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The Microwave Factor: Russian firm’s Li-Fi internet solution winning foreign clients

The Microwave Factor: Russian firm’s Li-Fi internet solution winning foreign clients | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A Russian company is selling its Li-Fi based wireless LAN solution (a visible light communication technology that uses light from light-emitting diodes to deliver internet) in the U.S., Israel, China, and other countries. 


The core of the network is a router that is capable of transmitting a signal using a light beam at a distance of up to 23-26 feet (7-8 meters). The signal can be transmitted to eight devices at once in other parts of an office, and access speed is four times faster than standard Wi-Fi. 

Li-Fi is unique in that it creates a digital binary code with a light beam, while Wi-Fi transmits data using radio waves.

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A solution to the overload of microwave radiation from cell phones and WIFI?

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New Zealand Designer Makes Ingenious Solar-Powered Skylight That Desalinates Water For Drinking

New Zealand Designer Makes Ingenious Solar-Powered Skylight That Desalinates Water For Drinking | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Powering LED light, purifying salt water, and utilizing solar power, Henry Goglau's solar desalination still is a Lexus Design Award finalist.

 

People living in the shanty towns of Chile’s coastline have all the water they could ever need, but they can’t drink it because it’s too salty. There’s also abundant solar energy here, but nothing to harness it. 

 

Clean water is scarce for the 110,000 families in the area, and power comes through unreliable electric lines. Windows are often boarded up to increase privacy and security, which removes almost all natural light.

 

“I wanted to achieve a design which was sustainable, passive, and created a striking feature inside the dark settlement home,” writesGoglau, a New Zealander who graduated from the Royal Danish Academy with a master’s degree, specializing in architecture for extreme conditions.

“In my development process it became apparent that I could address the lack of indoor lighting and water access by creating a hybrid skylight and solar desalination device.” 

 

Goglau’s device can purify 440 milliliters of water a day, with leftover brine being sifted into batteries made of zinc and copper where they power an LED strip for use during the night.

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Looks like a useful invention to make people's lives a little easier...

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Building An Invisibility Shield

Building An Invisibility Shield | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

This guy built an invisibility shield that actually works!

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So neat ... invisibility shield with simple materials... 

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Man One Ups Tesla By Inventing An Electric System That Charges Itself – Collective Evolution

Man One Ups Tesla By Inventing An Electric System That Charges Itself – Collective Evolution | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A few years ago multiple media outlets began to report a new development designed by a man from Zimbabwe named Sangulani (Maxwell) Chikumbutso, who claimed to have successfully created an electric powered vehicle and system which runs on a battery that has the ability to charge itself, making it the first ever electric vehicle that never needs charging.

 

According to Maxwell’s claims, the energy to power the battery is taken from electromagnetic waves that exist all around us and are naturally present in our environment. The vehicle had 5 normal gel batteries which were sufficient enough to start the vehicle and charge the batteries, and from there on in, the batteries are constantly charging. 

 

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https://www.collective-evolution.com/2020/11/04/man-one-ups-tesla-by-inventing-an-electric-system-that-charges-itself/?vgo_ee=2GNeNMpuVaeC5aNF4mtV3%2FlMy%2BOWWuyaZunZiCXh6gI%3D 

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A Scientist Built a Jet Engine that Turns Electricity into Thrust

A Scientist Built a Jet Engine that Turns Electricity into Thrust | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Scientist Jau Tang has built a jet engine that turns electricity into thrust, which can cut carbon emissions from air travel. 

 

This past autumn, a professor at Wuhan University named Jau Tang was hard at work piecing together a thruster prototype that, at first, sounds too good to be true. 

 

The basic idea, he said in an interview, is that his device turns electricity directly into thrust — no fossil fuels required — by using microwaves to energize compressed air into a plasma state and shooting it out like a jet. Tang suggested, without a hint of self-aggrandizement, that it could likely be scaled up enough to fly large commercial passenger planes. Eventually, he says, it might even power spaceships. 

 

Needless to say, these are grandiose claims. A thruster that doesn’t require tanks of fuel sounds suspiciously like science fiction — like the jets on Iron Man’s suit in the Marvel movies, for instance, or the thrusters that allow Doc Brown’s DeLorean to fly in “Back to the Future.” 

 

But in Tang’s telling, his invention — let’s just call it a Tang Jet, which he worked on with Wuhan University collaborators Dan Ye and Jun Li — could have civilization-shifting potential here in the non-fictional world. 

 

“Essentially, the goal of this technology is to try and use electricity and air to replace gasoline,” he said. “Global warming is a major threat to human civilization. Fossil fuel-free technology using microwave air plasma could be a solution.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Air has always been part of the "fuel" of jet engines, helped by some combustible hydrocarbon stuff. Now a Chinese professor says we could do without the hydrocarbons, by turning the air directly into plasma using electricity and microwaves. It would certainly help to make cleaner air transport technology.

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Congress Will Consider National Right-to-Repair Legislation for Medical Equipment

Congress Will Consider National Right-to-Repair Legislation for Medical Equipment | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The "Critical Medical Infrastructure Right-to-Repair Act of 2020" is the first time Congress has ever considered a bill that would break manufacturer repair monopolies.

 

Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Yvette D. Clark have introduced right to repair legislation in the Senate and the House that would make it easier for hospitals to fix medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the first time that right to repair legislation has ever been introduced at the federal level and is a historic step for the movement, which seeks to break manufacturer monopolies on servicing of electronics of all types.

 
 
The Critical Medical Infrastructure Right-to-Repair Act of 2020 would protect owners from prosecution if they made a copy of service parts or broke a digital lock while repairing equipment, allow users to make their own substitute parts, and require manufacturers to provide owners access to information and tools to repair equipment. 
 

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed America’s health system to the limit, and critical medical equipment has been almost impossible to legally repair because manufacturers enjoy a monopoly on tools, documentation, and replacement parts

 

You can find the rest of this article here

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akzyy5/congress-will-consider-national-right-to-repair-legislation-for-medical-equipment 

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Right to repair ... something long overdue in the world of Technology. Apparently it took an epidemic for lawmakers to start thinking of this...

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Researchers Unveil a Sodium-Ion Battery That Rivals Commercial Lithium-Ion Models

Researchers Unveil a Sodium-Ion Battery That Rivals Commercial Lithium-Ion Models | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

So much of our everyday tech runs on batteries, the importance of lithium-ion rechargeables cannot be overstated. But they are expensive to produce, with difficult-to-source materials. 

 

There is an alternative - sodium-ion batteries have the potential to be cheaper and more easily produced, if we can get past the problem of getting these batteries to work as well as the lithium-ion technology we're predominantly using. Now, we may have just gotten a huge step closer to this goal. 

 

Researchers have produced one of the best sets of results so far for a sodium-ion battery, one that holds as much energy as lithium-ion, and performs as well as some commercial lithium-ion batteries. It's a "major development" in sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery research, the team says.

One area where Na-ion batteries might be particularly useful is in large-scale energy storage... 

 

See the whole article here...
https://www.sciencealert.com/new-sodium-ion-battery-performs-as-well-as-some-commercial-lithium-ion-models 

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Batteries - for large scale energy storage - are the weak link in renewable energy. Some good research going on to substitute expensive lithium with sodium...

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Hydrogen Economy - The Bulgarian Inventor That Made Fire from Water

Hydrogen Economy - The Bulgarian Inventor That Made Fire from Water | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

This is the story of Professor Yull Brown an inventor of Bulgarian origin. His original Bulgarian name is Ilia Valkov, one of the greatest Bulgarian and world chemists of all time. 

He discovered Brown gas.

In his process, water is separated into its two constituents, hydrogen and oxygen in a way that allows them to be mixed under pressure and burn simultaneously and safely in a 2:1 proportion. 

 

The proprietary process results in a gas containing ionic hydrogen and oxygen in proper mixes which is generated economically and safely and which may be compressed up to 100 psi. 

 

The gas produced by Yull Brown’s process is a mix of the elements found in water – hydrogen, and oxygen. A mixture of these two gases, normally being highly explosive, is usually considered too dangerous to use. 

 

But combined in exactly the same proportion as they are found in water, the gases can be used and stored together with safety. Hydrogen and oxygen can be separated from water in a proportion that ensures total combustion of the Brown’s gas and requires no regulators for the blending process.

 

Yull Brown spent most of his life convincing others of the commercial viability of his product. He spent 30 years of his life and was able to acquire upwards of $30 million from investors towards commercializing his product. 

 

That is where he founded his own company Brown Energy and began producing Brown Gas generators. He sold the first to China, where to this day it’s being used to burn radioactive waste. 

 

Browns Gas generators and some of the applications were first developed and manufactured in Australia. Production was transferred to the Peoples Republic of China at the inducement of its government, resulting in mass production of generators for national distribution. 

 

You can find a large assortment of Brown's Gas generators for all kinds of uses on Alibaba...

https://www.alibaba.com/countrysearch/CN/water-gas-hho.html 

 

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Some years ago we heard that the Hydrogen economy is to be our future, but then ... fossil fuel interests made sure we forgot. Meanwhile Yull Brown's HHO technology is available, and is for sale in China.

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Solar Fueled FREAKIN Vaporjets

This is a completely new way to fly without runways or propellers or fossil fuels. You can help make it happen! Go to www.indiegogo.com via https://igg.me/at/vaporjet. You are welcome to visit https://www.facebook.com/vacupulsion/.
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Great idea, to entrain air by flowing vapor over curved surfaces... we might one day be flying in one of these, although a lot of engineering work still has to go into making them.

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Breakthrough Fluidic Propulsion System Could Power the Drones & Aircraft of Tomorrow

The props on today’s aircraft are inefficient, noisy & dangerous — but an innovative new bladeless propulsion system offers an alternative for 21st century aviation. We’re joined by Dr. Denis Dancanet, the CEO of Jetoptera, an aerospace startup developing lightweight commuter VTOL aircraft using a revolutionary technology called the Fluidic Propulsion System.

 

If you look at the history of aviation, the big changes always start with a propulsion system. That’s really what enables everything, so we started Jetoptera with the idea that we’d create a new propulsion system that would be ideal for VTOL and enable powerful drones and eventually flying cars . We decided on the name because optera means wing in Greek, so Jetoptera literally means “jet wing”. 

 

The performance is in between a helicopter & aircraft. We’re not claiming it’s the best at everything — it’s actually more of a novel design with new abilities. For instance, it’s faster than a helicopter, with a top speed of less than 200 miles an hour — in our design you can fold the thrusters into the the back of the wing, which keeps them out of the slipstream, and enables speeds up to 400 plus miles an hour... 

Read the whole interview here

https://medium.com/predict/breakthrough-fluidic-propulsion-system-could-power-the-drones-aircraft-of-tomorrow-a6fe60da8f89 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Here's an interesting new development in airplane propulsion. It works with pressurised air producing air flow in specially designed "jets" that can power drones and small aircraft more efficiently than propellers. 

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Major Breakthrough: Graphene Batteries FINALLY Hit the Market

Previous Samsung graphene video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go2g_BNpG_Y Gary Explains video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIMegpibt1M --- Abou
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Graphene (ultra flat carbon) was invented some years ago. Here is the first actual application in the market...

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Company Collects 80% of City's Recyclable Plastics and Turns It All into Lumber

Company Collects 80% of City's Recyclable Plastics and Turns It All into Lumber | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Roughly 80% of the plastic recyclables collected throughout Halifax, Nova Scotia are now being processed by Goodwood Plastic Products Ltd so they can be turned into building blocks. 

 

The plastic lumber can be drilled, nailed, glued, and handled the same way as wooden lumber—but without any of the same deterioration.

 

Thus far, CBC says that the lumber has been used to make everything from picnic tables and park benches to agricultural posting and guardrail structures—and Goodwood vice president Mike Chassie says he hopes their business model will inspire other regions to launch similar ventures.

 

“We can take this business—the knowledge and our skills—and we can export it and take it to other places,” he told the news outlet. “Post-consumer plastic is not going away, so we need to continue to find ways to give it a new life so it becomes a resource, instead of a waste.”

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We have the plastic waste ... might as well make something useful out of it.

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Primer Fields Part 4 Ion Thruster David LaPoint 

David LaPoint built and shows in this video an operating ion thruster, an electromagnetic plasma space drive... 

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David LaPoint built and shows in this video an operating ion thruster, an electromagnetic plasma space drive... 

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Viktor Schauberger's Repulsine

Viktor Schauberger's Repulsine | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Much has been written about Viktor Schauberger's Repulsine, an invention that was shelved, and that no one, since that time, has been able to reproduce. 

 

Vortices are really powerful and in the right conditions can be self-sustaining. In the case of the Repulsine, the prototype actually got lost, flying destructively right through the roof out of the laboratory, after breaking its moorings… 

This could be a simple and rather powerful lift generating apparatus if properly evaluated and built to exacting specifications. 

 

There are various diagrams of the repulsine available in a net search, however none of those diagrams seem to show the air flow correctly. In my view, a powerful air vortex forms above the machine, which draws the machine into it.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Viktor Schauberger, the Austrian inventor, was way ahead of his time using the principle of vortex action to achieve lift and propulsion...

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Hydrogen - New Powerpaste for Hydrogen Storage

Hydrogen - New Powerpaste for Hydrogen Storage | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

“Powerpaste stores hydrogen in a chemical form at room temperature and atmospheric pressure to be then released on demand,” explains Dr. Marcus Vogt, research associate at Fraunhofer IFAM. And given that Powerpaste only begins to decompose at temperatures of around 250 °C, it remains safe even when an e-scooter stands in the baking sun for hours. Moreover, refueling is extremely simple. Instead of heading to the filling station, riders merely have to replace an empty cartridge with a new one and then refill a tank with mains water. This can be done either at home or underway. 

 

The starting material of Powerpaste is magnesium, one of the most abundant elements and, therefore, an easily available raw material. Onboard the vehicle, the Powerpaste is released from a cartridge by means of a plunger. When water is added from an onboard tank, the ensuing reaction generates hydrogen gas in a quantity dynamically adjusted to the actual requirements of the fuel cell. In fact, only half of the hydrogen originates from the Powerpaste ; the rest comes from the added water. 

 

“Powerpaste thus has a huge energy storage density,” says Vogt. “It is substantially higher than that of a 700 bar high-pressure tank. And compared to batteries, it has ten times the energy storage density.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This looks like a much needed advance in our ability to store hydrogen to be released on demand. It might get fuel cells (making electricity from hydrogen) off the ground into more widespread application. 

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Powering My Home with Old Laptop Batteries

The rechargeable batteries in your laptop, your cell phone, your headphones: all of these can be used to power your life and take you off the grid. DIY Powerwalls – rechargeable lithium-ion battery installations, made from recycled batteries – are the future of power, whether you know it or not.

We visited Jehu Garcia, a DIY Powerwall builder and enthusiast, and the folks at EV West in Southern California as well as the University of Michigan Battery Lab to see just how DIY Powerwalls can power your home, your car, and even the rest of your neighborhood.

*The video originally aired on MOTHERBOARD in 2017
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VoltStorage develops sustainable alternative to Tesla Powerwall

VoltStorage develops sustainable alternative to Tesla Powerwall | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

It is the size of a small fridge, doesn't use unsustainable rare-earth metals, won't blow up and can power your house for 20 years.

 

All the carmakers are scrambling to secure supplies of lithium-ion batteries, and even Elon Musk put out a plaintive call for miners to produce more nickel in a recent post-earnings call with investors.

 

In contrast, vanadium is the 20th most abundant element in the earth’s crust, and VoltStorage is also working on an iron redox-flow battery, which would have even easier-to-source materials (iron is the most abundant of the Earth’s metals). About half of the company’s 37-strong team work on R&D like this.

 

Batteries like these could be easily manufactured and sourced entirely in Europe, Peither points out.

 

“People are always discussing increasing battery production in Europe, but the fact is we don’t have the raw materials here for lithium-ion batteries. Those come from China, South America and Africa,” he says.

 

If Europe is really to become a powerhouse in the battery field, it will have to look to some of the alternative chemistries like this.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Batteries for a home solar system that are not based on rare and difficult-to-mine raw materials ... seems like a good idea. They are too heavy for use in cars, but in a home that is no real problem. 

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Dr Ben Goertzel - Will Artificial Intelligence Kill Us?

Dr Ben Goertzel - Will Artificial Intelligence Kill Us? | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Ben Goertzel is the Founder and CEO of SingularityNET and Chief Science Advisor for Hanson Robotics. He is one of the world’s leading experts in Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), with decades of expertise in applying AI to practical problems like natural language processing, data mining, video gaming, robotics, national security and bioinformatics.

Ben Goertzel was part of the Hanson Robotics team that developed the AI software for the humanoid Sophia robot, which can communicate with humans and display more than 50 facial expressions. Today he also serves as Chairman of the AGI Society, the Decentralized AI Alliance and the futurist nonprofit organisation Humanity+.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This interview of Ben Gertzel at London Real centers around the possible future development of artificial intelligence (AI), from today's limited forms into one that is more generally "aware" and could, conceivably, outdo humans in being intelligent. One of the questions is whether AI should be in the hands of humans, in a distributed, open way, or whether it should it be locked up and under the control of large corporations. The answer to that could make the difference between AI developing into something benevolent or whether it might turn out to be a forece adversarial to humans. 

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Spacetime wave packets: New class of laser defies laws of light physics

Spacetime wave packets: New class of laser defies laws of light physics | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Scientists have created a new class of laser beam that appears to violate long-held laws of light physics. These new beams, which the team calls “spacetime wave packets,” follow different rules of refraction, which could lead to new communication technologies.
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We are learning about light...

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Lithium-ion co-inventor patents glass battery that could upturn auto industry

Lithium-ion co-inventor patents glass battery that could upturn auto industry | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A patent application for a new battery that uses glass as a key component has been submitted by a team headed by John Goodenough, the part winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work as co-inventor of the now ubiquitous lithium-ion battery that is the go-to power source for electric cars and energy storage. 

 

And the new glass battery promises to accelerate the shift away from internal combustion engines because it will deliver a significant increase in storage capacity.

 

By “spiking” glass with either sodium or lithium to form an electrode within the battery, the researchers say the new battery technology provides three times the energy storage capacity of comparable lithium-ion batteries. 

 

It is also neither volatile nor flammable, and does not display issues of lithium dendrite growth that plagues li-ion batteries, which can cause short-circuits and present safety hazards.

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This new battery technology has been in the works for some years, and it seems now there is a patent application. Things take time...

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Special Feature: THE SAFIRE SUN

THE SAFIRE PROJECT has become a commercial venture. Based on the discoveries of the last six years, the SAFIRE team is currently developing a nuclear-plasma reactor that will have the capacity to both generate electrical power and remediate radioactive waste.

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This looks like a milestone in plasma based energy production, with an added bonus, the capability to remediate, meaning to render harmless, nuclear waste materials.

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The Mysterious Death of Stanley Meyer and His Water-Powered Car

The Mysterious Death of Stanley Meyer and His Water-Powered Car | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

He turned down $1 billion from a Saudi investor and later took a meeting with two other potential investors before his untimely demise. 

 

Meyer’s invention promised a revolution in the automotive industry. It worked through an electric water fuel cell, which divided any kind of water — including salt water — into its fundamental elements of hydrogen and oxygen, by utilizing a process far simpler than the electrolysis method. 

 

Despite skepticism about the legitimacy of a car that runs on water, Meyer was able to patent his invention under Section 101 of the Subject Matter Eligibility Index, meaning he proved to a patent review board that his invention worked reliably. 

 

Meyer’s water-powered engine was the result of 20 years of research and dedication, and he claimed it was capable of converting tap water into enough hydrogen fuel to drive his car from one end of the country to the other. His invention was mind-boggling and promised a future of non-polluting vehicles that could be refueled with a garden hose.

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Water as fuel ... it has been done. Water is disassociated into hydrogen and oxygen, which can be "burned" in an internal combustion engine. Stanley Meyer was particularly advanced with his invention, he had converted a Dune Buggy to run on water and was getting ready to get his hydrogen technology into production as he died an untimely death ... under mysterious circumstances.. Sooner or later, someone will replicate the feat.

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Radical hydrogen-boron reactor leapfrogs current nuclear fusion tech

Radical hydrogen-boron reactor leapfrogs current nuclear fusion tech | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

"We are sidestepping all of the scientific challenges that have held fusion energy back for more than half a century," says the director of an Australian company that claims its hydrogen-boron fusion technology is already working a billion times better than expected.

 

The results of decades of research by Emeritus Professor Heinrich Hora, HB11's approach to fusion does away with rare, radioactive and difficult fuels like tritium altogether – as well as those incredibly high temperatures. Instead, it uses plentiful hydrogen and boron B-11, employing the precise application of some very special lasers to start the fusion reaction.

 

Here's how HB11 describes its "deceptively simple" approach: the design is "a largely empty metal sphere, where a modestly sized HB11 fuel pellet is held in the center, with apertures on different sides for the two lasers. One laser establishes the magnetic containment field for the plasma and the second laser triggers the ‘avalanche’ fusion chain reaction. The alpha particles generated by the reaction would create an electrical flow that can be channeled almost directly into an existing power grid with no need for a heat exchanger or steam turbine generator.":

Full article here: 
https://newatlas.com/energy/hb11-hydrogen-boron-fusion-clean-energy/ 

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Hydrogen Boron fusion ... an Australian development not quite ready to make a reactor yet, but a good prospect on the horizon for cheap-and-simple fusion power that can be directly converted to electricity.

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Portland now generates electricity from turbines installed in city water pipes

Portland now generates electricity from turbines installed in city water pipes | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The city of Portland is changing the game of generating electricity with its newest environmental-friendly revolutionary water pipes!

 

In order to come up with a clean and renewable source of energy, the city of Portland partnered with Lucid Energy. Together, they teamed up to deliver clean electricity drawn from the water which is already flowing under the city streets!

 

According to Lucid Energy, its partnership with the city of Portland is almost at its final stage. After the system has surpassed the rigorous final testing, it will be fully operational.

 

It is expected that the installation of Lucid Energy pipes will generate a $2,000,000 worth of renewable energy capacity for about 20 years. Based on the average consumption of 1,100 megawatt hours of energy each year, the installed water pipes can power up to 150 homes!

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A good way to generate electricity from water that is anyway flowing to supply the city's users...

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Israeli-Made Electric Planes Set to Revolutionize Air Travel 

Israeli-Made Electric Planes Set to Revolutionize Air Travel  | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

This Israeli-made electric plane will reduce operating costs by up to 70 percent, bringing the price down to $200 per flight hour versus $1,000 for a turboprop.

 

Alice hasn’t even taken off yet, and already over 150 orders have been placed for her. 

 

Who is Alice? 

 

Alice is the name given to the all-electric nine-seat aircraft that Israel startup Eviation Aircraft created early this year. Alice has three electric motors on its tail and one on the tip of each wing. On a single charge, Alice’s 3,500 kg battery can carry her 650 miles at 10,000 feet with a cruising speed of 276 miles per hour.

 

See whole article here

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israeli-made-electric-planes-set-to-revolutionize-air-travel/ 

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That looks like good progress. Commercial air travel electrified... 

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Nobel winner suggests zapping nuclear waste atoms with high power short duration laser pulses to drastically reduce radioactive half life

Nobel winner suggests zapping nuclear waste atoms with high power short duration laser pulses to drastically reduce radioactive half life | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Nobel prize winner Gérard Mourou suggests that short laser pulses should be able to zap radioactive atoms to make nuclear waste safer.

 

Whatever one thinks of nuclear energy, the process results in tons of radioactive, toxic waste no one quite knows what to do with. As a result, it's tucked away as safely as possible in underground storage areas where it's meant to remain a long, long time: The worst of it, uranium 235 and plutonium 239, have a half life of 24,000 years.

 

That's the reason eyebrows were raised in Europe — where more countries depend on nuclear energy than anywhere else — when physicist Gérard Mourou mentioned in his wide-ranging Nobel acceptance speech that lasers could cut the lifespan of nuclear waste from "a million years to 30 minutes," as he put it in a followup interview with The Conversation.

 

See whole article (with video of Mourou's speech) here

https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/laser-nuclear-waste 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Good research by a French scientist. We must find a way to make nuclear waste harmless. Storing radioactive waste for thousands of years is just idiocy ... unacceptable. 

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