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Hello Tom,


To begin, please note that we have a Call for Abstracts going on for the upcoming COFE12 (Twelfth Conference on Future Energy) happening this August, 2020 in Albuquerque NM. Please see for details and send in a title, abstract, and bio if you want to present a slideshow for 45 minutes.


Also, if you are interested, I’ll be presenting at the 2020 Laughlin UFO Mega Conference this coming February 15-22, 2020. My eight (8) minute preview is online  and the conference URL is . Why attend a UFO conference? Besides my recent experience being interviewed for the Integratron episode of Ancient Aliens this month (History Channel show), and the Navy’s release of the now famous “tic-tac” UFO videotape, a new book is out this month called “INTERSECT: A Former NASA Astronomer Breaks His Silence About UFOs”  . Marian Rudnyk was a NASA JPL scientist who discovered original film canisters of the Gemini mission with anomalous images on them and now published them. IRI looks for the technology spinoffs that can result from such events, as explained in my ten (10) minute Citizen’s Hearing testimony at the National Press Club a few years ago . UFOs are centuries ahead of us in propulsion and energy generation.


This month our first story is a game changer for battery energy storage since a new type, called the “proton battery”, is poised to replace the lithium-ion batteries if everything goes as planned. With a reversible fuel cell, protons are recovered (hydrogen ions) in solution and recombined with oxygen from air to generate power. Developed at RMIT University, it has been featured in NASA’s Tech Briefs this month.


Our Second Story is really about a multi-company development of airships that are solar powered and travel at around 50% of the speed of a jet but use only about 8% of the fuel! Though Varialift is featured in this story, other firms are further ahead, nearing commercialization, so check out the related stories which are quite exciting.


The Third Story shows the rising importance for investment firms of carbon-free nuclear energy for combatting climate change, even if the concept involves nuclear fusion and it is still in a research and development stage. Hopefully radiation-safe thorium reactors will also attract large scale investment in this country as well. In this case, Bill Gates has funded the Jeff Bezos energy startup, General Fusion, to begin construction on a demonstration fusion plant. We also again recommend comparing with the Related Story about the longest lasting fusion experiment to date with an existing fusion reactor.


Our Fourth Story brings back to the limelight the benefits of methanol, which now is being used to make hydrogen at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). Hopefully we will see more vehicular usage of hydrogen fuel as a result, since the whole cycle can be made to be environmentally friendly.


Talking about the environment, our FE eNews would not be complete without a mention in our Fifth Story of a new method for capturing the most dangerous atmospheric gas: carbon dioxide. Since our earth is now experiencing a 40% increase in the CO2 level (at 411 ppm), above the maximum it has ever seen in 400,000 years (290 ppm), capturing carbon is a high priority, as the Norwegian University Of Science And Technology realizes. An usual polymer membrane which is relatively inexpensive, has demonstrated its usefulness in separating gases, possibly on a large scale.


Onward and upward!


Tom Valone, PhD






1) Environmentally Friendly Rechargeable Proton Batteries


This battery could replace lithium-ion batteries to power homes, vehicles, and devices..

NASA Tech Briefs, December 2019


The proton battery uses a carbon electrode as a hydrogen store, coupled with a reversible fuel cell to produce electricity. The carbon electrode plus protons from water give the proton battery its environmental and energy advantages. Carbon is abundant and inexpensive compared to both metal hydrogen-storage alloys, and the lithium needed for rechargeable lithium ion batteries.


During charging, the carbon in the electrode bonds with protons generated by splitting water with the help of electrons from the power supply. The protons are released again and pass back through the reversible fuel cell to form water with oxygen from air to generate power. Unlike fossil fuels, the carbon does not burn or cause emissions in the process.


Related Article


Soild State batteries breakthrough




2) A Solar Powered Airship Built To Transport Cargo More Greenly


New Scientist Magazine, December 2019


Airships were once considered the future of flight. Now, they are being touted as a greener method of transport.

A solar-powered airship being built by UK-based firm Varialift Airships could eventually be used as a low-emissions way to freight cargo internationally. On a transatlantic flight between the UK and the US, the airship would use 8 percent of the fuel of a conventional jet aeroplane, says Varialift CEO Alan Handley.

Airships – lighter-than-air vehicles that rely on gas to lift them into flight .


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Zeppelins could make a comeback with this solar-powered airship cargo mover


All-electric commercial seaplane takes to the air for the first time


Can NASA’s experimental electric airplane, the Maxwell X-57, save the planet?


Airlander 10: prototype of world's longest aircraft retired


3) Bezos-Backed Fusion Energy Startup Raises $65 Million


Business Insider, December 2019


General Fusion, an energy startup backed by Jeff Bezos, just closed a $65 million funding round, led by the Singapore-based investment firm Temasek. The company plans to use the funds to build a demonstration power plant to test its fusion technology on a commercial scale. 

General Fusion is among a handful of fusion startups that have been backed by prominent venture capital funds, such as Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures. If successfully commercialized, fusion could provide a clean source of energy without many of the drawbacks of nuclear fission, like the production of hazardous waste. 




4) Making Hydrogen by Electrolysis of Methanol


NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California


Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing apparatuses for electrolysis of methanol to produce pure hydrogen for use at industrial sites, in scientific laboratories, and in fuel cells. The state-of-the-art onsite hydrogen generators now in use are based on electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen, with oxygen as a byproduct that has no commercial value in this context. The developmental methanol electrolyzers consume less than half the electrical energy of water electrolyzers in producing a given amount of hydrogen. Even when the cost of methanol is included, the cost of producing hydrogen by electrolysis of methanol is still only about half that of producing hydrogen by electrolysis of water.



5) A Surprising Substance May Be A Key To Capturing CO2 in the Atmosphere


Wetting a Polymer Membrane Improved Its Ability to Capture CO2 Polymers are relatively inexpensive and easy to make. Many researchers therefore regard them as promising candidates for separating different gases on the large scale that will be needed. This particular polymer bears the name poly[tert-butylstyrene-b-(ethylene-alt-propylene)-b-(styrene-r-styrenesulfonate)-b-(ethylene-alt-propylene)-b–tert-butylstyrene]. Fortunately, someone gave it the nickname TESET instead. The material is already in commercial use and is therefore readily available.








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