Alaska Star's Axial Flux Motor revolution
Alaskan inventor, Chris Hunter, is retrofitting his '93 Geo Storm with
an electromagnetic motor of his own design, which draws from a wide range of scientific studies, including Flynn Parallel Path, Bedini battery rejuvenation, back EMF harvesting, and other innovations.
A key to the ArcticTek design is a
reversal of the coil polarity on each sequential coil and magnet.
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Chris Hunter sits atop a nearby peak.
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Yesterday I was privileged to be able to have the first interview ever with Alaskan inventor, Chris Hunter, who I predict will become a hero figure of the inventor world before long, as his technologies and ethics become known and spread through the world.
The young guy, at 28, is not only full of ideas, but he also appears to possess the skill and determination to see them through. And it would appear that some of them are beginning to emerge.
He started his quest when he was thirteen. While his friends were out partying, he picked up the hobby of reclaiming antiques with some of the adults in the community. He said his head is always abuzz with ideas.
His present project is to turn his '93 Geo Storm into an electric car.
He wasn't satisfied with the kits and plans he saw looking around, so he decided to come up with his own design. As far as he can see, Lithium Ion and other batteries typically used for electric vehicles will not hold up in the extreme cold. "You put a fully-charged cell phone on the dashboard, and a few minutes later it says 'low battery'." Only lead acid batteries
are practical in such a cold climate.
Hence, he tasked himself with coming up with as many ways to make his system efficient as possible to reduce the weight from the batteries and to get the range he desires. He wants to be able to travel round trip to Fairbanks and back 800 miles in all, on one charge. Traveling that stretch of road often requires the heater to be running, the windshield wipers to be going, and the lights to be on bright.
Though it wasn't his intent to design an "overunity" electromagnetic motor, I wouldn't be surprised if that is in
principle what he gets when he is done a system that taps into what Nikola Tesla described as the "wheelwork of nature."
The Motor System
Hunter's design draws from a wide range of scientific studies, including Flynn Parallel
Path, Bedini battery
rejuvenation, back EMF
harvesting, and other innovations.
The motor has 16 coils and 32 neodymium magnets, each with a 50-pound pull force. It weighs just over 25 pounds. The Flynn Parallel Path related set-up of the magnets essentially nullifies the magnetic force except when it is called, thus removing essentially all the "cogging" effect of the motor as it spins. He told of a time when he had a magnet neutralized, then he removed the neutralization, and the magnet flew off the bench and smacked into the wall.
His coils alternate between North and South from one coil to the next, so that just when the back-EMF would normally kick in, instead it is energized and utilized to be attracted to the next magnet. The coils are wound with 22-gauge wire, so the current shouldnt exceed 6 amps going through each of them 96 amps total for all 16 coils. "At 7 amps, the wires start to glow." The faster the motor spins, the less current it draws.
He had to design the controller circuit to drive the motor as well, because nothing available did what he needed. All 16 coils are active all the time, run by square wave AC with a 50% duty cycle. His commutator is very large 12 inches long by 7 inches in diameter, due to limitations in materials available.
He also designed his battery charging system, which he said results in ten times the lifetime of the battery compared to normal. It took him fourteen different versions to come up with the one he is using, which won first place in the
Arctic Innovations Competition at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, in October of 2009. This gave him a lot of respect and appreciation for the work that
John Bedini does with batteries.
He is designing his motor to fit into the manual transmission housing. He will be keeping the transmission in place, complete with gears and clutch; but rather than the engine providing the torque, his motor will be providing the torque. And he'll be using downshifting for regenerative "braking." The actual brakes will be untouched.
He'll be using the cleared-out engine space to mount 32 lawn tractor starter motor twelve-volt batteries, arranged in eight banks, which will take turns powering the motor, running for two seconds, with one of those seconds overlapping with the next bank, then resting for 6 seconds, to allow time for the cells in the battery to chemically restabilize, preventing rapid degradation.
Going to Market
Hunter expects to be finished with this motor possibly as early as the end of April.
"This isn't going to be a version that we'll be able to commercialize. That will take more engineering and modifications", he said. He envisions building retrofit kits that can be fitted into existing vehicles, taking about as much time as an engine swap, but costing less.
Last month, he joined up with a Silicon Valley friend of his, Paul Havlik, whome he has known for five years, to begin a company, ArcticTek, Inc., whose purpose will be to take some of these designs to market. "I'm good at building working prototypes, and Paul is good at taking working prototypes to market, so we make a good team," Hunter said.
Quasi Open Source
When I asked Hunter if he is concerned about his design being copied by people because it has been out on the web, keeping him from patenting those portions, he responded, "Competition is great!" He hopes many people will get involved in studying and replicating this technology, seeing that as a way to get several knowledgeable technicians in every major city and eventually in every town so that a person doesn't have to go cross country to get a new, exotic motor serviced once they buy one. This has been a problem for some of the new electric and hybrid vehicles coming out. "I don't know of anyone in Alaska who can service a Tesla Roadster," he said.
Hunter's new website, http://ArcticTek.com, lists several
other technologies that are also being developed. We briefly addressed each of those near the end of our interview.
The Aerothermal Engine converts a Jaguar engine into a Rankin Cycle engine using a refrigerant as the expander, to work on a temperature differential. The objective is to come up with a 5 to 6 kW power generator using solar thermal heat, which in this design is relevant even at night due to the earth surface heating during the day or even through cloud cover.
Their version of the Beta Voltaic technology is to place a low dose radiation, such as found in solid coal, and place it in front of a solar panel at night via a shutter, for example, so that a panel might produce around 5% of full capacity in full sun, through the night.
Hunter has also been working on what he calls "magnetolysis" or magnetic electrolysis for hydroxy gas production.
Edward Peace Center for R&D
Hunter has a vision of establishing a non-profit community research center where people could come and build prototypes to test out their ideas. I asked him what he would name it, and he said he would probably name it in honor of the late Edward Peace, who was his mentor for eight years until 2008 and encouraged his and many others' creativity.
In closing, Hunter urged, "Don't ever give up. Ignore the [skeptics], even if it's your family or friends [who mean well]. You can't gain success without learning from your failures."
I hope that one or more of you out there who have financial means will support him and his dreams, to see them materialize.
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