At the end of July my next bimonthly column – this time honoring Dr. Wingate Lambertson — will be published in Atlantis Rising magazine. He died recently, mere weeks before his 90th birthday. His wife Eileen passed on earlier this year. They had chosen Florida for most of their retirement years, so his final month was also shadowed by news of oil drifting toward familiar beaches.
Seeing the possibility of a new energy source, Dr. Lambertson had wanted to bring clean energy and jobs to replace coal mining in his home state of Kentucky.
But he didn’t ever get the funding that could have hired a team of specialists to help him refine and further develop his solid-state “zero-point energy” converter. (He named the method — which was based on acceleration of electron charges — the World into Neutrinos (WIN) process.) At the end of this lifetime he had a dream telling him that in the year 2018 his process would finally be ready for use by the world. Before his daughter told me about that dream, I wondered why I decided to write my Report from the Front column about an invention whose inventor didn’t live to see it vindicated.
Then I received confidential information from another scientist, whose very recent small-scale but precise experiments, done in collaboration with a colleague, “prove that a ‘field’ exists in space which can do work on a mechanical system to increase its kinetic energy when acceleration is present.”
The cautious experimenter speculated: “Possibly, this field is a consequence of the ether Einstein alluded to in 1920.” (A patent is pending on the device used in this new experiment, so no more will be said about it at this time.)
Coincidentally, acceleration (in Dr. Lambertson’s case it was acceleration of electron charges) was the vital part of both experiments, including the un-named device tested this month. Acceleration was the factor that Win Lambertson believed enabled his WIN system to tap into the background energy of space and therefore added excess energy to the output of his system.
He wasn’t a stereotypical garage inventor. Instead, he was a former executive director of Kentucky’s Science and Technology Commission who overcome his academic skepticism about extraordinary claims that energy freely available from space could be tapped for useful work.
Following are excerpts from what his daughter wrote:
Wingate Augustus Lambertson, Ph.D., 89, of Lexington, Kentucky, departed this earth on May 10, 2010 at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Lambertson attended Rutgers University where he received his masters and Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering. While at Rutgers, he invented a ceramic coating for boiler-furnace refractories for use by the Navy. This invention proved to add substantially to boiler life for the Navy fleet and was very important to the sea-keeping ability of the fleet.
Dr. Lambertson left Rutgers to work in Chicago at the Argonne National Laboratories. While there, he worked on refractory problem involved in atomic energy. He then went to Toledo, Ohio, to teach at Toledo University. Next he went to Grand Island, NY to work at Carborundum. In 1963 he moved his family to Lexington, KY to work at Spindletop Research where he once again was doing research.
He retired to Florida in 1980 where he could devote all his time to his energy research, specifically Zero Point Energy, ZPE. He was a dreamer beyond his time and very late in life still believed that there is a very viable energy source out there and believed that it will come to fruition in 2018. He continued reading and writing right up to the end of his very active life.
A memorial was held on Thursday, May 13, 2010 in Lexington, KY and his ashes are buried next to his beloved wife of 63 years who passed away on January 25, 2010.
The following is adapted from my earlier book, The Coming Energy Revolution (Avery Publishing Group, 1996, now out of print):
THE CERMET OF WINGATE LAMBERTSON
In Florida, Wingate Lambertson, Ph.D., lights a row of lamps in his garage using what he says is electricity taken from the energy of space. It took years for Lambertson, a former director of Kentucky’s Science and Technology Commission, to overcome his academic skepticism about claims that you could get something for nothing yet energy freely available from space could be tapped for useful work.
After getting his doctorate from Rutgers University, Lambertson worked for United States Steel in Chicago before going into the United States Navy. After going back to Rutgers for more postgraduate work, he joined Argonne National Laboratory, where he worked on nuclear fuel technology.
Then Lambertson discovered the large body of space-energy literature that has been written by researchers in the field. Eventually, he came to believe that something similar to an aether – the basic stuff of the universe — could exist, and that where collected, it could be used to make electricity.
After decades of research and experimentation, Lambertson was certain that space energy can be turned into a practical power source through a process he called World Into Neutrinos (WIN). He envisioned it being engineered into units that will probably be set outside the home on a small concrete pad, like central air conditioning units are now, and wired into the home’s master electric switchbox. The price? Cheaper than buying or leasing a modestly-priced car.
The most important part of the WIN process was Lambertson’s E-dam, and the most interesting component in the E-dam was cermet. Cermet is a heat-resistant ceramic-and-metal composite invented in 1948 and considered by NASA for rocket nozzles and jet-engine turbine blades. Lambertson, who spent almost his entire career working with advanced ceramics, experimented to develop the best cermet for his device. The E-dam contains a plate of cermet formed into a round spacer about three inches in diameter, sandwiched between metal plates of the same size.
The process starts with an electrical charge, a stream of electrons from a standard power supply. The charge flows into the E-dam, where it is held in the cermet: “It stores electrons like a regular dam stores water,” Lambertson said. When the dam is opened, the electrons are released. As they accelerate, the falling electrons gain energy from the space energy that is present in the E-dam. This gain in energy is what allows the device to put out more power than it takes in.
The current of electrons then flows into the device to be powered, such as a lamp, and then moves into another E-dam for recycling. Lambertson said there is no way for the process to become dangerous – if too much power were generated, the E-dams would overheat, shutting down the system.
For years, Lambertson was more interested in proving that the process gained energy than in the actual amount of energy gained, since he thought scaling up the process to higher efficiencies would be a relatively simple engineering problem. When his first of three patent applications was rejected, he saw it as a blessing because it forced him to study the space-energy literature more carefully. Eventually, he improved the process to the point where it put out twice as much energy as it started with, but he still needed to perfect it into a reliable product.
(Keep in mind, that chapter excerpt was written in 1994-5.)