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Directory:Electrostatic Generator by Walter Owens and Company
Walter Owens has come up with a device which he claims extracts free and ubiquitous static energy for practical use. "My machine draws the static electricity from the air, as well as producing more. That charge then goes into a coil system that magnifies the charge and converts it into DC power." -- Owens (Nov. 2006) 
He expects that his next prototype will produce enough electricity to power two homes. He thinks that this technology could also power cars, airplanes, trains, enabling them to go nonstop for 20 years. "It creates the voltage so you can drive anything you want to drive." -- Owens (Oct. 15, 2007)
While his dreams of immediate, low-cost applications galore are magnaminous; in reality, it appears that there will be many more months of deep research and development before this technology will be ready to begin preparing for commercialization.
- 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.
none yet. Will probably get one soon, now that a company has been formed.
How it Works
"Operating on four car batteries, the machine works by using start-up energy from the batteries to drive a D/C motor that turns a flywheel. That magnetic flywheel runs through a system where 300 feet of 10-guage cooper wires, enclosed in sheepskin, push the electricity into 12 coils, with each coil producing somewhere around 10 volts of electricity." 
A home power unit is expected to cost between $15,000 and $18,000 USD.
Taking the purchase, financing, installation, and maintenance costs into consideration, the electricity generated by this device will cost around 1/3 of what it costs from the local utility.
Owens' recent prototype cost about $20,000 to build "because of trial and error and the fact that some parts were designed and tooled specifically for this machine. However, before the system is mass produced, it will be re-worked and streamlined, which will greatly reduce the production costs of individual systems." (paraphrase) 
- No refueling required, as energy apparently comes from the atmosphere.
- Low maintenance -- similar to electric motor.
- Gensets of all sizes and applications
Owens said he has built seven prototypes in the several years that he has been working on this.
A news report in Nov. of 2006 stated: "Owens has completed a prototype and is looking for someone to take his invention into the marketplace." 
In a phone interview on Oct. 15, 2007, Owens told Sterling D. Allan that he presently does not have a running prototype, as he was working on the next improvement. The previous unit was burning up batteries, regulators and coils. He expects to have the next version ready for demonstration in 4-5 weeks, which he expects will light up a house.
The longest any of his prototypes have run continuously in one setting is three hours. That was accomplished by the most recent prototype. In same breath, Owens talks about the durability of this design, that it will run and run "with no wear to it" for 25 years with no problem.
See news stories below. Owens took the device to the news buildings in the back of his pick-up truck and demonstrated it to them there.
Owens said that a man from General Motors saw the device and is now in business with him to manufacture parts for it.
Owens also said that a professor from the University of Western Florida, who has been an electrical engineer for 35 years, confirmed that his device was indeed harnessing static electricity. The professor wanted Owens to let the University develop the technology, but Owens declined, feeling that they wanted to take it over.
The report by Gulf Coast Electric Motor Service noted that "power output can be significantly increased by reduction of flywheel weight and other system improvements via a research and development program." 
Company: Owens and Company LLC
Founded in ~Oct. 2007
- "It's going to take someone much younger than me to get this thing out in the forefront where it needs to be. I'm looking for someone to do that." -- Owens 
The company is looking to establish leasing agreements with at least thirty other companies in the first six months, to begin applying this technology. A lease for 2 years will cost $2 million, with $200,000 required up front, and 5% paid in royalties on all units sold.
Inventor: Walter Owens
Walter Owens holds 27 patents for items such as farm equipment, a boat, a one-man helicopter, a 2-wheeled tiller, a commode system, a newspaper rack. 
He worked for more than 20 years as an Air Force flight engineer.
He has been thinking about this electrostatic idea since 1988. It was after an extended hospital stay a couple of years ago that he decided to see if it would work, and he began building his prototypes.
- Google News > Walter Owens generator - null as of Oct. 15, 2007
- The power to light the world - Owens, a retired electrical engineer, has invented a power generator system that actually creates it's own fuel source - static electricity. (DeFuniak Springs Herald - The Beach Breeze; April 12, 2007)
- Birght Idea - Walter Owens thinks he has invented the machine that will "change the nation." His idea: a patent-pending prototype for a generator fueled by static electricity. He demonstrated his concept, by showing how his invention puts out enough power to run an outboard motor and corded work light. (Andalusia Star News; ~11/20/06 [page not dated])
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