Reference: Tony Edwards, "'Accident' in lab creates super motor," The Sunday Times [London], United Kingdom, Dec. 10, 1995. (Courtesy John Morrison)
Jan. 9, 1996. Some additional details on the Takahashi motorscooter and magnet developments have appeared in the London Times, in the referenced article.
Apparently Takahashi and Sciex Corporation are not going to thrust an overunity engine upon the market this year, and perhaps not in the next three or four. Instead, it appears that they will simply introduce a "regenerative" engine to dramatically extend mileage and performance of a vehicle powered by ordinary batteries.
The motorscooter now being announced by Sciex runs on four ordinary 12-volt car batteries. The YT magnets utilized contain the world's highest rating, or some 120 MgOe (Megagauss Oersteds). The previous record is believed to be 55 Megagauss Oersteds. In the scooter, the engine is claimed to produce 15 horsepower. [Comment by T.E.B: That alone is startling, 15 HP would represent about 11.2 kilowatts of power. For 500 miles range at 50 mph, 10 hours would be required, so that the batteries would be required to furnish some 112 KWH. This is nearly a full week's worth of electricity "usage" by this writer's 5,300 ft2 house lights and heat pump in the cold of November 1995.]. When the scooter is throttled back and free-wheeling, the engine becomes a generator and partly recharges the batteries while on the move. This is purported to give the scooter an impressive range of some 500 miles.
The article quotes Michael Laughton, professor of electrical engineering at London University, as stating: "It's an incredible machine. Takahashi seems to have developed an extraordinarily efficient electric motor and control system. In principle there's no reason it couldn't be scaled up for an electric car."
Another novel use of Takahashi's new magnets is to extend the life of rechargeable batteries. Thin inch-wide squares of the magnets, when attached to mobile phone batteries, apparently double the amount of charge the batteries retain, allowing the batteries to last twice as long between charges, for the same load. In fact this battery doubler is already commercially on the market in Japan, where at least 100,000 of them have been sold. Takahashi has announced plans to set up primary manufacture of his supermagnets in Great Britain, north of London, but requires a 20 million pound investment to do so.
Comment: We may now be seeing the emergence of the approved Japanese strategy for a gradual transfer to overunity. If so, the West will not be suddenly confronted with a massive overunity engine injection in self-powering electric vehicles. Instead, electric engines will just be gradually "made ever better", first with regeneration capability rather than true overunity. In that case, of course, the market can be readily penetrated and gradually taken over, without undue alarm, financial panic, or stock market crash in the West. Japanese businessmen together with the Japanese government may be opting to just continually harvest Western dollars, milking the cash cow instead of suddenly destroying the goose that lays the golden egg. If this "boa constrictor" strategy has indeed been adapted, then we will see a "continuing improvement" of electric powered vehicles that just get better, year by year, without full overunity. Eventually overunity can then be smoothly introduced without the severe shock that would accompany its immediate injection at the present time.
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