Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Now, 2010, that's a different eestory.
Until then, cue the 2009 Skeptics Ball Celebration Dance Music. Distribute the carbonated apple juice and let's get funky.
NEWSFLASH!: let's go LIVE now, to a tent set up on a vacant lot in Cedar Park, TX. Sources tell me they have just begun a new dance called, "The Magical EESU Is Still Not Here, Mr. Weir." Let's see the footage:
Pretty good dancing there. I could get into that music...sort of funky, no? Tough on the knees though. Impressive. So any way, Dick Weir!, I want those friggin batteries, sir! Let's get them charged up and out on the road, please, and sometime well before every many woman and child in the Middle East is a multi-millionaire! THANK YOU! (no, i havent forgotten about you Canadian Oilers--you're just not good dancers).
Monday, December 14, 2009
Not those Weirs. This one. EEStor Board of Director, Greg Weir, who is Senior Manager of Dell Precision Workstations at Dell has helped to unveil "the World's Most Powerful Mobile Workstation" as noted in a Press Release from December 1, 2009. According to Weir,
I spoke to GM-Volt.com's Dr. Lyle Dennis for the first time this past Friday. We compared notes with each other on our latest story leads and talked a great deal about EEStor. Dennis is hooked into GM and from his latest blog post, you can see that he does inquire periodically as to whether or not anything from EEStor is trickling up to GM. It doesn't appear to amount to much yet. But there may be more coming. But that's not my story. Stay tuned.
“I have heard a little bit,” he said. “Certainly the press releases are interesting, it causes you to take note and follow it.”
“The guys involved in it certainly aren’t a fly by night operation,” he noted. “Still some of the claims, knowing what I know, are way out there.”
Is he referring to EEStor only or including in his assessment Zenn Motor Company?
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Take a good long look at this calendar. Do you see the number 10 on the second row? That's TODAY. That means there are only 3 weeks left in THE YEAR 2009. Look at those weeks and think back to what occurs in December every year. That's right, Christmas and some other religious celebrations I won't enumerate. Yes, it's true there's something called "Wright Brother's Day," on December 17 but what I am driving at is if you are expecting an EESU to drop in 2009, you should probably scale back your expectations.
Based on what's left with this calendar in terms of time this month, I just see a rapidly shrinking window of opportunity for a company like EEStor to make any announcements, not if they want to maximize exposure. My feeling is if EEStor hasn't announced anything BY NOW then they aren't likely to announce anything IN DECEMBER, ie, THIS YEAR.
Oh sure, there's tons more chatter this year surrounding EEStor about the possibility of they will be delivering an EESU to LightEVS and Zenn Motor Company, but don't let yourself get carried away. After all it's December 10th, 2009 and the holidays are upon us.
So, be of good cheer. Relax your expectations based solely on the remaining time of the year. And figure out how you can focus on the holidays and enjoy them without an EESU under the tree.
If it helps you, you can picture what is very likely true: EEStor is working feverishly to get working, testable pre-production units to LightEVs and Zenn in 2009. But just don't let yourself believe they are going to make it! OK? Are you following me? They have the power electronics. They have likely completed component testing. And they are very likely running tests on a completed EESU in preparation for allowing an outside party to test it. But there are many many moving parts....not the least of which is coordinating with partners Lockheed Martin and Zenn Motor Company about messaging, timing, wording, etc. All of this could be complicated by hitherto unannounced new partner/s in the mix. If you knew all hell was going to break lose, wouldn't you be building a modern day Noah's communcations Ark and running it through the matrix, making a list, checking it twice? All almost certainly happening as you read this.
Stop it. You're imagining something happening this month again. I'm seriously telling you to not get your hopes up. OK? LightEVs may have a plan to test their 2x2x8 in. EESU upon receipt and to trot it out before several interested bike manufacturers not including Segway, but a plan does not equate to a scheduled reality. Zenn Motor Company may have plans to announce Zennergy Drive progress shortly after EEStor makes an announcement. But these are all plans and you mustn't get carried away with the belief that any of it will happen this month. So, for example, if you had targeted specific days in the future like December 17/21, 2009 as maybe a day for launch, just set it aside already. Not likely to happen.
What about the skeptics? Well, if they have a plan for December, I would encourage them to go ahead and commence it at this time if they accept the logic of this blog post, that there's too little time for EEStor to make a substantive announcement in December, ergo, it's not going to happen in December. I think they should go ahead and declare victory. So, commence with all the "I told you so's" and "believers are irrational" and Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin, (scroll to 4:34) etc etc. All the regular stuff we've heard before just more of it and louder given the late date.
Does this mean the blog is shut down for December? Yeah, sure it is.
HO HO HO!!!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Some time in the next one to two weeks, Polarity Inc. of Rancho Cordova, CA will update their website with information about their completed work for EEStor/Zenn, according to Polarity owner Wade Goins. Speaking via phone, Goins provided this update:
More info from Polarity when it becomes available....
Monday, December 7, 2009
Before we all get carried away with what could be astonishing EEStor news, it's important to calm the soul, slow down and peer into the wider significance of reality, your life and the universe around you. It's said that 25% of the Earth's inhabitants do not enjoy the use of electricity. Ergo, there are almost literally worlds amid our world which struggle with a great many things we take for granted. Our comfort and the human suffering around the world represent an unignorable lack of balance, one that we are fortunate to have had attacked by heroes who declare the status quo unacceptable.
Until we join these individuals on the higher plain, our own personal lives will very likely mirror the various imbalances in our world. That is, our attempts to satisfy our multitude of greedy desires will invariably lead to lonely, hollow illusions of human fulfillment. The real opportunity is to attack human suffering in order to win one's own humanity.
From it's inception, this blog has been dedicated to the memory of Fr. Angelo D'Agostino, founder of Nyumbani. (It's not a monument or even a church, but then again, D'Agostino has not yet been canonized so relax a little.) :-) After almost 3 years, that dedication seems fitting because EEStor represents a truth not unlike that of ridding Africa of the scourge of AIDS at least insofar as the founding vision is concerned. Granted, in wildly different realms, Nyumbani and EEStor set out to accomplish what is widely considered impossible. Nyumbani attacks human apathy with a goal to normalize & nurture the lives of children who have lost their parents to AIDS. EEStor attacks scientific hubris with a goal to create something extremely useful before giving in to the desire to explain how it is even possible, thereby jeopardizing how it is used and by whom. Does the anology feel stretched a bit? Never mind.
Even if the above reflection has no resonance for you, I felt it important to provide a bit more information about Nyumbani. So I reached out to the succesor of Fr. D'Agostino, a kind soul by the name of Sr. Mary Owens. Hopefully, it will provide additional information for why I support this great charity.
Greetings from Nyumbani.
See answers to your questions under each question.
I would have appreciated more info about who you are.
[B's Note: Even charitable people wonder who. ;-) ]
Dear Sr. Mary,
I met Fr. D'Ag in the Washington DC area a few years ago and have been giving my support to Nyumbani ever since. I hope you are doing well.
I would like to write an article about Nyumbani for a blog I maintain. I was hoping you might be so kind as to answer a few questions for the article.
1) Are donations to Nyumbani accounted for in a transparent way? How can one be sure funds are used in an effective manner?
2) What is the most pressing need of your organization at this time of December 2009?
3) In the newsletters, I think I've seen mention of some use of renewable energy in the village. Can you share a few thoughts about how that is working? How did you come into it and are there plans to grow it? (I ask about this because my blog is devoted largely to the discussion of renewable energy)
4) Can you share a story or two about individuals who benefitted from the services Nyumbani provides?
A visit to Nyumbani Home these days is an experience of meeting happy, healthy children running or cycling around, playing sport, reading in the library or relaxing in their home - totally different from a visit in the 90s when you would see children at varying stages of diminishment and when 1 to 2 would die each month
5) Do you think Fr. D'Ag is a saint? Is he helping out from up above? Any stories you can share in this regard?
If your charity is successful, what does it look like 10-25yrs from now?
Friday, December 4, 2009
I've written previously about how EEStor's Carl Nelson worked with world materials pioneer Arthur Von Hippel. Thanks to EEStory user BigMig, it's now been brought to my attention that Carl Nelson also utilized some notes provided to him by Harvard University's William N. Lipscomb in his 1964 Laboratory of Insulation Research government sponsored research paper.
Lipscomb won the 1976 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, something that escaped by notice. Thanks BigMig!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A recent FOIA request was submitted by EEStory user RT in an attempt to learn about the existence of any documents related to past work performed by Carl Nelson or Dick Weir on behalf of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. If you recall, in the recent leaked audio, Dick Weir mentioned the following:
At TRW I invented the chip that went into Deep Space ... I worked for the CIA for Scientific Initiative. They needed a ultra high frequency channel. They came and recruited me. I invented that channel for them.
To respond to the FOIA, the CIA issued a Glomar Response which, as with past cases, always raises interesting questions about the implications of such a response. What does it mean? What does it imply?
Only you can decide!
Note: Here is the full FOIA document.
Thanks to RT for the info!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Far too much attention has been given to these hacked emails passed between scientists working at Britain's Climate Research Unit. Many are drawing unreasonable conclusions about whether or not these scientists have colluded to falsify important climate change data. I for one would like to call a halt to all of this speculation based on these emails which can so easily be taken out of context and misinterpreted by neanderthal religious types for nefarious purposes!!!
Instead, I propose all of the discussion re-focus on actual conversations a few of these same scientists had recently which, yours truly, the EEStor blogger, has personally intercepted and which I will now make available for your consideration. These are actual conversations as I imagine they probably occurred.
Scene: Office Kitchen Area.
Phil Jones: Hey mates. Did you remember to delete your emails?
Ben Santer: Sure did and wow, mate, it's getting so hot lately. Don't you agree?
PJ: Yes yes of course. And you Master Tom?
Tom Wigley: Lord Phil, I deleted all of my email and all of the latest data we've got coming in from all of the probes around the world. I mean ALL the probes, mate.
PJ: Nice show old chap! Really, all of the data from the probes too? Good GAWD, Al F&%ing Gore is going to bleeding love you mate! I love you! Nice pants, by the way.
TW: Oh definitely every probe. And I do like the new pair too. Had to buy new because some tosser and I scrapped at the last conference over some graphs he presented. I love them.
PJ: Fantastic. Now listen mates. We've got to keep cool on the raw data.
BS: The Climate data?
TW: The sensor data?
PJ: No, no, you idiots...THE DATA!
PJ: The F&*^%&*ing Investment data you twits!!!
[two goofy guys nod understandingly]
PJ: No more checking your investment portfolios from work! And please stop calling all of those greentech VC companies from your offices! Buy a f*$&%ing private cellphone, mates!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
To discuss this topic and come up with other names for EEStor's robots, visit TheEEStory.com.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Has the recession affected what you do?
The answer is profoundly. Were it not for the policies in the stimulus bill, America would be out of the energy business. The capital markets to fund new solar—the capital markets are terrible. What has happened is Congress has said, "We want to see this kind of work funded."
More secure Department of Energy loan guarantees. There is funding for R&D. I am very optimistic.
Are you optimistic about the long-run?
There has never been a time to be more optimistic than right now. Obama has put together the dream team to work on energy and energy policy. I'm really privileged to be on the outside advising them. If you look at the team, they've got Cathy Zoi [DOE assistant secretary for and renewable energy], they've got Matt Rogers [a former McKinsey executive and now senior adviser to Energy Secretary Steven Chu]. He's creating four investment banks within the Department of Energy—here's $80 billion we want to invest really wisely. There's Carol Browner in the White House. We've got leadership in Congress that understands these matters—Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi. This is an A-Team.
You were tapped for the p resident's economic advisory board back in February. What has your role been?
I think this president has said he is not interested in being trapped inside the echo chamber of Washington, D.C. [Our goal] is to provide outside advice directly to him about what we can do to get our economy going. He's juggling a lot of balls at once. I think he's going to achieve his agenda. I think he's going to make sure this isn't a jobless recovery. I am an American, a grateful kid from St. Louis, and I think we've all got a responsibility to the generations to come to ensure that America is a leader for the planet.
Which brings me back to batteries. Regardlesss of whether or not the Earth is warming and it's caused by humans, the United States needs better energy storage to kick the foreign oil habit. Unproven electric vehicle programs aren't going to get us there. Only better batteries. Yawn.
Note: many people who read an article like this ask, "How much does that cost?" If you're really truly cynical and you discount all human effort outside of pure money changing hands (which is incalculable unless you go by lobbyist fees), then the figure for $1bil in funding may be around $2Mil. At least, that's how one might read the Wall Street Journal's numbers. I'm not cynical like you though.
Thanks to an alert tavern owner in Thailand known only as Mark, we learned yesterday that EEStor's principle co-inventor, Carl Nelson, former colleague of MIT's Arthur Von Hippel, is busy battling away with the United States Patent & Trademark office for EEStor's claims. In a letter dated November 6, 2009, Nelson continues to press for the EEStor discovery of "a primary particle having an unexpectedly high relevative permittivity with low variance within the temperature range of -55C and 125C and having desirable breakdown voltage above and beyond what those idiots like Y_Po and EE-Tom think it should be." Elsewhere, Nelson states that the "primary particles of composition modified barium titanate [have a] dielectric constant of greater than 33,000 and high break down voltagae of greater than 6000V. Or in other words, plenty of power to kick any other capacitor's ass. Bring it."
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
As previously reported here, NASA internal discussions seemed to indicate that at one point they had acquired EEStor technology. According to follow up correspondence today between a FOIA administrator and Mr. Ambrose, NASA did not ever purchase EEStor technology as Ambrose seemed to indicate in his released email.
The NASA information on EEStor is still under investigation and it would appear that there is definitely more to learn. For example, the six SBIR proposals EEStor supposedly submitted in 2002. Proposals, I can't seem to find in the online NASA database.
Pick up a copy of the November 2009 Scientific American. It has an interesting set of articles about wind, solar and water power source systems. Somewhat interesting was the full page add that Lockheed Martin has on page 3 where they go into detail comparing their new mission as an energy company to the Apollo space mission, a program Lockheed was heavily involved with at the time. They talk about "energy security" as the goal and list energy storage as one of the means.
To my knowledge, Lockheed has no special connection to energy storage other than EEStor Inc., despite what any occasional Lockheed employed lithium researcher might tell you. Sure, Lockheed runs Sandia Labs, but no one is going to make the claim that any lithium ion solution Lockheed is directly working with will provide the means to energy security. No one with a brain that is.
In the meantime, there is still very intersting new information in this FOIA. Additional specs, EESU sizes. And probably the most important revelation is that EEStor claimed in writing to NASA that their underlying technology was already "completely" developed, tested and certified. I dont know how many times I have to say it---ALL of the evidence gathered to date means EEStor can only be a scam or real. Anyone who looks at the scam theory with any depth, rejects it. Ergo, EEStor is real.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
"We have been studying them for use in our regenerative braking scheme, where they need high specific power, but don't need a large total energy. We purchased some and will build them into a flywheel test that we do for all our servo drive systems. "
Ambrose was unavailable for comment due to a meeting he is attending in the Netherlands.
The documents released today by NASA also contain a presentation from EEStor where they claim their future generations of EESU will have two to eight times more energy density than their first generation technology. Thus, the much discussed 52kWh EESU could go as high as 416kWh or in other words, the 300 mile Electric Vehicle range could become 2400 miles.
The presentation also includes a slide comparing EEStor specifications to those of lithium battery maker A123 Systems.
This release of new information about EEStor comes on the heals of a bit of dissappointment surrounding whether or not EEStor successfully completed component and/or UL testing. Without a public announcement, many followers have been starving for net new news (NNN).
As with most EEStor stories, you can be certain a predictable hysterical debate will ensue on TheEEStory.com, the official site for hysterical EEStor debate.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Although I'm sure he was probably joking...somewhat....Daryl Siry, former CMO of Tesla Motors recently answered a tweet I sent him with some not so subtle thoughts about EEStor.
After Siry's recent Wired Article on EEStor in which he highlighted EEStor's theoretical value of $1.5Bil (based on Zenn Motor Company's current market valuation, I sent him the following tweet:
EEStor is worth either $0 or much much more than $1.5Bil. DOE should be chasing them before Tesla or Fisker.
To which Siry responded:
more like the FBI should be chasing them
It's been reported elsewhere that Tesla & EEstor have held talks. So, if you are a skeptic, read a lot into Siry's tweet. If you are a believer, brush it off as an offhanded joke. But either way, it illustrates that nothing is as it seems when it comes to the EEStory.
BTW, I was serious about the obvious point that EEStor's work is much, much more important than Fisker's or Tesla's. The DOpEs should not be passively sitting idle with regard to EEStor. Rather, they should be actively trying to engage them. After all, how long will Tesla and/or Fisker survive if EEStor/Zenn decide not to sell them EESU's?
Note: I first learned about EEStor from a Wired article 2 years ago.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
This is not a well researched article. It has almost no underlying fact checking. It doesn't have a central organizing principle or unifying theory. Just a set of related questions. It's being written only partially as a public service to anyone hoping the Obama administration lives up to it's goal to be the most transparent administration ever. It's written by someone who simply wants the United States to recognize the need we have for better batteries and to prioritize around that fundamental fact.