posted on May, 16 2012 @ 01:56 PM
So I did an ATS search and there seems to be no threads on this interesting and potentially game changing technology.
What it is: The friction boiler is quite simply a system designed with a vertical or horizontal roller which you place Green hardwood 4x4's against
and use a weight to hold the 4x4's into the roller. This creates friction from the points of contact, the friction creates heat (lots of it). Now you
can use this heat to do work by creating a boiler which you place over the roller assembly. The boiler then powers a steam turbine of the tesla
turbine variety in our preferred embodiment. Once the turbine is up to speed you use the output from the turbine to run the friction roller and to
generate power. In addition to power though you will also wind up with enough heat to heat a decent sized home if it's done correctly.
Lloyd Tanner friction boiler diagram of operation
Now to be very clear up front this is NOT an overunity device as it uses wood as a fuel. Now on the plus side this uses wood very very efficiently.
According to the inventor 2 4x4's will last about 3 days. I'm not 100% certain if he is talking about the 2 foot sections he uses to power the
stove or the whole 8 foot 4x4 But either way this generates substantially more heat with substantially less wood than any other method.
According to some calculations done by members at another forum the basic model that uses 2 4x4's at a time and can get up to 565 degrees f. The
steam volume created by this 2 piece system is enough to run a 3 horsepower steam engine with some steam in reserve. Considering it takes about 1/2
horsepower to run the roller that creates the friction this gives you 2.5 horsepower to dedicate to other things. at .746 kilowatts to a horsepower
that means that this generator system would be capable of producing 1.865 kilowatts. Now you'd still have to factor out some power to run pumps and
etc on the machine so lets just call it one kilowatt of output every hour the system is in operation. If you were to run the system 24/7 this would
pencil out to 720 kilowatts a month which should in theory be enough to power your house minus any electric heating costs. (remember this puts out
heat too so your heating cost should drop as well)
I want to take this opportunity right here to point out that 1 kilowatt however would NOT be enough for you to run everything all at once. So you'd
either have to still have a grid tie or a battery bank to charge up so you could draw more power at one time when needed. What this would allow you to
do if properly configured and setup is to sell power back to the electric company a good portion of the time and drop your bill to virtually nothing.
ALl for the cost of the system and 2 chunks of green wood every couple days.
Some of you will say this system is impossible or cannot work. BUt the truth is it does work you can even watch a video on Lloyd Tanner's site of the
system creating steam.
This is just a preliminary post to make people aware of the design and gauge the level of interest here on ATS for this unique and potentially game
Here are some links for those interested in the system including a 16 page thread with basically everything you'd need to create a replication of
this system.SUper thread @ energeticforum about the friction
boiler with tons of info for a replication
In subsequent posts I will be going into more detail about the system and how I think it would be best setup to produce not just power but also heat
for your home and maybe hot water too.