Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Carl W. Nelson

I found some of EEStor co-inventor Carl W. Nelson's early research. He's been quite a mystery in the EEStory. Does anyone out there know him personally? If so, shoot me an email:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

DOE places $465Mil bet on Tesla

Tesla landed a $465Mil DOE loan according to a Wired article.  The loan is supposed to aid the development of the Model S, a car the vast majority of Americans  (and Earthlings) can not afford.   That's an interesting amount of money to be sure.   

Movie Review: A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

I watched the documentary A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash this weekend. It was the first time I had a look at an organized view of how much oil is left on the Earth and how it impacts several things such as the environment and the economy. I think the movie makes a compelling case for a simple point: our future generations will not have the luxury of basing their economies on oil. Secondly, it confronts viewers with the question: are we transitioning from fossil fuels fast enough? For me, even before I watched this movie, the answer was and is NO (chiefly for the energy indepedence that I value for the USA). But after the movie, I'm even more passionate (or frightened) about this. I recognize that documentaries such as this  usually have a political axe to grind but I think this movie did a decent job of putting those elements in the background and keeping the issues that impact all of us out front. I'm not so sure the movie Fuel will achieve the same feel but I'm looking forward to checking it out too.

I'm trying not to be preachy in this post. I simply think you ought to check out the movie and come to your own conclusions. Also, if you have a recommendation for a different way of looking at the problem, please email me: and in a later post, I'll write about it too.
Update: thanks to the reader who pointed out a key problem with one of my sentences above which is fixed now. :-)

Department of Energy FOIA Requests

Do you know what your Department of Energy is up to these days? You should if you desire to stay informed at this peculiar time in history where our dependence on fossil fuels is so directly tied to our economic security. There's a lot of good intentions out there floating around in the form of stimulus funds geared towards Energy Independence and Clean Tech. But, what are the people who we have entrusted to safe guard our energy interests actually doing?

Find out yourself by filing a FOIA request. If you are a US Citizen, you have a right to access federal agency records such as those at DOE within 20 days of receipt of your request. Here's a link to the DOE FOIA webpage.

I'm a little troubled that a recent FOIA request to learn the list of applicants for some DOE advanced vehicle funds was turned down due to exemption #5 which clearly does not apply. But maybe you will have more luck.

What harm could be brought by simply learning who has applied for stimulus funds? No need to examine the applications themselves which contain possibly proprietary information. But a simple list of who applied doesn't hurt any entity--public or private. Maybe you see it is your choice.

Here's another hopefully unrelated database:

Now that you know you have all of this power over interesting information, I invite you to make up your own conspiracy theories. Have fun, kids!

Friday, June 19, 2009

SEC Records Reveal EEStor Investors Kleiner Perkins & Topfer

An alert reader known as Spaceballs_3000  at has located a public record showing who are some of the investors in EEStor inc as of 2007.   They include:

KCPB Holdings Inc. of Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers.  The point of reference is listed at John Denniston. 

Mike Long of Terralliance (formerly of Homestore). 

The 2004 Topfer Gifting Trust.  This entity is associated with Dell Billionaire, Mort Topfer. 

There has been much speculation over who are the actual investors in the EEStor enterprise.  To date, this appears to be the first public evidence confirming Kleiner Perkins and Topfer's as investors. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mort Topfer Departs EEStor Again: Says EEStor Demonstrated Technology

After months of attempts, I finally was able to have a conversation with Mort Topfer about EEStor Inc.  It was brief. Here's why:  as of 3 months ago, he is no longer associated with the EEStor project.  His decision was based on the fact that he did not want to be involved with "such an early stage startup company." He cited his age, 73, as a key factor.   

B: Does your leaving EEStor imply that you do not believe they have the technology they claim to have?

Topfer:  I don't know the answer to that question.  They claim to have the technology and I've seen it demonstrated but they haven't gone to product yet so I really don't know. 

B: But you've seen it *demonstrated*???

Topfer:  Yes.


B: And so..... it has the energy density that they say that it has?

Topfer: Well, they showed me reports that say that.  Correct. 

B: Your departure, is it based on anything you felt was amiss with EEStor?

Topfer: No, I just decided that I didn't really want to be involved with an early stage startup company. I'm 73 yrs old. I think it's got a reasonable amount of go forward and I didn't want to be associated with such an early stage company. 

My sense was that Mr. Topfer genuinely wanted to focus on other things... perhaps notably the Topfer Family Foundation which serves a number of excellent charity causes related mostly to children.  

Image Source: CNET.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Ener1 Deck Chair Article writer Steve Hargreaves has a nice article out today on Ener1. The article highlights many of the same challenges EEStor will face in moving from where it is now with component testing to a scaled up manufacturing capability. No mention of EEStor in the article, meaning you the reader, are still on the fringe. How does that fringe feel to you? Or maybe, sir, you are on the bleeding edge and Mr. Hargreaves is on the dust heap?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The impossibility of EEStor's impossibility is itself Impossible

"The impossibility of EEStor's impossibility is itself Impossible, " so says a group of 3rd order naysayer believers who call themselves "Ferro-Para-analytic EEstorextentialists" at a recent online gathering of the group.

"We've looked at this thing three ways from Sunday and the evidence is very clearly in our favor," said an unknown participant. When pressed to unpack the seemingly repetitive description to produce a simple belief statement, the group declined further comment.

This is further proof that splinter groups with even stranger beliefs than the fringe are emerging and could morph further into free-->ee radicals.