Who would imagine that a young teenager could put together some wire and other materials and create a device that is able to pull energy from the atmosphere? Well, a young American teen, Max Loughan, did just this, and now his amazing device is well on the way to being replicated and set-up to help those who most need it.
Max’s original device, created by experimenting in his home lab, was made up of a coffee tin, spoon, two coils, and some wire. It cost him just 15 bucks, and he used it to light up his twin brother (who he wrapped up like a christmas tree) in LED Lights.
Max calls his invention an Energy Harvesting Gathering device or EHG. “Harvesters have already been created, but I have created a harvester that is different to everyone else’s. It looks similar, but the whole thing is that others collect [only] one type of energy. I thought up a way to really look at the bigger picture, and not just receive one type of energy.”
Bringing Light to the World
Max has revised his original invention five times, and come up with a tiny 1 inch by 1.5 inch device, by miniaturising all the elements of the original. He says this refined device costs just five dollars to make.
I spoke with Max about his next steps with his invention: “My main priority right now is to get some of my other inventions out into the world, and to get this invention to the 68 million displaced people out there who really need it.”
He wants to attach an LED light to the device, which would be able to light a room and is considering an add on so it can also power up a mobile phone. His vision is that each refugee or displaced person would have one of his devices and be able to have light. He plans to ship out the devices to refugee camps in troubled areas. Currently he can get 3 volts out of each one of his units, but this depends on where the unit is located, and in remote areas there are less forces to pull current from.
“I can’t protect and give shelter to these people, but I think I can give them light,” says Max.
Max’s Dad, Rob Loughan, says his son is also working on the technology to daisy chain the Energy Harvesting Gathering devices, and he really doesn’t know yet how far he can go with it.
“There has been an outpouring of support from all over the world, from all kinds of people, from Muslims to Africans. Everyone just wants Max to be successful because he represents hope for the next generation.”
Speaking with Max, I could feel what a truly inspirational and open-hearted person he is, with a genuine desire, and incredible focus and determination, to take action to help people.
Earlier this year, Max spoke at the Nexus Global Youth Summit at the United Nations. Max and his brother, Jack, are the youngest members of Nexus (a global movement to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship, in order to accelerate global solutions), and the organisation is supporting Max’s work. He has also had offers from other organisations and individuals to finance a prototype he is currently working on.
The visionary teen says he loves solving problems. “From day one, I knew that I was put on this earth for a reason. And that reason was to help the world.”
The Next Great Genius?
The young inventor is inspired by Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla – Max’s energy harvesting machine is a little similar to the Tesla coil, invented over 75 years ago. His homemade device harvests electromagnetic energy from the atmosphere and then converts it to current, which can be used to power electrical devices. Max says his electrical harvester gets its power from radio waves and from both thermal and static energy.
Max creates his inventions in his Nevada home – specifically in his parent’s boiler room, which has been converted into a lab. The teen scientist is a lover of comics and an athlete. He believes he has a winning combination of the knowledge of a scientist and the imagination of a 13 year old. He is also working on some other projects, including a real rocket engine, a design for a fusion engine, and has designed his own robot that can perform some basic tasks.
Free Energy Technologies are Real
With 1.2 billion people in the world living without access to electricity, solving the world’s power issues is one sure way to create a better future for all. The quest for better energy and energy solutions has been taken up by inventors and scientists for generations. In addition to the more well known geniuses, like Nikola Tesla, many others have also tried to provide clean energy for all.
Some other inventors include Troy Reed, the creator of the first electric car, and Stanley Meyer, who invented a car that runs on water. And Dr Robert Adams developed designs of electric motors, generators and heaters that run on permanent magnets. But it’s Max’s hero, genius, Nikola Tesla, dubbed the Father of Free Energy, who first came up with the technology to power the world for free.
He did this through harnessing electricity from the Earth’s ionosphere by means of towers. Tesla believed in the radiant power of the universe, and identified radiant energy with the source of this energy being the sun, cosmic rays, and the earth. His Wardenclyffe Tower Project looked promising, but as a new future looked possible, Tesla’s funding was cut and his lab burnt down, along with all his experiments.
“Electric power is everywhere, present in unlimited quantities and can drive the world’s machinery without the need of coal, oil, gas or any other fuels.” – Nikola Tesla
Inventing a Better Future
Max Loughan is determined to provide answers for global problems that could utterly transform our world. “Inventing means finding a solution. And if you find a solution you can help others find a solution.”
So what’s next for this wonder kid? When I ask him what he most wants to do, he says he has many different projects he wants to undertake to help the world. He believes people are not working fast enough to find new technologies to change the world and stop destroying it.
“I think I’m definitely going to have the technology to make coal and Coal Seam Gas mining obsolete. That’s not the question, the question is: will I go down without a fight?”
Currently taking online courses at MIT, Max and his twin brother, Jack, have started up a company, Loughan Labs, with a focus on bringing new technologies for social change.
“If you have a problem, don’t wait for it to be solved. Solve it yourself and invent a better future.” – Max Loughan
In a world where our environment is being ravaged by mining, and the future of humanity is uncertain, is a clean, universal source of free energy just a pipe dream, or could it truly change the face of our world today? Only time will tell, but this young inventor is certainly worth watching, and our internet (conceived of by Nikola Tesla) will quite possibly ensure the emancipation of power in all ways, but more specifically, it may support inventions like Max’s that could ensure energy becomes available to all people, while averting the destruction of planet earth.