Goldes, 73, is chief executive of a small company called Magnetic Power Inc., which has spent years researching ways to, yes, generate power using magnets.
Within a few months, he says, he might just have a breakthrough to report that could revolutionize where people get fuel.
"We're not yet ready to talk about what's happening in our lab because, honestly, we don't know what's happening," Goldes told me. "All we know is that we're seeing more energy output than input.
"If their efforts pay off," the magazine reported last year, "ZPE-driven power plants might enable Mach 4 fighters, quiet 1,200-seat hypersonic airliners that fly at 100-mile altitudes as far as 12,000 miles in about 70 minutes and 12.6-hour trips to the moon."
Sounds cool. Sounds too good to be true. Sounds like a crock.
First of all why would this guy open his mouth about this technology if he really had it? You would figure he would keep his mouth shut, patent the darn thing, and make ubber gubber billions when he proves it works.
Either he's the biggest moron off the face of the planet in the history of human civilization,... or he's just another idiot that thinks he's got a "perpetual motion machine." I realize he's not building a machine that will violate the laws of thermodynamics - in theory zero point energy is viable. However, this harks to me of the same type of nonsense. Many patents over the years were granted to machines that were not viable because they violated the laws of thermodynamics... Each one I bet had an awnser like "Zero Point Energy" as a justification that can explain away the theoretical impossibility.
I'll believe it when I see it. And if I were this guy, and I knew this was true, I would shut my big fat trap. Then I would make a phone call to Ford, and kindly explain to them that I can sell them a power source that would let them manufacture cars that can literally run off of nothing at all. Then I would call up Boeing and Lockheed, make another deal, and by the end of it I would swimming in a whole sea of cash I don't need. Then I would sell the business off, and then I would give most of the money away to charities and Catholic organizations, and then I would move down to some tropical paradise to sip fruit punch for the rest of my life.
Sounds like a plan to me.