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Sent:                                           Friday, December 30, 2022 11:28 PM


Subject:                                     Future Energy eNews


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Hello Tom,


Story #1 is a game changer for the auto industry. We featured a Future Energy eNews story back in July 2022 on “Solar Powered Cars are Coming” (reprinted as a link here), which featured this Lightyear One, as well as Mercedes, Tesla, Edison Futures, Fisker (Chinese) prototypes. However, now Lightyear, a Dutch company, is the leader. The concept, if successful for the range customers desire, will certainly be a boost for those concerned about recharging the batteries.


Story #2 is a nice introduction to nerve stimulation for a number of ailments. Here, Parkinson’s and depression are the focus by the University of Washington. However, it has now been found to give paralyzed patients the ability to walk as well, in a new implant at the spot of the injury, to simulate spinal nerve impulses. This also makes us at IRI aware of the low current needed to simulate nerve impulses, which our EM Pulser 78 is capable of stimulating without invasive surgery, by Faraday’s Law (magnetic pulses create electric currents inside body). Other related articles are included.


Story #3 is interesting when one wants use for captured CO2, as the University of Chicago has done to create ethylene. However, for those of us who want to remove gigatons (billions of tons) of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and not simply recycle it, the carbon capture and sequestration programs are the best to finally start reducing the atmospheric waste dump we have been using to deposit about 40 gigatons of additional heat-trapping CO2 EVERY year! Still interesting news since it can be considered carbon neutral.


Story #4 could be considered the lead story since it is BIG news. When we see all of the news about lithium shortages in the near future due to increased demand and other limiting factors, a new sodium-ion battery production is a glimmer of hope. Now we see a Chinese company called CTG take the lead with a 145 Wh/kg energy density and over 4000 charge-discharge cycles, with affordable ingredients. 


Story #5 is a nod to NASA for the successful start to its interplanetary program with SpaceX called the Artemis project. On December 11, 2022 the final milestone or perhaps the first milestone in an around the moon and back journey with the unmanned Orion spacecraft, which splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after returning safely to Earth. During the mission, Orion performed two lunar flybys, coming within 80 miles of the lunar surface. Artemis II will include men and women going around the moon.




Tom Valone, PhD



1) World's First Solar Electric Car Now In Production


Discover Lightyear 0 - The World's First Solar Car


Interesting Engineering December 2022


Dutch company Lightyear, which has spent the last six years developing technologies to make the world's first solar-powered electric vehicle has now entered a very important phase of its lifetime. Its first model, Lightyear 0 has now entered production, a company press release said. As the world moves toward electric modes of transportation, new challenges are being thrown up. Unlike combustion engine-powered vehicles that can be refueled virtually anywhere and in no time, electric vehicles require dedicated charging infrastructure and time to charge the batteries.






2) Electric Neurostimulation Can Heal the Brain—What's the Secret? November 2022


Brain stimulation appears to be able to rewire and heal damaged neural connections. Research from the University of Washington suggests personalization may be key to more effective therapies. Three neurostimulation researchers discuss the potential. Doctors currently use this technique, called neurostimulation, to treat conditions like Parkinson’s and depression. We believe that neurostimulation has the potential to not only treat symptoms but also cure a wider range of diseases by repairing damaged connections. Our team of biomedical engineers and statisticians used these tools to show that the changes neurostimulation makes to neurons depend on how they were connected in the first place. In other words, for neurostimulation to work, it needs to be tailored to each individual’s brain.




Patients With Complete Paralysis Walk With Spinal Cord Implant › journals › jama › fullarticle

by J Abbasi · 2022 · Cited by 1 — A newly developed epidural electrical stimulation (EES) system described in Nature Medicine helped 3 individuals with severe spinal cord ...


Stimulating spinal cord helps paralysed people to walk again


3) Integrated, Net-negative System Captures Carbon and Produces Ethylene December 2022


Engineers at the University of Illinois Chicago have built a machine that captures carbon from flue gas and converts it to ethylene. The device integrates a carbon capture system with an ethylene conversation system for the first time. Moreover, the system not only runs on electricity, but it also removes more carbon from the environment than it generates—making it what scientists call net-negative on carbon emissions. Among manufactured chemicals worldwide, ethylene ranks third for carbon emissions after ammonia and cement. Ethylene is used not only to create plastic products for the packaging, agricultural and automotive industries but also to produce chemicals used in antifreeze, medical sterilizers and vinyl siding for houses, for example.



4) Mass sodium-ion battery production rolls off GWh-class factory as it paves the way for affordable cells without lithium


Notebook Check December 2022


The world's first mass production of sodium-ion batteries, developed by HiNa Battery, has reportedly begun with an initial 1 GWh capacity, scheduled to reach 3-5 GWh next year. The most obvious advantage of sodium-ion batteries is that they don't use expensive lithium whose price has shot up 700% in the past two years or so, making electric vehicles and storage systems way more expensive to produce, with the increase in costs passed on to consumers.



5) Artemis 1 Splashdown Concludes Successful First Mission December 2022


NASA’s Orion spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, west of Baja California, at 9:40 a.m. PST Sunday December 11th, after a record-breaking mission, traveling more than 1.4 million miles on a path around the Moon and returning safely to Earth, completing the Artemis I flight test.


Splashdown is the final milestone of the Artemis I mission that began with a successful liftoff of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket Nov. 16, from Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Over the course of 25.5 days, NASA tested Orion in the harsh environment of deep space before flying astronauts on Artemis II.







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