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Fuelless Generator All You Need To Know

Image obtained from Researchgate.net attributed to Ezekiel Nnamere Aneke

The concept of a fuelless generator is something that has excited power users all across the world, but particularly in places like Africa and Asia, where steady supply of electricity is problematic.

With an ever rising demand for electrical power, and no means of filling that demand; the arrival of a fuelless generator would make an instant impact; it would be a great boost to business, production, and the general quality of life in the aforementioned places.

But what exactly is a fuelless generator? How would it work? And most importantly, is it real?

Fuelless Generator All You Need To Know

Theoretically, there are many ways that a fuelless generator could work. It could use a pendulum, a spring, or a battery. The most consistent concept involves the use of a battery. Said battery would be used to power a mechanism, while some of that power would be returned to the battery in order to charge it.

That would create a kind of power loop.

The design concept will be shared here, followed by claims of this production, and finally, the economic impact.

The first design is simple; it involves the direct conversion of chemical energy to electrical energy which powers a driving motor. The mechanical energy is directly converted to electrical energy; making it a fuelless generator.

It is fuelless in the sense that it does not require the use of a fuel like petrol, or any other hydro carbon.

However, the design is not self sustaining; the generator would only last as long as its battery.

It is important to note that if the battery cell would need to be charged by an external source (such as one that uses fossil fuels) then it cannot be called a fuel less generator in the true sense. This is true even if it offers some advantages such as less expenses, more efficiency, and a quieter operation.

A true fuelless Generator would need to be a True Loop

A True Energy Loop

This would mean using energy to run a power generating machine, and then harnessing part of that generated power to recharge the source. That is a loop; a self-sustaining cycle.

Such a design could involve the use of chemical energy (a battery), converted to mechanical energy (DC Motor), and then the mechanical energy to electrical energy (AC Motor). To complete the loop however, some of the electricity generated would need to be converted back to Chemical Energy by charging the battery, or another battery.

The secondary battery can then be switched with the first battery thus continuing the cycle.

The above sketch is over simplified; the fly wheel on the DC Motor should be several times the size of the one on the AC Motor. That would increase the speed at which the AC Motor would run. The same effect can be achieved using a simple system of gears. It should be efficient.

However, this is hardly a novel idea. If it could work, then why hasn’t someone done it? Apparently, someone has!

A team of Nigerian engineers at the Federal Polytechnic Nekede have made an announcement of his successful development of a fuelless generator. The announcement was made on the most widely circulated newspaper in the country The Punch. (1)

According to the Rector of the institution Dr. Michael Arimanwa, the machine produces alternating current of 150V, which is then boosted to 220V using a transformer. He further explains that the voltage is then converted to Direct Current of 12V, which is then used to charge the battery.

Is It Available For Purchase?

The invention at the Polytechnic Nekede may not be for sale immediately, but a Nigerian company is in the process of marketing its own fuelless generator which works on basically the same principle.

The company is Ecotech, and the product is called Ecotech Fuelless Generator. The product is already generating quite some attention; and there are several examples of users who say they are quite satisfied with its function.

The price is not quoted, but it should be reasonably priced, otherwise many potential customers could become frightened, and decline to purchase the product.

The Future Of The Concept

There is no doubt that the existing interest and demand for this type of energy generation will continue to fuel research and development of better and more efficient models.  One such case of ongoing research is done by Ezekiel Nnamere Aneke (2).

The figure below is provided by him, and gives an idea of how the system works.

Image obtained from Researchgate.net
attributed to Ezekiel Nnamere Aneke

The concept was evaluated for the American Journal of Engineering Research; and the report shows that for maximum efficiency, the generator should not carry more than 1000watts at a time. Below that amount, the generator performs quite agreeably.

The designers of this marvelous machine will probably have a product out in the market any time soon, and then fuel less generators will be even more popular.

But as many more fuel less generators become available in the market, is there anything to worry about.

Disadvantages Of Fuelless Generators

Danger Of Battery Explosion

Some devices come with a warning not to use and charge them at the same time. This is among other things, to protect the device, and the user from the possibility of the battery exploding or catching fire.

The very concept of most fuelless generators involves charging and using the batteries at the same time-an action which has already been proven to be dangerous. Of course this is more probable in a full loop or a complete loop such as that described earlier in the article.

Danger Of Pollution

Such intense use will no doubt wear out the batteries because batteries do not have indefinite charge cycles. When the batteries wear out they will need to be disposed of. Presently, battery use is not so high, and so it is easy to miss the danger that lies ahead.

If mankind continues to turn to “renewable energy” in cars, power generation, and so on, then according to the present concepts, batteries will be used en masse.  If batteries will be used en-masse then they will be disposed en-masse.

That will cause problems for the environment, and problems for humanity. Humanity would only be exchanging one set of problems for another.

Economic Impact

Economies that run on oil and the revenue from its sale would not welcome such an idea. It would not be surprising if they tried to sabotage the development of anything that would remove the world’s dependence on this precious resource.

Furthermore, jobs could be lost, and the problems could spiral out of control.

Further Reading:

A fuelless generator could be the solution to the perpetually rising costs of electricity; it could bring down expenses on power. Fuel less generators could even reduce carbon emission, maybe replacing that will lithium or lead.

This technology is still in the early stages; with a little more fine-tuning; this could be the breakthrough that humanity has been looking for. Light without end at last!

References:

1. Federal Poly Nekede Develops Fuelless Fumeless Generator | Punch Newspapers

2.  Development of Self Induced Fuelless Generating Set For Sustainable Power Supply In Nigeria | Researchgate

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