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Caggianos preparing Angular Force Generator production prototype
Father and son team from S. Carolina have a demonstrator gravity motor
that they claim puts out 15 times as much energy as it consumes, and are now
preparing a production prototype for a commercial unit that would cost 2/3 as
much as solar, while providing continuous output.
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Matthew D. Smith-Caggiano, along with his dad, Allen, have invented what they call an Angular Force Generator that allegedly works from a combination of the principles of gravity, centrifugal force, and momentum to create a net gain of forces to harvest free energy.
In appearance, it resembles a slowly-turning horizontal wind turbine due to the rotating centrifugal arms; but no wind is used in this generator.
Explaining the concept in an interview with me, Matthew describes his first experiment in which he ran a piece of thread through a ball point pen shaft, tied it to a washer. He said he kept the washer in rotation by applying a small pull at the 9-o'clock position, then releasing the thread back to its original position as the rotation passed the 12-o'clock position. This is a variation of the ice-skater who spins more rapidly as she brings her arms in toward her torso. He said he could get the washer spinning very fast using this technique, so that it made a whirring sound.
He presented this idea to his dad, Allen Caggiano, best known for his 100 mpg carburetor claim; and the two of them set to work on embodying this concept over the course of three years.
Matthew claims that taking the frictional losses into account they can achieve 15 times more energy from the rotational motion than is required to toggle the thread equivalent in and out on the input side.
It took some three years for he and his dad to create their first semi-stable prototype, which still suffers problems from the timing belts getting out of sync. He said the next generation prototype will involve gears so that the mechanism stays in sync. They are in process of building that one, and are targeting to have it ready to go by July 4 Independence Day.
Despite its limitations of not being able to run for long periods of time yet, Matthew said the present prototype has run for up to four hours under load; and for a day without a load.
He describes a scenario in which their generator powered an alternator, which charged a battery, which ran an inverter, which powered some lights. He said the battery voltage climbed from 12, to 13, to 14, to 15 volts, while the lights got increasingly bright. He doesn't say how much was going into the input side.
In a YouTube video, they show a welder being powered for 10 seconds, only dropping the battery voltage by 0.1 volts. It's not a conclusive demonstration due to the short duration (needs to specify battery capacity, etc), and the lack of showing a control battery powering the same welder without their generator for the same duration.
They expect that once commercialized, their generator will cost 2/3 the price of solar for the same output; but theirs will be capable of continuous power.
They are so confident they have something marketable that they are now entering into territorial licensing agreements with people. They provide demonstrations to serious players.
My guess is that there is an error in their measurement/calculation scheme, and they don't actually have a free energy device; just an elaborate lever system that can show some interesting short-term gains.
I think they are premature to enter into territorial licensing. They first need to demonstrate a stable device in which the output power is able to stably keep the device operating, while providing stable output power or better yet, governable output power to respond to the load requirements, up to a certain maximum amount as specified by the engineering. Yes, all that requires money to characterize and optimize, but the money should not come from license sales, it should come from investment in which the risks are understood; not from license contracts with expectations of product delivery.
In response to the above paragraph, Matt wrote:
"I feel that you have made a mistake in implying that we are using licensing fees to fund this project. We do not want anyone to invest in something that is not proven. We have used our own assets to build the AFG prototype model and MAFG production model to prove the concept."
I've seen it so many times before, and it seems the Caggianos are making the same mistake of talking way ahead of themselves. They are saying they will have 100-amp, 220 volt and 200 amp, 220 volt three-phase units ready for market by July, though they don't even have one such unit now. These are expected to be 10 x 10 x 12 feet tall. In order to be "ready for market", the technology needs to first be rigorously tested, and the production line needs to be tested as well. That doesn't happen in a few weeks.
In response, Matt wrote:
"It should also be made clear that the invention is still experimental in nature and not ready for
commercialization yet and that any sale or use is purely for experimental purposes and remains under your control."
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