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As we approach the New Year 2021, we are happy to report that our new EM Pulser 78 (Schumann Resonance 7.8 Hz) has had record sales exceeding 125 and we have fulfilled 98% of the backorders, so finally, we can ship new orders readily. My Coast to Coast AM  appearance caused the biggest surge in electrotherapy orders that we have ever experienced, compared to my last two appearances. It may be that the senior listeners want to relieve pain. Since it provides a pleasant 7.8 Hz surrounding pulsed magnetic field (which you can also see visibly in the green LED), we have tried keeping it near the body, even while sleeping. There is evidence that this frequency of weak signal PEMF will offer “cardioprotection” against stress and also entrain the brain’s alpha rhythm, as if we are outside in the wilderness, away from city electropollution, besides activating the HSP70 chaperone protein that remarkably combats inflammation. Try one out today with a 30-day money back guarantee if it doesn’t work for you.
 
Story #1 is the tip of the iceberg for the biggest energy news to share with you. There is a quiet hydrogen revolution which no media seems to be covering and now even Pratt & Whitney are getting on the band wagon for hydrogen powered airplanes. There also is a nice development in “green hydrogen” that has little or no carbon footprint, as Hydrogen Fuel News reports this month with numerous developments:
Hydrogen investors go all-in with falling H2 costs within their sights “After years of false dawns, investors are realizing clean hydrogen and fuel cells have an important part to play in the energy transition..." said Liberum analyst, Adam Collins. Renewable hydrogen will replace natural gas in millions of Australian households New hydrogen storage sponge design may make EV fuel cells safer - hydrogen storage sponge, tanks wouldn’t require as much pressure to contain more H2 - they can be constructed with thinner walls... SGH2 to bring the biggest green hydrogen production facility to California - green hydrogen production facility is to allow the company to slash its carbon emissions by two to three times
Saudi green hydrogen project announced to be largest in world - “There are 260 million commercial vehicles in the world. If 1 percent converts to hydrogen, you end up with huge numbers that would require 50 plants like this,” says Ghasemi Canadian government seeks to make its hydrogen fuel sector take off - “Things are happening quickly,” said Seamus O’Regan, Natural Resources Minister
And most recently...Californian hydrogen distribution could lead to rapid H2 fueling station expansion - “This innovative technology could be a game-changer, allowing hydrogen to be distributed to wherever it is needed using the natural gas grid,” from Neil Navin, SoCalGas

Story #2 reminds me of a product we learned about decades ago called “Sonic Bloom” which used sound frequencies to stimulate plant growth. However, now we have a university study behind the latest electromagnetic stimulation method in the Megahertz range of weak signal pulsed EMF (PEMF) frequencies having beneficial effects on seedlings. We note that much lower frequency weak PEMF also biologically benefits humans.
 
Story #3 gives us the update on solar cells as they increase in efficiency toward the theoretical limit, with a new crystalline material. Two universities have developed the bilayer cells. More information: Faiz Ahmad et al, “Double-absorber thin-film solar cell with 34% efficiency,” Applied Physics Letters (2020). DOI: 10.1063/5.0017916
 
Story #4 offers a new insight into one of my favorite energy storage media, the phase change material (PCM). By changing from a solid to liquid and back, around the temperature of interest, such material can outperform any insulation by an order of magnitude (10x). While this story offers an explanation of how it works, the practical sources for home owners include BioPCM www.phasechange.com which is one of the best; PCMproducts www.pcmproducts.net ; Smarter Building Materials www.syndego.net ; and for large building makeovers, http://insolcorppcm.com/ InsolCorpPCM who only works with those who want to use the passive PCM to avoid air conditioning a warehouse for example (I met the CEO at a trade show and he guarantees his one inch thick material to keep a building within a couple degrees of 70F even if the outside temperature goes down to freezing or up above 90F).
 
Story #5 addresses the latest surge in United Nations and other organizations’ interest in increasing food production for the future population increase (which has doubled twice since 1950), expected to reach 11 billion by 2100. Vertical farming indoors is really the only solution as proven by AeroFarms (see January 2020 Future Energy eNews under “News” on our website) who have achieved 390x the yield with 95% less water and with no herbicides, pesticides, etc. Now finally, they are receiving well-deserved multimillion dollar grants to help the international community. This is the future of food production.
 
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Onward and Upward!

Tom Valone, PhD
Editor
1) Time for Hydrogen Powered Flight
The Economist December 2020

In the swamps of 1950s Florida, a loud roaring occasionally disturbed the serenity of the local alligators. Under conditions of strictest secrecy, engineers from Pratt & Whitney, an aerospace company, were testing a new type of engine that was powered by a strange substance apparently piped in from a fertiliser plant in the nearby town of Apix. In reality, the town was just a name on a map and the fertiliser plant was a ruse to fool the Russians. The disturbances were the result of Project Suntan, an attempt by America’s air force to build a plane fuelled with hydrogen. It nearly worked. The engines operated successfully, but storing and supplying the hydrogen itself proved too expensive for production to continue.

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2) Plant Growth Faster with Radio Frequencies
By Jo Marchant, New Scientist

A dose of radio waves seems to encourage plant seedlings to grow slightly faster, a find that, if confirmed, could have applications from farming to medicine. Margaret Ahmad at Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and her colleagues exposed thale cress seedlings (Arabidopsis thaliana) to weak pulses of radio frequency (RF) radiation at 7 megahertz, a frequency normally used by amateur radio operators.
3) New Blended Solar Cells Increase Efficiency and Electricity Generation
Scitech Daily, December 2020

Solar cells have come a long way, but inexpensive, thin film solar cells are still far behind more expensive, crystalline solar cells in efficiency. Now, a team of researchers suggests that using two thin films of different materials may be the way to go to create affordable, thin film cells with about 34% efficiency." “Ten years ago I knew very little about solar cells, but it became clear to me they were very important,” said Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State.

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4) Crucial Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage
Azom News December 2020

There is an increasing need to look deeper into the technologies that make renewable energy more possible - one of them is thermal energy storage (TES).ES is a versatile technology that can be used to address the mismatch in energy supply and demand. For example, thermal energy supply from concentrated solar power is highly susceptible to the changes in daily and seasonal solar radiation i.e., the absence of sunlight at night and the longer nights in winter. To make it efficient, it needs to supply uninterruptible energy — this is where TES comes in.

This article focuses on medium to high-temperature materials (140 - 400°C). They are promising in applications such as food industries, dairy, metal preheating, and chemical processes.

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https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0038092X18306534?via%3Dihub
5) "Precision Indoor Plants Corp" Launches First Breakthrough Project
PIP Lettuce Project researchers, led by AeroFarms' very own Plant Scientist Dr. Csanad Gurdon, will study how biological and environmental conditions in indoor grow environments affect postharvest discoloration: Our partner, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is providing its first $2.6M grant through its Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium, along with matches from partners BASF, Benson Hill, Fluence by OSRAM and GreenVenus.
“I am thrilled to lead a world-class team of scientists and engineers to execute the first of multiple exciting research projects in the pipeline of the PIP Consortium, leveraging AeroFarms’s expertise and international facilities to benefit the whole industry. This will be a truly global effort with research being conducted in four US states in addition to the Netherlands and the UAE. Experts in plant breeding, indoor growing, gene editing, bioinformatics, metabolomics and lighting will work together to obtain results that will allow improving lettuce quality before and after harvest,” says Principal Investigator Dr. Csanad Gurdon of AeroFarms.
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