At a time when society is trying to find greener and cleaner sources of power, it seems unbelievable that some conspiracy theorists believe that free energy is being suppressed. Their belief is that abundant, pollution-free, low-cost energy sources are being covered up by the government, large corporations and groups who profit from fossil fuel or nuclear power, whose business model would be threatened by this free energy.
If these organisations are trying to suppress free energy, they're not doing a very good job, because free energy is already public knowledge and it is working. Renewable energy such as solar, wind and hydro already generates more than 25% of the United Kingdom's power demand, it exceeds the amount generated by coal.
True renewable energy might not be completely free as it does require building solar panels, wind turbines and hydroelectric power stations, but once built it is clean and cheap energy that can be harnessed freely from the environment around us.
We're also working hard to perfect nuclear fusion, which has been described as the Holy Grail for clean, sustainable power for decades. Recent news stories suggest we're getting pretty close to getting the technology working and once we do, it will be an abundant source of very low cost, clean energy.
However, this isn't what the conspiracy theorists want. They think that devices which are capable of extracting significant and usable power from pre-existing unconventional energy reservoirs, such as quantum vacuum zero point energy, for little or no cost, are being hidden from the public.
These devices are often imagined to be a form of perpetual motion machine, capable of being placed in a home and generating unlimited power for their owner, but this whole concept is a myth. Solar energy is free, but you have to pay for the solar panels, so it's not really free. Even if claims that these perpetual motion machines were true and accurate, just like solar, the machines would still cost money to make, as well as an ongoing cost to manipulate, convert, and apply that energy.
In reality, any such device would be built on a commercial scale in order to replace conventional power stations. After all, who wants a small power station in their home anyway? I don't have room.
If the conspiracy theorist are correct, then how does the government and these commercial organisations prevent this technology from becoming mainstream knowledge? Bearing in mind that technologies like solar power and nuclear fusion have already slipped through their net of control.
The type of devices allegedly suppressed include perpetual motion machines, cold fusion generators, torus-based generators and even reverse-engineered extraterrestrial technology, as well as other unproven, pseudoscientific energy sources.
It would be very difficult to keep advancements in this field under wraps. The groups behind the cover up would have to have control over all commercial organisations who might be looking to produce and market free energy devices, as well as all scientific research establishments, including university laboratories.
It's possible that they could do this by issuing research grants to these facilities and then swooping in and taking control of projects should they get close to uncovering free energy, but if this were the case, we'd have heard about it from scientists, students and even lab assistants.
It would also take a global superpower to keep the technology secret. As we all know, there is a lot of hostility between various world governments, there has never been an alliance or treaty between all countries around the world, but that's what it would take to suppress free energy, they'd all have to be in it together. If the United States covered up their scientists research into free energy and prevented it from becoming public, unless all other countries were involved in the cover up, they would develop the technology independently, patent it and sell it to the US for profit.
Conspiracy theorists believe that several individuals have had their work suppressed, been harassed or even killed to prevent their work becoming public. These include Thomas Henry Moray, Stanley Meyer and Eugene Mallove.
Thomas Henry Moray from Salt Lake City invented the Moray Valve in the 1930s, which was said to be capable of pulling 50 kilowatts of energy from thin air. He claimed that the device, which consisted of a large antenna connected to a series of capacitors, transformers, and semiconductors, was able to harvest cosmic energy.
Moray claimed that as a result of his work, his family had been threatened and shot at on several occasions and his lab ransacked to stop his free energy research. Conspiracy theorist now believe that Moray is a leading example of a lost opportunity and of free energy suppression.
Stanley Meyer is another inventor who claimed to have invented a free energy device, his was a water fuel cell. He claimed that a car fitted with his device could use water as fuel instead of petrol. It was alleged that it broke the water down into its component elements, hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen gas is then burned to generate energy to power the vehicle, a clean process that produces water as a byproduct, making the fuel cell a perpetual motion machine.
Meyer died suddenly in 1998, while dining at a restaurant, he apparently ran outside during the meal saying, "they poisoned me". After an investigation, the coroner reported that Meyer had died of a cerebral aneurysm. His supporters believe he was assassinated to suppress his work. However, Meyer's patents have now expired and his inventions are now in the public domain, yet no one has been able to replicate his work.
Eugene Franklin Mallove was the founder of the nonprofit organisation, New Energy Foundation. He was a supporter of cold fusion, a hypothesised but discredited type of nuclear reaction that would occur at room temperature, making it safe and cheap. Mallove was murdered in 2004 while cleaning out a house he was renting out. The subsequent court hearing found that Mallove was probably killed by an evicted tenant with a grudge.
Could the conspiracy theorist be right? Could free energy devices exist? Well, as previously mentioned, they do in the form of renewable energy like solar power, but in the form of a perpetual motion machine... no, it is impossible, as it would violate the first or second law of thermodynamics.
Basically, these fundamental laws of physics mean that overtime any machine that is powered by a finite source of energy will not operate indefinitely and that the total amount of energy in a closed system is fixed, the output power can never be more than the power put into the system.
The total amount of energy in the universe cannot increase or decrease, the "free" energy needs to come from somewhere. For example, if this is attempted using a weight mechanism on a wheel, then it will always require the same, if not more energy to move the weights to the top of the wheel in order to then exploit the gravitational pull on the weight.
In 2017 a new state of matter known as time crystals was discovered, the atoms in these microscopic structures are locked in continual repetitive motion. However, these do not constitute perpetual motion machines in the traditional sense or violate thermodynamic laws because they are in their quantum ground state, so no energy can be extracted from them.
It seems that free energy is nothing more than science fiction and if you really want to invest in free energy, then you should chose a green electricity tariff, which invests profits in renewable energy.