Troy Reed is one of many magnetic motor pioneers who came into to the public eye when in 1994 he paraded his seven kilowatt creation invented in partnership with famous actor, the late Dennis Weaver. Weaver himself was famous for his environmental credentials long before this stance became popular. Together they planned to showcase their new technology to the world but, despite good intentions, their plans never quite came to fruition.
Ideal For The Average Home
The Reed magnetic motor was capable of generating seven kilowatts which was said to be more than adequate for the needs of the average home which are around 3 kilowatts or so. Reed spent the last fifteen years prior to launch designing a generator which he said could power not only his own home but also those of his neighbours.
So promising was the technology that Reed is said to have already issued licenses for it and received monetary investments to further development.
Reed also invented a car that used his magnetic motor technology. The intention was to showcase the car on a major highway running at top speed with both Reed and Weaver sitting in it. Reed claimed to have interest from major network programmes such as Larry King Live, 60 Minutes and 20/20 but this plan never materialised.
However, Reed did film other demonstrations of the technology. A quick search on the internet for videos will reveal demonstrations of the motor mounted in the engine compartment as well as a minimal demo of Reed driving the car himself in 1994.
How The Motor Works
Like other magnetic motors, Reed’s requires an initial kick start input of power into the system. Initially this was via a hand crank but in later models, it is provided by two car batteries. Otherwise it is remarkably similar to other variations on the standard magnetic motor except for a few minor details. As with most other projects, these distinguishing details have formed the basis for several patents on Reed’s technologies.
Specifically, Reed’s device uses four discs, each of which holds eight magnets. Whilst the outer discs are stationary, the inner ones are mounted on a rotating shaft.
Current Status Of Project
Despite the fanfare when Reed showcased his motor to the public, little progress has been made since.
Despite claims of international licensing agreements being finalised, no commercial application of Reed’s technology has ever been brought to market.
According to one source, Reed allegedly admitted in 1999 that his technology was not self-sustaining.