An Almonte company is in the works of having many laws of physics reexamined and potentially rewritten after inventing new technology that will have a dramatic impact on the future of electric vehicles (EV) and energy generation.
“Over the past 15 years our company has been developing and is now commercializing a new innovation that allows electric vehicles to recharge themselves as they drive,” said Thane Heins, the president and CEO of Potential Difference Inc., a clean-tech research and development company that was created in Almonte in 2005.
Twelve years ago Heins set out on a quest to investigate methods to mitigate generator armature reaction by 10 per cent. Generator armature reaction is the formal engineering term known as regenerative braking in an EV.
“I wanted to eliminate the need to power vehicles using fossil fuels,” Heins said. “Once when I was pumping gas into my car all those years ago I had a literal vision that I was pumping the blood of innocent soldiers and civilians who have been caught up in oil conflicts in the Middle East,” he said. “I couldn’t deal with that and that’s when I decided I had to at least try to do something about it.”
Along with being a skilled inventor, Heins also has a tremendous love for anything creative and original such as visual art, cooking and philosophy. He owned a restaurant in Arnprior for close to a decade and spent periods of his life selling his artwork professionally.
In 2005 Heins made a scientific discovery now referred to as regenerative acceleration. Regenerative acceleration reverses the traditional method of charging an EV while braking, called regenerative braking. Regenerative acceleration gives the EV a third mode of recharging its batteries.
“It can still be plugged in and can still use regenerative braking, but now it can also recharge itself as it drives,” Heins explained. “Now the range of the EV can be increased significantly and the requirement to plug-in and recharge is reduced.”
After this discovery, Heins began development of the ReGenX generator coil — this is part that requires a re-examination and rewriting of many of the fundamental laws of physics.
“It took us many years to figure out what we had actually done and if the scientific breakthrough could have any commercial benefit or real world use,” Heins said.
The coil configuration in the ReGenX generator uses the magnetic field energy created in the generator to charge the vehicle’s batteries while also accelerating the vehicle at the same time, something professionals in the field of physics and electrical engineering had thought was impossible.
“Turns out it is not impossible because we’ve proven it can be done under university supervised lab conditions,” said Heins. Rewriting the laws of physics is something easier said than done. “The scientific community has a difficult time looking back at theories like Lenz’s Law and Newton’s Third Law and saying, ‘Okay, maybe these are wrong or maybe these aren’t fully true any longer’,” Heins said.
The ReGenX innovation proves that magnetic field energy is being created, which blatantly challenges Lenz’s Law and the Law of Conservation of Energy.
“The full scope of the rewrite of the laws of physics extends beyond just the laws of electromagnetism but to the foundation of modern physics itself,” Heins said. “They are like dominoes; when one falls, they all fall.”
The ReGenX coil is currently at McMaster University undergoing rigorous testing and evaluation with the results pending this month.
After years of skepticism from academics and engineers, Potential Difference Inc.’s ReGenX innovation is finally on the brink of a huge scientific breakthrough.
“We’re in the process of correcting mistakes made more than 100 years ago,” Heins said.
In April, Heins and Potential Difference plan to relocate the ReGenX innovation to the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology to integrate the innovation into an EV with road testing to follow.
Heins said this new technology is important to planet Earth right now because it could eventually eliminate the pollution caused by gas powered vehicles altogether. It also reduces greenhouse gases produced by fossil fuels by up to 80 per cent and reduces global warming.
“Eighty per cent of the cost of generating energy is due to generator armature reaction, so when it’s eliminated, eight per cent of the cost of generating electricity is reduced too. That’s good news for everybody,” he said.
The next step is to have the patents for the ReGenX innovation secured at United States and Canadian patent offices. Global licensing of the technology is already underway.
There’s an exciting road ahead, pun intended.
This article first appeared in the April issue of Hometown News