It’s hurricane season; better prepare for another grid blackout

As the Atlantic hurricane season approaches its crescendo, the US government warns people to prepare for blackouts. The vast majority of people who are affected by hurricanes are affected by a blackout because the fragile grid infrastructure fails. A simple tree branch can knock people off the grid for days and they quickly have to revert to primitive camping survival skills or hope their fossil fuel generators’ fuel supply lasts long enough.

Wouldn’t it be better if you never had to worry about a blackout? This is possible when every building generates its own on-site power. Independent Energy LLC has discovered a new way to generate on-site electricity that is better in any comparison category than power from the grid or any other process. It will allow for independent generation of electricity that is emissions free. We are looking for a critical thinking visionary; to make us answer the tough questions and then help us bring this technology to the marketplace. In the mean time, you better prepare, our fragile fossil fuel powered grid is subject to a host of man-made and natural disruptions.

http://www.ready.gov/blackouts

The fragile grid can fail when a few tree branches fall.

The fragile grid can fail when a few tree branches fall.

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Common Ground for Both Sides of Climate Change

There is an opportunity for both sides of the climate change argument to meet on common ground. One side wants man-made carbon emissions to be stopped, the other side wants inexpensive, plentiful energy available to power a growing economy and allow for an increase everyone’s lifestyle.

Today’s energy is based on thermodynamic methods and principles that were first conceived in the 1800’s. What is ironic is that we have the perception of living in such a high tech world when the method we use to generate energy has not really changed since the 1800’s. Our current power-grid infrastructure, regardless of whether it is powered by fossil fuel or green-energy or any combination thereof is one downed power line away from a widespread black-outs and chaos. Not too high-tech.

Both sides could agree that fossil fuel thermodynamics is not a high-tech solution that matches our perception of a high-tech world. Both sides could agree that fossil fuel is not inexpensive. Both sides could agree fossil fuel is not efficient. Both sides could agree fossil fuel is not renewable. (nor unlimited). Both sides could agree that current green-energy is not a viable interchangeable substitute for fossil fuel.

With all this agreement, instead of arguing about causes of climate change or how to punish fossil fuel why can’t both sides work together on a positive solution that will satisfy both sides of the aisle? Is that possible?

The common-ground solution won’t be brought into existence with legislation; tax incentives, tax subsidies or tax penalties such as a carbon tax. The solution will be technology based that will only come from thinking differently. If a technology was conceived that had no carbon emissions and worked better than fossil fuel: lower priced, plentiful, renewable, scalable, portable, more reliable then you’d hope both sides could come together and work to make this technology a reality. It would solve both the man-made climate change dilemma as well as it would provide the means for the economy to flourish like it did during the first coal-powered industrial revolution when energy was inexpensive and abundant.

Independent Energy, LLC has conceived a new method for generating energy that can satisfy everyone. It is a new, computerized, high-tech solution that is much different than the methods the world has been used to using.

We are looking for a critical thinking visionary who is interested in solving the problem instead of arguing about it.

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Five Reasons Why Electric Vehicles won’t Replace Fossil Fuel Vehicles.

Why aren’t electric vehicles likely to replace the fossil-fuel internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle? There are significant challenges that current EV technology needs to overcome to provide a competitive advantage over the fossil fuel internal combustion engine. Here are the major ones:

1. Range:

Problem: The typical pure EV that will compete with a fossil fuel vehicle will need to be capable of a single charge range that exceeds 500 miles.

Solution: Develop an EV with single charge range approaching 1,000 miles between charges.

 

2. Use of Accessories:

Problem: Consumers expect greater than ICE range while utilizing cabin heat in cold weather, air conditioning in hot weather, wipers in the rain, lights at night, GPS, radio, computers, and other entertainment all the time.

Solution: Develop an on-board power generation technology that even with full use of accessories, range will still greatly exceed the best in class ICE vehicle.

 

3. Off-Grid Green Recharging:

Problem: One implied benefit of an EV is that it significantly reduces reliance on fossil fuel and fossil fuel power plants. Today, this is not the case and 100% green energy recharging is not yet practical. The EV today relies on the grid and the grid relies on fossil fuels. See (five challenges to replacing the fossil fuel grid) http://wp.me/p2XHby-5i

 

Solution: Develop a technology that enables small scale, 100% off-grid, green energy recharging capability, regardless if it is night or if the wind is calm.

 

4. Charging Time:

Problem:It takes too long to recharge batteries compared to filling up at the pump.

Solution: Instead of trying to refuel as often as an ICE vehicle develop a technology where range is so much more improved over an ICE vehicle that recharging is significantly less frequent than ICE vehicles. Charge time concerns are diminished.

5. En-route Replenishment:

Problem: The infrastructure for recharging facilities is growing enabling cross-country trips on key routes to be more practical. However, the inconvenience factor of having to wait to recharge still exists as compared to the relatively quick fossil fuel fill up time.

Solution: Develop a technology that is so much more efficient it requires far less required stopping to “refuel” as compared to an ICE vehicle.

Is there a technology to make all these solutions possible?

Yes. As we know, electricity and electrical motors are about 3x more efficient as compared to internal combustion engine to begin with. What if we could use electricity as the fuel to make more electricity? Wait, doesn’t that violate the Laws of Thermodynamics (Conservation of Energy)? Answer: Yes, but only if you are using a thermodynamic process. Instead, don’t use a thermodynamic process and operate in a nearly frictionless environment. Use a small amount of electricity to multiply the effects of centrifugal force. Figure out a way to redirect the multiplying effect of centrifugal force to help make the device operate. When the device is driven primarily via centrifugal force and only a trickle amount from the battery you can significantly reduce the amount of “electrical fuel” required from the battery. Use a computer to control and manage demand load versus centrifugal force creation, generation and draw off of the battery. Bonus range: use trickle charging techniques while the vehicle is being used; regenerative braking and small vehicle mounted solar to further increase range and/or time between charging. Trickle draw, off the battery, allows more opportunity for trickle recharging replenishment.

The result: EV range is significantly increased, power is available for accessories, off-grid recharging becomes practical, frequency of recharging is reduced, trickle charging of the battery can potentially keep the vehicle operating off-grid and untethered to recharging for far longer durations of time. These solutions will give the EV a significant competitive advantage over any fossil fuel ICE vehicle.

We know how to do this. We are looking for a critical thinking visionary not afraid to venture beyond what conventional wisdom has set as the boundaries

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Five reasons why green energy won’t replace the fossil-fuel powered grid

Aren’t green technologies the solution to replacing the fossil-fuel powered grid? There are significant challenges that current green energy needs to overcome to provide a competitive advantage over the fossil fuel powered grid;

1.) Performance: Green energy simply does not outperform traditional grid energy generation methods. Half the time it is night and often the wind is calm. Even with conservation and improvements in usage efficiency the lack of green energy’s performance with its inconsistent reliability make green energy mere supplements to the traditional power grid.

2.) Size: In order to produce a competitive level of energy, a solar array or wind turbine needs to be quite large. Large solar arrays and large wind turbines are not practical everywhere.

3.) Storage: Saving green-energy for use at night or when the wind is calm is not yet practical. Small-scale storage is often adequate but not so in large-scale applications.

4.) Centralization: Are large, centralized, generation locations better? Distant wind farms or large solar array installations that send energy over a fragile network are subject to man-made and natural disruptions. The cost of maintaining this infrastructure is significant.

5.) Fluctuation of supply and demand: The grid often has excess supply or excess demand and the two are difficult to properly balance. Many have suggested that smart-grids are the answer to try to balance supply and demand. Smart-grids are an improvement but the probability of peak demand and peak green-energy generation occurring simultaneously are low and is not a sustainable solution when the goal is fossil fuel replacement.

The good news; green-energy’s five challenges can be overcome. Imagine if each user was off the grid, could increase their consumption and could generate on-site, abundant clean energy in exactly the quantity they need, when they need it, in the night or on calm days. No wasted surplus, no shortages, no chance of widespread disruptions with an overall more efficient system that eliminates energy’s impact on the environment. Independent Energy’s P6G overcomes all of the challenges now facing green-energy.

We are looking for a critical thinking visionary not afraid to venture beyond what conventional wisdom has set as the boundaries.

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Connecting the dots of green-energy takes critical thinking that is “outside the thermodynamics box” ™

Independent Energy has discovered a new method of energy generation that will outperform fossil fuels. Looking for critical thinkers who want to join us in changing how the world creates, distributes and consumes energy.

Energy Efficiency

88% of the power generated in the United States comes from coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants. The combined weighted efficiencies of these power plants is less than 48%. That means that for every 100 units of energy consumed to make electricity 48 units are converted and 52 units are wasted.

This level of waste is unacceptable and it is not sustainable solution to our environmental challenges. Solar panels and wind turbines are a step in the right direction however the problem is that in order to create enough energy  you need an extraordinarily large solar array or extraordinarily large wind turbine. These are not particularly well suited or practical as a replacement to fossil fuel power plants. What happens when it’s cloudy? What happens when the wind is calm?  Independent Energy LLC, has a solution that will enable 100% off-grid, power  24/7 even when it is cloudy or when the wind is calm. An advanced smart motor-generator system operates from a battery but at such high levels of efficiency it draws far less energy from the battery allowing more time for the battery to be recharged from a smaller solar array and small wind turbine. This technological advancement will enable the typical home to generate all of the power it requirements from a small rooftop solar array and small wind turbine operating 24/7 off the grid with zero emissions.

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Distributed Energy

People resist change. Even those that are trying to to do the right thing with new alternative energy initiatives tend to try to solve the problem using what they are familiar with.  The idea that energy needs to be created at some centralized location and redistributed is not true. If one questions the basic assumptions and asks “is that the best way?and why?”  We might change our thinking about energy and what the best way to create and deliver it would be.  I believe that producing what is needed on site is a better solution?

John Farrell in his blog post titled “Community Solar Shouldn’t Be this Hard” discusses the issues and challenges in trying to build community solar energy projects. The community or centralized distributed network is subject to many disruptions and inefficiencies. It’s not the best solution for traditional energy and its not the best for green energy as well. Independent Energy LLC has a technology concept that has great potential to outperform any current distributed energy technology in any comparison category. It will allow for the independent production and control of your own energy, on site… applications will include powering your home, factory or office to your electric car or electric aircraft.

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