Owens, a retired electrical engineer, has invented a power generator system that actually creates it's own fuel source - static electricity. Owens says the machine can provide a complete power source for homes, businesses, planes trains and automobiles. In fact, Owens says the applications are nearly limitless, but that's not what is important. What's important is that others are saying it, too.
The machine (Owens' small, test-model) has been tested and examined by independent electric motor experts and the results were noted in a report signed by Higinio Rodriguez, president of Gulf Coast Electric Motor Service, Inc. in Pensacola.
According to the report, the machine requires 24 volts to start the motor and only 12 volts to start the static charge. However, it takes no amps or watts to supply the static charge.
The reports says "How long will it run and at what loss of volts and amps? No loss - indefinitely running."
Owen's self-sustaining machine produced over 4,600 watts and required no coal, oil, gas or liquid fuel and produced no pollution and no waste by-products.
By nearly anyone's standards, that qualifies as revolutionary to the point of science fiction fantasy.
Yet, Walter Owens doesn't look like someone out of a Isaac Asimov novel or some character that Robert Heinlein dreamed into existence. Owens brought his working model to the Herald office in the back of his pick-up truck and gave a demonstration for Herald staff and WMBB-TV 13 reporter Chris Mitchell, who broadcast a report on Owens and his generator on Monday evening. That machine, he said, could supply power to three individual homes - indefinitely.
One might assume that Owens will become fabulously wealthy and, if his generator is as efficient as it appears, that will undoubtedly occur. However, that's the other interesting twist to this unusual tale. Owens isn't looking for mere wealth.
"I'm 84 years old and the money doesn't make any difference to me. I was contacted by a firm in California that offered to pay me $2 million for exclusive rights," said Owens. "But I refused. I don't want any one company to have the technology. They'll just bury it." Instead, Owens hopes to sell his invention to a large array of individual companies and manufacturers. That way, he says, his generator can find its way into the hands of ordinary citizens.
- I spoke with Walter Owens a couple of times today by phone in preparing [the following] page.
- Several red flags came up for me
- * The longest any of his prototypes have run continuously is 3 hours (his last prototype)
- * His last prototype was burning up batteries, regulators, and coils.
- * In the same breath he says this device will run 25 years with no problems
- * He thinks the next prototype build will be ready to go into production.
- * He's supposed to be an accomplished inventor.
- I think its worth looking into, but he has a weak sense of what it takes to bring energy technology to market.
- Still deep in R&D.