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    I have decided to update the story with information presented in the comments section that suggests the story I presented is wrong. This could be the case given the sources on the internet are sometimes lacking the truth.

    Original Story

    The Testatika free energy machine keeps making an appearance and inspiring other to experiment . Did it ever work ?????? I think not. I posted this for entertainment value. I look forward to the discussion.

    The Testatika is an Electrostatic generator based on the 1989 Pidgeon  which includes an Inductance circuit. Allegedly a free energy machine that harnesses energy from the atmosphere, the Testatika resembles in some respects a Wimshurst machine. It was built by German engineer,  and promoted by a Swiss religious community The inventor Baumann has claimed that the concepts for the machines came to him via visitors from outer space while he was in a Swiss jail during the 1970’s on child abuse charges related to a religious cult that he had founded. (a common theme)  The Testatika is also known as the Swiss M-L converter or Thesta-Distatica.

    The following video is typical of they type being posted by the enthusiasts who still believe in its potential and past claims.

    Testatika description

     Operating Testatika devices were claimed to exist since the 1960s at a place called Methernitha (near Berne, Switzerland). The specific and precise working principles in the Testatika are unknown. From various sources, Testatika reportedly ultilizes design features of the electrostatic Pidgeon machine. The Testatika seems to possess an inductance circuit, a capacitance circuit, and a thermionic rectification valve. Devices heretofore seen have not used semiconductors or transistors. The entire circuit has been divided in two parts:

    The following is derived from speculative reasonning from enthusiasts

    Methernithan’s electrostatic generator
    Image:Testatika-Line.png

    Back-Engineering the Swiss Methernitha group’s Testatika, the PowerPedia:Wimshurst machine comes to mind immediately. The 1898 Pidgeon machine is the closest electrical circuit that matches the Testatika. From the basic Pidgeon system, modifications are indicated to boost, stabilize, and fix charge polarities at certain spots in the machine. The Wommelsdorf multi-disc condenser machine also have facets applicable to the Testatika.

    The 1898 Pidgeon machine setup (apparent from the position of the neutralizing rods and how the charges are accumulated the fixed inductors are positioned in such a way that there is a increased induction effect) and charges parallel pads via air gaps. The Testatika has 50 ‘gitter-grilles’ per disc. These steel grilles are an innovation incorporated into electrostatic machines. The principle is from previous investigation and patents of electrical circuits inwhich the sectors are corrugated. Such corrugated electrostatic sectors are more efficient charge carriers in comparison of flat sectors. The discs transceive charges from the rotating discs to the collectors (or “tasten” antennae keys). The perforated key pads replace the standard brushes or pointed rails of historic electrostatic machines. The collectors do not touch the discs, the charge passes through a parallel air gap from the metal gitter-grilles to the pads. The air gap is, during operation, exposed to miniature eddy-currents that circulate around the perforated surface. This process is refered to as. Testatika, in contrast to the Pidgeon system, has an additional indirectly coupled collector at the front disc in the front top center.

    The disks have a rotational speed of just 60 rpm (varying to 15 rpm). Each disk is in close proximity. The front clear perspex disc (‘cloud’ disc positive charge) and the back dark disc (‘ground’ disc negative charge) corresponds to the triboelectric series. The discs may also be doped with paramagnetic particles. Testatika’s neutralising rods are placed so that the charges induced from one area and accumulated elsewhere. The neutralizing rods equalize and stabilize the charges of opposite signs. Testatika’s neutralising rods give the machine correct distributed charge polarity at specific areas.

    Swiss M-L auxiliary circuits

    There has been many a dubious claims and misinformation that the particular service of radioactive materials is implemented to achieve its pulsed output. various experts on the machine are not in the opinion that is the case. The auxiliary electromagnetic circuit near the electrostatic generator it is believed to represent the circuit to achieve this.

    The Testatika converts static energy into an electromotive force by means of its oscillation circuit and valve rectifiers. Electric current oscillations is controlled by coupling a thermionic rectifier valve, cylinders capacitors, and natural resistance. As the electromagnetic circuit oscillates, the oscillations are modulated through transformers and, ultimately, rectified into DC pulses. Hermann Plauson, the Estonian inventor, describes such methods to convert static power. Testatika’s thermionic rectifying valve has an anode mesh-plate, a coiled copper grid, a glowing (heated) cathode wire running horizontally across its centre, and the associated wires.

    The horseshoe magnet contain four blocks of plexiglass-type media (p) alternated with copper (c) and aluminium (a) plates (in the series, c-p-a-c-p-a). It is unknown if these are perforated.Two horseshoe magnets with metalised-perspex laminated blocks alternated with copper and aluminium plates form, what various sources call, “electron cascade generators”. There is a chain reaction forming ‘free electrons’. Insulated wire is also wound around the horseshoe magnets (which may also be in a bifilar configuration) for induction purposes.

    Two outside cylinders (with up to 20 concentric layers of perforated sheet) are utilized and the connection of each separate secondary winding may be based on the “disruptive discharge coil” devised by Nikola Tesla. The cylinders, at the sides, act partially as capacitors. This concentric condenser configuration develops a pulse forming network. Each cylinder has a core of 6 hollow donut-ring anisotropic ferrite magnets with plastic spacers for air gaps to form a transformer, also. A central input rod (or tube) connects at the bottom to a stack of inter-linked pancake coils (wound with the secondary outside and the primary inside). One transformer is wired to output negative and the other transformer is wired to output positive polarity with respect to magnetic reluctance gaps. Each is connected from the pancake coil secondaries to a brass ring via a brass screw terminal. The use of aluminium shielding mesh and solid copper shielding sheets are used to minimize stray electrostatic charges.

    Two chokes assemblies are in the upright double glass tubes possessing spirally turned aluminium strip (with electrostatic shields). The tubes are two-thirds the tower height. The glass tube are terminated at the top with right-angled brass rods connecting with the rectifier. The wooden base has alternate layering of perforated metal plates and insulating plates forming a storage capacitor.

    Conclusion

    There are dozens of websites relating to this technology and claims surrounding it.  The following was posted from a visitor to the community back in 2008 and I feel says it all.

    ” despite originally deciding a ‘free energy’ device was necessary for this community’s energy needs, despite nature ‘giving up her secrets,’ despite building and demonstrating this device on several occasions, and despite withholding this technology from the rest of the world for over 20 years on moral issues, the simple fact that the community doesn’t even use the device poses some very baffling questions! All their electricity needs are met by a couple of wind generators and they buy whatever else they need from the grid, just like everybody else! The big question of this machine’s capability still remains satisfactorily unanswered”

    Source for the above comment : https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=17438

    Update and Corrections

    I occupied myself a lot with the Testatika. So without wanting to sound arrogant, I maybe know a bit more about it, than most people in the FE community.
    (For anyone interested in real information about it, go to the Yahoo Testatika group, there we collected a lot of original information)

    First I have to say, that most what you say here about it, is actually wrong. Which doesn’t surprise me, as most information about it on the internet is wrong.

    E.g. Paul Baumann was a swiss citizen and not german, lol (no idea where you got this from…). Also, I do not know, where the “alien” story comes from, as there’s no original source indicating this story.
    The machine has absolutely nothing to do with a Pidgeon machine, nor with a Wimshurst as a simple analysis of the pictures shows. The only similar thing are the two rotating discs, which are actually not needed for the basic principle to work.

    Unfortunately also the remaining part of your “story” is basically just mostly wrong. Please don’t take any offense (as I said, there’s so much wrong info about it on the net, it’s no wonder).
    The “schemata picture” is unfortunately pure nonsense. Paul Potter came once up with this idea, but it has no relation to the real machines, which can be easily observed by looking at the pictures we gathered in the meantime.

    I spoke with some of the witnesses who saw the original machines running. And from this I can take the following: The machines delivered some output. But as far as we know noone ever saw the machine putting out a lot of power for a longer time. Any inductance coupling or hidden cables can be ruled out as people were allowed to lift them in the air and move them around while they were running.

    They then tried to make the machines bigger to get more output. But this attempt failed. As it seems they didn’t output more power. Then they stopped making or using them anymore.

    Most people think they used radioactive material. But there’s no known way of converting radioactive decay with such a high efficiency.
    The machines would have had to be extremely strongly radioactive and the waste heat would have been enormous, and would have melted the machines IMHO instantly as they basically consisted of mainly plastics.

    They gave several hints about the machine:
    * it worked with air ions
    * the machine stopped after a while in a closed room.
    * the machine didn’t work in a faraday cage
    * the machine did output more power during a thunderstorm
    * the basic idea of the machine was inspired by observing lightning flashes
    * they couldn’t size the machines up.

    Baumann himself clearly said about the
    working principle of the machine, that
    it takes “electricity from the air”.
    Also to various other visitors
    he always explained the machines in that way, that
    they get their energy from air ions.

    If it really got some power “from the air” I cannot say. Baumann surely said that the basic principle (Linden Experiment) only works with two dissimilar metals. This strongly speaks for kind of a galvanic effect.

    But strangely the hints they gave do not speak for a galvanic reaction alone for the power output. Namely that they couldn’t size the principle up, and that the machine stopped after a while in a closed room.
    These observations actually rather speak really for some kind of air interaction.

    We discussed many potential workings on the yahoo group, and I really don’t want to explain all these here. Elena basically wrote a complete book about all this stuff.

    I personally think the machines did output some power, but were not able to output more power in a certain location (due to air saturation) and that the power output wasn’t so big for a longer time.

    E.g. if we compare it to Plauson’s balloon collectors. There the balloons had to have quite some 100 yards distance between each other, as each one saturated the area around it.

    So the result would be that the basic idea works, but it cannot be used in a practical usable way, just like Plauson’s idea.

    I personally do not think it is a fake, for two reasons. The witness reports, but mainly because they built real big machines which were really expensive and then abandoned them. As it seems because they discovered that they cannot be sized up.

    Just for a fake starting to make these huge very expensive machines just doesn’t make any sense to me. Especially if you then stop all work on it and don’t talk about it anymore…

    Edit:
    BTW: Quite some people think it got energy from the thermic energy of the air (ions). I really don’t believe this. First, because no witness ever observed that the air got cooler, and 2nd because the kinetic (thermal) energy of air is really small. With the power outputs indicated you would have seen almost immediate ice buildup on the machines…
    But that’s just MHO.

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