Posted at: 09/17/2013 4:35 PM
Updated at: 09/17/2013 8:11 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
GRANVILLE - Inside A Granville-area house, 62-year-old Andrew Abolafia has built a Static Field Converter.
I wasn't sure whether I should impressed, because I really don't know what a Static Field Converter, hereafter called an SFC, is.
"Our approach is that there is much more energy stored in a permanent magnet than it takes to magnetize it or demagnetize it and this invention extracts that energy from the permanent magnet," Abolafia said.
To make it work, you'll need some regular magnets, some diamagnets, which are ceramic superconductors that repel regular magnets and some liquid nitrogen.
Liquid nitrogen is fairly cheap and easy to get, provided you have a dewar to carry it in, since liquid nitrogen doesn't remain liquid unless it is stored at minus 300 degrees.
Plus some other common material.
We watched as Andy operated his SFC.
His test equipment indicated he was producing about one amp at two volts, energy he tells us is coming from the magnets, not power from rotating the contraption or any of his test equipment.
He says it is easily scalable to large size, so that the invention could be used in various ways.
"Very possibly (it could) replace fossil fuels or oil and gas," Abolafia said.
Andy has patented his invention and a few others.
He's tried to demonstrate it through regular channels but hasn't met with much interest.
He says that's why he reached out to show us, hoping a mass audience might get the attention he wants for his device and believes it deserves.