Energy from Space
by M. Rahman
In a tiny room in a Bombay suburb, an electrical engineer works
on a machine that seems to have been conceived in a Sci-Fi book - a
generator which can ostensibly produce electricity from nothing.
But the machine's creator, Paramahamsa Tewari, 51, is not an
eccentric inventor from one of Sukumar Ray's fantastic tales. He is
a senior engineer with the Department of Atomic Energy's Nuclear
Power Corporation (NPC).
Tewari created a minor sensation 10 years ago when he produced the
theory that space is filled with a dynamic medium whose swirling
motion is the source of all matter and energy.
He called it the Space Vortex Theory (SVT) which postulated that at
the heart of the electron was a void whose high speed rotation
within a vacuum could produce energy from space.
Interestingly, it was the Theosophical Society which had first
published Tewari's theory by arranging a special lecture in 1977 at
Adyar in Madras.
The theosophists were excited by Tewari's ideas since they were
remarkably close to observations about the electron put forward by
Annie Besant's associate, the clairvoyant Charles W. Leadbeater, in
the book "Occult Chemistry."
However, the first indication that Tewari's ideas about the
structure of space were more than just a mystic vision came earlier
this year at a conference in Hanover organised by the German
Association of Gravity Field Energy.
The Space Power Generator (SPG) invented by Tewari won the first
prize of Rs 25,000 from among 25 similar machines presented at the
conference by scientists from all over.
Tewari's generator is actually a simple machine, consisting
basically of a magnetised cylinder rotating at high speed with the
help of a motor.
Power from this device is extracted by connecting a wire between the
surface of the cylinder and its axis. According to the engineer-
inventor, the SPG produces two-and-a-half to three-and- a-half times
more power than it consumes, defying the basic physical law of
conservation of energy which says that the output of energy cannot
be more than the input.
Tewari says the excess power comes from the inter-atomic space of
the rotating cylinder - it is the movement of the "voids" in the
spinning cylinder which creates additional energy out of the space
between the machine's axis and the magnet.
Tewari admits that his theory sounds incredible taking into account
the existing laws and that he would never have developed it had he
been trained as a physicist and not an engineer, since it is so
divergent from conventional physics.
But, he says, it would have been difficult for him to go on with
work on the SVT and the generator were it not for encouragement from
two US physicists, John A. Wheeler, director of the Centre for
Theoretical Physics at the University of Texas, Austin, and Bruce
DePalma, formerly a lecturer in physics at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
"But for DePalma, I wouldn't have been able to tie up my theory,"
says Tewari. "He was working on similar ideas and kept sending his
results to me."
Though Tewari, who is slated for transfer to the NPC's Kaiga Project
in Karnataka as chief project engineer, has pursued his interest in
physics in his spare time, he has received infrastructural support
from the NPC for putting together his extraordinary new machine.
The SPG was built under Tewari's supervision at the Tarapur Atomic
Plant. "Tewari's prototype SPG can be considered a major
breakthrough," says S. L. Kati, managing director of NPC.
Before leaving for Hanover, Tewari addressed a meeting of scientists
and engineers at the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre on his theory.
But most physicists remained sceptical about his findings.
Undaunted, he is experimenting with a new model of the SPG since his
return, which he feels will be an improvement. He eventually hopes
to create a prototype for a generator which could deliver 50 kw to
100 kw of electricity.
"The encouragement I received abroad has been a great help, and
hopefully within a year, I will be able to build an experimental
model which could ultimately prove commercially viable," he says.
Tewari, of course, is not the only engineer hoping to build the
ultimate power generation machine - one which will run perpetually
since it will extract energy from space - as the Hanover conference
In fact, DePalma, the first inventor to create such a machine, is
presently conducting experiments in California in anticipation of a
breakthrough which could lead to commercial production.
Their work promises to create ultimately a machine which appears to
come straight out of a futuristic fantasy.