Arthur Manelas Passes
New energy inventor Arthur Manelas, 71, passed away on December 4, two years after suffering a life-altering brain aneurysm. Manelas, who lived in Pelham, New Hampshire, kept a fairly low profile in the new energy movement, but had collaborated with or shown demonstrations to many in the field. Most felt that Manelas had perhaps the most promising new energy device. Sadly, much of his work was not recorded and recent attempts to replicate Manelas' devices have come up short. There are ongoing tests of two of his devices in Massachusetts and Colorado.
Manelas ran a 1997 Solectria car on a barium ferrite power supply. The ferrite billet had high voltage pulses traveling through it, creating excess electricity. Brian Ahern reported (IE#115) that the car battery capacity would increase after trips. In one such experiment, four passengers drove 25 miles in the car, then stored the car for one week. The battery capacity increased from 69.6% after the trip to 89.4%. Ahern has stated of Manelas work, “I believe in the measurements as much as anything that I have ever done, but I don’t know why it worked.”
Our colleague Mark Dansie wrote a wonderful tribute in which he calls Manelas a “quiet achiever.” The memoriam provides some firsthand accounts of the work Manelas was doing.
Manelas received a BS in electrical and mechanical engineering from Lowell Technological Institute (now UMass/Lowell). He worked as an engineer in the U.S. space program during the Apollo 13 mission. He was an entrepreneur, owning and operating a number of businesses until his retirement. He started a solar company in the 1970s and has solar technology patents.
In his obituary the family wrote, “The past 15 years he dedicated his life to his lifelong dream of supplying free energy to the world. He developed a system that produced more energy than it consumed. A true over unity energy device that powered his house and his home made electric car without having to be plugged in to any power source.”
A Nashua Telegraph story from 1993 details Manelas’ restoration of classic cars.
Manelas is survived by his wife Poppy, two sons and six grandchildren. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Father Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854.