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    I don't usually write diaries, finding that posting comments mostly suits my purposes.  I came across an article that if it pans out will be a true paradigm shift so revolutionary, affecting industries like battery manufactures, auto makers and oil companies.   Also, it would be of tremendous advantage to reduce carbon emissions that threaten the future of our planet. I was so excited, because the concept is simple to understand, yet, bringing this new invention into mass production may still have major hurdles to overcome.  batteries obsolete?  more

   I can already predict, that utilities, battery companies, automakers, and oil companies, would spend large sums of money to sabatoge this kind of technology because it would threatend their very existence.  Never mind that this would be a major advance in favor of alleviating the very threat to our planet with global warming.   The oil companies are notorious, in the past, to buy out inventions and bury them or to destroy their inventors from ever reaching the light of day.  
  The achilles heel for the electric car has always been the inefficiency of the battery storage system.  They are outright expensive to start of with, and they are also inefficient in their storage capacity and the number of miles traveled before needing an overnight charge.  The hybrids, still have to rely on fossil fuels like gasoline or ethanol.  Using corn as a fuel raises food prices, and reduces the amount of food that can be distributed to countries suffering from present and future famines.  
   The great promise of this new technology is that it can be scaled up for automobiles to trucks and maybe even trains
or scaled down to to power our latest handheld gadgets, and labtops.  Maybe in the future, it can be shrunk down and embedded in microscopic arrays for a new form of solar panel.
    I have always believed that pioneering innovators are our best hope of saving this planet from the destructive power of the industrial complex.   Batteries in their present form are disposable and toxic rather than being biodegradable.

Originally posted to Blue Generalist on Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 03:38 PM PDT.

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  •  OK, so you're not a diary veteran (1+ / 0-)
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    Blue Generalist

    but you really should include a paragrph or two to let us know what this is about. Better would be to google around for other information about this company and their technology aside from a single article (that, along with the other two that i've seen this weekend, suggests that their PR people sent something out this week). Just FYI (and i really don't mean to be snide).

    That said, this is interesting. But, until we see this in action it's too easy to be skeptical.

    "Here they come, marching into American sunlight." – Don Delillo, Mao II

    by subtropolis on Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 03:59:41 PM PDT

    •  Good job, but I cleaned up your tags. (1+ / 0-)
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      There are hints here, and you can look for frequently used tags. Making up your own tags makes it harder for people to find your diary, and should be avoided unless you're the first person to diary on a specific name or subject. Cheers! (Oh, and recommended.)

      "A religious war is fighting over who's imaginary friend is better"

      by Jacques on Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 06:37:39 PM PDT

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  •  Hopeful sign (1+ / 0-)
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    It's a good sign that some folks are out there doing research without waiting for our dead-slow government to act.  I hope this pans out.  We need every alternative possible - and soon!

    "We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace." - Walter Mondale

    by luckylizard on Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 04:22:31 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the advice (0+ / 0-)

        I need to study the diary format as well as more successful diarists to learn how to write a diary correctly.   My understanding of this new invention, is that the present day battery is a device that stores an electric charge chemically. I do not understand the chemistry of the battery but due to its chemical makeup, a quick charge is not possible.  Even rechargeable batteries need an overnight charge to restore their use.  Car batteries are also chemical and need an overnight charge.   If I understand this invention correctly it is based on the concept of the "Capacitor."  
    the capacitor has been used in electronic circuits for years.  It operates on the principle that it can be charged quickly and discharged quickly based on the hysteris curve.  The capacitor is a component that has two parallel metal plates acting as electrodes, divided by a nonconducting dialectric.  The inventors are now experimenting with this new "battery type of device" to charge up quickly like a capacitor, and to maintain a long term charge like a battery or to discharge power quickly like a capacitor when needed for acceleration needed by an automobile.  
       I tried to write a diary in 2005 and to my dismay for lack of a quality piece, decided to stick to comments.  Now, I find that writing a diary is fun and exciting especially with topics that interest me like the potential of newly developed inventions and research as well as their political connection.

  •  Electric rail transport (1+ / 0-)
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    is commonplace in other countries, without significant on-board power storage, and indeed light rail systems everywhere are often electrified. Electrification of all trains is one of the key requirements to decouple transport from hydrocarbons.

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