Friday, February 20, 2009

The Midas Touch

The popularity of Gold is based, in part, upon scarcity. Given the cost of mining Gold, supply and demand, we have the emotional aspect which has been driving the price of the precious metal up.

But, what if Gold could be "mined" at much cheaper prices? What would that do to Gold?

Clearly, it would drive the price of Gold lower.

Thermopower will be able to "mine" Gold at extremely cheap prices in the future by using an electrolysis technique to extract Gold.

If you're a long term Gold investor, don't expect to get rich. Gold is an insurance policy. Treat the cost of Gold as a cost of doing business. The premium you pay for Gold may be lost in the future when Thermopower becomes available to the public.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cooler Computers

Did you know that some CPU coolers in computers already use a primitive thermopower generator? Yes, indeed, thermoelectric CPU coolers use some of the waste heat generated by the computer to cool the machine. Of course, traditional thermoelectric generators are quite inefficient compared to thermopwer generators, but the principle remains the same.

In the near future, with a thermopower generator installed in your computer, you won't need to be limited by battery power for your laptop computer. The heat from the air will be converted to electricity to power the machine. And, the heat generated by the computer will be used to help provide some of that electricity to run the machine.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Australian Bushfires

The devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, this week underscores the dangers of not developing thermopower, which is capable of climate modification. In fact, according to Nature,

Climate models do suggest that Australian summers will get warmer and drier as the century proceeds, and there is little doubt that this will have an effect on fire risk.

"Heatwaves and fires are virtually certain to increase in intensity and frequency," the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded in its most recent Fourth Assessment Report in 2007.

By 2080, average temperatures in central Australia could increase by up to 8C, according to the IPCC's most extreme regional prediction. Within 400 kilometres of the coast, the continent could still warm by up to 5.4C, and the amount of rainfall could decrease by up to 80%.

In southeast Australia, the frequency of very high and extreme fire danger days is likely to rise by 425% by 2020 and by 1570% by 2050, according to the IPCC's report.

Other regions exposed to high wildfire risk, including southern Europe, South Africa and the southwestern United States, face similar changes. Increased fire frequency could lead to vegetation changes that would reduce plant growth, decreasing the amount of carbon that plants remove from the atmosphere --- further exacerbating greenhouse warming by carbon dioxide.

Clearly, the time to act is now. With thermopower, the outback can be a virtual paradise. Without it, it may turn into a hell on Earth.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A Solution To Global Warming

According to a prominent NOAA scientist who discovered the cause of the ozone hole, even if we completely stop adding carbon to the atmosphere right now (something none of the "green" groups even advocates), the Earth will continue warming for the next thousand years. Susan Solomon found that heating is irreversible.

Although that's a pretty bleak outlook, Thermopower can actually reverse Global Warming. By converting some of the heat that's in our atmosphere to electricity and beaming it into space as radio waves, we can cool off the planet and save it---and us---from being cooked alive.