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Perepiteia 
In Greek theatre, the term perepiteia means an action that has the opposite effect of what its doer intended.
Inventor Thane Heins stands next to his Perepiteia generator.
Inventor Thane Heins stands next to his Perepiteia generator.

Thane Heins of Potential Difference thinks he has stumbled upon a way of making electric induction motors work, at the very least, more efficiently. At most, he may have found a way to manipulate magnetic fields so that instead of slowing down a generator (according to Lenz's law in physics) it speeds it up.

    "The invention, at its very least, could moderately improve the efficiency of induction motors, used in everything from electric cars to ceiling fans. At best it means a way of tapping the mysterious powers of electromagnetic fields to produce more work out of less effort, seemingly creating electricity from nothing.
    "Imagine a battery system in an all-electric car that can be recharged almost exclusively by braking and accelerating, or what Heins calls 'regenerative acceleration.' No charging from the grid. No assistance from gasoline. No cost of fuelling up. No way, say the skeptics." (Toronto Star; Feb. 4, 2008)

The story has generated a fairly significant international buzz of discussion. [1]

Skeptics
One OU-believer skeptic says this is Nothing more than a hysteresis brake. Dr. Peter Lindemann said that no useful output is demonstrated in this sytem.

Contents

About

Official Websites

Videos

March 2012 Demo

Parts 1 & 2


(7:10 minutes)

  • PEREPITEIA GENERATOR DEMO VIDEO - Parts 1 & 2 - Description follows. (YouTube; February 05, 2008)

PART 1 - System Decelerates Under Load

A CONVENTIONAL single armature generator which DECELERATES under load eventually to a dead stop as dictated by Lenz's Law and the Law of Conservation of Energy. The greater the resistive load the greater the rate of deceleration.

PART 2 - System Accelerates Under Load

A MAGNETICALLY COUPLED single armature generator which ACCELERATES under load in violation of Lenz's Law and the Law of Conservation of Energy. The ONLY difference between PART 1 and PART 2 is the insertion of the ferromagnetic material between the generator and the induction motor. The greater the resistive load the greater the rate of acceleration and likewise the greater the generator output.

- Thane C. Heins of Potential Difference Inc

Part 3


(9:56 minutes)

  • PEREPITEIA GENERATOR DEMO VIDEO - Part 3 - A MAGNETICALLY COUPLED quadruple armature generator which ACCELERATES under load in violation of Lenz's Law and the Law of Conservation of Energy. (YouTube; February 04, 2008)

Part 4


(5:23 minutes)

  • PEREPITEIA GENERATOR DEMO VIDEO - Part 4 - A TOROID GENERATOR which neither DECELERATES nor ACCELERATES under load load in violation of Lenz's Law and the Law of Conservation of Energy. An explanation as to why and how the Law of Conservation of Energy can be violated is explained by Texas A&M University in this questionnaire I sent last year. - Thane C. Heins of Potential Difference Inc (YouTube; February 05, 2008)

Part 5


(8:39 minutes)

  • PEREPITEIA GENERATOR DEMO VIDEO - Part 5 - A MAGNETICALLY COUPLED 8 armature generator which ACCELERATES under load in violation of Lenz's Law and the Law of Conservation of Energy. - Thane C. Heins of Potential Difference Inc. (YouTube; February 05, 2008)

Part 6


(7:55 minutes)

  • PEREPITEIA GENERATOR DEMO VIDEO - Part 6 - Description follows below. (YouTube; February 04, 2008)

A split-phase induction motor which is accelerated SOLELY by an externally applied stationary permanent magnetic field. The acceleration is accomplished by the magnetic coupling of the permanent magnet to the motor's rotor.

The acceleration is caused by the permanent magnet's magnetomotive force adding to the rotor's magnetomotive force and increasing the rotor's torque coefficient.

This external force has NO ENERGY COST associated with it and it violates the Work Energy Principle

- Thane C. Heins of Potential Difference Inc

Part 7


(9:12 minutes)

  • PEREPITEIA GENERATOR DEMO VIDEO - Part 7 - Magnetically Coupled System, Octuple Armature, Acceleration occurs. (YouTube; February 04, 2008)

Introductory Text in Part 7:

MOTOR REACTION IN A CONVENTIONAL GENERATOR

Whenever a generator delivers current to a load, the load current creates an opposition force that opposes the rotation of the generator armature.

A counterclockwise reaction force is produced by the gnerator that acs in opposition to the clockwise driving force applied to the generator armature by the prime mover.

If the current in the conductor increases, the reaction force increases, and more force must be applied to the generator armature to keep it from slowing down.

With no armature urrent, no magnetic reaction exists and the generator input power is low. As the armature current increases, the reaction force of each armature against rotation also increases and the generator speed must be increases.

If the prime mover driving the generator is a gasoline engine, this effect would be accomplished by opening the trottle on the carburetor.

-- Basic Electricty Manual; Bureau of Navy Personnel'


MOTOR REACTION IN A MAGNETICALLY COUPLED GENERATOR

Whenever a generator delivers current to a load, the load current creates a COMPLIMENTARY FORCE that AIDS the rotation of the generator armature.

A CLOCKWISE reaction force is produced by the generator that acts in UNISON to the clockwise driving force applied to the generator armature by the prime mover.

If the current in the conductor increases, the reaction force increases, and LESS FORCE must be applied to the generator armature to keep it from slowing down.

With no armature current, no magnetic reaction exists, and the generator input power is low. As the armature current increases, the reaction force of each armature against rotation also increases, and the driving power to maintain the generator speed must be LESSENED.

If the prime move driving the generator is an INDUCTION MOTOR, this effect would be accomplished by REDUCING THE MOTOR'S INPUT VOLTAGE.

-- Potential Differences, Inc.

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(Compare excerpt from Basic Electricity By M. Fogiel, US Naval Personnel Staff)

Latest Developments

Feb 04, 2008

The Toronto Star publishes an article about this discovery. Demo videos posted to YouTube.

Jan. 24, 2008

Thane Heins travels to Boston to meet with MIT professor, Markus Zahn, who is a leading expert on electromagnetic and electronic systems, as reported in the Toronto Star on Feb. 4.

Early 2006

Heins ran a test in which he "connected the driveshaft of an electric motor to a steel rotor with small round magnets lining its outer edges. The idea was that as the rotor spun, the magnets would pass by a wire coil placed just in front of them to generate electrical energy – in other words, it would operate like a simple generator. The voltage was there, but to get current he had to attach an electrical load to the coil – like a light bulb – or simply overload it, which would cause it to slow down and eventually stop. Heins did the latter, but instead of stopping, the rotor started to rapidly accelerate. Somehow the magnetic friction [back EMF] had turned into a magnetic boost." [2]

2005

Potential Difference Inc. established to develop and market Heins' invention.

How it Works

(See demo videos above.)

On Feb. 4, 2008, Tyler Hamilton of Clean Break offered the following synopsis [Hamilton is a columnist for the Toronto Star]:


He takes an induction motor and connects its steel draftshaft to a steel rotor that is lined with small circular magnets. Opposite the rotor is a wire coil that generates electricity as the magnets on the rotor spin past it. When he applies a load to the coil, like a lightbulb, it increases the magnetic field around the coil. This field would normally create magnetic friction (Back EMF) against the approaching magnets on the rotor, causing the rotor to slow down. But because the rotor and the driveshaft are both steel, they conduct the coil's electromagnetic field and direct it to the heart of the induction motor. The magnetic friction that would normally be in the air-gap between the rotor magnets and the coil has now been harnessed inside the induction motor, boosting the motor's existing magnetic fields that are used to spin the draftshaft.

As more load is put on the coil, a larger magnetic field is created and directed to the induction motor, making the motor go faster. This creates a positive feedback loop as the load on the coil increases.

Costs

Advantages

Applications

Independent Testing

Heins teamed up last fall with Riadh Habash, a professor at the University of Ottawa's school of information technology and engineering, providing access to a university lab and all the equipment he needs to test and simulate his generator. [3]

A respected MIT electromagnetics engineer/professor, Markus Zahn, who is a leading expert on electromagnetic and electronic systems, saw a demonstration in which Heins 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. Zahn admitted that while he doesn't understand the phenomenon, "I saw it. It's real. I'm just now trying to figure it out." [4]

Heins and friend, Kim Cunningham, manager of communications and government relations at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) have demonstrated the Perepiteia to a number of labs and universities across North America, including the University of Virginia, Michigan State University, the University of Toronto and Queens University. [5]

Patents

pending

Profiles

Company: Potential Difference, Inc.

Inventor: Thane C. Heins

Thane C. Heins is President and CSO of Potential Difference Inc. Theh 46 years old (as of Feb. 2008) inventor lives in Almonte, near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

He was in an electronics program at Heritage College in Gatineau, Quebec, but never finished. "I have mild dyslexia and don't do well in math, so I didn't do very well in school." [6]

As a result of his pursuing this technology without an income, his wife has kicked him out, and he can't pay child support. [7]

He has a chef's diploma, and spent time as chef at the Canadian Museum of Civilization before launching his own restaurant in Renfrew called the Old Town Hall Tea Room. [8]

In 1999 he ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Green Party of Ontario, deciding a year later to run as an independent in the federal election. [9]

In the News


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  • Top FE Inventor Updates - In getting ready for tonight's interview on Coast to Coast AM, I send out an email last night to the inventors whose technology I hope to at least mention, asking them if they have any updates they can provide. (Free Energy Blog; December 29, 2013)
  • The Bi-Toroid Transformer (BiTT) by Potential Difference Inc. - The Bi-Toroid Transformer (BiTT) employs two secondary coils and a low reluctance outer flux path route for secondary coil on-load induced flux to couple (and add to each other and the no-load primary "reactive" flux) and provide the magnetic flux required to maintain the voltage across the load... (Free Energy Blog; December 26, 2013)
  • Perepiteia Generator Aims to Harnesses Back EMF - Thane Heins of Potential Difference Inc stumbled upon a way of making electric induction motors work, at the very least, more efficiently. At most, he may have found a way to manipulate magnetic fields so that instead of slowing down a generator it speeds it up. (PESWiki; February 6, 2009)
  • The next great Canadian idea: Peripiteia generator - More than 200 ideas were submitted for our second Great Canadian Invention Competition. While judging continues, we present three of the more intriguing entries and the brains behind them. - July 21, 2008)
  • ‘Energy-producing’ motor provokes Web debate - YouTube videos showing the inventor, Thane Heins, demonstrating his "Perepiteia" machine have been watched by more than 100000 people and the demonstration ... (Drives & Controls, UK - Mar 3, 2008)
  • An Internet commotion over 'perpetual motion' - Even NASA has expressed interest in what Mr. Heins calls Perepiteia, a variation of a word used in Greek theatre to describe an action that has the opposite ... (Ottawa Citizen, Canada - Mar 1, 2008)
  • Reaction to story staggering - The Toronto Star story has generated a fairly significant international buzz of discussion. (Toronto Star; Feb 25, 2008)
  • Yet Another Perpetual Motion Device - I would like to know how this seemingly backyard enthusiast's experimental set up has not been tried a million times over the years. It seems so simple and too good to be true. The article has links to a multi-part video demo of the device accelerating an electric motor under load for free! (Slashdot; Feb. 9, 2008)
  • Harnessing Back EMF to create "free" energy? - The Toronto Star takes a look at an Ottawa inventor who stumbled upon a way of making electric induction motors work, at the very least, more efficiently. At most, he may have found a way to manipulate magnetic fields so that instead of slowing down a generator (according to Lenz's law in physics) it speeds it up. (by Tyler Hamilton of Clean Break; Feb. 4, 2008) [Tyler is a columnist for the Toronto Star.]
  • Turning physics on its ear - Has college dropout done the impossible and created a perpetual motion machine? Report of his trip to see an MIT professor. (Toronto Star; Feb. 4, 2008)

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