Wednesday, January 5, 2011

9 Breakthroughs to Boost the Coming Energy Revolution

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Oil has been the lifeblood of our modern civilization for the last hundred years, and we have become dangerously dependent on it.  As demand ramps up in the developing world, easily accessible reserves continue to diminish.  Experts and executives alike have highlighted a return to $150 per barrel oil in their predictions for 2011. If this price for oil becomes reality, it will virtually suck the remaining wealth out of an economy that is already in critical condition, just as it did before the financial collapse of 2008.

Oil presents other problems ranging from its location in unfriendly parts of the world, increased cost of extraction, cartel control over pricing and supply, costs of wars to secure it, its inherently non-renewable and polluting nature, to theories of Peak Oil.  It is a fragile system, to say the least, which has driven new innovation into alternative energy.

Only good can come from such endeavors, so it is worth examining 9 potential breakthroughs that will boost the energy revolution:

1. Motion Power: Power created by kinetic energy can come from a multitude of sources that occur in our everyday life, ranging from cars driving over panels, to pedestrians walking on sidewalks.  Great promise is held in the area of small electronics, where kinetic energy can all but replace the need for rechargeable batteries, as well as offer a huge increase in battery life.



2. Ethanol: David Blume is an organic farmer leading the alcohol revolution.  Blume counters the prevailing notion that corn is the only viable source for ethanol.  With today's news that corn rationing needs to begin, it is comforting to hear that there are other crops available, which also have the added benefit of the ability to produce on non-prime farmland.  The video below outlines Blume's vision:



3. Bloom Box: A "power plant in a box," it is built with patented solid oxide fuel cell technology.  It is a new class of distributed power generator that operates through a clean, electro-chemical process, rather than dirty and inefficient combustion.  Each Bloom Energy Server provides 100kW of power, enough to meet the baseload needs of 100 average homes, or a small office building . . . day and night in roughly the footprint of a standard parking space.



4. Flow Batteries:  Companies are busy at work creating a home version of the energy storage system currently used in an industrial capacity.  Flow battery technology in effect reverses fuel cells, using plentiful zinc bromide.  They can store unused wind and solar energy for use later when it is needed.



5. Thorium: Thorium is a naturally occurring element, slightly radioactive, that is far more common in the ground than uranium. The first nuclear reactor fueled by thorium will be built in about five years, with more to come.  Thorium has a lot of practical advantages over the more commonly used uranium, and it can churn out the same amount of emission-free electricity to power the United States.  Thorium is safer, produces less waste, and is abundant in the United States.  It is also less likely to cause accidents, and can’t be used by terrorists for dirty bombs.



6. Space Power: Solaren, PowerSat, Space Energy and others working on orbital power are getting a lift from state laws requiring more use of renewable sources. Space power is electricity generated by an orbiting solar cell plant and transmitted as microwaves to Earth where it is converted to electricity.  Below is an interesting example of a homemade device that harnesses similar technology.



7. Spray on Solar Cells: Anticipated to be in full production by 2015. University and private labs in the United States, Australia, Switzerland and Canada are developing cost-effective plastic coatings for weather proofing. When painted on building rooftops and exteriors, they’ll absorb sunlight and produce electricity just as bulky solar panels do now.  The developers claim cell coatings could generate power even on cloudy days, making this solar catcher up to three times more efficient than today’s solar modules.



8. Plastic into OilThis invention derived from one man's desire to reduce the trash problem in Japan.  A standard conversion unit can fit on a desk top, and operates as simply as putting trash in a garbage disposal.  The converter heats up the plastic into its liquid boiling state which becomes gas.  It then passes through a tube into a smaller container filled with tap water which cools the gas, forming oil.  From there, the oil can be processed into gasoline, diesel, and kerosene.



9. Magnetic GeneratorThe idea of "free energy" has spawned inventions that range from the ridiculous to the plausible.  It would be the ultimate revolution if anyone could harness such an energy source . . . especially right in their own home.  There has been a revival of free energy ideas, and the magnetic generator is a promising invention.  It uses Energy By Motion to harness the electromagnetic field itself, which is outlined in the video below:


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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

You missed one - the GEET device. Not only will it run on small amounts of unrefined fuels but it puts out pure oxygen. And, Big Oil hates it! It has also been around for over 15 years.

ccoburn said...

And all they need is for us to spend a few billion of our tax dollars to get them running...

Anonymous said...

Or trillions for war or bailed out criminal banks. Take your pick. I choose new energy for my tax dollars. And these could be loans that would actually be paid back...

isochroma said...

"Only good can come from such endeavors, so it is worth examining 9 potential breakthroughs that will boost the energy revolution:"

Bullshit. New energy sources will just perpetuate the status quo. THINK! Only a revolution will overthrow those in power, and that will only happen when the masses run out of bread and circuses.

Worse, more power means more ability for humans to keep raping the Earth, which they have and will continue to do so as long as it is 'economic'. In other words, while there is power it will be used as it has throughout history, to plunder the Earth.

xman said...

Why not develop Tesla's free energy. It is not only free energy for us but also free energy distributed all over the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAwYXzwwxjA

Anonymous said...

I am surprised you did not include Blacklight Power's energy from water.

http://www.blacklightpower.com/

dogismyth said...

If this world was free, you would already have energy alternatives at your doorstep and poverty would become a thing of the past. But, you see, that is not the way the masters want it. They must have a lower hierarchy society that is entranced and subject to the higher elite. We must be dependent upon them for everything. It is not a ruse.

Cold fusion is NOT out of the questions. Either is magnetic "free energy" or other perpetual motion machines utilizing electromagnetic pulses.

This article fails to bring to light the key issues: all of the aforementioned technologies will provide much less than 1% of our energy needs and will cost trillions to implement; energy alternatives that have been proven to be successful are being hidden from the public; a small group of people determine the energy policy in this world; university and scientists that are blacklisted because they refuse to cooperate with an energy policy that is riddled with deception and lies. There are people that want to bring the truth forth, but they are either destroyed career-wise or physically. Of course, no one wants to hear this or be bothered with these known facts. If you believe we live in some great society where the truth is held high and our goal is to create a more humane society, you are mistaken.

These are the key issues. it would be great to have an article that defines the issues and addresses for once.

Anonymous said...

The Bloom box is said to cost around $6000 per household...that's only $600B to furnish every home in America with them....

But you're right, the elite definitely don't want cheap energy for the peasants. They would be giving up way too much control...

Anonymous said...

The problem of the Bloom box is the replacement cost. It is very similar to the batteries used in electric cars. By the time one factors in the replacement costs, the actual $/kW is not that better than conventional sources of electricity generator.

Anonymous said...

All these technologies, so many ways to pull energy from just about anyplace, the sun, electromagnetism, etc etc, and enough to make every human being energy independent, for just a pittance of the costs of these world destroying petroleum driven "technologies", who's hidden costs are inestimable, and cut to the quick the most vital links in the chain, life on earth.
So, why no movement towards Spaceship Earth sensibility? Because Consiousness needs to make the Leap. Humanity must become more than predator and prey. I imagine the current devastations are waking up people to reality faster than the lies of the elite can keep them enslaved. I hope for the best. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I second the Spaceship Earth comment. Buckminster Fuller's vision and scholarly analysis should be applied all over this Spaceship Earth, so we can shift our perspective to a wider time-line, and actually live up to our desires to leave the world a better place for future generations.

Anonymous said...

Physics professor David Goodstein at Cal Tech said it takes 30 years to change entire energy infrastructure! There is no way with increasing population and such high demand for energy that these alternatives will keep up and save industrial civilization. The planet and humanity in general would be much better off if we learned how to grow food, being self sustaining, and having a better connection to our natural surroundings. People do not want to accept that industrial civilization as we know it is dead. The world currently consumes 84.5 million barrels of Oil per day and it comes out to 30 billion barrels per year...There is no way alternatives can provide the power that Oil has. Planes, Jets, Ships, are not going to run on cold fusion and Nuclear fusion. Nuclear is good for electricity but it isn't going to save car culture. Humanity needs to work more on the change of behavior instead of trying to keep the Status quo of industrial civilization. Anybody who has read a history book knows that NO CIVILIZATION based on resource depletion or habitat destruction lasts forever.

Anonymous said...

Can't control us if we make our own energy!

Anonymous said...

It maybe more about protection than money to bring any technology to fruition. There are a lot of viable ideas, but the simplest and the most reliable wins and that's Tesla's black box technology he used back in 1932 with capacitive-induction resonance circuits with vacuum tubes. Solid state makes this so reliable and cheap that nothing else is practical. Why mess with batteries, solar cells, bearings, liquids, or anything that can fail or needs maintenance.

SioSandman said...

If you want to know how to build many of the suppressed devices please feel free to take all the data off my site: http://thesandmanproject.com

There are many compelling solutions. Much that wasn't covered in this article. Also, http://www.panaceauniversity.org/courses.htm

Anonymous said...

The INE previously ranked the bluenergy tidal power system out of 114 energy innnovation developments as #1 for commercial readiness and a game changing energy innovation development. See http://www.bluenergy.com and a 90 km, 70,000 MW tidal bridge in the Bohai between Dalian to Yanti here at this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ8d_z1GMYE

Anonymous said...

you are all fed lies about most things one most important fact is the oil will never run out. it is made in the Earths mantle by an emzime but they control it you are made to think it is made from dead plants so they have you from the start . most things you think you know but you dont you can't solve a broblem if you start with the lies you are fed about every thing. next banking you are being robbed blind they make nothing but own every thing don't you think soming is wrong they steal from you all the time you can't rob educated persons. so do you think they will fix are schools. you are nuts if you think they will the truth will set you FREE the truth is hidden from you so you can't be free.No one will tell you

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