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Columbia man invents new "green" energy source

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COLUMBIA, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A house powered by wind or a car that produces it's own renewable energy, may sound a little far-fetched, but one Caldwell Parish man says it's real.

"I sell produce real cheap to disadvantaged people," says Michael Clayton about his day job in Columbia, "I do tinker a bit, like I tell everybody, Bill Gates in a garage."

Michael Clayton put his knowledge of nature, together with his passion for technology.

"If you find yourself in a situation where there's been a tornado, and everything is flattened, you're lost without the electricity and the water," says Clayton, "with the ASEPA - the aero-stoked energy producing apparatus - you just drive down the street, build you up some juice, and microwave your food or heat your water."

With the mechanics of a wind turbine mounted on his car, just a 50-dollar investment off EBay, the energy it produces while driving is fed to batteries in the trunk.

"I drive around, then hook the stand-alone inverter to my computer, DVD player, TV," says Clayton.

Not using the electric company for the majority of his appliances, Clayton's bill has been as low as $22. He produces enough energy with his new invention, that he can send energy back to the electric company, sending the meter in reverse.

"What'd Bob Dylan say?," asks Clayton, "The answer my friend is blowing in the wind. Well, it's blowing in the wind."

It's the talk of the town and Clayton says he hopes one day his creation will be the talk of the industry.

He applied for a U.S. Patent on the product earlier this year.

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