US $10,000 prize offered for gravity-powered engineering

Submitted by Dr. Theo Pruit

2017-02-23 15:02:12

The INDRA institute, a think tank sponsored by Gravitational Systems Engineering Inc. of Alexandria Va, announces a $10,000 prize for the development of a gravity powered engine based upon, patent pending, vetted company designs.

Gravity has been used for centuries to generate power from flowing water via dams. Gravity is the always available energy source when compared to solar, wind or fuel based combustion. Fundamental gravity powered devices like the siphons, low head hydro, or the reverse Archimedes screw, employ gravity as a power source, yet gravity as a power source has languished when faced with progress in other forms of power.

INDRA considers the GSE VTD engine a step towards replacing expensive solar and wind generator, and polluting fuel based combustion.

A gravity engine concentrates and then exploits the potential energy of height and material density via buoyancy. The VTD engine was invented by GSE head engineer, Gare Henderson, Ph.D., but, according to INDRA, has largely been ignored by international energy developers.

This competition promises to bring the winning development team to international prominence, and perhaps a place in future history books. An efficient design, which is easy to construct with local materials, would quickly be replicated in millions of backyards and basements around the world.

The international competition starts April 8, 2017 and runs until October 1, 2017. The challenge is to construct and efficient version of the company’s VTD engine. The VTD engine can be constructed of inexpensive materials including wood, plastic and copper wire.

The competition is designed to both advance gravity powered technology, to a level competitive with solar or wind powered generators, and to promote the use of the gravity engine technology across the globe. The VTD engine is an induction generator that provides both kinetic and electrical power, and can provide sufficient off-grid power to operate a western home when constructed at a scale similar to a wind or solar generator of similar output.

The free competition materials include design guidelines and extensive engineering notes that will aid the competitor in completing their entry with minimal cost. A significant engineering GSE R&D contract may be available to the winning teams.

To register your team, or for more information please visit the INDRA institute website

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