The world’s first solar energy panels, designed by Stanford engineer George Whitesides, were built in California.
In 1896, after receiving federal funding, Stanford physicist William Shockley began designing the first practical light bulb. The first successful commercial battery, developed in 1921, was made by a New York electrical engineer named Frederick Taylor. Taylor patented his discovery in 1927.
“The concept of the ‘free’ energy is so far-reaching and yet so simple, one that has been around forever,” said Richard M. Herndon, president of the Electric Power Research Institute, an energy research laboratory operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. At the same time, the invention of the computer “made the concept of free energy an everyday reality.”
In the 1960s, physicist James Clerk Maxwell predicted that there would be an exponential increase in the rate of production of energy from sunlight over the next 20,000 years. This would not only lead to a greater abundance of energy with each passing day, but also to a faster, more robust reaction to external conditions. This idea was known as Maxwell’s equations.
“The energy and the light are the same thing, but we’re talking about different processes,” Schindler said.
What is the difference?
The process of converting heat in the sun to kinetic energy in plants, animals and human beings is called hydrodynamics, according to the National Science Foundation. In the case of wind and water, it is called turbulence.
“Free energy is a good catchall term for a lot of things we’ve been doing,” Drenkard said. “It describes the fact that we can actually convert a great deal of energy into energy with minimal effort.”
Is this possible?
Yes, according to M.V. Lee Badgett, a mathematician and professor of physics and electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and he led the field of high-energy physics from 2000 to 2010.
He’s also been fascinated by free energy ever since “a professor at MIT told me that we could, using energy-absorbing crystals that would be very cheap and very robust and that would provide enormous amounts of energy for a small cost, produce a new type of liquid crystal display from sunlight.”
Badgett and his co-authors were able to accomplish that feat in 2010, using cheap, inexpensive sunlight-absorbing crystals that are more powerful than silicon displays and they were only 15