IRI Future Energy eNews - Dec 2014
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014 @ 12:44:10 EST
Dear Subscriber, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
This month IRI is engaged in
its once-a-year Fund-Raising Campaign. We depend upon you for
continuing the IRI all-volunteer effort to help the world with emerging energy,
propulsion and bioenergetics information and we have no payroll expenses for a
nonprofit organization, so your donation goes much farther. You can help us
make a difference in the academic, commercial, and private arenas with your
tax-deductible donation (#2 button on left) or membership (#1
button). If you become an IRI Member before December
31, 2014, we will send directly to you this year's annual
Member's gift and next year's too -- annual gifts
for TWO years in a row! You might also consider getting that
last minute Holiday gift such as the popular EM Pulser with
a 30-day money back guarantee and one-year warranty.
As IRI Members know, we align
ourselves with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
in many of their scientific and energy areas and often send copies of the UCS
Catalyst magazine in our quarterly mailings to Members. Well, this month Four
Champions of Science are up for a vote and all of them are inspiring.
We and UCS applaud their efforts and want to recognize them for what they've
accomplished. We also want to give you the chance to vote
for the one whose story most inspires you.
Another surprise this month was receiving an invitation
from The International Journal of Geosciences (IJG, ISSN Online:
2156-8367), a peer-reviewed open-access journal, seeking papers for the
upcoming special issue on "Gravity Research". We
would like to invite you to submit or recommend original research papers to
this issue through our Paper Submission System.
(Submission Deadline is December 18, 2014).
Our Story #1 gives us
hope that inertial and magnetic confinement fusion might still possibly be
viable forms of fusion, with Lockheed Martin and companies like Fusion Power,
General Fusion, and Helion in the game. The story also mentions one of the IRI
affinity company Lawrencevile Plasma Physics, which has used
crowdfunding to further advance proton-boron fusion, an alternative and perhaps
the most simple and exciting form of fusion today since it is four times a
powerful as hitting two deuterons together. See www.futurenergy.org for
a summary of CEO Eric Lerner's presentation at the IRI COFE3 event and also our
Videos for his brief trailer.
Story #2 reveals an
amazing discovery that in 2013 it was found that infrared laser pulses could
increase the quantum coupling and make the ordinary cold superconductor
YBCO transform at room temperature and start
superconducting for a few picoseconds with NO cooling at all. This give great
hope for solving the room temperature problem for all superconductors in the
near future. Why do we need superconductors?
Well, Story #3 tells the
intriguing and surprising tale of high voltage cables connecting
Norway to several countries which are perfect for superconductors when
they become operable at room temperature. Norway has figured out the simplest
energy storage game in the world: pump water. When they can reduce
the electrical power cost to 6 to 7 cents per kWh instead of 9 to 12 cents per
kWh, then the rest of Europe wants to connect to Norway for gigawatts of power
without damaging the environment.
Story #4 gives us a
great overview for the good news about the spike in the Solar Power
Revolution. The US is now reported to have about 13 GW of solar power
installed to power 2.4 million households. To continue the growth spurt,
important focus areas are cited including renewable electricity standards for
every state and solar tax credits if our new Congress will stop thinking about
the Keystone fossil fuel pipe and instead, look toward saving the environment
with long-term solutions that our decendants will thank us for.
decendants, there is no doubt that some of them will live on Mars for one
reason or another. How about if it were possible, as Story #5 tells us, to
split water into oxygen and hydrogen but save the mix for release with a simple
platinum catalyst? That is what the University of Glasgow has accomplished. In return, it is estimated 30 times as much
hydrogen can be made from the process than with existing systems for the same power input,
since only a single pulse of energy is needed.
Have a Happy Holiday and Prosperous New Year!
Thomas Valone, PhD
In This Holiday Issue
1) THE DYNOMAK, FUSION CHEAPER THAN COAL
2) SUPERCONDUCTIVITY WITHOUT COOLING
3) NORWAY WANTS TO BE EUROPE'S BATTERY
4) SOLAR POWER ON THE RISE
5) WATER-SPLITTER COULD MAKE HYDROGEN FUEL ON MARS