Adelaide Branch

Well, it's that time of year again Income Tax and Annual General Meeting time!! Ashley is willing to remain Chairman for another term, but our Treasurer has left the country (with his own money not ours ) and I have decided that it is time for some new blood to be injected into the Secretary's spot, so I am resigning from that position. I shall continue to write, edit, print and distribute the newsletter, so the Secretary's job will only require collecting any mail, taking meeting minutes and writing a meeting report for the newsletter.

Consequently we are looking for nominations for the two vacant positions. Please think about whether you can offer to put something back into the group and have a say in how it is going to run for the next 12 months.


The meeting began at 8.05PM with 36 people in attendance. Our stand-in Treasurer, Michael, reported that we have $312 in the bank and I read out the incoming correspondence which was received during this month. Ashley began the open part of the meeting by mentioning an article about Jock Lawrie's electric car in the Advertiser and then mentioned the "Eddy Current Water Vitaliser" which is similar to the Grander and W.T.V. units. Ashley also advised us of a couple of new additions to the library in the form of articles on the work of Moray and Aspen, and also that Randal has bumper stickers available to promote buying Australian products. These are 50c each and only cover the cost of printing - so buy one!!!

Ken has put together a book on ultrasonics and donated it to the library. He also brought along a meter for measuring fields (magnetic, RF, etc.) in electronic or electrical equipment for people to experiment with on the night. Roger brought along a new recruit in Keith from Murray Bridge who has an interest in an engine called the "Rotary Vee". Keith demonstrated a rotating mockup of the engine which shows the principle of how the engine works and also showed a life size one that he has started to build. Cedric gave an interesting explanation of the Bedini motor and told us where he is currently at with his unit. He said that it has run for one hour on it's own and recharged the battery at the same time, however this has been difficult to repeat. I gave a quick update on my hydrogen project in which I showed the wrecked unit and the new one about to go on the car - ironically it was petrol that destroyed the original one!

Andrew gave another demonstration of his gravity wheel which again "almost 'worked - still some more tinkering to be done there. Andrew also had some good news on his steam/vortex project on the car, in that the University of SA and the Department of Transport are soon to test the car on a dyno and do a comprehensive exhaust gas analysis of the vehicle. The Government are raising $ 10,000 to cover the costs of these tests in the form of a grant. It will be interesting to see the outcome of these tests and to see where the project goes from there.

John Andress from Queensland then gave a talk on the products that he is involved with in the area of reducing the effects of magnetic radiations and other energies. The devices consist of either anodised aluminium, granite set in epoxy resin or laminated cards with crushed crystal in the middle. Costs range from $30 for a card up to $200 to fit out a vehicle. One of these devices was fitted on the cord of the TV when we watched the video, while Ken's meter and Dino were used to test for radiation coming from it. The radiation level increased when the TV was switched on, however Dino managed to sit in front of it to watch it, so the Jury is still out on this device. (any feedback on these devices would be welcomed)

Finally the edited George Wiseman video on Browns Gas was shown and the meeting finished some time around 10.30Pm followed by extensive discussions about just about everything!


Adelaide inventor, Jock Lawrie, said in a recent news article that he has signed a contract with a Sydney company for his electric car battery system. It is planned that an assembly plant will be built in the northern suburbs and it is predicted that 1500 jobs will be created producing these power generators. The technology uses temperature control in the battery banks to enable the batteries to recharge faster. The charging technology will be manufactured in kit form, adaptable to any make of electric vehicle. Lets hope that this technology is as good in the long term as it seems and that the production facility actually becomes a reality.

Another Adelaide inventor has released for sale ($150 each) "The Greg Watson Simple Overunity Toy", also called a SMOT kit. This is basically a TOMI device as demonstrated by Roger several months ago at one of our meetings. For more details, see the article in this newsletter!

I was told by a visitor to the June meeting that he had been involved with building a Carl Cella type hydrogen unit for a motor vehicle. The difference with this one is that the unit worked, with the vehicle being driven for several days on hydrogen. One problem that did occur however was that the engine was not turned back onto petrol before it was turned off, and three days later when he tried to start it again, he found that rust had set in and the engine was stuffed.


Adapted extracts from an article by Jeremy Webb, entitled 'Electric cars may run on diesel', in New Scientist (Oct 14th96).

The first cars driven by fuel cells may not be all that green, as they are likely to use diesel as a source of their hydrogen. With the race on to put a non-polluting prototype into production, car designers want to know what fuel they will be using. The ideal scenario is one in which electricity from solar panels and wind turbines is used to crack.water and produce hydrogen, but in the short term it suffers from several drawbacks; public anxiety since the Hindenberg disaster about the safety of hydrogen is one obstacle, and there are also technical problems: storage tanks will need to be both large and sturdy, pushing up the price, and an efficient, readily available source of hydrogen is still some way off.

One option for the transitional period while hydrogen production and storage is made more efficient is to use a fuel such as methanol or natural gas, which can be processed in the car to make hydrogen. The disadvantage with both these fuels is that there is a very limited network of filling stations. And if hydrogen is likely to supersede them in a few years, nobody is likely to invest in expanding the network. This leaves diesel, which can be partially oxidised in the car to produce hydrogen with negligible emissions of nitrogen oxides. (To reduce sulphur dioxides, sulphur would need to be removed at the refinery). But the real advantage is that filling stations can already handle diesel.

Whatever the fuel, "The creation of a new fuel infrastructure will have to be progressive," according to Keith Prater of Canadian company Ballard, producers of the fuel cell-driven bus pictured above, "There will have to be some government intervention to encourage it." He points to Vancouver, where ten years ago the taxis changed to burning natural gas. The infrastructure was minimal - just installed at depots. But then the state government began offering state subsidies to people who converted their cars to natural gas. "There are now natural gas stations all around the state, so taxis and cars can refuel anywhere."


Can you see the answer?


SMOT stands for -Simple Overunity Toy" and has been put together by Adelaide experimenter Greg Watson. This device has been built on the principles of the "Theory of Magnetic Instability" or TOMI, which consists of four ramps, a stack of magnets either side and a stack of round magnets which roll up each ramp, down the other side, and up the next one, until the round magnets eventually pop out the final ramp. Roger has demonstrated this actually working at one of our meetings and is at present working on a rotary version. So the principles have been established that they do work, however the original TOMI was very fiddly to get working repeatedly, mainly because the round magnet stack had to be aligned perfectly to get it out the other end of the ramps without it hitting the sides of them along the way.

This is where Greg Watson's SMOT is different. What he has done is to replace the round magnet stack with a 12mm diameter ball bearing which runs in a track made from either 20mm aluminium channel or on lengths of "N" gauge toy railway track. This eliminates the alignment problem and also reduces the friction of the one moving part thus making the whole thing more stable and repeatable. Apparently the whole thing is still a bit fiddly to set up, mainly to get the magnets in the correct position to get the ball climbing up the ramps. The other thing Greg has done is to continue the track from the exit of the last ramp and loop it around back to the beginning of the first ramp. He claims that the ball has enough momentum to roll around back to the first ramp and so continue on it's Journey up the ramps again ad infinitum!

Greg has produced SMOT kits for $150 each which includes enough materials to make the four ramps. Each ramp needs 64 ceramic magnets (13x10x4min), 2 steel backing plates (3x10x104mm) for the magnet stacks, a sheet of 3mm balsa wood for the base, aluminium U channel (11 Ox 1 2x 1 2min) for the ramp, and a 12min diameter chrome plated steel ball. More information is available on the Internet, just look under "Greg Watson SMOT kits", or Email him at "". He can also be reached by phone or PC Fax on 8270 2737.


In the March edition of this newsletter was an article on Bruce Perault's device based on the work of Moray. Since then there has been two updates showing new circuit configurations. The circuits are becoming simpler, however they are still based around Perault's "Capture Capacitor" which contains a radioactive material. Perault's book (which is now in our library) contains step by step instructions on how to make this material, so for those who like to glow in the dark, go for it! Seriously though, 1 think that this device probably has the potential to work for anyone game enough to give it a go. Perault is now working on a 1,000 watt unit so we will await the results of his tests.

Bruce Perault can be contacted at P. 0. Box 445, Campton, N.H. 03223, U.S.A


Solar panels are beginning to become more commonplace in Europe as manufacturers are designing them to replace conventional building materials, so the one item has two functions. For example, with support from the Swiss government, a company called Atlantis Energy, (yes that's their real name all you New Age people) has installed photovoltaic facades on commercial and residential buildings. One such example is the clock tower (pictured here) in Steckborn, clad in Siemens photovoltaic modules. The power generated by the modules operates the massive timepieces, while the excess is fed to the utility grid.

Atlantis sells crystalline cell roofing panels in which the solar panels actually become the roof itself. This company has also come up with a variation in mounting these solar panels to use the heat energy that is produced as well as the electrical energy. As solar panels get hotter, their output voltage becomes lower, so designers create an air space beneath the panels to get rid of the heat. Atlantis Energy take this situation one step further and uses this free heat.

The panels are mounted on 50min by 100min timber mounted 60Omm apart. This timber forms improvised ducts that channels the warm air up to an opening at the ridge, where a small fan pulls the air into the roof space. From there it can be run through an air to water heat exchanger providing domestic hot water, or it can simply be blown into the house's ductwork, warming the rooms below. 

Other companies such as Sanyo and Solarex produce thin film roofing shingles as an electricity generating roof for domestic housing as well as thin film cladding for commercial buildings. The cost benefits in using these systems are self evident, with the payback period reducing from 25 years for a straight solar panel, to 15 years if it is integrated into the roof. By using the heat from the panels as well, this payback period reduces further down to an incredible 4 years .


Professor Yull Brown's welder is commercially available from Norinco and is known as the BN2000. The Instruction Manual on this unit from Noninco is 22 pages long, with some extracts from it in this article. Those who are interested in the full information can Email "" Teri York.

The BN2000E Model Brown Gas Generators are equipment used to produce a hydrogen and oxygen gas mixture from dissociation of water by electrolysis, The features are:

Safety - with advanced flash back arrestors
Pollution Free - only water produced
High Efficiency - less than 4 KWH consumed per 1000Litres of gas
Adjustable parameters - Gas production and working pressure adjusted by customers
Multi-protection - auto-warning, and protection under the conditions of over current, pressure, temperature and short of         water or electrolyte.
Full auto-control -with chip processor control system
Digital Display - gas production, set pressure, actual pressure, current, voltage
and temperature are all digitally displayed.

The Electrolyte is Sodium Hydroxide. The recommended changing period is every 6 months. The concentration should be in the range of 16-20% (mass percent).

Working Principle -- At the Cathode, Hydrogen is generated, while at the Anode, Oxygen is generated. These resultants are mixed directly in the cell and form a gas mixture with a stoichiometric ratio of 2: 1. This mixture is transmitted into the combining tower for collecting and separating from water, and then to the gas outlet by way of the wet flash back arrestor. The generator has three sets of safety protection systems. One is a "safe chip" which breaks to reduce the pressure when the pressure in the combining tower exceeds 0.6Mpa. The second is software protection. The generator stops producing gas, comes back to the stand - by condition ("STOP' is on) and shows warning display of over pressure. 

The third is a hardware protection circuit consisting of a voltage comparing meter which switches off the main power to ensure safety. In normal operation, water will be added daily and the electrolyte solution will be changed every 6 months. Warning displays such as W (water shortage), I (over current), P (over pressure), T (over temperature, 80 degrees C) should be watched even though the system shuts itself off when such limits are exceeded.

Thus it appears that the Brown Gas Generators from Norinco have already got the necessary safety measures. These units are very expensive, but the cost is a trade off between a cheap "do it yourself' kit with the danger of explosion if not done properly and a professionally manufactured and tested system.


The following meetings will be held on the second Friday of the month once again, this time being FRIDAY 11th JULY. Doors open at 7.30 PM with the AGM commencing at 8.00 M


As mentioned on the front page, July is AGM time again, so we will be declaring all committee positions vacant and then electing the new one. These positions are open to anyone, so think about if you wish to have more of a say in how the group is run, and if so volunteer to be a committee member!


This month, Lindsay and John will be bringing with them their genuine Phil Callahan meter for testing paramagnetic materials. This meter will be available for anyone who wishes to test some soil or rock samples. The soil or rock needs to be dry and crushed up so it will fit in a 35mm film canister. (Bring it in your own canister if possible) So if you want to build your own round tower, get along with your samples!!


This meeting should have something of interest for everyone once again, so come along for a great night. Don't forget your $3 to get in and something to share for supper - see you there!

Look me square in the eye.