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Hello Tom,


World Future Day is March 1. This will be the seventh year that futurists and the general public will conduct a 24-hour, round-the-world conversation on the future on March 1 at 12 noon in whatever time zone they are in. Each year, total strangers discuss ideas about possible worlds of tomorrow in a relaxed, open, no-agenda conversation. “Anybody can pull up a cyber-chair at this global table and join the discussion on ZOOM at:,” says Jerome Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project. Jerry is a friend of IRI and one of our former speakers at COFE3 at the Washington Hilton in 2009. This world event is free and worth participating in on March 1st for the sake of the world’s future.


Our Twelfth Conference on Future Energy (COFE12) is almost filled up with speakers but if there are any interest parties who would like to send in their title, abstract, and bio to we may be able to fit you in for August 14-15, 2020, if you send the information in right away.


Our leading first story is an amazing discovery that could make the difference in accelerating the renewable energy and renewable protein (food) adoption for the near future instead of the far future. Air-Gen offering a new form of electricity generation from ambient humidity with the help of bacteria (which our FE eNews has six (6) other similar past stories archived but they have a 0.5 volt output at 17 microamps, which is very impressive for IC chips for example. Check out the Related Stories for other discoveries that make protein out of carbon dioxide, air, and electricity which also has NASA’s approval. This is a great collection of green technologies worth forwarding to your friends, colleagues, students, and political representative.


Story #2 is an update on the UK effort toward mastering fusion power, which uses the same method as another COFE3 speaker of ours, Eric Lerner, who leads the famous Princeton proton-boron (PB11) focus fusion effort Similar developments are concurrently happening this month in Australia, where they call it “hydrogen boron fusion” or HB11 Energy, the name of their company . This type of fusion is different than the usual hydrogen H-H fusion or the deuterium D-D fusion since it produces four (4) times as much energy theoretically, with an electrical discharge input. Also, this month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $30 million in funding to support innovative R&D for a range of enabling technologies required for commercially attractive fusion energy. The funding effort, Galvanizing Advances in Market-aligned fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW, pronounced gamma), is run jointly by the Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and Office of Science’s Fusion Energy Sciences program (SC-FES). ARPA-E will contribute up to $15 million in funding over a three-year program period, while the FES will contribute up to $5 million a year for three years for qualifying technologies. Our COFE12 also plans to have a cold fusion speaker, Dr. Ed Storms who also spoke at COFE1 in 1999, even though he cost me my job at the USPTO due to the bad publicity that cold fusion had twenty years ago. Luckily, I won my arbitration case and was able to retire from the agency in 2016 with an expunged record.


Story #3 is an intriguing research article, similar to jellyfish that don’t seem to age. Now a Stanford University study shows that a state of “diapause” can suspend aging for months and may be useful for longevity research on humans. Only time will tell 😊.


Story #4 has very practical applications in the solar energy industry since it has broken the barrier on the usual 33% efficiency limit of solid state p-n junction solar cells, which can usually only be exceeded with multi-layered solar cells. Now a single molecule not only shows a 50% efficiency in capturing solar energy but also does so with a receptivity to the entire visible spectrum. Ohio State University showed that the molecule remarkably produces hydrogen as the byproduct and is 25 times more efficient than any similar work previously with single-molecule systems. Reported in Nature just a couple of weeks ago, it may be front page news soon when a solar cell product from this discovery is on the market  


Story #5 would be a nonstarter if it was published anywhere else than in IEEE Spectrum. A ferroelectric glass, non-flammable lithium-ion battery that improves with charge-discharge cycles of aging is apparently anti-entropy. However, the Goodenough-Braga battery may soon be on the market in 2022, according to the inventors who published in the Springer open-access Materials Theory earlier this year.


Onward and Upward!

Tom Valone, PhD






1) New Green Technology Generates Electricity from Thin Air


Physorg news. February 2020

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine.

As reported today in Nature, the laboratories of electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley at UMass Amherst have created a device they call an "Air-gen." or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter. The Air-gen connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere.

"We are literally making electricity out of thin air," says Yao. "The Air-gen generates clean energy 24/7." Lovley, who has advanced sustainable biology-based electronic materials over three decades, adds, "It's the most amazing and exciting application of protein nanowires yet."


Related Stories


Power generation from ambient humidity using protein nanowires, 

Nature (2020). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2010-9 ,


 A New Protein Source Made From Air Could Be A Planet-Saving Game Changer, Jan 8, 2020


Solar Foods makes protein out of thin air: ‘This is the most environmentally friendly food there is’15-Jul-2019 By Flora Southey, Finnish start-up Solar Foods has developed a complete protein made from carbon dioxide, air and electricity, CEO Pasi Vainikka tells FoodNavigator.


 NASA's idea for making food from thin air just became a reality — it could feed billions

Here's why you might eat greenhouse gases in the future. ROBBY BERMAN, 19 July, 2019



2) Why the UK May Hold the Secret to Providing Limitless Energy


The Telegraph UK, February 2020


Nick Hawker is standing inches away from a gun that can fire bullets at 33,500mph. “Let’s just say, it wouldn’t end well if somebody got hit,” he laughs. This is the fastest railgun in Europe; a 40ft (12 metre) pulsed-power machine capable of discharging up to 200,000 volts – the equivalent of 500 simultaneous lightning strikes.


The device is in the secretive laboratory of First Light Fusion, in a bucolic corner of Oxfordshire. This place, claims the 34-year-old scientist, is one of the best hopes the planet has of creating limitless clean energy through nuclear fusion.


3) How African Killifish Press Pause On Aging


Science February 2020


When the ponds where one African fish lives dry up, its offspring put their lives on pause. And now researchers have a sense for how the creatures do it.  African turquoise killifish embryos can halt their development during a state of suspended activity called diapause. Now a study shows that the embryos effectively don’t age while in that state. Genetic analyses reveal that, to stay frozen in time, the embryos put functions such as cell growth and organ development on hold, researchers report in the Feb. 21 Science.

“Nature has identified ways to pause the clock,” says Anne Brunet, a geneticist Stanford University. Knowing how killifish pause their lives could help scientists figure out how to treat aging-related diseases or learn how to preserve human organs long-term, she says.


4) New Molecule Converts the Whole Spectrum of Light February 2020


Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb sunlight efficiently and also act as a catalyst to transform solar energy into hydrogen, a clean alternative to fuel for things like gas-powered vehicles.This new molecule collects energy from the entire visible spectrum, and can harness more than 50% more solar energy than current solar cells can. The finding could help humans transition away from fossil fuels and toward energy sources that do not contribute to climate change.

The researchers outlined their findings in a study published today in Nature Chemistry. The research team was led by Claudia Turro, a chemistry professor and director of The Ohio State University Center for Chemical and Biophysical Dynamics.





5) A Glass Battery that Keeps Getting Better


Is there such a thing as a battery whose capacity to store energy increases with age? One respected team of researchers say they have developed just such a technology. Controversy surrounds their claims, however, in part because thermodynamics might seem to demand that a battery only deteriorates over many charge-discharge cycles.

The researchers have a response for that critique and continue to publish peer-reviewed papers about this work. If such claims came from almost any other lab, they might be ignored and shunned by the broader community of battery researchers, the same way physicists turn their noses up at anything that smacks of a perpetual motion machine.




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