IRI Future Energy eNews - Dec 2014
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014 @ 12:44:10 EST
Topic: General

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 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.

   Talking about 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


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