As we move into the New Year, our economy is still struggling and in the personal transportation sector, global sales of passenger vehicles fell by 20% but 2020 sales of electric vehicles (EV) soared by an additional 38% as compared to 2019 (Wood Mackenzie, www.woodmac.com). The chief analyst for Wood Mackenzie also forecasts that EV sales will grow another 25% in this decade, if not more. This coincides with the push by many auto makers including General Motors who is striving for a “zero-emissions future”. Perhaps because an environmentally conscious woman is in charge (CEO Mary Barra), GM wants to “be part of the solution by putting everyone in an electric vehicle” (GM.com/electric-vehicles.html).
Since our main focus is energy, it is always exciting to find a new discovery such as viruses which are now shown to produce their own energy! Story #1 is a breakthrough describing giant viruses that do so, thereby leading into the question of whether viruses are alive or not. This article shows an artist’s drawing of one of these mimiviruses that simply encloses DNA in a protein shell. However, such mimiviruses also have their own adaptive immune system to destroy invaders
Another type discussed in Story #1 is the pandoravirus, giving rise to the title of the article, that generates a membrane potential that is an electrical gradient across their outer membrane. Such an accomplishment requires a generator and a flow of energy from inside the virus, such as with human, plant and animal single cells. Furthermore, it normally serves a distinct purpose to produce ATP but in a virus the method of generation and the purpose of the voltage potential is a mystery waiting to be solved. Quite intriguing for an inert bunch of protein that is normally not considered to be alive…or is it?
Story #2 is the third installment of the recent US Navy Patent Documents, all of which are unusual and controversial. Some of us who worked at the US Patent and Trademark Office wonder how they were allowed to become patents without a constructive reduction to practice for such theoretically speculative ideas. However, this article surmises from a FOIA how Dr. Pais survived an internal review with costly testing from the Navy before proceeding with the patent applications. We leave it to our readers to decide if gravity modification is now a possibility since it has been patented.
Story #3 comes on the heels of the UK declaring a new commitment to tokamak nuclear fusion power
by 2040. Across the pond, General Fusion’s Jeff Bezos says their design can be more practical than tokamaks in Story #3, which was just released this week. Commonwealth Fusion Systems is also competing and targeting 2025 for their use of extraordinary magnets to pressurize elements into superhot plasma.
Story #4 is an exiting upgrade from the Tesla Powerwall 2 with an Australian company Lavo that offers a 40 kWh hydrogen fuel cell with three times the capacity of the Tesla Powerwall 2. This can power an average home for two days if the grid is down, while additional solar or wind can make it grid-independent.
Story #5 is a great development for this country with New Jersey finally joining the trend of offshore wind with the biggest wind turbines ever built (12 MW capacity). https://www.njspotlight.com/2021/01/giant-turbines-will-generate-power-at-new-jerseys-first-offshore-wind-farm/ General Electric says that each turbine (out of the 99 to be built) will take 10,000 fossil fuel cars off the road annually. The wind farm is expected to start operating soon…by 2024...and provide enough power for about 94% of the New Jersey homes, which is pretty amazing. However, it is only the second largest after New York State.
Lastly, if you become a new Member of IRI in the next month, we will send along a FREE copy of the Double DVD set from COFE12 (www.futurenergy.org ) with ALL of the complete 14 hours of lectures in MP4 full color format. https://www.integrityresearchinstitute.org/orders-membership.html
Onward and Upward!
Tom Valone, PhD