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The Pure Energy Systems Wiki (PESWiki) is a wiki dedicated to "Finding and facilitating breakthrough clean energy technologies." In practice, this means cranks pushing perpetual motion machines and purported free energy systems. So, in a sense, it does promote "clean energy" in that the wiki itself generates a huge magnetic force that pulls in cranks from all corners of the internet.

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PESWiki does cover news related to conventional "clean energy" and its news items occasionally cover renewable energy that is known to work - solar, for example - and various environmental issues. However, this is really just a case of stopped clock syndrome, as genuine research or environmental articles are hopelessly mixed with and overshadowed by the woo. The wiki itself refers to these as "exotic" forms of energy, and openly declares these to be its specialty. The front page proudly displays a "Tesla Inspired" badge.

The woo side of the site is a smörgåsbord of psuedoscience topics. It includes anti-gravity news[1], free energy suppression, some non-energy related conspiracy theories,[2], and even some birther conspiracy gumph.[3] Specifically in relation to magical energy, PESWiki covers a magnet and screw powered perpetual motion machine (complete with an incorrect description of magnetism)[4] and a vaguely coherent description of so-called HHO power.[5] The coverage of these topics in PESWiki is extensive but the critical coverage is varied, the above mention of the "screw/magnet motor" covers numerous replication and validation attempts and hosts a rebuttal from a physics department and even outright suggests fraud. Despite this mounting evidence, PESWiki happily covers near identical projects without also leaning towards calling them fraudulent.[6]

[edit] Top 5 exotic free energy devices

PESWiki hosts a list of what it considers the top 5 exotic energy generators. These are:

Andrea A. Rossi's Cold Fusion Generator

That old chestnut of kitchen-top cold fusion, what else is there to say?

James Kwok's "Hidro"

A perpetual motion machine based on gravity. It uses a cycle of containers that are alternately air-filled and water-filled to float or sink as needed. It's claimed that the energy comes from gravity itself.

Aviso's Self-Charging Electric Car

This is a car that will run on a single 12-volt battery. It can do this because it's self charging and "merely serving as the delivery point for the energy that is being harvested from unseen energy all around us through his special circuitry". Verification consists of people looking at it and saying "oooh, that seems to work".

PlasmERG's Noble Gas Engine

A too-good-to-be-true magic box that makes inert gases undergo "Plasmic Transmisive Process" expansion to generate work. PESWiki claims that verification was to be made by 5 prototype models in 2009, but has no further mention of these.

Freddy's Cell

This cell is based on Stanley Meyer's "cell" technology which is purported to run a truck on nothing but water. This involves electrolysing water using "resonance" to boost the efficiency. Breaks every rule about conservation of energy by assuming you can get more energy out of a reaction to form water than you need to put in breaking the water up in the first place.

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The site hosts around 4000 articles dedicated to renewable and free energy - which is impressive considering PESWiki covers an area of woo and pseudoscience that consists only of minor variations on the theme of perpetual motion. Once you have navigated around the numerous advertisements on the site and scanned through the excess bloat on the left-hand Media Wiki navigation bar, it's possible to take a sneak peak at the recent changes log. Unlike practically mothballed pseudoscience projects such as Wiki4CAM, PESWiki is reasonably active. The wiki itself attracts from a dozen to a hundred edits per day on average. However, these come mostly from a very small group of users - at least one of which edits in a manner similar to - but at least not as excessive as - User:Conservative of Conservapedia, taking numerous edits to add multiple small changes.[7] The site also frequently updates its news section and hosts some user blogs.[8]

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[edit] Footnotes

  1. PESWiki - Anti-Gravity News
  2. PESWiki conspiracy directory
  3. PESWiki - The Obama-Soros Documentation
  4. PESWiki - Screw-Magnet Motor
  5. PESWiki - "Browns gas"
  6. PESWiki - CD magnetic ramp
  7. PESWiki - Leslie R. Pastor's contributions
  8. PESWiki - Leslie R. Pastor's blog
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