Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Around the World in Your Flying Car

Certainly, the dream of having a flying car has been around a very long time. From Wikipedia, we learn that:

Glenn Curtiss, the Wrights' chief rival, was the first to design a flying car. The first flying car to actually fly was built by Waldo Waterman. Waterman became associated with Curtiss while Curtiss was pioneering naval aviation at North Island on San Diego Bay in the 1910s. However, it wasn't until March 21, 1937 that Waterman's Aerobile first took to the air. The Aerobile was a development of Waterman's tailless aircraft, the Whatsit. It had a wingspan of 38 feet (11 m) and a length of 20 feet 6 inches (6.25 m). On the ground and in the air it was powered by a Studebaker engine. It could fly at 112 mph (180 km/h) and drive at 56 mph (90 km/h).

The day of the flying car is close at hand and it will be powered by a thermopower engine. With no fuel tank and no fuel to weigh it down, the flying car will be the "must have" item for the wealthy. With thermopower engines allowing the public to drive endlessly without having to "gas up" periodically, roads will be clogged and getting from here to there will become the major frustration of drivers in the future. It will become clear to the wealthy that the only solution will be to buy their own flying car to escape the congestion on the roads below.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Geomagnetic Storms Could Wipe Out the Grid

One of the biggest advantages of using thermopower generators will be the fact that power is available where it is needed, not via the grid. In fact, while the grid will still be around even with widespread use of thermopower generators, it will be the backup source for power.

It turns out that the grid is extremely vulnerable to major geomagnetic storms, storms which have occured every few decades in fact. A NASA article entitled Severe Space Weather makes it clear that we could experience weeks of electrical outages if we experience a large storm:

Power grids may be more vulnerable than ever. The problem is interconnectedness. In recent years, utilities have joined grids together to allow long-distance transmission of low-cost power to areas of sudden demand. On a hot summer day in California, for instance, people in Los Angeles might be running their air conditioners on power routed from Oregon. It makes economic sense—but not necessarily geomagnetic sense. Interconnectedness makes the system susceptible to wide-ranging "cascade failures."

By installing thermopower generators on virtually all devices which need power, our electronic civilization will bypass the problem, making us safe and secure from these killer storms.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Drive Your Car on Air

With a thermopower generator in your electric car, you will be able drive around without a fuel tank. Heat from the air will be converted to electricity to drive the motors. Never have to stop for gas!

This is very bad news for oil companies. And, oil producers. And, oil service companies. Oh, there will still be a need for oil: lubrication, plastics, etc. But, forget burning oil as a fuel. That's so 20th century!

Monday, January 12, 2009

How Thermopower Generators Will Revolutionize Our Lives

  • Home and building owners can install roof tiles containing thermopower generators and run their electric meters backward.

    The payback for this investment is estimated to be about one year.

  • Thermopower generator roof tiles will be much cheaper and more durable than solar panels.

  • The cost of electricity will be slashed, saving huge amounts to users.

  • The cost of desalinization of seawater will be drastically-reduced, allowing arid lands to be irrigated and crops to flourish.

    The Australian Outback and other extremely arid deserts will become veritable "Gardens of Eden."

  • The cost of Internet datacenters will be slashed, easing the burden on power plants.

  • Products can be manufactured cheaper as the cost of electricity to run factories is reduced.

  • Costs of producing refined products, such as aluminium, will be greatly reduced.

  • Electric cars will be able to be recharged wherever they are parked during the day and night, either via an external generator or an internal generator built into the vehicle.

  • Thermopower devices can be manufactured in an environmentally-safe manner.

  • Thermopower generators need no carbon sources to produce electrical energy.

    The end of the Fossil Fuel Era is near.

  • The threat of Global Warming is eliminated.

  • No fuel is required---heat from the environment will be converted into electricity.

  • Thermopower will be able to generate at least twice as much electricity during the day as conventional solar panels.

  • Thermopower will be able to produce electricity around the clock, not just when the sun is shining.

    Solar panels, on the other hand, stop producing electricity when the sun is not shining (nighttime or cloudy days).

  • Cars and trucks will run on electricity and can be built much lighter in weight and smaller in size.

  • Thermopower generators will be able to be made in any size, from less than the width of a human hair to building-sized structures.

  • New jobs both manufacturing and installing thermopower generators will be created right here at home.

  • Thermopower will eliminate our dependence upon foreign oil.

    The next big rise in the price of oil will carry it to $500 per barrel if we don't create an alternative. The world economy will collapse unless a new source of cheap energy replaces oil.

  • Thermopower will eliminate the need to produce fuel from food, such as ethanol.

    Food-based fuel drives up the overall cost of food and potentially could create a human catastrophe of enormous proportion.

  • Thermopower generators will produce no environmental pollutants in operation whatsoever.

  • Planned massive grid upgrades will be unnecessary---power will be generated on a distributed basis and used where it is needed.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008 Post-Mortem

2008 was the first full year of the Ponzi Scheme Financial Crisis engineered by the banks. One of the casualties of that debacle was the source of funding for development of thermopower. To make a long story short, the money was stolen by a real estate developer who used it to pay his creditors. It's unlikely the money will ever be recovered.

But, this doesn't mean that thermopower development won't happen. It just won't happen as fast as it could have. Three groups of venture capitalists are in discussion right now to potentially fund development. Hopefully, there will be good news to report before too much longer.