Tesla | Bob Neal | Ron
Rockwell | Charles Brown
original idea of the ambient air heat engine was published by Nikola
Tesla in 1900. But Tesla had not worked out what the best "working
fluid" for the system would be.
years of experimentation, Bob Neal filed for a US Patent in 1934
for an engine/compressor unit that ran continuously from a tank of
compressed air. The engine produced excess mechanical energy while
keeping its own compressed air tank full at all times.
the Patent Office informed Bob Neal that his patent claim would be
denied because it was a perpetual motion machine, he built a miniature
working model, put it in a suitcase, and flew to Washington DC. He
plopped the engine down on the patent commissioner's desk, turned
it on, and requested that he be granted his patent on the basis that
the engine worked. His request was granted in 1936 with the issuing
of US Patent #2030759.
after the patent issued, Bob Neal was visited by some German officials
who requested that he share his secret with them. Their request was
not granted. Shortly thereafter, Bob Neal's daughter was kidnapped,
and once again the German's requested that he share his secret with
them. As the story goes, Neal took his working models apart and scattered
the pieces around the countryside. He informed the Nazis that he
was through with the engine forever, and requested that they return
his daughter, which they did.
more probable scenario suggests that Neal traded the secret of the
engine to the Germans to secure his daughter's release, and then
abandon any further work on it for the future safety of his family.
War 2 was well underway in Europe, and the Germans were agressively
procurring any advanced technologies they could find. Toward the
end of the war, the Germans perfected their pulsejet propusion system,
which was probably inspired by Bob Neal's patent, since it uses the
same ideas as the mysterious equalizer that allows low pressure air
into his air tank. Of course, the Germans used their pulsejets to
power their V-1 cruise missles to shower London with bombs.
Neal's breakthrough technology lay dormant for decades until Scott
Robertson dug everything up again and built his astonishing website
detailing the rich history of compressed air technology and the legacy
of the ambient air heat engine demonstrated by Bob Neal in the 1930's.
you lose your perspective on this, a compressed air engine that runs
from a tank that keeps itself at full pressure all of the time is
NOT a perpetual motion machine. It is a HEAT ENGINE that runs by
the extraction of heat from the ambient air, which was put there
by the SUN.
more information on Bob Neal and the history of compressed air science,
please visit the following links:
on Compressed Air
Access Home Page
of the Neal Tank
in Compressed Air is Solar Energy
put all of this into perspective, here is a reproduction of a Mickey
Mouse comic strip from 1937! Goofy had a self-fuelling Air Car in
1937....so where is yours?
the work of Bob Neal, another inventor named John Houston developed
a home furnace that used the "heat of compression" to heat
the house, and then exhausted the compressed air through an air motor
to help the electric motor run the compressor in the first place.
The system was very efficient. The year was 1920! For more information
on John Houston, please follow these links: