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You are here: > News > March 27, 2012

S. Africa Company Discovers Problems in Alpha Testing their Fuel Free Generator

The South Africa company, which has developed the 5 kilowatt Fuel Free Generator, has discovered that the batteries' longevity is significantly effected by the process. Until that is resolved, the company will not feel comfortable releasing the product to customers, so it's back to the drawing board.

by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News

On February 22, 2012, we posted a story about my February 11, 12 visit to Johannesburg to witness a 5 kilowatt (enough to power a home without central air conditioning, conservatively) fuel-free generator and to meet the inventor and some of the principle players in helping him bring this technology to market. Here's the news bullet for that story:

Then on March 16, we published a follow-up story:

Then, on March 26, I received the following email from the company: (edited slightly)

I wanted to update you on our progress and way forward. In short we are experiencing a lot of technical challenges that have come to light after extensive testing. As you know, we were going to Alpha test the multiple units that we chatted about. We have been running multiple units now for some time to understand the long-term viability of our technology, and the following have resulted.

We have noticed that the system has inherent volatility both in the charging mechanism and in the output frequency of the power supply. 

On the charging side, we have seen that the batteries are being destructively charged to the point where after some time they are do not hold charge. This occurs typically after 3-4 Months. 

[Also], when the system is placed under load, the output frequency of the alternator oscillates between 30-60Hz. There are a number of reasons for this, and our engineering team are looking at solutions. 

We have thus gone back to the drawing board. 

This has resulted in us losing confidence in placing the units under customer trials. As such it would not be prudent for us to continue with any customer trials until we either solve the problems or cancelled the project completely. 

Naturally we have invested heavily in the technology and will not release anything into the open market until we have tested the solution properly and in accordance with known testing procedures. 

But, when breaking new scientific ground, the excitement of what we had seen had perhaps rushed us into commercialization too soon. We apologize for this but I think you would agree that it is better to be prudent and cautious at this early stage.

I apologise for any inconvenience and will update you once we are have attained favorable results. 

This is not unexpected.

Several people have noted a similar effect on batteries when running a system similar to theirs. We mentioned in our first story that Alexandros Xanthoulis of Defkalion said he saw such an effect at a university in Greece. 

And here is an email we received from Wes Crosiar on February 23, 2012 9:03 PM [MST], the day after we published the first story about the S. African generator. (Slightly edited.)


When a DC motor is pulsed there is something I call "fooling the observer".

I first became aware of this back in the early to mid 90's. I modified a automotive alternator with PM's on the stator and made a commutator with make/breaks that I am sure you are familiar with. I pulsed the Rotor with this commutator and did it in the push/pull configuration that is necessary to make the motor run. On the Off periods of commutation I collected the BEMF with a FWBR, and my measurements showed nearly 60% collection rate. After running the motor for short times the voltage on the car battery I was using rose to over 15 volts and I had to disconnect for a while to let the voltage to settle and also because I feared the battery would explode. 

I believed that shortly I was going to be a millionaire. After a week or two I contacted investors that were interested in my work to tell them the good news. 

However then came the bad news. After a couple of weeks of intermittent running of the motor the battery didn't charge as well. In fact, [in] the last run the battery WENT FLATTER THAN A FLITHER AND THE VOLTAGE DROPPED TO 10 SOMETHING VOLTS. I did this over and over again with the same results. 

Bedini had the same problem as well as Konzen, Magnacoaster, etc. I have had a lot of arguments over the years with inventors that were sure I was wrong. 

The way to fool the observer is to:

Back charge the battery with a voltage higher that the battery puts out during the off times with the back EMF and or combined with back charging with regular voltage. It sounds like you got to witness the FLATTER THAN A FLITHER thing that I saw. 

1. The alternator/three phase motor that was being used as an ac alternator that was hooked up like a rotoverter and overdriven at the same time by the dc motor driving it, then MAYBE IT IS REAL. 

I am [including] an attachment [at right] of a diagram of a setup that has a tuned three-phase motor running it instead of a DC motor. But notice how it is overdriving the Rotoverter and the Rotoverter is also wired as a motor. The drive motor is not important, as long as it is efficient.

However in the diagram, the motor and the alternator are hooked in series so the voltage is divided between the drive motor and the three phase alternator/motor being overdriven [except on startup]. 
Any questions are welcome.

The problem is that if they are doing it the way I said was real, then [their] technology [impinges on] Hector ['s Rotoverter]. I guess that is their business. 

Thanks Wes

When asked about this, the S. African company gave the following response on March 7:

"With the one unit we ran continuously, the batteries used then are still being used now. So in short, we haven't seen the same effect. Naturally, intensive testing will discover any pitfalls, this is what we are currently doing."

The above email dated March 26 concludes that there is an issue with batteries in intermediate-term usage.

Johan, who is doing an open source project with us at PES Network on a related setup, and who visited the S. African company with me on February 11,  provided the following suggestion to them about how to possibly resolve this issue:

[11:13:18 AM] Johan: so they are also doing high voltage BEMF spikes back into the battery, cooking it out..
[11:13:29 AM] Johan: there is quite an easy solution to this..
[11:13:49 AM] Johan: charge a capacitor, and then dump the cap (once full) back to the battery
[11:14:16 AM] Johan: this creates the same thing over time, but the battery can last up to 5 or 7 years, as opposed to a few months using this method
[11:14:31 AM] Johan: and is in use by bedini himself for this type of charging ;)

We certainly understand that things like this can happen; and we're grateful it was discovered during alpha testing, before the product began going to customers, even under beta testing terms.

I'm hopeful that these bugs can be worked through and resolved; and I hope our open source project of the related setup will help expedite the finding of such solutions, so we can get this out to the world as soon as possibleclose enough to making it to.

Meanwhile, due to the bump back in expected market arrival, I will be ratcheting the S. African FFG technology down a few notches in our Top 5 listing, advancing those that may be closer.

PES Network, Phase II Update

Meanwhile, progress is going well toward establishing a world network of potential licensees for a technology such as this one. We have assembled an excellent management team, have approved a vision statement, and are beginning work on a website. "Now, we feel like the industry has matured enough, and several promising technologies are close enough to making it to market, that it makes sense to start getting very aggressive about the networking aspect, to help match up technologies with professional services, financing, licensees, and customers."

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