OBM-Global's "MAFG" is alleged to produce abundant and clean energy, by combining the principles of gravity, momentum, and centrifugal force. They plan to lease, rather than sell the generators, starting with a 240 kW and 1 MW system commencing later this month, with the first installations in June.
Angular force Generator.
OBM-Global is a small company that has developed a technology called the "MAFG" which stands for "Multiple Angular Force Generator." OBM (On the Border Motors) was founded by Matthew D. Smith-Caggiano and his father Allen Caggiano. The son in this dynamic duo came up with the idea for the MAFG, and shared it with his father, Allen. They have been developing the technology ever since. The father serves as the President of OBM and the son serves as CEO of the company.
Very Simple Concept
The basic concept of this technology is not too complicated. A pair of spinning rotor arms are mounted vertically like a windmill or propeller of a plane. Near the end of one arm is an extension that can move outward or contract. By pulling the extension of the arm inwards during part of the cycle (as the arm moves upwards against gravity) an acceleration can occur. The effect is similar to an ice skater pulling her arms inward to spin faster. Next, as the arm is moving downwards, the extension is released so it can slide outwards due to centrifugal force. This increases the leverage on the arm due to gravity. The result of this cycle is claimed to be a gain of energy.
To operate the system, input energy must be used to contract the extension when it reaches the appropriate angular position. However, it is claimed that this input energy is at least fifteen times less than the energy produced by the rotation of the two arms. In one configuration, a battery is used to power a conventional electric motor. This motor provides the input to make the system start up so the arms will spin. The motion of the spinning arms turns an alternator, which keeps the battery that powers the motor charged. It is claimed that much more energy is produced than is needed to keep the battery topped off. In a video released last year, some of this energy is used to power a welding unit. The result is only a small drop in battery voltage.
Improvements have been made to the technology since they released the previously mentioned video. In that setup, they were using belts to connect the various rotating components. This could cause problems, because the belts were prone to slipping or loosening. Not only could this cause the device to malfunction, but limited efficiency. Current units utilize a much more precise gearing system which eliminates these issues.
If this device works as claimed it is a revolutionary and very simple method of producing free energy. However, it is so simple, it almost seems, "too good to be true." One issue of concern is the lack of any third party testing being mentioned. It is obvious third party testing can be expensive, and difficult for researchers (who often work on a shoe-string budget) to obtain. However, it can also help provide much needed credibility to a technology. Such third party testing can also help attract support, investment, and customers.
Production, Leasing, and Licensing
OBM-Global seems to be moving right along with their plans for the MAFG. Production of the 240 kilowatt and 1 megawatt systems is planned to commence on April 25, 2011 with the first installations taking place in June. The MAFG units will not be up for sale, but only offered via a leasing program in states that have carbon credits. This leasing program allow OBM to retain total control of the technology.
Just like the technology itself, the leasing program is fairly simple. The customer pays one dollar per watt of capacity installed. So for example, if you want a capacity of ten kilowatts of electrical power you would pay ten thousand dollars. OBM then sells the electricity consumed by the customer at a rate of 50% their electric bill for the past twelve months. I'm assuming if a customer paid twenty cent per kilowatt hour for the last twelve months, OBM would only charge them ten cent per kilowatt hour. Also, OBM would give the customer 50% of all carbon credits earned. The company will maintain and service all MAFG units.
In a few years, depending on the cost of local electricity (this would only make financial sense in areas where electricity is expensive), the 50% discount on the electricity produced could save the customer money (even factoring in the initial cost per installed watt of capacity), with a 5-15 year return on investment. The primary benefit is the autonomy it would provide. It would also have advantages over solar or wind technology, because it would work continuously, regardless of wind conditions, cloud cover, or day/night cycles.
Licenses to install and distribute the technology will also be sold. The cost of the license will depend on the size of state or country. Allen Caggiano has been attempting to contact "high level people" in Japan to inform them about the MAFG. He feels the technology would be of great benefit to them during this time of crisis. He also claims to have access to a nuclear remediation technology he would like to bring to their attention. So far, he has not had any success in his efforts to make such contacts.
A Few Thoughts
To be blunt, if it is this simple to build a gravity motor, I do not see how they will retain total control of their technology. The concept is just too simple and it is bound to be replicated by many other parties. Of course it might not be a stroll in the park for a layperson to build such a unit, but it would be nothing for an engineer with access to a machine shop. A smaller scale unit might actually be easier for the ordinary Joe to build and test. I hope they are prepared for the countless copy-cats that will appear if their technology works as claimed.
We recommend that they (or anyone with a similarly revolutionary and simple clean energy technology) launch this as an open source project, selling plans, kits, components and parts, and asking a ~5% royalty on any commercial developments. They probably would do much better financially through that mechanism, since the community would be more likely to do the right thing, since they did the heroic thing in opening it up to the world community to replicate and disseminate. And if they got an Intellectual Passport they would have a means of enforcing their 5% royalty request.
In addition, I feel that third party testing is desperately needed. OBM needs to provide the results of any such testing that has already been performed, or find a qualified engineer who would witness a test of the unit in action and write a report. Obviously, a request for third party testing may not be what OBM wants to hear. This is especially true due to their limited budget.
I would like to make it clear that I do not believe in the statement, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." Overly skeptical cynics use that saying all the time. They use it as a justification of their demands for extensive, expensive, and sometimes impractical amounts of testing. But any logical and rational person would expect *reasonable* evidence when extraordinary claims are made. I think such evidence could be produced by OBM without too much hardship or expense.
My hope is more evidence pointing to the validity of this technology will be provided in the near future. If this technology works as claimed, it seems to be a simple method of tapping the Earth's gravitational field to produce energy. This is something the world needs desperately.
Here's a video they posted last month, but which was produced in January of 2010, in which they show the various components of the system.
Here's a preview video they posted last month, showing the residential and commercial versions:
Questions Submitted to OBM
The following is a list of questions that has been sent to Allen Caggiano. When a response is received the answers will be posted on this page. So check back soon!
1) Have any third parties tested the technology? If so, do you have any statements, papers, or reports from them?
2) What is the longest period of time a MAFG has ran without any connection to wall-power, and only with a battery to power the electric motor?
3) Do you have a precise explanation of how the MAFG works or a more in-depth theory of operation? All I can find so far is a statement that it uses a combination of principles including gravity, centrifugal force, and gravity to produce a gain of energy. I did find a brief mention in your video of how a rod in the arm expands and contracts.
4) Do you have any diagrams of the MAFG with the parts labeled?
5) Have you been able to get a MAFG to self-sustain purely mechanically without any electrical input (from a battery or wall-power)? For example, by harnessing some of the torque produced and using it to perform the necessary actions (extending and contracting) to keep it spinning?
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An abbreviated version of this story is also published at BeforeItsNews.
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