How to Achieve a 200% Conversion of Energy into Work – The Ringwood Energy Recycler Experiment

The following post has been submitted by Sandy Robson

DISCLAIMER
Please Note:-

– this is not an attempt to create, or work towards a perpetuum mobile; the circuit used in these tests includes all the usual losses, it is the configuration and interaction of the whole system (battery + circuit) which exhibits interesting behaviour

– trying to quantify values for power levels and energy conversion can be tricky when current is switched through coils and LEDs; so, to avoid contention, the results described here have been obtained (as far as possible) by quantifying and comparing DC values, quantities of charge, and durations of time

INTRODUCTION

The recharging of secondary batteries (or cells) requires electrical energy to be supplied, converted as work done in driving current through the cells; as a result of this work done, chemical energy becomes stored within the cells, available to be be converted back into electrical energy when required

A fully-charged 3 cell 750mAh NiMH battery, for example, could contain up to approximately 10000 Joules of energy

You might reasonably expect that when such a battery is then used to supply electrical power that we would only be able to convert a maximum of 10000 Joules of energy as work done

It appears, however, that it is possible to effectively double the total amount of work converted from the energy supplied

For example, we can arrange for part of the energy provided by the battery to be converted, say, to light, by means of a simple switched-mode power supply type circuit, driving a cluster of a few LEDs; some energy will be converted to heat as losses in the system, but any remaining part of the energy can be collected and used to do work in recharging a battery

The circuit used in these tests is not particularly unusual – it’s a simple blocking oscillator and it has a work-efficiency of approximately 85% (quantifiable-work performed for total energy supplied)

Unquantified losses include resistive heat-loss in the switching transistor & diode, coil windings, and transistor biasing

BENCHMARKING

The battery capacity can be characterised by discharging it using a resistor with a known value

As an example, using a battery with 3 NiMH cells of 750mAh rated capacity, a fully charged battery supplied a 268 ohm (measured) resistor with an average power of 14.4mA x 3.86V for 42.5 hours, converting a total of 8504 Joules of energy

CONVENTIONAL SETUP

When the discharge resistor is replaced with the preliminary circuit, the quantifiable work consists of two parts:-
– converting 3105 Joules to illuminate some LEDs
– recharging a spare battery (in this case, not the supply battery) by using the 4238 Joules of energy which is being temporarily stored in the circuit as a by-product of the oscillator operation

The circuit provides this quantifiable work for a total of 30.5 hours, drawing an average of 20.1mA at 3.86V to draw a total of 8603 Joules (approximately matching the total energy, 8504 Joules, converted by the nominal 270 ohm resistor)

In this mode, the circuit draws the total energy available and converts this to 7343 Joules of quantifiable work, giving a quantifiable-work efficiency of 85%

so far, so expected

SETUP WITH ‘RECYCLED’ ENERGY

When the circuit is connected in ‘feedback to supply’ mode, however (see Fig. 1 in the accompanying Data PDF file for an overview of the circuit current paths), we see some interesting behaviour emerging: the most obvious is that the circuit will continue to operate for almost twice the duration of the conventional, non-feedback mode – the circuit now operates for a total of 60.5 hours, whilst drawing the same real average power, 20.1mA at 3.86V, (compared to 30.5 hours duration for the non-feedback mode) with the loads remaining the same values.

[Note that the circuit can operate at the same power drain for longer because it is constantly re-charging its supply with a proportion of the energy which has been input – the actual supply current drained is pulsed, with an average of 20.1mA, whilst 10mA av. is switched back into the battery, being interleaved each cycle similar to time-division-multiplexed operation (see Fig. 2 in the Data PDF file), resulting in a ‘virtual’ current drain from the battery of (20.1mA – 10.1mA) = 10mA av.]

The total energy drawn by the circuit is now 16898 Joules

The efficiency of the oscillator circuit compared to its total energy drawn hasn’t changed essentially:
the quantifiable work has increased to 14566 Joules, and these values give an efficiency of 14566 / 16898 = 86%

The overall system efficiency for quantifiable work from the original energy in the battery, however, is now 14566 / 8504 = 170%

The total system efficiency for conversion of energy in the whole system (battery + circuit) now becomes: 16898 / 8504 = 199%

CONCLUSIONS

The system is recycling its input energy by a factor of 1.99

The ‘feedback to supply’ mode has extended the duration for circuit operation and enabled the amount of useful energy available for the LEDs to be approximately doubled compared to the ‘no feedback’ arrangement.

Although the total work converted by the switching circuit LEDs, on their own, remains less than the original supply of energy, and the work-efficiency of those circuit LEDs matches that of a passive resistor-driven LED arrangement, the ‘With-Feedback’ current arrangement still enables the circuit to produce a level of light output slightly greater than the passive DC-drive arrangement but for approximately 34% longer duration (45 hours duration for the passive drive, 60.5 hours for the ‘With-Feedback’ circuit).

This resulting system behaviour provides a worthwhile gain, which has been enabled by the 200% conversion to work of the original store of energy in the battery.

s robson
27 May 2019

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Exotic Matter [Plasma] Uncovered in the Sun’s Atmosphere

Thanks to Sam for sharing this article from ScienceDaily.com

Title: Exotic matter uncovered in the sun’s atmosphere
Date: May 24, 2019
Source: Trinity College Dublin
Summary: Scientists have announced a major new finding about how matter behaves in the extreme conditions of the sun’s atmosphere. Their work has shed new light on the exotic but poorly understood ‘fourth state of matter,’ known as plasma, which could hold the key to developing safe, clean and efficient nuclear energy generators on Earth.
Journal Reference: Eoin P. Carley, Laura A. Hayes, Sophie A. Murray, Diana E. Morosan, Warren Shelley, Nicole Vilmer, Peter T. Gallagher. Loss-cone instability modulation due to a magnetohydrodynamic sausage mode oscillation in the solar corona. Nature Communications, 2019; 10 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10204-1
Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190524094320.htm

Excerpt:

Studying the behaviour of plasmas on the Sun allows for a comparison of how they behave on Earth, where much effort is now under way to build magnetic confinement fusion reactors. These are nuclear energy generators that are much safer, cleaner and more efficient than their fission reactor cousins that we currently use for energy today.

Professor at DIAS and collaborator on the project, Peter Gallagher, said: “Nuclear fusion is a different type of nuclear energy generation that fuses plasma atoms together, as opposed to breaking them apart like fission does. Fusion is more stable and safer, and it doesn’t require highly radioactive fuel; in fact, much of the waste material from fusion is inert helium.”

“The only problem is that nuclear fusion plasmas are highly unstable. As soon as the plasma starts generating energy, some natural process switches off the reaction. While this switch-off behaviour is like an inherent safety switch — fusion reactors cannot form runaway reactions — it also means the plasma is difficult to maintain in a stable state for energy generation. By studying how plasmas become unstable on the Sun, we can learn about how to control them on Earth.”

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Teflon in the E-Cat

I have no idea what this means, but this is the first time I have heard about this:

Madison Mahrer
May 24, 2019 at 2:55 AM
Dear Dr Rossi,
Are you using also Teflon in the Ecat SK?

Andrea Rossi
May 24, 2019 at 7:02 AM
Madison Mahrer:
Yes.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

Here is a description from Wikipedia about Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), of which Teflon is the best-known brand name:

“PTFE is a fluorocarbon solid, as it is a high molecular weight compound consisting wholly of carbon and fluorine. PTFE is hydrophobic: neither water nor water-containing substances wet PTFE, as fluorocarbons demonstrate mitigated London dispersion forces due to the high electronegativity of fluorine. PTFE has one of the lowest coefficients of friction of any solid.”

“PTFE is used as a non-stick coating for pans and other cookware. It is nonreactive, partly because of the strength of carbon–fluorine bonds, and so it is often used in containers and pipework for reactive and corrosive chemicals. Where used as a lubricant, PTFE reduces friction, wear, and energy consumption of machinery. It is commonly used as a graft material in surgical interventions. It is also frequently employed as coating on catheters; this interferes with the ability of bacteria and other infectious agents to adhere to catheters and cause hospital-acquired infections.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polytetrafluoroethylene

E-Cat: The Long View (Roland van Nus)

The following post has been submitted by Roland van Nus.

If the short view of the E-Cat focuses on the immediate technical issues and the intermediate view focuses specific industries and enterprises the long view focuses on how the Ecat might bend the arc of nations.

Leonardo Corp. has already revealed aspects of their thinking in the choice of nations that host manufacturing facilities, the USA, Japan and Sweden.

Altering the arc of the USA presents unique challenges in that it is the only one of the three who’s economy and politics are deeply intertwined with the carbon based industries; after all America invented the modern oil and gas business that now wields immense financial clout and, for all our intents and purposes here, owns one of the two political parties. Leonardo has already survived a run in with legal firm Jones Day who richly exist at the very nexus of this clout.

The obvious exception to this general observation is the State of California where the political climate is distinct from the nation as a whole and where the extended fire season is threatening the integrity of the electrical grid in a state that is home to the nation’s tech industry, the entertainment industry and a substantial contingent of the nation’s defense contractors, all of which are dependent upon reliable electrical power.

Japan is in a much more precarious position from an energy perspective; the events at Fukushima exposed the fundamental design flaw in a General Electric reactor design that was chosen for it’s economy, against the advice offered by GE at the time, at the expense of safety. This decision turned out to be catastrophic and has undermined public support for nuclear power generation. Japan has no indigenous O&G reserves and imports all its carbon fuels leaving it at the mercy of the markets and geopolitical considerations of other nations. The potential for the empowerment of Japan through the auspices of the Ecat could be seen as a significant bargaining chip in garnering political support for a national effort to move to a LENR economy once the viability of the technology is demonstrated at scale.

Through a complex of factors and historical developments Sweden presents the most immediate case for the power of LENR to bend the arc of a nation.

Sheer size is a factor as the USA has a population of 325.7 million and Japan has a population of 126.8 million whereas Sweden has a population of 10.2 million while maintaining a GDP per capita slightly higher than that of Japan. Sweden was an early adopter at the dawn of the electrical age and built extensive hydro facilities that provided reliable inexpensive power that propelled their economy for decades.

From 1975 to 1985 a total of 12 nuclear reactors were commissioned in Sweden and provided half the nation’s base load capacity, of these 12 three have already been decommissioned and a further three will be decommissioned over the next 18 months. This turning away from nuclear power was impelled by successive shifts in public opinion following accidents at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, several relatively minor incidences at Swedish reactors, and a final blow from the disaster at Fukushima. Following Three Mile Island a public referendum led to the decision to decommission reactors as they aged, rather than refurbish them, and though the wisdom of this course has repeatedly come into question each subsequent event has further hardened public opposition to nuclear power.

As these plants were decommissioned the decline in base load capacity began to put a drag on the general economy, which is almost entirely concentrated in the southern temperate region of the country, and to offset this over 3,800 wind turbines were installed in the northern part of the country, as dictated by favorable the atmospheric conditions there.

Due to financial constraints facing the network of independent power distributors that comprise the Swedish electrical grid the necessary high tension power lines were delayed and much needed power is still not being delivered to the south of the country, and, understandably, commerce and industry have been notably reluctant to locate to the frozen northern hinterlands.

The situation has deteriorated to the point that Ericsson’s 5G roll out in Stockholm is in doubt, multi billion dollar high tech investments are being delayed and, for the first time since the beginning of electrification, brown outs are occurring in Southern cities during demand spikes.
The energy intense Swedish economy has relied on cheap reliable electrical power to harness a highly educated populace to leading edge technologies for well over a century; currently this model is imperiled.

It seems fitting that Leonardo Corp. honored Sevn Kullander, by naming the latest iteration of the E-Cat after him, in light of the role he played in advancing their cause both theoretically, and materially, by putting the weight of the Physics Department of the world’s second oldest university, at Uppsala, and the reputation and financing of ELFORSK behind running a month long experiment that produced the Lugano Report, the success of which underscored the legitimacy of Rossi’s long quest for a viable LENR technology.

In the long view Leonardo Corp. could bend the arc of a deserving Swedish nation by providing enterprise scale power on location, as needed, as a company priority when that becomes feasible, and by so doing provide the world with an exemplar of what a wealthy high tech carbon and nuclear free future can look like at a national scale.

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Lattice White Paper: LENRs Enable Green Radiation-Free Nuclear Power and Propulsion (Lewis Larson)

Thanks to Greg Goble for the following comment and reference.

Studying this and learning… interesting history… excellent presentation. Worthy of its own thread and discussion. The race to LENR energy commercialization is gaining full stride… Quote L.L.”No a priori technical reason why LENRs could not scale-up as fast as fission did”. I’m fairly certain the oil and gas industry has advanced labs working on LENR energy systems. I expect we will see these corporate LENR players works’ soon. In the future we will likely be saying how stupid and ignorant we were to burn these valuable aromatic molecules. Once again, Lewis Larson (pg 23) invites the oil/coal industry to create LENR feedstock. “LENR technology provides a compelling strategic opportunity for fossil fuel companies because it could enable future processing and conversion of aromatic molecules found in oil and coal into green CO2-free nanoparticulate LENR fuels that have >5,000x the energy density of gasoline.”

Lewis Larson – May 16, 2019 “Lattice White Paper: LENRs enable green radiation-free nuclear power and propulsion” https://www.academia.edu/39165768/LENRs_enable_green_radiation-free_nuclear_power_and_propulsion?email_work_card=view-paper

Introduction
If commercialized, LENRs could become one of the world’s preeminent energy technologies. At system electrical power outputs of just 5 – 10 kwh, modular LENR-based distributed power generation systems providing combined heat and electricity (CHP) could satisfy energy requirements of a majority of urban and rural households as well as smaller businesses worldwide. Much lower-output, revolutionary portable LENR power sources could displace chemical batteries in applications where ultrahigh performance and longevity are needed. At electrical outputs of 60 – 200 kwh, LENR-based integrated power generation systems would be able to power vehicles, drones, as well as smaller aircraft and watercraft. This would break oil-based fuels’ 150-year stranglehold on internal combustion engines and decisively decarbonize the entire transportation sector. High-performance LENR thermal sources could also provide high-quality heat for many types of industrial processes.

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Dennis Danzik on the Earth Engine — Magnetic Propulsion Based on Control of Entropy

Thanks to Woody and others for referencing a post by the Earth Engine inventor Dennis K. Danzik in which responds to comments on the website Revolution Green about the recent developments with the Earth Engine and Inductance Energy Corporation.

Here is part of his comment originally posted here: https://revolution-green.com/earth-engine-claimed-3-years-40-kw-mechanical-energy-production-magnets/

I am just going to respond in whole as to some of the very intelligent comments and questions in regard to Magnetic Propulsion. There are a few facts that you need to know about when and how I will respond, and on what subjects I will comment on.

First, I am not a “believer” in “over unity”, and I have never experienced anything close to perpetual motion. For the most part, I am a classically trained engineer and for the first twenty four years of my practice, I worked on the refining side of oil and gas, mainly in polymers and composite design. I was focused on laboratory work in olefins and polyesters.

My lifelong obsession with magnetics began as a child, and I started working on Magnetic Propulsion in 2009 when some rare earth magnets became low cost enough for me to afford access to those products. I started laboratory work on the Engine and its components in 2010. I started working floor models in mid 2011.

My background is that of a trained industrial engineer, and I did complete grad work in product development at MIT/Sloan in 2009. I am not a physicist, but I can keep pace with most of the post doctoral discussions in regard to magnetics over the last 10 years. The vast majority of my career time has been in a laboratory development environment.

I do like the name “magnetics” as it applies to magnetism as an applied science that studies magnetic fields and magnetic radiation paths in relation to opposing and attracting magnetic fields. In other words, I have little interest at this time in measures and experimenting with magnetic fields working on a conductor.

I will not be responding in any way to my posts. They are for information only and not intended to start a conversation. My posts are not intended to inform you on how Magnetic Propulsion works in detail, or that I need to “prove it” to anyone on these types of message boards. The information is not greatly detailed, as I have little extra time in my life, but I do want to casually inform as many people as possible.

The Earth Engine, which is based on Magnetic Propulsion, functions from the force developed by a paired magnetic field. The magnetic field STARTS and ACCELERATES the flywheel on its own force, once attenuated. Most of our flywheel combinations are greater than 800 kg.

What I have developed, after many years of laboratory work, was based on the Szilard paper of 1929. Leo Szilard, through the work he left behind, has taught me a great deal. Here is a link to the paper that I made my life’s work (outside of my career):

http://www.sns.ias.edu/~tlusty/courses/InfoInBio/Papers/Szilard1929.pdf

My development is the control of entropy in the system. The applied science of Magnetic Propulsion first diminishes the point of entropy and then uses that entropy to ACCELERATE the flywheel in what we call a “slingshot”.

Entropy in my system occurs at only one point in the rotation of the flywheel. This has taken me years to calculate and refine. Let’s say at 350 degrees as an example, entropy is at maximum (force in the opposite direction of the desired direction). So from 0 to 358 the flywheel is being pushed and accelerates continuously. Now, obeying all physical laws, if I did not control entropy, the flywheel would slow and eventually stop. At 359 degrees I have developed a way to attenuate the magnetic field that is already “lopsided” or asymmetrical. The flywheel then makes it past the reversing force and then enters the “slingshot” and then the flywheel, using the opposing force greatly accelerates from 359 to about 15 degrees.

There are only two fields opposing at a time. One from the attenuation section (what we call fuel), and the flywheel magnetic field (what we call receptors). There are no electromagnets, or any device coupling to the flywheel. It is a zero contact device that is also magnetically levitated.
Attenuation of the field is accomplished through the bending of the paired fields. This is a major breakthrough. We keep both the geometry (shape) and geography (where the magnetic fuel is placed)(the pattern).

On the laboratory device “Crystal” you can see the firing of the attenuation device every 360 degrees. It consumes about 20 watts on average per firing.

Crystal has a 100 watt alternator rectified to 24 volts. It is also magnetically driven.
Crystal was built SOLELY to prove the applied science of Magnetic Propulsion. The simple fact that two magnetic fields produce a force, and when harvested, that force can spin a flywheel. That flywheel can then charge a battery or capacitor.

Now, here are some very important facts;
1. Crystal is NOT a dynamic motor. Magnetic Propulsion is not dynamic (instant) in its power delivery. It is inertia. It delivers power (which can then spin a generator) by accelerating a flywheel and storing that energy. You cannot in any way hook a dynamic load to a Magnetic Propulsion Engine. It will just stop, and it will stop quickly.
2. Magnetic Propulsion Engines work by creating inertia in a very specialized flywheel (some 257 parts) that refuse to magnetize in the presence of a large and powerful magnetic field. Once to speed (125 to 350 RPM) you have a great way to harvest kinetic energy by spinning an alternator. The alternator is not allowed to exceed a specific load, based on its affect on inertia. This is also a closely held trade secret. Think of it as a very large electrical “pump”.
3. Magnetic Propulsion requires STORAGE. A battery or capacitor. You can charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
4. Magnetic Propulsion requires a BATTERY or CAPACITOR for its parasitic energy to run its attenuation section. But this is only about 20W p/s at 60 RPM. So the battery is very small.
5. Crystal’s flywheel weighs in at 622 LBS where our commercial Engine flywheels are just over 4,000 LBS.
6. Magnetic Propulsion is not “over unity” or perpetual motion. It receives its power from over 5,000 PSI of pressure from an accelerated magnetic field. My developed magnetic fuel has “pull forces” (a common measure used in magnetism) of over 10,000 Pounds. This type of force requires not only great safety procedures but has also led to great breakthroughs in the handling of these very powerful magnets.

This coming week, IEC will be producing a complete explanatory broadcast program called “Introduction to Magnetic Propulsion” which will air on www.earthenginelive.com. It will be broadcast live and then repeated at specific times during the day. Broadcast times will be announced this coming Monday morning on the IEC Website (www.ie.energy) and on www.earthenginelive.com.
The program will take you through the entire Magnetic Propulsion Cycle and introduce our new transparent control panel with consumption and output meters (compliments of AccuEnergy).
I sincerely hope that you will tune in !

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Translating Dr. Alexander Parkhomov’s Space. Earth. Human. into English (Bob Greenyer Kickstarter)

Bob Greenyer has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to translate Dr. Alexander Parkhomov’s book “Space. Earth. Human.” into English (it was originally published in Russian)

The Kickstarter page for this project is here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1138088857/space-earth-human?ref=5ubl8j

From the page:

SPACE. EARTH. HUMAN.
Explores the roots of strange phenomena
Over more than 100 years, starting with Tesla around the time of the discovery of x-rays and the electron, strange unexplained phenomena have been observed by researchers the world over, from enthusiasts to Nobel prize winners.

Dr. Alexander Parkhomov on his discovery
“In 1988, when working with three-dimensional diffraction gratings and detectors, which made it possible to obtain a spatial effect distribution and accumulate information for long periods, I discovered radiation which had a micron-millimeter wavelength and had a very high penetrating power.

It was clear this radiation was not light, radio waves or ultrasound, however, like these radiation types, the wavelength is much longer than the distances between atoms in a substance, i.e. interaction occurs immediately with a huge number of atoms. Substance, for such radiation, is a continuous medium, in which it refracts and from which it surface reflects.

If there are irregularities on the surface smaller than the wavelength, mirror reflection occurs. A concave mirror allows concentration and focussing of the radiation. Even if the reflection coefficient is very small, by using a mirror with a large surface, you can get a large increase in the intensity of the radiation. To understand how this works, consider a plate of clear glass, even though it is transparent, light still reflects from it well.

All this and more is described in detail in parts 2 and 3 of my book.

The first experiments with focusing mirrors were made in 1992.”

Bob has a video on the Kickstarter page which explains the scope of the translation project and gives information about the rewards that are available to people who support this project. He has noted that after only one day, 39% of the funds have been raised.

Wall Street Journal Articles Covers IEC’s Earth Engine and Inventor Dennis Danzik

An article published in the Wall Street Journal examines the story of Inductance Energy Corporation and the role of Dennis Danzik in particular as the inventor of the Earth Engine.

The author, Dan Neil, takes an open-minded approach to the claims of Danzik and IEC, acknowledging that their claims go against the laws of physics as they are currently understood, but also allowing for the fact that it might be possible that a breakthrough might have been made. He writes: “If it works as advertised, it would rank with the harnessing of steam, electricity and the atom.”

As many readers here are aware, IEC claims that it can produce energy through a new type of magnetic interaction which physics says cannot work because of the law of conservation of energy (magnetic attraction and repulsion cancel each other out) The WSJ article explains it like this:

The magnets IEC uses are also highly one-sided, or “anisotropic,” which means their field is stronger on one face than the other—say, 85% North and 15% South.

In the R32, magnets located in three black towers interact with ones placed in the two one-ton, counter-rotating flywheels. As the flywheel rotates, small battery-powered motors move the tower magnets’ orientation at moments of highest drag. This allows the magnets to accelerate as they approach and not slow down as much when they pass.

The net force imparts angular momentum to the flywheels that can then be harvested, mechanically or electrically, IEC claims.

The article is pretty neutral. It acknowledges that there is skepticism amongst some physicists, but also that some visitors to the IEC Scottsdale, Arizona facility leave thinking that they have seen working magnet motors. Dan Neil says it has to be one of two things: an immense scientific/technological breakthrough, or an elaborate magic trick.

A newspaper article in a major newspaper like the WSJ is likely to generate new interest in IEC’s claims, and possibly help them get new customers. The target market seems to be operations where they currently use diesel generators, such as oil fields, where they say they will sell electricity from between 8-45 cents per kw/H (compared to $1 for diesel generated electricity).

Ultimately, in order for people to become convinced this is not a magic trick, it will take happy Earth Engine customers willing to publicly endorse the technology. Only one customer is named in this article: Shooting Range Industries in Las Vegas, Nevada which is owned by an IEC investor named Mike Halverson.

I have tried to get some comment from Shooting Range Industries about how happy they were with the performance of the Earth Engine, but they just referred me back to IEC who have yet to respond to my inquiries.

The WSJ article is available here, however only part of it is available to the general public.

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Clean Planet, a Pioneer in New Clean Energy Development, Receives Investment from Miura (Press Release)

Thanks to Teppo for sharing this press release from Clean Planet Inc.

https://www.cleanplanet.co.jp/wp-content/uploads/CP_Miura_PressRelease_20190515_EN.pdf

To the Press
May 15, 2019
Miura Co., Ltd.
Clean Planet Inc.
“Ushering in Revolutionary Clean Energy to Our Global Community”
Clean Planet, a pioneer in new clean energy development, receives investment from Miura

Miura Co., Ltd., Japan’s leading boiler manufacturer, has subscribed to newly issued shares of Clean Planet Inc., in Tokyo, through a third-party allotment of new shares on May 15, 2019.The Miura Group has developed, manufactured, and marketed a range of products in the heat, water, and environment fields throughout the world since 1959. It continues to develop unique products and services that are energy-efficient and effective in environment-related fields, in order to realize its corporate mission of “contributing to creating a society that is environmentally friendly and ways of living that are clean and comfortable through our work in the field of the Energy, Water, and Environment”. The Miura Group will now collaborate with Clean Planet to implement the clean energy technologies which Clean Planet has developed with Tohoku University, toward realizing a decarbonized society.

Clean Planet is a venture company that undertakes R&D into new forms of clean energy that  are  “safe,  stable,  and  low-cost”  in  order  to create  novel  innovations  in  the  energy industry  for  social  infrastructure.  Clean  Planet’s  research  lab  is  located  at  the  “Condensed Matter Nuclear Reaction Division” within the Research Center for Electron Photon Science at Tohoku  University.  The  research lab  was  founded  jointly  with  the  university  in  2015.  The company is working on the development of “New Hydrogen Energy” which gives enormous energy  output  per  hydrogen  unit  compared  with  conventional  hydrogen  energy.  The  heat source  developed  by  Clean  Planet  has  now  nearly  reached  the  point  of  practical  use  as  a next-generation  clean  energy  source.  The  company  will  continue  to  work  on  realizing sustainable  social  infrastructure  by  distributing  “New  Hydrogen  Energy”  globally  as  a  new type of clean energy for a CO2-free world.
Miura Co., Ltd. Company Profile
Representative: Daisuke Miyauchi, President and CEO
Head Office: 7 Horie, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
Establishment: May 1959
Capital: ¥9.544 billion (as of March 31, 2019)
Number of Employees: 5,690 (consolidated), 3,090 (non-consolidated) (as of March 2019)
Business Areas: Production, sale, and maintenance of boilers and related devices
Clean Planet Inc. Company Profile

Representative: Hideki Yoshino, President and CEO
Head Office: 1-2-3 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Establishment: September 2012
Capital: ¥704.1 million [plus, Capital Surplus of ¥598.6 million]
(as of May 15, 2019)
Number of Employees: 5 (as of May 2019)
Business Areas: Research, development, and sales of products utilizing clean energy technologies
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The Hovering Hummingbird Robot

This is somewhat off-topic, but an interesting development in the field of flying machines. A press release and video from Purdue University showsa flying robot that can behave like a hummingbird, both fly like a bird and hover like an insect. They talk about using such devices in search-and-rescue operations, but also in military and surveillance settings, so as usual this could have both constructive and destructive purposes.

From the press release:

Purdue University researchers have engineered flying robots that behave like hummingbirds, trained by machine learning algorithms based on various techniques the bird uses naturally every day.

This means that after learning from a simulation, the robot “knows” how to move around on its own like a hummingbird would, such as discerning when to perform an escape maneuver.

Artificial intelligence, combined with flexible flapping wings, also allows the robot to teach itself new tricks. Even though the robot can’t see yet, for example, it senses by touching surfaces. Each touch alters an electrical current, which the researchers realized they could track.

“The robot can essentially create a map without seeing its surroundings. This could be helpful in a situation when the robot might be searching for victims in a dark place – and it means one less sensor to add when we do give the robot the ability to see,” said Xinyan Deng, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue.