St Mary man makes renewable energy generator

BY RENAE DIXON
Observer staff reporter
dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, April 16, 2018

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Douglas Ellis is a very creative man.

His latest innovation, a renewable energy generator made from items around his home, has his community talking.

The generator is made from old items such as a car battery, a computer processing unit, a magnet, water and even plastic containers.

Ellis, who worked as an electrician in the past, believes he got inspiration from God to make the generator which has multiple sources of power — including a magnetic field, a battery, water, wind, and solar energy.

“First with the water, the Lord give me the inspiration and once he give me, I try it out” Ellis told the Jamaica Observer North & East.

He said he got the idea to include a solar panel from interviews.

“Mi sit down and listen to interviews when the solar panel just a come in — a so mi come up with rain-charge. In case a person have it and rain fall, then you can get the energy from the rain. Mi do electrical work; mi do every little thing,” the 45-year-old man said.

He added that the generator has a rechargeable system which allows energy to be stored while it is in use.

“Once we put everything together, energy store in the battery. Mi also build a rain- charge that if rain a fall, it charge the battery,” Ellis said, noting that water when mixed with copper and aluminium is able to produce energy.

“Once you have the copper and aluminium it gives you the energy, because anything that God make have life,” he added.

Ellis, who also uses solar panels at his home, said he has also attached a rain-charge system to the panels.

He believes that his innovation is one that can help even big corporations like the Jamaica Public

Service (JPS), or the government

“Mi just want some help to get this out,” Ellis said.

He explained that generators usually give off carbon monoxide and so cannot be used inside the house, but with the sources used to generate electric energy in his generator, it is safe to be used in the home.

“This no use with gas; it is natural energy. This is renewable energy that the prime minister and JPS want to find,” Ellis added.

While he demonstrated the use of the generator using light bulbs, Ellis said the system was powerful enough to provide power for large equipment.

“The transformer that I have in this is a three-phase transformer; it can also run a National Water Commission pump. I rewire it now and is getting 220 volts directly from it,” he said.

The generator can also be charged using the regular electricity supply.

Ellis said he has made other items, such as rat traps from PVC pipes.

“Whenever I feel stressed I just make something.”

He would like to expand and make more generators but, due to lack of finances, he is unable to.

Ellis said he wants to get this generator copyrighted and out in the public.

In addition, he said he has plans to build a robot which will be used as a fire and smoke detector and fire extinguisher. He, however, wants his generator to first hit the market before he goes on to build this robot.

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