South African Fuel-Free Generator Preparing for Market
Sterling Allan reports on his recent trip to South Africa to visit a company who has developed a 5 kilowatt Fuel Free Generator that will be available beginning March for their existing customers. Sterling will be getting a generator to test and use on his home from that first batch of 200.
As mentioned in my previous story on this matter, the South African company invited me to come see the technology first-hand so that I would not be making a statement along the lines of "they claim...", or "if this is real...", but so that I would be able to speak from personal experience after witnessing the technology in operation. They also offered to sell me a unit that I could personally test, promising to refund the cost if it did not perform as claimed.
I wish to thank all of you who stepped forward enthusiastically to donate funds to make this trip and procurement possible. The plan is to ship me one of the first 200 units.
The company, for now, wishes to remain off the radar. They don't currently
have a website, but one is expected to be completed in about a month or so. They
plan to make a big splash soon. For now, interested parties (as a result of this
coverage), can reach
them through me. So in this coverage, I will only refer to them as the
"S. African Company", and their product as the "FFG", which
stands for Fuel-Free Generator.
I do consider this technology to be a contender in our Top 5 Exotic Free Energy Technologies listing, due to its being close to market with a substantial, reliable output that is competitively priced to be more affordable than conventional energy sources, while producing no pollution, and being ready for rapid deployment through the setting up of licensees worldwide.
I was very impressed with the personnel involved in the S. African company.
So many great technologies over the years have been hindered primarily by
unworkable inventors or teams that can't work well together.
What I Saw
What I witnessed, along with three other scientists that I brought along -- all more qualified than myself -- was a 5 kW unit powered by four batteries, running for three hours continuous, driving a load of approximately 4 KW. According to the amp-hour rating of those batteries (102 Ah each), without being recharged from an external source, they should have lasted only 35 minutes before running down completely, no longer able to power the system.
The load was roughly 4 kW, comprised of:
- a two-burner stove, each burner consuming 1 kW (rated power according to
The total output was as high as 5 kW, as long as the generator was turned at 3000 rpm, and there was sufficient load. (The generator only produces as much power as is used). One time we plugged in more load than 5 kW and it caused the system to shut down, as it should in that circumstance.
The system was comprised of a series-wound, brushed, DC motor (slightly modified) powered by one bank of two 12-Volt, deep-cycle batteries (102 Ah) wired in series for a 24-Volt output. The company says the back-EMF is harvested into a second, identical battery bank, which is also wired in series. These two banks are periodically cycled, trading places in the circuit, and the net charge stays essentially the same, across both banks. The optimized cycling of power and storing of the back-EMF are all controlled by a proprietary circuit board and software developed by the inventor. The motor shaft is connected directly to the shaft of the AC generator, which spins at 3,000 rpm to produce 5 kW of power at 50 Hz, 220-V.
There was no external power cord or fuel going to the system. They lifted the table on which the system was housed, to show that no cords were run through the legs into the floor to a hidden power source. It is a closed system as far as physical devices are concerned.
We didn't have a way to detect whether or not electromagnetic radiation might
be in use to power the system inductively or wirelessly; but we did see all
around the room as we entered through the first floor underneath the lab, and we
could see what was on the other side of three of the four walls, and we could
see the roof as we approached the building, which didn't have anything on top of
it. The unit was in the middle of the room, maybe 15 feet away from the fourth
wall that we didn't look on the other side of.
Here is the data we collected from the third test we ran:
The starting voltages of the individual batteries were less than 100%
charged: Bank 1: 12.4, 12.43; Bank 2: 12.25, 12.42. We did not take an end point
reading for the individual batteries (sorry for the oversight). At the time, I
was thinking we would be back again.
The company states: "The system is configured to swap between battery
banks when the driving bank has depreciated by 8 percent, as can be seen from
the tests, the driving bank dropped by only 4.9 percent."
From an energy conservation frame of reference, modern science would predict
that the batteries would do nothing but diminish. But there is something about
this configuration that apparently allows ubiquitous, inexhaustible free energy
"from the wheel work of nature", as Telsa called it, to be harvested.
So the batteries did not drain nearly as fast, even though the system was
producing significant excess power.
Began with a Failed Demonstration
The above description was the second test that was done for us on that
set-up. The first run didn't turn out as planned.
You can imagine the feelings of "Oh no; another dud!" that I was fighting as we watched this. But I should say that I was hopeful that the problem, whatever it was, would be identified and resolved.
It turns out that the previous test they had run had been for a client that had requested a control run that entailed running the system without the inventor's circuit, to see how long the system would go until it stopped. This damaged two of the batteries. Running lead acid batteries to zero is not good for them. Also, not all the batteries were fully charged at the beginning.
They replaced those batteries (including with one that wasn't fully charged) and then ran the test again, which gave the results I reported earlier.
40 kW Array
They also ran a 40 kW system for us that was set up the same way except with a DC motor suitable to turn a 40 kW generator; and 16 batteries, comprised of 4 sets of batteries in parallel in place of a single set of batteries in the 5 kW set-up.
It wasn't set up at the time for extended running, so we only saw that one run for about 10 minutes. It wasn't wired to the load bank (a ~$10,000+ piece of equipment with resistive coils), and the shaft connection wasn't properly aligned. It was running without a load.
The other prototype size outputs apparently are available at their manufacturing facility. They include:
The three other scientists that came with me to this demonstration were Johan, Keith, and Henry, all from Johannesburg.
Keith is an electronics technician with many years experience in all kinds of gadgets. He wrote:
Keith's friend, Henry has a degree in electrical engineering with 25 years
experience in industrial electronic design, his specialty being electric motors
and generators. He was primarily the one making measurements, asking questions,
making observations, and, along with the rest of us, grinning at the end of the
day. To be fully satisfied, he would like to see a longer run, with more careful
measurement of the input and output, but he thought the device definitely looked
The S. Africa Team
As mentioned above, I was highly impressed with the S. African company's team.
The inventor is actually very socially functional and not so eccentric he is impossible to work with -- a phenomenon I've seen far too many times over the years. Some of the best technologies are opposed the most by the inventor's inability to interact with those who seek to help.
The inventor has been successful as a technologist and manager for a large company. He's not the archetypal outcast of the fringe, as is often found in the free energy sector.
He came up with this invention in a round-about way, not starting out with a particular vision in mind. He was just tinkering, building a toy for his daughter, making one modification after another, tweaking, optimizing, until he ended up with design that powered his house for three weeks, which was when he brought it to a financier, who then powered his office with it for three weeks.
The company is privately funded, so they are not looking for investment.
They also have a lot of patriotism toward S. Africa. They are proud of the many milestone accomplishments of the country, and seem intent on having S. Africa be honored once again by being the birthplace of this technology.
They hope to get the distinction of bringing the first exotic free energy
technology (of the home-power electricity variety) to the marketplace; and to be
able to leverage the branding opportunities that will be associated with that.
And after they have successfully launched the 5 kW FFG into the market, they
would like to expand into a role of helping to incubate new breakthrough energy
technologies -- to become the Siemens of Free Energy or of affordable
One point of frustration for me was that I wasn't permitted to take any photos of any of the devices. Their reason wasn't for protection of proprietary information, because a photo wouldn't divulge such. Rather, their reason had to do with image. They want the first images the public sees to be professionally done, in order to present a good first impression.
I disagree. I think their set-up looked fine. Compared to most of what I'm
used to seeing in this sector, their equipment looked great, especially their 40
Plans for Roll-out
The company plans to focus at first on producing the 5 kW system. They have several customers lined up, including some multi-national companies with strong name recognition, who will be testing their first 200 units built, set to begin in March. They will continue to produce 200 units/month for the S. African market, increasing this to 500/month by the end of the year.
They showed us a cabinet with 200 circuits they have prepared to go into those first 200 units. The 5 kW system we were observing was actually a test system to make sure each of those circuits has been built properly.
After the customers have run those first units for thirty days, 1) they will purchase them if they are satisfied with their performance, and 2) they will publish a report of the performance of these devices, to be included in their promotional material, both for potential licensees (more detailed) and for the public (simplified).
If the outcomes of those tests are sufficiently positive, then the company will do a big press conference or launch event to announce the product to the world.
After the 5 kW system is proven, then the company will next focus on rolling
out larger sizes.
Skipping Alpha Testing
This method of having the first customers be the ones to test the first manufactured units is not the way a product is normally rolled out commercially. Usually, the first testing of the device intended for market is done in-house (alpha testing). Only after thousands of hours of testing and receiving certifications, followed by extensive beta testing (by external parties in real-world environments) would the product be introduced to customers. Alpha testing would include stress tests under varying situations including heat, cold, vibration, running to destruction, determining optimums and margins; as well as toxicity and interference tests to show the device operation doesn't impact human health or electronics.
However, remember that this FFG system uses primarily off-the-shelf components that have already been run through the rigors of such tests.
The alternator, for example, will already have such testing, certifications, and approvals. As long as it is being turned at its rated speed, it will produce its rated output, whether the source of the rotating torque is hydro, wind, diesel generator, etc. A home warranty or insurance adjuster should only be concerned with the output of the alternator, which has the necessary credentials. So (I would think) the classification of this unit would be in the same group as a genset, which already has the needed UL or CE ratings.
Customers can buy off-the-shelf grid-tie systems that will sync the generator up with the local grid power, with automatic shut-off, in the case of a grid power failure, so that linemen are not jeopardized by the power coming from the device. A grid tie would be best, since the unit can puts out a constant 5 kW, and with net metering, most homes would come out well ahead at the end of the month; thus speeding up the payback time, in those states where net metering allows for payback for net excess energy generation from the customer's side.
What does this do to the Batteries?
One downside to minimizing a rigorous alpha-testing approach, as I see it, is that the company has not yet been able to study long-term performance results for the system.
The longest it has been run in one setting has been three weeks: once when powering the inventor's home; and once when powering the financier's office -- both for three weeks.
Alex Xanthoulis, CEO of Defkalion, said that he saw a system similar to this
1.5 years ago at a university in Greece. It worked short-term, but it hammered
the batteries, so they only lasted a few days. Since the South African company
has far exceeded that, it is probably safe to say that their circuitry is
different, and doesn't have as much, if any, of a detrimental effect on the
The S. African company plans to have each country have their own manufacturing and distribution network, rather than have one primary manufacturer.
The licensee task will entail sourcing the off-the-shelf batteries, DC motor and AC generator (or other end applications for capturing that power from the DC motor shaft, such as a pump); manufacturing the cabinet to house the system; assembling the systems, and distributing them to customers; and servicing the customers.
However, one very important point is that in every case, the licensee will purchase the control system for each unit from the S. African company. That is both to protect the intellectual property and to provide a built-in way for them to get a royalty on each unit sold.
The up-front licensing fee is likely to be low, like a deposit or earnest
payment on a property offer. The main revenue for the S. African company will be
from sales of the control circuit, which only they will manufacture, containing
the proprietary elements.
Potential Licensee Attributes
Usually, when a company talks about licensing a technology, they have all the alpha and beta testing done, with reams of data and spec sheets about the device(s) to be licensed.
In the case of the S. African company, though, potential groups coming in now to license will be early players, and will need to have a different threshold of willingness to assume risk, withstand skepticism, work through bugs, etc.
Potential licensees will need to be able to provide evidence of their capability to perform functions such as:
The arising of this and other exotic free energy technologies that are both clean and have the potential to render obsolete many energy modalities, might not go over well with those that are already involved in those sectors.
The S. African company hopes to make this transition as minimally disruptive as possible, while still addressing the planet's need for affordable, clean, distributed power, which empowers the individual while rendering obsolete the corrupt powers that be. Good riddance to the latter, but there are many sectors that aren't corrupt which could also be negatively impacted.
In order to minimize this collateral damage, the S. African company will seek
to work with those companies to let them be part of this opportunity, rather
than be put out of business by it.
And on February 28, 2012 12:45 AM [MST], in response to my email titled "how do I keep up?", describing how difficult it has been for me to stay on top of the flood of emails I've been receiving, they wrote:
What You Can Do
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