The latest “Report From the Front: Tracking the Energy Revolution” column (in Atlantis Rising magazine) is out now – see AtlantisRising.com, or the magazine at a newsstand. I would appreciate feedback on my column.
Did you enjoy the Bob Teal story that science researcher Dr. Peter Lindemann dug up? I retold a bit of it to draw attention to Peter’s informative new DVD “Electric Motor Secrets”. His DVD is a more-than-two-hour course on the secrets of the electric motors of our future. You can order it from Lindemann’s website www.free-energy.ws.
Funny how some inventors receive their breakthrough ideas in dreams and others get them through day-dreams. For Bob Teal, the inventive juices flowed while he wrote a sci-fi novel! His book’s plot required a non-polluting quiet electric engine, so his mind attracted an inspiration – a vision of how such an engine might look.
Of course it helped that Teal’s mind was technology-oriented; he’d been an engineer for RCA and had earlier given the U.S. Navy an invention which was so valuable that it was classified. He retired at the age of 50 – too early to be satisfied with just Florida sunshine. Bored with retirement, he decided to actually build the “Magnipulsion” engine he’d created in his fictional book.
Teal’s novel was never published, but Teal’s Magnipulsion engine made it into newspapers at the time and into a filmed interview which recently surfaced on the Internet. Lindemann dug a few of those articles out of his files to share with us.
Teal’s engine received publicity because it worked. The final prototype reportedly ran a 20-ton conveyor belt on the same automotive battery for months. He told a reporter, “I have dreams of building one large enough to run cars and boats….There are very few moving parts, so you would not need highly trained mechanics.” But he ran out of money for machine-shop work.
Elements of Teal’s story have a lot in common with life stories of others who’ve had breakthrough energy inventions:
- He formed a company and tried to raise money to develop his invention. The only people who put money in were family, friends and a few investors with relatively small amounts of funds to give.
– Most of the funds went to building prototypes and filing patents.
– Although he ran out of money to further develop it, he said he didn’t want to sell his ideas to some company that might just shelve an invention which threatens coal, oil and other vested interests because it’s so easy to build and operate.
– He hoped to get a government grant to take the project out of the backyard shop and into a facility where a technical team would help him engineer it for production.
– Despite newspaper publicity and technical success, Teal was unsuccessful in getting any commitments from government officials.
Lindemann is now putting the story of Teal’s invention out to the public along with the how-to. Bob Teal gets the last word. On his company literature he quoted the 17th century French philosopher Voltaire: “There is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come.”