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By Kevin Bullis, Technology Review, Thursday, December 21, 2006 http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/17930/
Major automakers and the Department of Energy are pouring money into research on plug-in hybrid vehicles. These cars promise to cut petroleum consumption by allowing commuters to drive to work using primarily electricity--stored on board in batteries--rather than gas. Although critics have warned that the vehicles could put too much pressure on an already strained electrical grid, experts are now arguing that rather than being a strain on the grid, plug-in hybrids may actually help prevent brownouts, cut the cost of electricity, and increase the use of renewable energy.
Plug-in hybrids, like today's hybrid cars, can run on either an electric motor or an internal combustion engine. But plug-ins have much larger battery packs and can be recharged by being plugged into the wall, making it possible to rely much more on the electric motor. Although a handful of companies sell conversion kits to change conventional hybrids into plug-ins, the kits add thousands of dollars to the cost of the car (see "Plug-In Hybrids Are on the Way"). This additional cost, which is primarily from the batteries, is one of the reasons the major automakers haven't yet mass produced such vehicles, although they are now developing them. GM, for example, recently committed to making a plug-in version of a Saturn SUV (see "GM's Plug-In Hybrid").
The concern is that plug-ins are not a good way to reduce gasoline consumption, because if they become popular, and millions of car owners recharged their cars at three in the afternoon on a hot day, it would crash the grid. But plug-in hybrids could actually help stabilize the grid if owners charged their cars at times of low demand, and if the vehicles could return excess energy to the grid when it's needed--say while parked in the company lot at work during peak demand.
Since utilities have built enough power plants to provide electricity when people are operating their air conditioners at full blast, they have excess generating capacity during off-peak hours. As a result, according to an upcoming report from the Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory (PNNL), a Department of Energy lab, there is enough excess generating capacity during the night and morning to allow more than 80 percent of today's vehicles to make the average daily commute solely using this electricity. If plug-in-hybrid or all-electric-car owners charge their vehicles at these times, the power needed for about 180 million cars could be provided simply by running these plants at full capacity.
This could be a boon to utilities, because they'd be able to sell more power without the added cost of building more plants. Ideally, this will translate into lower electricity prices, says Robert Pratt, a scientist at PNNL. It might also help utilities justify the added capital costs of building cleaner coal-burning plants, because they'll be able to recover their investment faster by "selling more electricity with the same set of iron, steel, and concrete," Pratt says.
Such a system could be further optimized by using smart chargers and other electronics. This system would include a charger that runs on a timer, charging cars only during off-peak hours. Researchers at PNNL are taking this a step further with smart chargers that use the Internet to gather information about electricity demand. Utilities could then temporarily turn off chargers in thousands of homes or businesses to keep the grid from crashing after a spike in demand.
The next step would be to add smart meters that would track electricity use in real time and allow utilities to charge more for power used during times of peak demand, and less at off-peak hours. Coupled with such a system, the PNNL smart charger could ensure that the plug-in batteries are charged only when the electricity is at its cheapest, saving consumers money.
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SuperVision Entertainment Inc: (TICKER SYMBOL: SVET), January, 2007 http://www.alphatradefn.com/story/2007-01-02/MRW/200701020400MRKTWIREUSPR____0198885.html
Jan 2, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/02/07 -- SuperVision Entertainment Inc: (PINKSHEETS: SVET) Because of the huge interest worldwide in the "SuperMag" technology the company has had to reassess its marketing rights program. With enquiries for marketing rights from countries such as China, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, India and elsewhere, the technology and the possible ramifications of such technology, has clearly captured the imagination of the world.
The "SuperMag" product manipulates powerful magnetic fields to produce electricity and heat. This is breakthrough technology that will revolutionize the reliance on oil, solar, and hydro electricity. Every home in the world, office building and any other structure requiring heat and electricity is a potential customer. In addition, amazing breakthroughs in the health field incorporating magnetic turbine technology, such as the artificial heart recently installed in a patient at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, have made medical history.
In the United States many individuals and corporations have expressed interest in obtaining the marketing rights for the "SuperMag" product. The apparent emerging value based on this current interest level, puts the minimum value of the marketing rights for the "SuperMag" electrical generator at $520 million dollars. However, the company fully expects this to be much higher and could easily be double this amount.
The 'SuperMag' engine is a hi-tech proprietary device and is the first of its kind in the world. The 'SuperMag' engine is designed to be scalable so that it can power any sized structure, or any number of structures. It is also environmentally perfect with zero emissions. The first public display of the technology will be co-coordinated with the Southern California Investment Association (SCIA) later this year. Approximately 200 brokerage representatives, accredited investors, hedge funds and underwriters attend this conference. However, the company is expecting several times that number to attend once a date has been set for the display.
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'SuperMag' Engine Delivers Free Electricity for the Home or Office -- No More High Power or Heating Bills
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 28, 2006 -- Supervision Entertainment, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SVET) is pleased to announce that it has entered into its first development stage in funding and structuring the territorial licensing rights to market its new and unique 'SuperMag' engine that generates electricity thus removing the reliance on power grid systems and heating oil.
TSG, a private environmental investment company, has made the first option payment to acquire the Canadian distribution rights to the 'SuperMag' Engine. The deal upon conclusion will be worth approximately $11.5 million U.S. plus ongoing residuals to Supervision on every engine sold. Besides providing power for the home there may be some automobile application.
The 'SuperMag' engine is a hi-tech proprietary device using very powerful magnets to create electricity and is the first of its kind in the world. The first beta proto-type should be ready next year and is to be tested by an independent research lab over the following year to fully evaluate its performance and capabilities. For testing purposes the engine will be connected to an average family sized home removing the home from all reliance on power and heating fuel. A comparative cost analysis will be prepared for an identical family home.
Given the recent worldwide spike in fuel prices and the increased price of producing electricity, particularly in Europe, and the fact that this cost will continue to rise over the years, the market for the 'SuperMag' engine is worldwide for every home or structure requiring heat or electricity. The 'SuperMag' engine is designed to be scalable so that it can power any sized structure, or any number of structures. It is also environmentally perfect with zero emissions.
Supervision Entertainment is now seeking interested parties to acquire additional territorial sales rights subject to successful independent testing and evaluation of the 'SuperMag' engine. For further information please contact Supervision Entertainment by email.
|The Chevrolet Sequel can travel 300 miles on eight kilograms of highly compressed hydrogen.|
|© JIM MOTAVALLI|
GM is putting journalists behind the wheel of its Sequel, which looks like a fairly streamlined crossover SUV. But driving it is like nothing else: EVs (fuel-cell cars are really electric cars) tend to be slow and plodding, but the Sequel peels out, zooming to 60 mph in only 10 seconds. The Sequel’s 300-mile range is made possible by the car’s six kilograms of 10,000 pounds-per-square-inch hydrogen storage.
GM will produce 100 of its also-all-new Chevy Equinox fuel-cell vehicles for testing in three cities next fall. According to GM’s Greg Cesul, they will offer redundant safety systems that make it very unlikely a fuel-cell car will ever catch fire, let alone explode like the Hindenburg.
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5) Electric Charge
by Ken Shoulders © 2006, http://www.svn.net/krscfs/
An EVO structure (charge cluster of many electrons - Ed note), whether in the white or black state, provides an easily measured and unambiguous
testimony to the fact that electric charge is not conserved under the conditions of space modification
provided by the EVO. Many papers by the author, available for download from: http://www.svn.net/krscfs/,
show the means for making these measurements while the EVO state is in control of electron containment.
The subject of charge conservation is an old one where many views have been used for its theoretical
analysis, but for the sake of brevity, only one recent reference will be cited here. This reference and abstract
PHYSICAL REVIEW D 71, 025007 (2005)
Lorentz invariance violation and charge (non)
conservation: A general theoretical frame for extensions
of the Maxwell equations
ZARM, University of Bremen, Am Fallturm, 28359 Bremen, Germany
Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa, Mexico
Physics Department, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-4060,
(Received 8 July 2004; published 19 January 2005)
All quantum gravity approaches lead to small modifications in the standard laws of physics, which in most
cases lead to violations of Lorentz invariance. One particular example is the extended standard model
(SME). Here, a general phenomenological approach for extensions of the Maxwell equations is presented
which turns out to be more general than the SME and which covers charge nonconservation (CNC), too.
The new Lorentz invariance violating terms cannot be probed by optical experiments but need,
instead, the exploration of the electromagnetic field created by a point charge or a magnetic dipole.
Some scalar tensor theories and higher dimensional brane theories predict CNC in four dimensions and
some models violating special relativity have been shown to be connected with CNC. Its relation to the
Einstein Equivalence Principle has been discussed. Because of this upcoming interest, the experimental
status of electric charge conservation is reviewed. Up to now there seem to exist no unique tests of charge
conservation. CNC is related to the precession of polarization, to a modification of the 1=r-Coulomb
potential, and to a time dependence of the fine structure constant. This gives the opportunity to describe a
dedicated search for CNC.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.71.025007 PACS numbers: 03.50.De, 03.30.+p, 04.80.–y, 41.20.–q
The authors in this reference suggest a dedicated search for charge non-conservation be initiated whereas
the present author suggests one has already been found that completely resolves the issue experimentally
without the usual decades of time required to thresh out the answer collegially.
Using EVO methods, charge can be transported across great distances and through numerous barriers
without either having to account for a return current loop or unwanted charging of the source. The
transported charge is found only on the object the very penetrating black EVO is awakened within by
becoming adequately excited during transit. If the black EVO is not excited adequately, there are
indications that the charge it was composed of disappears from our cognizance, if not completely.
[Electric Charge Non-Conservation] 12/30/06 (1 page) Ken Shoulders email@example.com
6) Optical Fibers Feed Hybrid Solar-Electrical Lighting
Optical and electrical engineers have invented a system that could cut down the cost of indoor lighting almost in half. Parabolic mirrors collect sunlight on the roof and optical fibers channel it inside to hybrid solar/electrical fixtures. Sensors make the electric light dim when the sunlight is intense, or get brighter when clouds roll in, keeping a uniform amount of lighting indoors.
BACKGROUND: Engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new hybrid solar lighting system that literally pipes sunlight into a room. It brings natural light inside through optical fibers and distributes it through light fixtures that contain electric lamps. The solar and electrical systems work in tandem, dimming the electric lights when the sunlight is bright and turning them up as clouds move in or as the sun sets.
HOW IT WORKS: The system uses a roof-mounted collector and small fiber optics to transfer sunlight to top-floor hybrid fixtures that contain electric lamps. The result: less energy is used. The system not only uses less lighting, but also less cooling, since it blocks ultraviolet rays and infrared heat. Preliminary test results indicate that companies installing such a system would also see increased wellness and productivity among their employees.
SAD FACTS: Human beings require a certain amount of natural sunlight. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of winter depression that affects an estimated half a million people every winter. It is caused by a biochemical imbalance in the hypothalamus due to the shortening of daylight hours and the lack of sunlight in winter. Light therapy has been shown to be effective in up to 85 percent of diagnosed cases. The treatment calls for exposure, for up to four hours per day (average 1-2 hours) to very bright light, at least ten times the intensity of ordinary domestic lighting.
ABOUT SOLAR CELLS: The solar cells on calculators and satellites are photovoltaic cells or modules: groups of cells electrically connected and packaged together. Photovoltaics convert sunlight directly into electricity. Photovoltaic cells are made of semiconductor materials like silicon. When light strikes the cell, a certain portion of it is absorbed by the semiconductor material. The energy of the absorbed light knocks electrons loose, allowing them to flow freely. Photovoltaic cells also all have one or more electric fields that act to force electrons freed by light absorption to flow in a certain direction. This flow of electrons is a current, and by placing metal contacts on the top and bottom of the cell, we can draw that current off to use externally. For example, the current can power a calculator.
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Oak Ridge, TN
7) Using Wind to Extract Fresh Water
By David Talbot, Technology Review, Wednesday, December 06, 2006 http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/17862/
A research project involving GE and Texas Tech plans to use wind turbines to run desalination plants.
Researchers at Texas Tech are teaming up with General Electric (GE) to try to optimize what is in theory an ideal marriage: using wind turbines to power water-desalination plants. That way, many water-deprived areas could ultimately obtain clean drinking water in a sustainable way. And wind-turbine farms could gain a place to use excess electricity on high-wind days.
It may sound straightforward, but it's a tricky task: the water-desalination process envisioned for the project--known as reverse osmosis--operates best at stable, continuous rates. And that's difficult to achieve when the electricity source is variable. The technology goal is a control unit that can keep the desalination plant running as stably as possible, store some power at certain times, sell some to the grid at peak times, and also pump water to and from the system as necessary.
Within several years, the Texas Tech researchers hope to erect a 1.5 megawatt turbine that will power a desalination plant capable of supplying water to the town of Seminole, TX, which has about 10,000 residents. A 1.5 megawatt wind turbine, generating full power and supplying electricity to a reverse-osmosis unit, could generate about 1,500 cubic meters of clean water per hour from brackish supplies. (Ocean water is saltier and would yield less fresh water.) GE hopes the project--one in a handful of similar R&D initiatives around the world--will yield a commercial product capable of meeting the demands of municipal water suppliers.
The project will get started in early 2007 with a scaled-down test model at Texas Tech that uses a very small, five kilowatt wind turbine.
Supplies of fresh water around Lubbock, a windy but dry area in west Texas, are running out fast. The vast Ogallala aquifer--which sits under eight Great Plains states--is being exhausted by farms, businesses, and homes far faster than it can be naturally replenished. "We are now looking at a potentially serious water problem in west Texas," says Andy Swift, director of the wind-science engineering center at Texas Tech. "That aquifer is simply being drained faster than it recharges. It could be bled dry within 50 years." Beneath the Ogallala aquifer, there is a brackish aquifer at depths of 1,000 to 2,000 feet that these states may have to tap.
In a reverse-osmosis system, brackish or salt water is pumped against one side of a special membrane. Fresh water passes slowly through the membrane, with the brinier water staying behind. A lot of electricity is required to pump the brackish or salt water into the system, maintain water pressure against the membranes, and, finally, pump the resulting fresh water to water towers to meet demand.
The key goal is keeping costs reasonable. "We do know you can bring [wind power and desalination] together, but can you bring down the cost of the system?" asks Minesh Shah, the project leader at GE Global Research, in Niskayuna, NY. "To be able to bring down capital, energy, and life-cycle costs, we need to be smarter in how we operate. It's all about the energy-management system for these two integrated products. We look at it as energy sustainability and water sustainability."
Any excess wind power could be sold to the power grid during peak times, when--in some regions--electricity fetches higher prices. "You would be making a real-time decision as to how the output of the wind turbine is going to be used: to deliver electricity to the grid, or to run the reverse-osmosis unit," says Swift.
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