things at early stages while we are yet validating and coming up with a feasible open source design composed of readily-available components. It is conceivable that the plans could be derived in a couple of days, posted, and the open source launched that quickly, but we would want to also have a few people quietly replicate the device first, to show that it can be replicated and to show that the plans are adequate to result in a working device. This will add 2-4 weeks to the process; but at any time during that phase, we could hit the publish button to let the world know about the plans, so we're still protected in terms of safety in numbers. Also during that time would be when we could be preparing a set of well-presented plans to make available for download from the net via Clickbank for a fee.
Even after we have a few replications accomplished and the plans available on the net, I would suggest that we still try to keep things lower profile and not try to seek out big media attention. We will be encouraging people to not go to the media, but to give time for more replications to be accomplished and posted. The more videos of working units there are, the more credibility the project will have. Also, some of the people will be willing to post their address so people can come take a look if they want. Some replicas can be posted in public venues such as libraries or museums for public inspection. Some live video cams will also be set up, showing continuous motion.
At this point, things will get pretty crazy in terms of how fast things will move, as people all over the planet grab a hold of the idea and begin implementing it for the thousands of different applications that are out there. Multiple translations will arise, with localized solutions presented, showing where local materials and resources are available to build the device in various regions around the world.
I expect that interest in this project will grow logarithmically for about a month before it starts gradually tapering off.
Some things that could take pressure off the project include:
- It is not as easy to replicate as originally thought
- It's power output is not as great as originally expected
- Another project arises with greater potential
As for danger to you and your family, I don't think there is much of a risk if you open source, because the pressure is let off almost immediately by sharing it with a bunch of people.
Before getting too worked up about all the problems you could face, getting overwhelmed by the many mountains of opposition and fear that can mount as a result, I urge you to take a more positive approach, and look at the great good that come from this.
Focusing on the negative will only result in depression and inaction. I find that bullies thrive on fear, so I don't go into fear. I just go about doing the right thing and ignore them.
Focusing on the positive can lead to huge benefits for mankind. We're talking:
- billions of lives that could be enhanced for good,
- water brought to areas inexpensively,
- quality of living increased for billions,
- new technological advances made possible,
- drastically reduced pollution on the planet,
- more enlightened care of the earth,
- the fizzling of the oppressive oil barons and their minions,
- the emergence more enlightened ways of governance that are based on individual responsibility and freedom rather than control, and which optimize the creativity of the human spirit,
- conveniences galore:
- Don't have to stop for fuel
- Don't have to pay for electricity
- Don't have to worry about saving electricity
You get the idea.
The following points were added by Sterling D. Allan March 5, 2009.
What we can do/help with
- layout & organization of material
- web hosting via PESWiki.com
- build-out of the pages as sections grow
- monitoring discussion group
- communication interface
- creating PDF instruction doc
- setting up Clickbank interface
- video production
- payout to assistants
- translation coordination
- arranging kit
- legal language (customer terms of service)
- eventually establishing a specific corporation to handle this business
- caveat notes
- "If you wish to build more than five units, then you need to enter into an agreement with ____..."
- major production license terms overview
- takes customer payments
- sends a check or direct deposit 2x/month or 1/week
- allows others to promote the text and get a commission for referrals
- sends affiliates a check or direct deposic
- suggested referral commissions 40 - 60%
- we create a splash page that gives people a brief overview of the document to entice them to purchase the book/manual.
- the "purchase" link sends them to Clickbank to make payment. Then Clickbank sends them back to our site to a download page where the customer downloads the instructions file.
What we will need from you
- complete set of instructions
- Photos and video of existing prototype upon which the design is based
- List of materials, including specifications and tolerances and estimated pricing.
- Blueprints for any components that need to be machined
- Assembly instructions
- Operating instructions
- assistance in fine tuning the plans until they are verified as being adequate to result in a working replication
- confirmation of technology (the more the better)
- allow at least one person from PES/NEC to witness unit in operation
- video and photos
- independent witness statements
- cautionary notes (e.g. electrical shock, chemical hazards, mechanical injury, noise, etc)
- help with technical questions
- help with FAQ page
- improvements brainstorming
- guidance in kit development
- guidance in commercial unit development (brought through more traditional route)
- advisory capacity for companies under contract in licensing
Steps to Take
- Agree to relationship terms (1-5 days)
- Validate technology (1-2 days)
- Build site (1 day; ongoing)
- Convey plans to PES/NEC (2 -14 days)
- Complete pdf plans (2-14 days [simultaneous with conveyance])
- Distribute plans to NEC and Overunity.com ([not published there, but offered there, with interested parties contacting us privately]?) for review/replication/editing (1 day)
- Get at least one replication via the plans to assure that the plans are clear and adequate. (5 - 24 days)
- Establish Clickbank account for plans (2 hours) [Note: while the plans are available to the public for a fee via Clickbank, those people working on the open source advancement of the plans, improving the design, engineering it to the various applications and sizes, will have open access to the designs under development. The finished designs will be made available to the public through Clickbank.]
- Announce plans (14-30 days after start)
- Publish replications and reviews as they occur
- Enter into license agreements as opportunities arise
- Fine tune plans
- Begin work on kit (2-6 weeks)
- Begin work on version 2.0
- Begin work on other sizes and applications
- Begin work on commercial unit (9-18 months)
- Secure patent(s) on specific applications/improvements
- UL Certification
- First commercial unit released (~1 - 3 years after project commencement)
- Market penetration (years later)