Ah, batteries. They always die sooner than you think, right? Not this one! Called Karpen’s Pile, this battery has been working uninterrupted. Anyone not familiar with “Karpen’s Pile” might want to do a quick search before reading the rest of this, you just need to spend 30 seconds. Directory:Karpen’s Pile — A Battery That Has Produced Energy Continuously Since s. Lasted edited by Andrew Munsey, updated on June 15, at

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Lasted edited by Andrew Munseyupdated on June 15, at A battery designed in by Nicolae Vasilescu-Karpen, There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] inand called “the uniform-temperature thermoelectric pile,” has allegedly been producing energy continuously in a Romanian museum since the s.

Ovidiu Sandru posted the following in the Green Optimistic on December 25, slightly edited:. Built by Nicolae Vasilescu-Karpen, the pile has been working uninterrupted for 60 years.

The invention cannot be exposed because the museum doesn’t have enough money to buy the security system necessary for such an exhibit. Half a century ago, the pile’s inventor had said it will work forever, and so far it looks like iple was right. Karpen’s perpetual motion machine now sits secured right in the director’s office.

It has been called “the uniform-temperature thermoelectric pile,” and the first prototype was built in the s. Although it should have stopped working decades ago, it didn’t. Scientists can’t explain how the contraption, There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2] inworks. The fact that still puzzles them is how a man of such a scientific stature such as Karpen’s could have started building something “that crazy.

The prototype assembled in the s consists of two series-connected electric piles moving a small galvanometric motor.

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The motor moves a blade that is connected to a switch. With every half rotation, the blade opens the circuit and closes it at the start of the second half. The karpeh rotation time had been calculated so that the piles have time karppen recharge and that they can rebuild their polarity during the time that the circuit is open.

The purpose of the motor and the blades was to show that the piles actually generate electricity, but they’re not needed anymore, since current technology allows us to measure all the parameters and outline all of them in a more proper way. He took the system out of its secured shelf and allowed the specialists to measure its output with a digital multimeter.


This happened on Feb. They had mentioned that “unlike the lessons they teach you in the 7th grade physics class, the ‘Karpen’s Pile’ pipe one of its electrodes made of gold, the other pie platinum, and the electrolyte the liquid that the two electrodes are immersed inis high-purity sulfuric acid. Karpen’s battery had been exhibited in several scientific conferences in Kqrpen, Bucharest and Bologna, Italy, where its construction had been explained widely.

Researchers from the University of Brasov and the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in Romania have even performed special studies on the battery, but didn’t come to a clear conclusion.

Our museum has been able to keep it, though. As time passed, the fact that the battery doesn’t stop producing energy is more and more clear, giving birth to the legend of a perpetual motion machine. Some scientists say the device works by transforming thermal energy into mechanical work, but Diaconescu doesn’t subscribe to this theory.

A Battery That Produces Energy Continuously Since 1950 Exists in a Romanian Museum — Karpen’s Pile

According to some who studied Karpen’s theoretical work, the pile he invented defies the second principle of thermodynamics referring to the transformation of thermal energy into mechanical workand this makes it a second-degree perpetual motion machine. Others say it doesn’t, being merely a generalization to the law, and an application of zero point energy. Though I guess this isn’t going to happen very soon, the museum still needs proper private funding to acquire the necessary security equipment required by the police to exhibit the device.

Electrical Pile — The object of the present invention is an electrical pile transformer of heat of the ambient medium into electrical energy [thermoelectric battery]. This pile is formed, is two liquid phases, either the one liquid phase and of a gas phase, the two phases being in contact, but not being miscible, is finally of only one liquid phase and of two electrodes in metal or out of coal in contact with them phases. The electrodes are, in all the cases, unattackable by liquid or gas with which they find contact, their weight and their nature remain invariable during the rest and the operation of the stack, differing in that from all other known piles Figures 1, 2, and 3 indicate the various shapes of performing of the pile, object of the invention.


Karpen’s Pile: A Battery That Produces Energy Continuously Since 1950 Exists in Romanian Museum

The figure I represents a formed stack of two phases, liquids A and B, the electrodes pilee completely submerged one in phase A, the other in the phase B. Figure 3 represents a formed stack of only one liquid, in which two electrodes are different. Translation continued at Rexresearch. It has been called “the uniform-temperature thermoelectric pile,” and the first prototype has been built in the s. Built by Vasile Karpen, the pile has been working uninterrupted for 60 years.

The Green Optimistic Dec. Feel free to comment down below. The following is a list of forums elsewhere on the web that have threads on this topic. I think this story reeks of BS. Perhaps gold and platinum cells have an extremely slow rate of corrosion in sulfuric acid, much like a zinc and copper battery in a nearly pure water electrolyte–not salt water or vinegar. You’d need to be a millionaire just to replicate this.

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[4] – The Pule Electric Bell or Clarendon Dry Pile is an experimental electric bell that karpe set up in and has rung almost continuously ever since.

As of December it has been moved into an adjacent corridor due to building works but is still ringing, though inaudibly owing to being behind two layers of glass.

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