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by Carl White
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Aluminum-air battery
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Aluminum-air battery

There's an interesting note that the battery doesn't need pure aluminum to operate. So maybe the plan is to buy inexpensive scrap aluminum and include that in the recycling? A quickie Google search suggests an aluminum can is worth 1.7 cents at a recycling center. About 70 cans to the kilogram. That...
by Carl White
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: News
Topic: Aluminum-air battery
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Aluminum-air battery

Hopefully true? The Daily Mail isn't the greatest source. Take it with an enormous grain of salt, who knows what problems aren't mentioned. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7592485/Father-eight-invents-electric-car-battery-drivers-1-500-miles-without-charging-it.html ⋅ electrolyte ...
by Carl White
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Spherical Tokamaks
Replies: 21
Views: 13818

Re: Spherical Tokamaks

Wasn't there another ST startup in the UK?


I haven't heard of another one. There's FIrst Light Fusion but they're trying inertial confinement.
by Carl White
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Spherical Tokamaks
Replies: 21
Views: 13818

Re: Spherical Tokamaks

UK hatches plan to build world's first fusion power plan t Nuclear scientists are designing an ambitious prototype facility that could demonstrate commercial energy production by 2040. The British government announced a £200-million (US$248-million) investment on 3 October. So more funding than the...
by Carl White
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2668
Views: 661843

Re: Mach Effect progress

Some recent/upcoming activity: 1. Paper by Dr. José J. A. Rodal which suggests the effect cannot be practical for space travel: A Machian wave effect in conformal, scalar–tensor gravitational theory https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10714-019-2547-9 (first online 15 May 2019) 2. New experim...
by Carl White
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: News
Topic: Vortex rocket engine: lighter, more efficient, more reusable
Replies: 17
Views: 9152

Re: Vortex rocket engine: lighter, more efficient, more reusable

https://www.space.com/sierra-nevada-vor ... video.html

SNC's upper-stage Vortex engine will be used on board the Dream Chaser spacecraft, which is expected to launch from a ULA Atlas V rocket and run cargo missions to the International Space Station as early as 2021.
by Carl White
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: Cross Border Power / XNRGI
Replies: 3
Views: 2403

Cross Border Power / XNRGI

They claim: 1400 Wh/l and 405 Wh/kg using etched silicon wafers: each 12-inch silicon wafer consists of some 36 million of these vertical “micro-batteries” machined into the wafer’s surface. Which, as the explainer video argues, decreases the charge time of the macro-battery (made up of many micro-b...
by Carl White
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Terrestrial Energy (molten salt fission reactors)
Replies: 0
Views: 3410

Terrestrial Energy (molten salt fission reactors)

In November 2017, Terrestrial Energy completed the first engineering program for the IMSR® design and the first step of the Canadian regulatory phase — Phase I of CNSC’s Vendor Design Review. This is a first for an advanced reactor. In addition, IMSR® power plant site selection work is underway in ...
by Carl White
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2283
Views: 500546

Re: SpaceX News

I hope it works out that way (StarLink giving Musk oodles of cash to play with). I'll be looking very closely at signing up once StarLink goes into service.
by Carl White
Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Article on laser driven pB11 fusion
Replies: 4
Views: 9152

Re: Article on laser driven pB11 fusion

They've set up a company to develop this:

https://www.hb11.energy
by Carl White
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: Thermal battery with 6-8 times the energy density of lithium
Replies: 10
Views: 6349

Re: Thermal battery with 6-8 times the energy density of lithium

I didn't see Rossi's picture in the article, but a thermal generator with only 3 moving parts? Suggests thermoelectric generator with efficiencies ranging from 6% to 15%, that doesn't seem like a very good deal to me. I guess that would depend on the inputs to the grid. If there's going to be a fai...
by Carl White
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: Thermal battery with 6-8 times the energy density of lithium
Replies: 10
Views: 6349

Thermal battery with 6-8 times the energy density of lithium

Molten silicon. Grid-level storage, not for vehicles. They claim 60%-80% the cost of lithium.

https://newatlas.com/cct-silicon-energy ... age/59098/

(not an April fools article)
by Carl White
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Rocket Labs: "It's Business Time"
Replies: 0
Views: 6528

Rocket Labs: "It's Business Time"

6 cubesats deployed. Launch is at 19:48.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPwMuUxSrcA
by Carl White
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 466
Views: 160422

Re: General Fusion in the news

Does anyone know what their funding situation is now? I cast about on the web and it seems their most recent influx of money was from a $25M grant in May of 2016. They say they'll need several hundreds of millions to build their 70% prototype.
by Carl White
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: News
Topic: NantEnergy announces zinc-air battery
Replies: 6
Views: 7790

NantEnergy announces zinc-air battery

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180926005265/en/NantEnergy-Announces-Largest-Global-Deployment-Novel%C2%A0Air-Breathing Two things caught my eye: ⋅ NantEnergy announces largest global deployment of a novel air breathing zinc rechargeable battery – 3,000 installations in nine count...

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