In what some claim may be the greatest invention since the wheel, an Irish inventor’s 23 years of effort may have finally paid off. The 58 year old electrical engineer claims to have invented an electromechanical device that runs on 12-volt batteries and is capable of replenishing its own power supply. Once powered up, it is capable of running indefinitely – or at least until its parts wear out.
Perpetual motion, although seemingly impossible to produce, has fascinated both inventors and the general public for hundreds of years. The enormous appeal of perpetual motion resides in the promise of a virtually free and limitless source of power. The fact that perpetual-motion machines cannot work because they violate the laws of thermodynamics has not discouraged inventors and hucksters from attempting to break, circumvent, or ignore those laws. Did Orffyreus succeed in this endeavor?