Skip to main content

Perpetual Motion Engine - funded by government!

Yes ... it appears the government have funded a perpetual motion engine company run by a bunch of Russians.

Cars would use water as the main fuel and need only a small amount of petrol, thus cutting costs for motorists.

Trade Minister Ian Pearson said: "The successful creation of OM Energy Ltd as a UK company represents UK Trade & Investment's steadfast commitment to help develop global entrepreneurship based on exceptional intellectual property.


I wonder how much of our tax monies have been sent in this particular direction.

Comments

Bob Piper said…
"... a bunch of Russians"

Just exactly what are you saying here. Would you have said a "gaggle of Arabs" or "load of Poles"? I suspect if these were US citizens you wouldn't have said "a bunch of Yanks" but would have accepted that investing in innovation wasn't such a bad idea.
John Hemming said…
http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/museum/unwork.htm

Is the "museum of unworkable devices"
Chris Vernon said…
There's a longer story here.
Is this a joke? Is it April Fools Day?

If I understand correctly this company is using technology to split H and O in water so the H can then be used as a fuel. This is ludicrous since, if I remember anything from my physics degree, it takes more energy to split H and O in water than is available using the H as a fuel.

Otherwise we have in infinite amount of energy, a perpetual motion machine and need some new laws of thermodynamics.

If the government has put any money into this then someone's been conned.
"... a bunch of Russians"

Two-thirds of my family are Russians and we see no problem at all with the phrase, any more than I would with "a bunch of Poles", "a bunch of Saudis" or "a bunch of Americans".

Not sure whether I understand the science and engineering principles of this yet, so I won't comment on whether this will work.

There may still be a lot of wild, offbeat but possibly useful ideas to come out of Russia. I remember some years ago some military scientists writing to me for help in marketing some kind of high-speed smoking of fish.
John Hemming said…
Now smoking fish. That is something that might work.

Popular posts from this blog

Standards Board and Ken Livingstone

The link is to the case where Ken Livingstone appealed the decision of the Adjudication Panel for England.

The Standards Board and associated Adjudication Panel have done a lot of damage to democracy in the UK. The courts are, however, bringing them into more sanity.

The point about Ken Livingstone's case is that it was high profile and he also could afford to appeal. The Standard Board has a problem in that those subject to its enquiries face substantial costs that they cannot claim back.

This is an issue that needs further work.

In essence the Judge found that what he said brought him into disrepute, but not the office of Mayor. We do need the machinery of the SBE and APE to concentrate on things that matter rather than people being rude to each other.

Problems with Outlook Express - emails lost dbx corruption

In the light of the enthusiasm shown for my post relating to the OCX control that must not be named (and probably Microsoft's most embarrassing error of recent years) I thought I would write someting about Outlook Express.

Outlook Express is the email client that comes as part of windows. I use it myself, although I have my emails filtered through a spam filter of my own devising written in java. It takes email off a number of servers using POP3 (Post Office Protocol TCP Port 110) and sends it using SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol port 25).

I have recently spent a few hours dealing with the problem that arises when .dbx files get corrupted during compacting.

Outlook Express (OE) stores the emails (and other things) in files with the suffix .dbx. Each folder has its own .dbx file. They are stored in hidden directories. This makes it harder to deal with things when OE goes wrong.

It is very important to back up your stored *.dbx files as otherwise if you have a disk crash/stol…

Statement re False Allegations Campaign

Many people will know that my family and I have been subject to a campaign of false allegations by Esther Baker for the past 4 1/2 years. Yesterday there was a court judgment Baker v Hemming [2019] EWHC 2950 (QB) which formally confirmed that the allegations were false. Esther Baker, who had brought a libel claim against me, dropped her defence of Truth to my counter-claim and was taken by the judge as no longer trying to prove her allegations. Due to Baker's various breaches of court rules and orders, she has been barred from further repeating her allegations even in the court proceedings. Further claim of mine in libel against Baker are ongoing. There is a good summary in the Daily Mail here.

This demonstrates the challenge in fighting false allegations in today's Britain. A substantial campaign was built up to promote allegations which had no substance to them. Various Labour MPs and in pa…