"remains on track to begin shipping production 15 kilowatt-hour Electrical Energy Storage Units (EESU) to ZENN Motor Company in 2007 for use in their electric vehicles. The production EESU for ZENN Motor Company will function to specification in operating environments as sever as negative 20 to plus 65 degrees Celsius, will weigh less than 100 pounds, and will have ability to be recharged in a matter of minutes."What a crazy ass prediction that turned out to be but it did build excitement all over the world and caused major media neworks like CNN to take notice. The story was gold but no one was covering it in the depth that people wanted. There was no central place to gather and contemplate the implications etc. So I set out to address that obvious need.
TheEEStory.com. That site included a blog, chat room, event calendar as well as a place to upload files and headers. During those days, I was sort of publishing articles in two places: here on this blog you are reading now and there at TheEEStory.com. There are definitely articles there that you cant find here and vice versa. Just depended on my mood and the amount of time I was trying to kill.
EEStor delivered two press releases in 2008: one announcing billionaire Mort Topfer was joining the board of directors and another going into some nerdy detail about chemicals, measurements and some guy named Golla who was verifying everything. While it is certainly true that EEStor's previously
published patent applications caused considerable controversy and skepticism, it is also correct to point out that it was EEStor's press releases that first began to make the story weird. No one could really figure out what they were about or what they were supposed to be indicating in relation to the underlying basic physics claimed in the patents. Here's an example passage from the 2008 press release:
EEStor, Inc. has achieved success on one of its most critical technical
milestones and that is the certification of the completeness of the powder
crystallization of the constituents utilized in producing its CMBT powders.
The percent of the constituents crystallized in the CMBT powders ranged
from 99.57% to 100.00% with the average being 99.92%. This level of
crystallization provides the path for the possibility of EEStor, Inc.
providing the published energy storage for present products and major
advancements in energy storage for future products.
The third party certification tests were witnessed by Dr.What was interesting here was the high permittivity and temperature tolerance. (not time to explain)
Edward D. Golla, Ph.D., an independent consultant. The test results were performed on EEStor’s hot pressed dielectric layers produced from both their patented and patent pending Composition Modified Barium-Titanate Powders and their production line. Dr. Edward D. Golla, Ph.D. certificated that EEStor’s hot pressed dielectric layers have met and/or exceeded a relative permittivity of 22,500 over a temperature range of -20 and 65 degrees centigrade.
These were the glamor days of the EEStory--attention out the wazzoo and vehement online information warfare. The Wikipedia article on EEStor became its own battleground. People were gathering together all of the various data points on EEStor such as with GaryB's spreadsheet. An FAQ was created...a timeline, a video spoof. The discussion often turned inward--about the discussion itself or the people doing the discussing. Over time a community began to emerge: representing both pro and con views of EEStor. Both sides began to get along more or less with occasionally one on one "dust ups" which essentially amounted to two individuals who had finally grown tired enough of each other to just basically declare each other assholes. It was very entertaining. Of course, EEStor added to the controversy by predicting again in 2008 and 2009 that they would deliver a pre-production EESU to Zenn.
So after 2008/2009, my article count started going down. In 2010, I published 79 articles here and then
Overall, the function of the EEStory in anyone's life has been to attack boredom. To this end, it has served well both skeptic and believer. But of course, as the years continue to roll by, you gotta wonder what the hell this thing was all about. The EEStory also has produced some fertile source material for energy storage startups contemplating possible paths forward. Unless I'm interrupted by actual breaking news, in a future article, I will offer my sense of what energy storage startups like Quantumscape (or startups in general) can learn from the EEStory. That is, unless I'm overcome by boredom once again. Maybe I should just break down and get some tatoos. NEVER!!!