Calvin Bahlmann’s Power Wheel

Amended version of a presentation given at exotic research conference in Mesa Arizona
July 26, 1998, by Calvin Bahlmann owner & research director


This paper discusses the development of energy producing rotating disc machines. Wimhurst influence machines, the swiss machine thesta-distatica (td) and the bahlmann power wheel (pw) are energy producing machines. The principle of operation for the two latter machines is not well known.


Inexpensive or free energy (not really free) is the dream of all who pay utility bills. Three-fourths of the world does not even have electricity so those who have no electrical energy at all will welcome the power wheel, a hybrid version of the thesta-distatica. Can rotating discs with water based capture capacitors (c-caps) be used to make this dream come true?

Alternate energy researchers at international high technology and nu energy horizons have developed energy producing devices and machines for mankind which will change the way people energize appliances and other devices that require electrical power.

Two major classes of energy producing machines are needed, one for solid state or non-inductive loads and one for inductive loads. Lighting requires a less expensive power unit than one for inductive loads such as motors, however most use will come from units designed to adjust to all loads.

Wimhurst machines are used mostly for demonstration and scientific research and are not suited for providing the energy needs of a home or business.

Present day researchers trying to reconstruct the thesta-distatica have gone down long, complicated, unproductive avenues with few answers. These questions remain, “how does the thesta-distatica produce so much energy for its size? How is the high voltage stepped down?”

The power wheel and other solid state energy producing devices are now a reality in the labs of international high technology and nu energy horizons. These efficient machines will be the most magnificent machines the world has ever seen. The pre-production phase of the manufacturing process is near completion.



The following description of a wimhurst machine is elementary. For a detailed description see “homemade lightning” by r.A. Ford, a publication of mcgraw-hill publishing co. And available from lindsay books.

The wimhurst machine uses counter-rotating discs that rotate at between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm for best output. Small to medium size wimhurst machine output can be from 10kv to 75kv and higher. Machine construction, weather conditions, diameter of each disc and speed of rotation determine output. The original wimhurst machines were turned by hand. Four pulleys and two belts connected to a common crank shaft made the discs rotate. Both belts were on the common crank shaft but, one belt was twisted 180 degrees so it would turn one disc in the opposite direction of the other. The electrical charge from the discs was collected by combs and stored in accumulators (leyden jars, capacitors). The wimhurst machine had little use except for scientific research and electro-theraputic medical applications. Fig. 1 shows a basic wimhurst machine.



The swiss thesta-distatica is a modified wimhurst device or a condenser machine built by paul baumann at the spiritual community merthernitha in linden, switzerland. The inventor paul baumann was a skilled clockmaker and watchmaker before he became a resident of the merthernitha community. Paul baumann built the first td with primitive materials while he was in prison.

To understand the operating principle of the wonder machine we must use the * video as a reference and evaluate what was presented. The people of merthernitha community were secretive about their invention and obviously did not reveal all to the viewer.

The video narrator made an interesting statement. “one disc represents the clouds and the other represents the earth.” in simple terms it meant antenna and ground. The video showed a single wire on large insulators which would represent the clouds or antenna. No ground wire was shown, but probably came through the base ot the machine and could not be seen

In a picture. Many views of the td were shown and mention was made of a device called, “antenna keys”. The antenna keys was simply a means of impressing the electrostatic energy from the air onto the rotating disc. This would enhance the total output of the td. The principle is similar to tesla’s radiant energy collector, but with rotating discs that also produces energy from counter rotation.


  1. merthernitha was a spiritual community and did not have viewpoints common to most outsiders. To “thoroughly understand” the wonder machine and the people who designed it we must have the same beliefs lifestyle and values as they did or we must understand their way of living.

    Remember the author used the words, “thoroughly understand.” many people do understand some things about the wonder machine but they do not understand everything nor does the author claim to.
  2. Paul Baumann was not educated in the schools of modern science chemistry, physics, electronics and math. Paul baumann studied nature, heaven and earth and had a deep faith in a creator god who he believed could give supernatural wisdom to chosen ones. He claimed to have had visitations from supernatural entities (angels?). Paul baumann was a skilled clockmaker and watchmaker. As most people know a timepiece (watch or clock) requires perfect speed regulation for accurate time whether it be electrical, electronic or mechanical. The swiss frequency standard for electrical devices is 50 cycles and it has been stated that the td rotated at 50 rpm.
  3. Much has been written about thesta-distatica and one can be easily confused, but if you pay attention the facts can be sorted out. A block diagram of the td and associated equipment is shown in fig. 2



The power wheel demonstrated at exotic research conference mesa, az. In late july 1998 was not a wimhurst type machine. The power wheel electrical system was based on a 3 volt input to drive the small motor and the dual high voltage modules. Eight liquid capture capacitors (c-caps) were used as a part of the input energy. To efficiently energize the power wheel a bank of 50 capture capacitors connected in series parallel are needed for an output of 10.5 vdc open circuit voltage. When the drive motor and the high voltage modules are connected the voltage drops to approximately 2.8 vdc. Current needed to drive the complete electrical system at full load 15 300-500 milliamps. The high voltage module output is 360 to 380 vdc. These modules can light (2) 15 watt 110 volt lamps in series at full brightness with a pulsating output every 15 seconds… The power wheel demonstration also included lighting a 270 volt 175 watt street lamp momentarily every 20 seconds.

Capture capacitors invented by bruce perreault use a unique method of self recharging. The original c-caps were based on radioactive emanations. Liquid c-caps developed by international high technology used in the power wheel demonstration are water based and used a formula with numerous elements in various proportions. Each c-cap used 4 oz. Of distilled water (store brand) to the water was added 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) of dry mix which included a fritted semiconductor material and about 12 other proprietary materials. The c-caps take 1 week to stabilize and produce full power. Each c-cap has an output of 1.2 to 1.4 vdc continually. The output does drop under full load, but when the load is removed the c-caps go back to their original no load output…