Is it perpetual motion? Thane C. Heins, President and CSO, of Potential Difference Inc, is afraid to call it that. And the most interesting thing is, experts at MIT cannot disprove his invention.
[…] Just before the big day at MIT, the Star spoke with professor Markus Zahn about what he expected to observe.
“It’s hard for me to give an opinion,” said Zahn, who admitted he was excited to see the demonstration. “I don’t believe it will violate the laws of physics. You’re not going to get more energy out than you put in.”
He said it’s easy for people to set up their tests wrong and misinterpret what they see. “You’ve got to look closely.”
It’s now Jan. 28 – D Day. Heins has modified his test so the effects observed are difficult to deny. He holds a permanent magnet a few centimetres away from the driveshaft of an electric motor, and the magnetic field it creates causes the motor to accelerate. It went well.
Contacted by phone a few hours after the test, Zahn is genuinely stumped – and surprised. He said the magnet shouldn’t cause acceleration. “It’s an unusual phenomena I wouldn’t have predicted in advance. But I saw it. It’s real. Now I’m just trying to figure it out.”
There’s no talk of perpetual motion. No whisper of broken scientific laws or free energy. Zahn would never go there – at least not yet. But he does see the potential for making electric motors more efficient, and this itself is no small feat.
“To my mind this is unexpected and new, and it’s worth exploring all the possible advantages once you’re convinced it’s a real effect,” he added. “There are an infinite number of induction machines in people’s homes and everywhere around the world. If you could make them more efficient, cumulatively, it could make a big difference.” […]
Even if it’s not perpetual motion, we could sure use some very high efficiency electric motors.