Future Energy eNews

Our first story is about my presentation to a nice advanced propulsion gathering of around 100 enthusiasts, scientists, and engineers that happens twice a month online. The Alternative Propulsion Engineering Conference (APEC) is a live online Zoom event hosted twice a month. If you’d like to be invited to attend future live events, you can join the APEC announcement email list using the form online at www.altpropulsion.com  for event invitations & speaker info, along with occasional updates on our latest stories & experiments. My presentation this coming Saturday, 4/28/21 at 3 PM EDT will summarize the “History and Science of Electrogravitics and Electrokinetics.” Hope you can join us. It is free.
Our second story could easily have been the lead blockbusting story of the century. Not only has the group of scientists measured the infrared (IR) heat emissions from the human hand but find that they can create an encryption method using various fingers of the hand as separate IR emitters. The hope for this discovery includes an IR decoding method for real-time sign language recognition as well. The original open access journal article is here: DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2021077118 and published April 13, 2021 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The title says it all: “Human hand as a powerless and multiplexed infrared light source for information decryption and complex signal generation.”
Our third story is about a relatively new but exceedingly revolutionary field of “structural batteries”. Such a concept changes the whole playing field of planes, bikes, trains, cars, drones, and spaceships. If the load-bearing structure of a vehicle is also the battery, something always attributed to UFOs, the relative weight of the battery “disappears” or is considered to be massless with no additional weight and the whole electric vehicle becomes much lighter. Now the Chalmers University of Technology has a 10x better performer, with a composite glass fiber fabric and electrodes with electrolytes, that also is strong when bearing weight. The open access journal article just published is here: doi.org/10.1002/aesr.202000093  published in Advanced Energy & Sustainability Research, 2021.
Our fourth story shows the Army’s development of a portable fuel cell battery that is wearable. It produces 50 W from a methanol fuel cell system. The choice was made by the US DoD’s National Defense Center for Energy and Environment and published in the Hydrogen Fuel News, April 6, 2021.
Our fifth and last story is an exciting glimpse of the future of space travel propulsion. Using Direct Fusion Drive developed by the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, they state that a direct fusion drive (DFD) could carry 1.5 tons all the way past Neptune. The drive works by superheating propellant and streaming it out to create thrust. The main advantage is that DFD is the most feasible option for far space travel. The open access journal article is published in https://arxiv.org/pdf/2009.12633.pdf.
Onward and Upward!

Tom Valone, PhD
1) IRI President, Tom Valone, presenting at APEC May 1st: Electrogravitic & Electrokinetic Propulsion

Our President, Tom Valone will present a review of electrogravitics and electrokinetic propulsion, on the Apec Meeting, this coming Saturday, May 1st at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET. Also Glen Robertson discusses quantum gravity as a quantum warp field, and Mike Gamble will present a review of the Dean Drive and rotating mass systems and compare mechanical and electrical methods of propulsion. We’ll also hear updates from the Falcon Space team, and we’ll be finishing off the event with an open discussion and ad hoc presentations by conference attendees! FREE!

DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 1st @ 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET
MEETING ID: 951 1791 5012
2) Human Hand as InfraRed Light Source
Proceedings from the National Academy of Science April 2021

The utilization of electricity-powered light sources as external stimuli is limited by the cost and energy loss. Here we demonstrate that the human hand can be used as a natural IR light source without the need of external power. As each finger can serve as an independent light source, the hand can also be utilized as a multiplexed IR light source. This work provides a different insight on using the hand in a functional system, such as the information encryption and complex signal generation systems demonstrated here, which will help move forward the effort in the integration of human components into various systems to increase the level of intelligence and achieve ultimate control of these systems.

3) Massless Energy Storage Breakthrough
AZO Tech April 2021

A new structural battery created by scientists from the Chalmers University of Technology can perform 10 times better than all the earlier prototypes. This technology is known as “massless” energy storage because the weight of the battery essentially disappears when it turns out to be a part of the load-bearing structure. According to estimates, the weight of an electric vehicle could be significantly reduced by this kind of multifunctional battery.
4) Wearable Fuel Cell Demo for DOD
Hydrogen Fuel News April 2021

The National Defense Center for Energy and Environment (NDCEE) selected the wearable fuel cell technology, nicknamed “Honey Badger” for its validation program this year. The NDCEE is a DoD program addressing high priority safety, environmental, occupational health, and energy technological challenges. It selects solutions for demonstration and validated at active military application installations.
The Honey Badger tech is the only fuel cell identified within this program for supporting the US Army’s ambitious target for establishing a tech-enabled force before the end of 2028.The Honey Badger 50 Fuel Cell System from UltraCell is optimized for wear by a soldier. It is worn on a plate carrier or carried in a rucksack for battery recharging “on the move”.
5) The Direct Fusion Drive that Can Take Us to Neptune in 10 Years
Popular Mechanics April 2021

The secret is an in-the-works direct fusion drive (DFD), which will kick in once the spacecraft reaches orbit and propel it at up to 44 kilometers per second. From there, the spacecraft could conduct experiments on Neptune as well as trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), or outer dwarf planets like Makemake, Eris, and Haumea.
The DFD is a nuclear reactor being developed by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton Satellite Systems that uses pure deuterium as the fuel to generate both thrust and electrical power for the spacecraft.
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