Walter began tinkering as a young boy and from an early age displayed an uncanny knack for taking things apart in order to see how they worked. Even so, there was a time or two as a teenager when his experimentation proved to be unpredictable and he nearly blew himself up. His parents were often not amused.
After attending Hillyer College, Walter worked for companies such as Hartford Machine Screw and DeBell & Richardson Labs. Later, he began to offer his services as a freelance design engineer, a change that enabled him to spend more time with his growing family.
Walter enjoyed a very successful design and engineering career, most of it working for himself in the service of solving problems for clients – and sometimes simply following through on a brainstorm or a tiny bit of inspiration that would lead to breakthrough solutions for vexing problems. “My father would often be hired to develop a solution for a particular company or industry,” said Carol Lovell, one of Walter’s six children. Indeed, Walter possessed that rare combination of gifts: He was equal parts designer and engineer. This quality enabled him to approach the challenge of problem-solving far more effectively than many of his peers. “He developed the twist-off bottle cap in 1962 when he was only 28 years old and later sold it to Anheuser-Busch,” said Carol. From there, Walter went on to solve all manner of design and engineering problems for numerous industries, as well as develop and market everything from kitchen items like the Egg-Stir (that clever device to mix an egg inside its shell was a Lovell invention) to the Lovell Ramjet (a “sonic wave” ramjet engine with which the U.S. Air Force fell in love).
But Walter was perhaps most excited about the inventions that comprise his current patent portfolio, which his children are intent on sharing with the world. “One of the constant elements of everything my father invented was ‘simplicity’,” said Carol. Indeed, all of the current innovations under patent are so straightforward that even a layman could understand them. “It didn’t matter if it was a children’s drinking straw or a new way to fire a fluorescent light or a piece of material that creates energy in a new way. They’re all very simple . . . which makes them all the more amazing.”
Certainly, one of Walter’s most important inventions was his discovery of the “Monothermal” junction, which simply produced electricity when warm. Unlike all other thermodynamic systems that require some heat to move from a warm side to a cool side, like in the “Seebeck Effect,” the Lovell Monothermal device does NOT need a “cool side” to operate. All you have to do is warm it up, and electricity comes out! The prototype shown here operated a table-top fan continuously for over 10 years in a constant “room temperature” environment.
The Lovell Monothermal device is the ultimate, solid-state, ambient energy converter. A block of these units, filling a volume of less than 4 cubic feet, and sitting at 80°F (27°C), could power your home without maintenance for 20 years. These devices are much easier to manufacture than “solar cells” and will be less expensive, when mass-produced. They also have the added advantage of producing electricity both day and night!
For more information on the brilliant inventions of Walter Lovell, please visit the website dedicated to his work. (The content of this page was all sourced from the “Lovell Patented Technology” website.)
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