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A Hitchhiker's Guide to the "Free Energy" MEG

YOWUSA.COM, 25-June-02
Jacco van der Worp

Foreword by Marshall Masters

motionless electromagnetic generatoThis article by Jacco van der Worp a Dutch physicist, explains the "free energy" Magnetic Energy Generator MEG simply, in layman's terms.  I worked closely with Jacco on this project and sent a polite request to Lee Kenny, one of the MEG principals for assistance. His quick response was controlling and reeked of paranoia. "You are NOT AUTHORIZED by MEL to publish any information regarding the MEG."  (Readers can view and comment on the full text via the YOWUSA message board post, MEG -- Masters and Kenny.) At first, his paranoid reply puzzled me, but as we further investigated the MEG we came to understand the paranoia and it chilled our blood.  Perhaps this particular genie should be left in the bottle.

My first reaction to Kenny's suppressive controlling behavior was to shoot back a reply reminding him that there is a funny little piece of paper called The Constitution. After that, the urgent paranoia in Kenny's response continued to task me. 

An obvious and simplistic explanation is that Bearden et al. are busy subscribing to Yachting Magazine and setting up bank accounts in offshore tax havens for their new to be wealth.  The problem is that is too simplistic an explanation, because after working with engineers for twenty-five years I've learned to recognize a knee-jerk paranoid reaction when I see one.  Kenny's reply was quintessential a knee-jerk paranoid reaction.  Perhaps, I would have reached this conclusion early on, were I not so enamored with the MEG technology.   But as dug deeper, I found more tangible reasons for Kenny's paranoia.

The process of invention is a passionate one.  At the end of the process are the hopeful financial rewards, but for something as complex as the MEG there is an equally large reward -- peer recognition.  "Damn your eyes, but you did it."  In this heat of invention the post reality dimensions are discussed but at a lower level and with less emphasis.  I believe this is what may have happened to the MEG inventors.  They simply got so carried away with the passion of invention that it clouded their view beyond the moment they would receive their patent, which in turn would embrace their paradigm shifting theories with plausibility.

However, once the patent was issued, the types of articles one would expect to see in magazines like Popular Science and Popular Mechanics failed to materialize. Further, what was made available by Bearden et al. was such geeky technobabble that it usually sails over the head of the average man.  I now believe there was a reason for this.

The MEG opens a doorway into a new future, filled with new applications that will build upon the fundamental concepts of the MEG.  Like the nuclear genie America unleashed upon Japan, the MEG genie offers us both a new and better world as well as a dead world all in the same breath.   I believe this explains Kenny's paranoia.  Now that he and his fellow MEG/MEL partners are looking at the practical applications of their invention they are starting to see it from "outside the box" as they say in the computer business.  So what could they be seeing that makes them want to control the flow of knowledge about this new invention?

While the focus now is on the "free energy" application of MEG technology, its ability to interact and deform the space time continuum offers an alarming new range of applications to include: Weapon of mass destruction, interstellar space drive and time machine engine.  And that is only the beginning of the hypothetical possibilities that could emerge from this paradigm shifting invention.

However, before we this genie is let out of the bottle, our elected representatives and all of us in the mainstream need to understand the MEG a little better.  That is the goal of this superb article by Jacco van der Worp.

Marshall Masters, Publisher

A Hitchhiker's Guide to
the "Free Energy" MEG

This fourth article in a YOWUSA series on the Motionless Electromagnetic Generator by Tom Bearden et al., now under patent, discusses this groundbreaking technology in non-technical layman's terms as opposed to delving deeply into the physical principles behind the MEG.  Once you have finished reading the article, you will have a general idea of how the MEG works and why its inventors call it a "free energy" machine.

For those with bolder interests in the precise formulas and equations describing the MEG, those working on the project have already published several technical articles on the Internet.  The best of these is a 69-page PDF file called The Motionless Electromagnetic Generator: Extracting Energy from a Permanent Magnet with Energy Replenishing from the Active Vacuum. This document lays out the most basic principles used for the MEG with some graphics added in.

Getting to know the MEG

The MEG represents a revolutionary approach to generating energy in our ever more demanding economy.  However, it may also become a huge financial threat to big energy companies, as Marshall Masters outlined in his article Bearden's Free Energy MEG Destined For Chapter Eleven

However, if the MEG grows into its destined role, it will conquer the market.  It will do so by providing mankind with a durable and above all clean source of energy, which so far no other source of energy has achieved at an affordable price. 

For the common person, the MEG is an obtuse technical wonder and understanding why it works requires one to dive headfirst into what seems to be a bottomless pool of technobabble.  However, if we pare the issue down to five basic technological terms, we can create a basic understanding of the MEG.

In a MEG device there are five basic terms playing an important role in making it work.  They are (energy) flux, efficiency, capacitance, magnetic field and shielding. This article will attempt to explain each MEG term simply, using everyday examples.  After the basic explanation, we will explore a full analogy in the form of a rain barrel. 


Cadillac Tail FinFlux, or energy flux to be more precise, is essentially a by-product of energy creation.  For example, an automobile engine uses a mixture of gasoline and air to power the car.  Older engines in particular were not extremely efficient in burning all of this mixture and the by-product is the smog that comes out the tailpipe of the car.  

Modern car engines are more economical; less unburned gasoline goes out their tailpipes.  However, even the most efficient cars on the road today still push unburned gasoline out the tailpipe.  On top of that, part of the heat generated by the burning of the gasoline inside the engine also leaves that way.  In a manner of speaking, the smog that comes out of your car's exhaust is like flux. It is a by-product of the process of creating the energy needed to make your car travel down the road.

Flux and Efficiency  

Out of Gas Sign Before the oil embargo of 1973, American car designers largely ignored the issue of flux by building cars with larger engines to go faster.  Consequently, this fuel economy suffered from the embargo.  However, in 1973 the price of fuel did not make this an important issue.  Once the fuel price rose after 1973, American auto manufacturers began losing sales to foreign manufacturers who were building more fuel-efficient engines.


We define efficiency as the useful application of energy flow.  This means that if we build a more fuel-efficient engine, it will send less unburned fuel out the tailpipe and thereby increase the number of miles we can go on the same amount of gasoline.

The part we call useful here is the energy of the burned gasoline whose heat is used to move our car.  That is what we aimed for, that part divided by the total energy that could be produced from the amount of gas we used, is called efficiency.

Efficiency and Unity

Since 1973, the goal of auto manufacturers is to use the available energy in gasoline as much as possible. The most they can hope for is what is called unity.  Unity means that a system can use 100% of the energy input into it.  In this case, that would be the energy stored in the gasoline to generate the desired output, the output in this case is the horsepower our engine delivers to move our car down the road. 

No matter how efficient the designs are in pushing toward unity, the most a system can hope to achieve with present technologies is around 30% efficiency, which is some 70% short of unity.

Unity and Closed Systems

When we commonly think of unity (100% efficiency), we also tend to think in terms of closed systems.

High Performance EngineA closed system is a system that is completely isolated from the rest of the world.  In a manner of speaking, an automobile engine is a closed system.  The energy released from the burning of the gasoline to extract its energy is either captured to power the car or blown out the tailpipe as wasted flux.  Likewise, you continually reduce the amount of gasoline in your tank as you drive down the road.  The total amount of energy that is either still stored in unburned gasoline or is moving your car along or is leaving the tailpipe as waste flux is constant.

The essential point to keep in mind about a closed system is that it does not draw energy from the environment around it.  On the other hand, an open system does draw energy from its surroundings.

Closed Systems and Open Systems

Auto with Sail If we were to create automobiles with open systems, what would they look like?  They would have the same engine, but an automobile with an open system would for example have a mast and a sail. 

In this case, the driver would use the automobile engine to raise and lower the sail.  The raised sail completes an open system by capturing motion energy from the wind and using it to propel the car down the road (provided the wind is with you.) 

Once you have raised the sail, you can make the car go forward by angling the sail to the wind.  To slow you can position the sail in line with the direction of the wind thereby neutralizing it as an active, open power system.  Once you raise the sail, you do not need the car's engine for propulsion.

The essential point to keep in mind about an open system is that it draws energy from the environment around it like the sail on our modified car. In addition, it is controllable in that you can turn it on and off, just like a closed system. 

Open Systems and the
Coefficient of Performance (COP)

Because the auto sail is not limited to the energy of the fuel in the gas tank (which can never exceed unity or 100% efficiency), an open system (portrayed here by the auto sail) can in fact exceed unity.  In other words, it can obtain more than 100% efficiency from the energy system it is interacting with, which in this case is the wind.  So how do we measure systems than can achieve more than unity?

The term Coefficient of Performance (COP) compares the amount of energy input into a system versus the usable amount of energy output by the same system.  For example, if using the engine in our auto to raise the sail requires one unit of energy and that when the sail is raised it generates or gathers 8 units of wind motion energy, the Coefficient of Performance is 800%.  Another way of expressing this is 8:1, where 8 is the useful energy available and 1 is the amount of energy inserted into the system to trigger the generation of usable energy.

Coefficient of Performance and Capacitance

In our car example we used a sail to propel our car to achieve an 8:1 COP. Could this work with larger systems? For example, could it work with trucks as well?  We already know that sails were used to propel huge wooden sailing ships centuries ago.

Wooden Sailing ShipLet's go back in time to sailing ships for a moment. The builders of these great ships knew that the more and bigger sails they added to their ships, the faster they would go.  However, great expanses of water surround that ship on the ocean. With this in mind, let's see how this applies to using sail power to propel cars and trucks. 

Because cars and trucks travel in close proximity to each other and in the same direction on a highway, the amount of wind energy available in the open system must be divided amongst the various vehicles.  Consequently, those in closest proximity to the wind direction will bleed off wind power from those ahead of them.  In essence, they literally steal each other's wind.

In terms of capacitance, the essential concept here is that open systems may not be unlimited systems.  In the case of our auto and truck sails, the proximity and number of sails accessing the same open wind system for energy will drain the open system.  In other words, even if an open system is free, capacitance tells us that there is only so much of it to go around.

At this point, we've discussed some general terms used with the MEG.  Now we're ready to discuss terms that are more specific to the MEG, beginning with fields. 

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