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Protein nano-wires that generate juice -- now imagine your awning covered with these little devices:

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But don't hold your breath waiting for this to be commercially available.


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Very interesting.
Probably some government agency is trying to come with a plan to tax the electricity produced. [emoticon]

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When I see the box generating 3KW or more, at a competitive price on the shelf then I'll believe in it. Otherwise it is lab vaporware just like all those super whammo-dyne new batteries that we hear about but never see. They are trying to raise funds.


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I read about this perpetual motion machine that ran on the earths natural frequency vibration, but the oil companies bought the patent and buried it.

Really, it's true, I read it on the internet.

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philh wrote:

I read about this perpetual motion machine that ran on the earths natural frequency vibration, but the oil companies bought the patent and buried it.

Really, it's true, I read it on the internet.

Was it similar to the article from the 1960's about the super secret carburetor that got 100 MPG and somehow ended up on a customers car?
GMC sent a Ninja SWAT team to recover the carburetor. I remember reading about that before the internet. It must be true.

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Trump ads on a science page? That's a first.

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While I'm a believer that it is possible, I noticed the lack of description of how much energy is produced per given amount of nanowire and how much current is actually there? It is going to have to be pretty significant to scale up for energy replacement, not to mention just how fragile is a nanowire that is less than 10 microns thick. I would think just looking at it too hard would break them. Still, it will be a game changer if they can scale it up even for just small electronics.

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gbopp wrote:

philh wrote:

I read about this perpetual motion machine that ran on the earths natural frequency vibration, but the oil companies bought the patent and buried it.

Really, it's true, I read it on the internet.

Was it similar to the article from the 1960's about the super secret carburetor that got 100 MPG and somehow ended up on a customers car?
GMC sent a Ninja SWAT team to recover the carburetor. I remember reading about that before the internet. It must be true.


I remember that. I was just a kid. It was in P M Magazine. Only had 3 moving parts.


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p220sigman wrote:

While I'm a believer that it is possible, I noticed the lack of description of how much energy is produced per given amount of nanowire and how much current is actually there? It is going to have to be pretty significant to scale up for energy replacement, not to mention just how fragile is a nanowire that is less than 10 microns thick. I would think just looking at it too hard would break them. Still, it will be a game changer if they can scale it up even for just small electronics.

It's more of a working concept and not an actual working model. They did compare it to an AirGen at about 1/3 the AirGen capacity. So using laboratory operating AirGens as an example, it would take this newer technology about 2 acres of surface area to product 1 amp at 12 volts.


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