I practise medicine with my left hand — it runs along in the background — saving the dominant hand for my real passions. I work 40-50 hours a week as a GP. In the evenings, I write, and I’ve had three books published in Australia. One, Leila’s Secret, was briefly a bestseller last year. But the core of my life now is an electronic generator, to be launched in a few months’ time. The machine I’ve developed produces electricity with more than 150% efficiency, which sounds impossible. It is going to revolutionise clean energy. It seems delusional, but it works. I have a bad habit of breaking the law, and this time I have broken the second law of thermodynamics. It takes AC current — let’s say 100W AC goes in — and 150W comes out. People are going to hammer you for writing about this and say it’s insane. But the Crossfire generator is patented and contracted to a large international generator manufacturer in Australia. Growing up in the poorest parts of Iran, and then coming to Australia as a refugee, has made me determined to do something about the cost of electricity. Power is everything — for your medicine, your food, your clean water and your air-conditioning. With my Masters in Electronics, I felt I had to do something. Electricity is just moving electrons in a conductor. Moving electrons are everywhere — we’re swimming in an ocean of them. Asking us to pay for electricity is like asking a fish to pay for water. When you walk, you get static electricity on your shirt. We just need a better way to harvest it. Using fossil fuels to generate electricity is laughable really, and it’s destroying our planet. So in the past four years, I’ve put all my energy into a mission to modify power generation. I went to the edge of shattering my family. I was working in my garage, which is basically a big lab. I would say goodnight to my wife at 11pm and then go to the garage and I’d work until 2am or 3am, and sometimes all night. I have spent more than $200,000 on this project. And then, four months ago, I achieved it. I bypassed Lenz’s law. If you’re passionate about something, you find a way to do it.

Dr Kooshyar Karimi
Northern Beaches, NSW