History 

At the beginning of the story was an unpleasant experience. Shortly after the fall of communism, Marek Černocký was involved in a project called Omega, together with well known Czech scientist Jiří Grygar. The main purpose of the project was publishing a magazine that would promote wholistic relations between various scientific disciplines. 

Project Omega was very well received in the community of professionals: scientists, philosophers, spiritual leaders, artists and politicians. Yet, it started without any initial capital and its financing was dependent on unrealiable donations. The main protagonists ended up in debt and Omega had to end. 

This experience inspired Marek Černocký to think of a simple question: If you receive money for charity purposes, is it possible to multiply it before spending? Is it possible to multiply donations in a way that they would serve indefinitely? Could such a financial perpetuum mobile be invented? 

He looked for a convenient fusion of bussiness and charity. In 1999 he learned about possibilities in the area of energy gained from water in the river Labe. The idea was very simple: The money goes from the sponsor to the charity. If on its way there, it's invested into a water power plant, it will produce finances for charity continuously and endlessly throughout the future.  

But there was a long and winding road from this idea of a perpetuum mobile to reality. It took fourteen years and a lot of effort to make this dream come true. And very soon it was clear that the key to success are "beneinvestors". The term "beneinvestor" was first used by Energeia for investors who understand the whole concept and want to support it. 

Another aspect that has key importance is the balance between the amount of money used for charity and the amount of money acumulated in the power plant, so that resources can be continualy renewed. There is loan from the bank that has to be paid off and there is money from these "beneinvestors" that has to flow into charitable activities.  

The principle is that one tenth of all the "beneinvestments" (plus the profit it brings) is annualy directed into charitable projects. This way, all the money from the "beneinvestors" will end up in charitable projects in less than ten years, and will continue to support them indefinitely afterwards.  

In November 2003, there was just vision. No initial capital, no one to sponsor the project. Jana and Marek Černocký founded the non-profit organisation Energeia and started with their own limited financial possibilities and with the help of their friends. They knew that without "beneinvestors" the idea would collapse. 

It was not easy to find them. It took four years to meet the first one. When everything looked bright, new unexpected problems arose. The next "beneinvestors“ did not come until 2010, at the very last moment, when the whole project was hanging by a thread. 

In total, Energeia was able to gain 71 million Czech crowns from "beneinvestors" which was about 10% of the investment. Another 26% was covered by a grant from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic in 2012. The Ashoka scholarship he received in 2007 was a great help to Marek Černocký during the hard times. 

The water power plant has been in operation since the autumn of 2014. The final financial arrangement was contracted in the summer of that year. Energeia is now developing projects in the areas of charity and education. The vision has become a reality.