MUNICH, GERMANY -- Perendev Power Developments declares on the news page of their website that they are now ready to take orders for their permanent magnet motors. Magnetic forces are the driving power, eliminating the need for outside input of fuel or electricity of any kind. Combined with an alternator, the unit is said to produce 20 kilowatts -- more than enough to handle the peak load of most homes.
Perendev does not yet have units ready to ship, though they claim that they have had several working prototypes and that they have had some independent testing run on their devices, and that they are gearing up to be able to volume-produce the product.
The purpose of inviting advance orders is to enable the manufacturer to gauge the level of interest in the product.
As similar claim was made around two years ago on Perendev's web site, any interested parties are advised to keep their hopes in check. This is a noteworthy development, but until actual product is being delivered, the news is not yet groundbreaking.
Managing Director and inventor Mike Brady states that Perendev will not accept any payment up front. Rather, they will keep the client advised as to the timing for delivery. When the product is ready for fulfillment to a particular customer, then Perendev will request a 50% deposit. The balance for the unit is to be paid upon proof that all shipping documents are ready to go and fees have been paid.
Brady anticipates that the unit will cost between 9,500 and 10,000 Euros.
Shipping costs will be paid by the client, and are expected to be rather high due to the size and weight of the unit, and due to the fact that the unit will need to be packaged in such a way as to not emit strong magnetic fields.
Consumers are advised that while this development sounds exciting, there are chilling bureaucratic obstacles to bear in mind at this early stage. Most countries require national laboratory certifications of safety and performance, such as Underwriter Laboratories (UL) in the U.S. or "CE" (European Union standard) in Europe, in order for an electrical device such as this to be used legally. Non-compliance can result in loss of fire insurance or other penalties, forcing the market to target at first mainly off-grid applications.
Shipments to countries where the product is still officially unknown could incur delays as the necessary bureaucratic clearances will need to be established.
Torque applications such as for automobiles or industry may also trip over bureaucratic stipulations, removing the romance of the notion of simply installing the device and having "free energy." Obstacles in the way of obtaining proper clearances are significant and must not be overlooked.
Extensive field tests and results will need to be compiled before such certifications will be granted. Furthermore, a new product such as this is bound to have performance issues, despite the rigorous pre-emptive engineering to avoid the same.
How well will such a unit be able to provide a stable power input for commercial application? Modern electrical appliances are designed to operate within a certain window of electrical input, including the right frequency as well maintenance of the proper energy level. What happens to the magnets if they get too hot in an enclosed shed or vehicle under intense summer sun? What happens to the rotating magnets if the unit is jarred in a collision?
Possible health implications of such strong magnetic forces may lead to calls for health-and-safety studies, which are very expensive and long-lasting affairs. Whether these studies would result in a finding of safety, and consequently in issuance of permits to install such devices in or near human habitation remains unknown.
Even if Perendev had units ready to ship today, this field is early in a pioneering stage. It will be years before such a technology becomes commonplace even under the best of circumstances.
These issues, and more unforeseen issues that will arise, will need to be ironed out. It may take years of stable performance history in pioneer settings to gain the level of consumer confidence required for such a device to become as ubiquitous as the computer.
Meanwhile, for those of an adventurous spirit, who understand the risks and restrictions at this early stage, Perendev is taking orders.
While they do not yet have a unit for public display, Brady anticipates that they will have one soon. "Possibly Dec. 17," he said. He hoped to have had one several months ago, but Murphey's law seems to have ruled otherwise.
Part of that delay can be ascribed to the fact that Brady, as an inventor, is never satisfied with something that works now, if he can see a way to improve it -- and as an inventor, he will always see the next improvement. Two days ago, he reported that he is changing the number of magnets in the stator from 6 to 18. That was supposed to have been done today.
As long as he is in a controlling role in the company, and as long as he continues to have new ideas, this creative cycle will continue. While that is good for the technology, it spells perpetual delay for impatient consumers and business associates who want it now. Although through an inventor’s eyes, that see each detail of progress, continually unfulfilled deadlines represent additional milestones that needed to be made, the delays tend to spell "fraud" in the minds of many of those impatiently watching and waiting, either as customers or associates.
Brady is confident that his day of vindication is soon at hand -- and has been for years.
Some feel he should follow the example of the computer industry and simply release the early models, although drawing-board concepts have already made them obsolete. Upgrading performance and capacity on a regular basis is a standard practice in many industries.
Taking orders is a good first step -- again.