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11/7/2005 Alt Energy (nme). Super power source? 'Hydrinos' Disprove Quantum Theory?
The Guardian is running a story that has quite a few physicists up in arms. From the article: "Randell Mills, a Harvard University medic who also studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, claims to have built a prototype power source that generates up to 1,000 times more heat than conventional fuel. Independent scientists claim to have verified the experiments and Dr Mills says that his company, Blacklight Power, has tens of millions of dollars in investment lined up to bring the idea to market. And he claims to be just months away from unveiling his creation." The only problem is Mills' theory is supposed to be impossible when using current rules of quantum mechanics.
"Among scientists, the mere mention of the name Dr Randell Mills can be enough to spark a row. Some claim he is a genius whose work in fundamental physics will lead to a radical new form of clean, cheap energy. His detractors, on the other hand, think he's a crackpot whose energy technology is as credible as cold fusion.
After years of such acclaim and opprobrium, Mills prefers to work with his colleagues at his company in New Jersey and focus on what everyone agrees will settle the argument: the construction of the first commercial product to exploit the power of ‘hydrinos'. - focus
I hope it works so we can stop fighting over oil, end poverty, build a warp engine, go find another planet, clean up this one, etc.! Even NASA has taken an interest. "Don't let your preoccupation with reality stifle your imagination" is the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) motto. Here is an interesting page if you are into this topic.
"At his new home in rural New Mexico, Lazar has been working on a conversion kit that will turn any car into a hydrogen hybrid."
For those not in the know, Lazar claimed to work at Area 51 and he claims to have seen several different models of ET UFOs while working there."Bob Lazar claimed the fuel for the UFOs being flown south of Groom Lake was something called element 115. 115, he said, was a superheavy element that was used to produce anti-matter. In 1989, Lazar claimed the ET saucers he worked on could produce their own gravity. This propulsion was made possible by a superheavy substance Lazar called Element 115. What is the problem with this story? Element 115 did not exist in 1989. Now, however, it does. Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore Lab created a miniscule amount of 115 last year. A profound development, but the material decayed almost instantly. So where did the government get 500 pounds of the stuff, which is what Lazar claimed long ago? Lazar says, "It has to come from some place where it's natural, like from a super nova."
... Lazar's critics say the fact that 115 as created in a lab is unstable and fleeting proves Lazar is a liar. Lazar says the first batch was only a starting point and that he will be proven right in the long run. "I'd like to see them continue to work and produce different isotopes of 115 because they're gonna come up with a handful of different varieties and they're gonna come up with a stable isotope, and that's what we're interested," he countered.
... Earlier this year, British scientists say they demonstrated an anti-gravity system that appears to be based on the theories revealed years ago by Lazar. Some scientists say it's proof that what Lazar said about Element 115 is true after all." - klastv
4/12/2005 Alt Energy. Unlimited Energy From Water. Thanks to Roy for sending this link: genesis-scientific.org. The idea: by burning hydrogen (H) and/or oxygen (O) gasses you can create electricity. Water (H2O) is composed of these gasses. Unfortunately, thus far it takes more energy to split water into these gasses than you get from burning the resulting gasses. Genesis claims a breakthrough:
"A single Genesis gCell stack (about the size of a small car battery), consisting of several individual gCells, is capable of producing approximately 180 therms of gas per day. In comparison, a typical American home located in cold climates consumes approximately 4 therms of natural gas a day. ... the Edison Device typically becomes independent of outside energy within an hour. From that point on, the Edison Device is designed to retain enough reserve energy to restart itself in the event that shutdown is required for maintenance, for example, when replacing the water filters. " - genesis
If a working system requires nothing but start up energy and adding water, why hasn't this made a bigger splash in the news? Here is more on the topic:
"When hydrogen and oxygen combine to form water, they release about 230 kilojoules of energy per mole of hydrogen gas at 298K ( 76.73 degrees Fahrenheit ). To break the water back down into hydrogen and oxygen, it takes the same amount of energy being put back into the water as an electrical current to release one mole of hydrogen gas. There is no way around it. ... The efficiency of running the current through the water is high as long as you add a little acid or salt to make the water electrically conductive (truly pure water has a resistance of about 18 megaohm*centimeters versus 1.68 microohm*cm for pure copper). Some control of current density is required at the anode and cathode to prevent excessive bubble formation, but again any reasonably sized electrodes will have approximately the same efficiency. " - madsci
"The optimum conditions for efficient electrolysis are a salt concentration of 0.0672 molar, ambient pressure of 1 x 10^5 Pascals, and a water temperature of 295 Kelvin ( 71.33 F, 21.85 C) . At this point the predicted efficiency is 92%, which means that 92% of the energy inputted into electrolysis can be stored by the hydrogen produced. " - nmasCool. It seems with trial and error that an inventive person could use solar or wind power to create the electricity to get hydrogen from water using the above information. Then you can store it at normal air pressure safely if you freeze it into hydrogen clathrate hydrate. You do have to keep it very cold (-320 degrees F) however, until you use it. I wonder if I'll be able to get my home off the grid and still have the power needed to run everything.
5/7/04 Alt Energy (UCBerkeley) Ending Oil Wars: Clean Hydrogen Generation: It is no secret that the world is running low on easily obtainable oil. Wars are breaking out in oil-rich countries and gas prices are soaring. Now that problems of hydrogen storage are being solved, we must invest in a shift to a new hydrogen economy.
Another problem: How do we generate the hydrogen in the first place?
Although it can be done, it is a big mistake to use dirty oil and gas to generate hydrogen. Global warming is real (and is caused by people) and we have serious pollution problems.
Solar and wind are great clean ways to generate hydrogen, but they may not generate enough to meet our growing needs.
Answer: a self replicating single-celled green algae with the hydrogenase enzyme can create hydrogen during photosynthesis! One acre of surface area of green algae can produce 40,000 cubic feet of gaseous hydrogen per day, in theory. Chlamydomonas reinhardtii after about 24 hours of sulfur deprivation, becomes anaerobic and activates an enzyme that produces hydrogen in light. "After up to four days of generating an hourly average of about three milliliters of hydrogen per liter of culture, the culture is depleted of stored fuel and must be allowed to return to photosynthesis. Then, two or three days later, it again can be tapped for hydrogen, Melis said."
Stop clinging to oil. Stop fighting for the last drops. There is another way, a better way.
BTW, this same organism can also remove dangerous metals such as mercury from lakes. Researchers envision "dead, freeze-dried algae in filters to treat contaminated sediments and discharges that flow into Lake Erie." ....
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