"Free Energy" Device in
Published in IE Volume 8, Issue
#45, September/October 2002
by Eugene F. Mallove
Just as this issue of Infinite Energy went
to press, a potential record-breaking event by an electric vehicle
at the Nashville, Tennessee SuperSpeedway on Saturday morning (September
7, 2002) disappointed Tennessee inventor Carl Tilley and about a
hundred other people attending the admission-free gathering, when
a wheel bearing in his electrically-converted 1981 DeLorean car
failed. See www.tilleyfoundation.com
for the company's promotional material. The Tilley Foundation had
rented the new SuperSpeedway for an expected all-day run to crush
the world record for an EV of 220 miles (by a retrofit Geo-Metro).
Tilley claims to have invented a device that recharges batteries
on-the-fly in automobiles and in fixed installations, using no evident
fuel or power source (except whatever energy may be accessible from
the space vacuum). A photo of this device in Tilley's lab shows
what looks like a very small electric motor with its output shaft
penetrating an approximately one cubic foot metal box. Independent
observers who have been to Tilley's facility say that this is the
device that Tilley claims is also powering his building.
Tilley's car, retrofit with a conventional electric motor and controller
(purchased from EV America of Wolfboro, New Hampshire), had to stop
its planned multi-hundred mile demonstration after only about 18
miles of high speed driving (moving in the 70-90 mph range, observers
estimated). Its left rear wheel bearing failed, making the car inoperable
for more laps. An independent engineer from New York, who had driven
to Nashville in his unconverted DeLorean, confirmed that DeLorean
vehicles are particularly prone to such bearing failures.
Our colleague, engineer Jan Roos who witnessed Saturday's
demonstration relates that Tilley and his associates promise
another public demonstration soon, which will involve two vehicles:
the DeLorean with new bearings on all wheels, and a retrofit SUV.
They have also promised a demonstration of an electric-powered single-engine
piloted aircraft, to be flown from Florida to somewhere in New England!
Prior to the mechanical failure of September 7, the airplane flight
was to have occurred before the end of October. Douglas Littlefield
of Vermont, Tilley's spokesman, told me that they have obtained
FAA approval for such a test flight.
Jan Roos inspected the vehicle as closely as possible, with its
various compartments open, and found no evidence of any kind of
auxiliary batteries or another concealed engine. Two of the compact
Tilley devices, with drive belts attached, appeared to be near the
engine, Roos said. In the rush to start the early morning, all-day
run on Saturday, Roos was not able to measure the initial twelve
12-Volt Wal-Mart battery pack voltage. However, the voltage reading
immediately after the car stopped was 137 V, measured by Roos' DVM.
The pack recovered to 144.8 V within about 20 minutes. Chemical
recovery of storage battery potential is a known phenomenon, of
course. Tilley claimed to Roos that his device continues some of
its recharge functioning after vehicle motor shut down. It is unclear
what the average voltage of the battery pack would be during high-speed
travel assuming the recharging claims are valid at all.
Tilley and his associates claimed to Roos and others that the DeLorean
had been driven 202 miles on a drive to Kentucky in the few weeks
preceding the September 7 public test, which if true would be remarkable.
Despite these dramatic claims, it is not possible at this time to
draw conclusions about any anomalous performance of the vehicle.
This must await further public demonstrations. It is noteworthy,
however, that despite the embarrassing mechanical failure, there
seemed to be no reluctance by the inventor and his business associates
to promise further demonstrations soon.
Prior to the September 7 test, Bob Batson of EV America in Wolfboro,
New Hampshire told me that a 3,000 lb DeLorean equipped with twelve
12-Volt (130 Amp-hr) batteries would be expected to travel, at 60
mph, a maximum 52 miles, with an average stopping distance of 37
miles. This should put past and future claims by Carl Tilley and
his associates in perspective.
Infinite Energy will provide continuing coverage
of efforts to validate or disprove, publicly and privately, the
very large claims of Carl Tilley and his associates.