2 1. Introduction
The name “vacuum“ is usually given to the space, out of which nothing can be taken withknown methods. But it is well-known, that this vacuum is not empty, but it contains physicalobjects [Man 93], [Köp 97], [Lin 97], [Kuh 95]. This is also reflected within the Theory of General Relativity, namely by the cosmological constant
, which finally goes back to thegravitative action of the “mere space” [Goe 96], [Pau 00], [Sch 02]. Its name “cosmologicalconstant” indicates, that the universe contains huge amounts of space, which lead to measure-able effects, namely it influences the universe's rate of expansion [Giu 00], [Rie 98], [Teg02], [Ton 03], [e1]. The crucial question of course is, whether it is possible to develop newmethods, which allow to extract something from the vacuum, which could not be extractedup to now – some of those objects not visible directly up to now.Already from the mass-energy-equivalence it is known, that the physical objects within thevacuum correspond with a certain amount of energy. This leads to the question, whether the“vacuum-energy” (i.e. the “energy of the empty space”) can be made manifest in the laborato-ry. This question was answered positively in the work presented here. The description of thework begins with an explanation of the theoretical concepts in the sections 2 and 3, followed by an experimental verification in section 4, which describes the successful conversion of vacuum-energy into classical mechanical energy. Thus, the presented work introduces a newmethod to extract energy from the vacuum.The described energy conversion raises the hope, that vacuum-energy can be used to supplymankind with energy, because it provides possibility to get energy from the immense amountof space which forms the universe, and which is large enough, that mankind will not be ableto exhaust it. First of all, this source of energy is free from any pollution of the environmentor from causing any damage to our habitat, the earth. Thus, in section 5 there are followingsome thoughts, regarding the future development of the energy-conversion method up totechnical maturity.