The Power of a Vacuum, Atmospheric Pressure, and an Atmospheric Engine

                                                                                                                        December 2005

     Atmospheric pressure absolutely amazes me... everybody knows that if you were to dive 3000 feet deep into the ocean, you would be crushed by the pressure of the water. The fish in the ocean do not feel the pressure just as humans do not feel the pressure of the atmosphere - but atmospheric pressure exists just the same. Take a look at the guy in the picture below. He is holding a "vacuum cannon" which is basically a tube with tape on both ends, a ping pong ball inside, and all the air evacuated with a vacuum pump. Pictures from St Mary's University...

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When the tape is suddenly punctured, air at normal atmospheric pressure rushes in and forces the ping pong ball out the other end, through the tape, and about 50 yards across the field. I was astonished when I first saw this video...

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     I know it only takes about 5 seconds or less to apply a vacuum to that tube that size with a good vacuum pump. At 120 volts and 10 amps, that's not much power or energy going into this cannon. I'm no expert on these things, but it seems to me that there is a lot more energy coming out than there is going in. I know that's supposed to be impossible, but it sure looks that way to me! If someone could figure out a way to harness thnewcomen engineis atmospheric pressure energy and make a atmospheric engine, they will have a nice little motor on their hands.

     This brings us to a guy named Thomas Newcomen. He is the person who is credited with inventing the very first working steam engine (or atmospheric engine). He did this about 65 years before James Watt made his improvements. Around 1712, Newcomen invented an engine that used steam to raise a piston. What's neat is what he did next... he injected cold water into the cylinder with the steam in it to condense the steam and thus create a vacuum. Then our old friend "atmospheric pressure" took over and pushed the piston down with great force. The cycle then started all over again with injected hot steam that pushed the piston up. His engine was mostly used to pump water out of mines.

     There are several ways to create a vacuum... an inventor named Bernard Rowe invented a vacuum engine or atmospheric engine in 1976 that used ammonia as the gas. The patent # is 3,945,211 and can be accessed by clicking
HERE. Ammonia gas is easily condensed into water and then can be turned back into a gas by heating the water. Rowe used the expansion/compression cycles to operate a simple piston that had high pressure and low pressure (vacuum) cycles just like Newcomen's atmospheric engine.atmospheric engine

     I already have a lot of information in my book "Electricity - Make it, Don't Buy it" about what happens to water in a vacuum - it basically boils at room temperature. The possibilities for applying this feature of atmospheric pressure are endless - especially in cooling (air conditioning) and powering a turbine. Remember... I described this in my March newsletter which you can read by clicking on the link at the top of the page. Much more information in my book available at

     All the information I provide to you in these newsletters and books is real and workable. Maybe everyone can't build the devices that I talk about, but they are workable none the less. I never talk about crazy anti-gravity, UFO, free energy, or perpetual motion ideas either. All the books below have been reviewed by me and contain very useful, real information.

     Speaking of books... I now have "The Oil Age is Over" available in paperback and in eBook format. I simply can't stress enough the importance of reading this eye-opening book. The oil is running out and it will start happening more like 5-10 years from now as opposed to what most people think - 50-100 years from now. Everything is in this one book including why "alternative" sources of fuel and power will NEVER be able to replace fossil fuels. If you don't believe me, then get this book and read the FACTS and FIGURES for yourself. I guaran-damn tee - you'll think differently afterwards. Those that read this book will survive - those that don't will be part of the 90% of the world's population that will be up the creek without a paddle (Yes... that's the exact figure that they are projecting). I know this all sounds crazy, but I honestly believe it is true. And the scientists that are quoted in the book believe it too.

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