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Happy 2014! and Prompt

Hello Everyone!

I just noticed my last post was back in October. How did that happen? Guess my new job at EMC Corp has hogged all my time for the last two months.

I want to apologize to any that have come to visit this odd little publication and found no updates for such a long period.

This in no way means I have stopped my absorption of science and technology during my internet vacation.

OriginOil.com has premiered their permanent Technology showcase – LINK

Also a new method to turn freshly harvested algae into crude oil in 30 minutes was also posted over my break. – LINK

Emerging Objects had a wonderful showcase featured as well. Check out their Facebook page for news and updates. Here is some beautiful pictures from the site.

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Yulex Corporation made some huge news with this announcement.

From Site – SGB Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company, and Yulex Corporation, a biomaterial company, announced today a collaboration to establish a genomics and molecular breeding platform focused on accelerating the crop improvement of Guayule as a sustainable source of biorubber that can replace traditional tropical or petroleum-based rubber for medical, consumer and industrial markets. – See more at: LINK

Of course CES 2014LINK – not much to say here, this is like a tech enthusiast’s Spring Break. Keep checking back for so much techie goodness.

There is a fantastic article on Elon Musk, which they mention the Falcon Heavy and the Model X, it gives me the shivers. LINK

Now for a Writing Prompt, because I said so.

Prompt – pick one of the companies above, read about one of their technologies, apply that tech in a new category of industry that they aren’t in yet, and try to show your audience how much impact that could have on a near future.

Example – OriginOil’s separation technology applied to the diary industry to enhance protein harvest and cheese making.

Have a wonderful first weekend,

Andrew

Green’ed Materials Companies and PROMPT

Good Saturday,

I got together four company profiles that I believe deserve  more media attention.

Solidia Technologies

Solidia Technologies® is a sustainable technology company with a patented scientific process that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create better building, construction and industrial products.

Solidia exists where challenge and opportunity meet on a variety of global issues, including population growth, rapid urbanization, infrastructure decline, climate change and water scarcity. Solidia has the potential to deliver profitable, game-changing solutions to every corner of the world by employing some of the world’s most ubiquitous materials—cement and concrete, along with one of its most problematic pollutants—CO2.

By offering the concrete and cement industries market-driven solutions as they pivot to the low-carbon economy, Solidia Technologies offers a solution grounded in scientific innovation and fueled by the power of the marketplace. (From Site)

 

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I love these guys. Green Cement and Concrete will be an enormous industry and will help cut green house emissions while also making available a low temperature curing building material. They are also very active on Twitter(@SolidiaCO2), which makes it fun to suggest potential partnerships with companies around your living area. Go to their site and poke around a little. Teach yourself about the coming revolution of cement and concrete.

 

Yulex Corporation 

Yulex Corporation is revolutionizing rubber and energy production through sustainable, agricultural-based, latex allergy friendly solutions. The company harnesses crop science, zero-waste bioprocessing, and materials science for the production of biomaterials from the renewable, industrial crop guayule. Yulex’s biorubber, resin and biomass materials have medical, consumer, industrial and bioenergy applications. The company is based in the U.S. Southwest and has a growing global footprint. 

Yulex Corporation, a privately held company founded in 2000, develops sustainable, health-friendly biomaterials made from guayule (Parthenium argentatum). The company produces agricultural-based, latex allergy-friendly biomaterials for the manufacturing of medical, consumer, industrial and bioenergy products. Yulex has established sustainable clean technology through its advancements in plant breeding and genetics, agricultural practices, and proprietary material conversion technologies.

Yulex develops compounds and formulas for customized products, establishes processing protocols, and co-develops finished products in collaboration with market leaders.

Yulex biorubber emulsion is registered with the Personal Care Product Council under the INCI name Parthenium Argentatum Bark Extract.

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(From Site)

This company is another one that I feel isn’t getting enough attention and should be getting a lot more. One reason why I enjoy this company so much is the focus on reclaiming land by using the Arizona dry climate land that wouldn’t be used for anything, and changing it into productive biorubber and biomass production. Arizona is surrounded by this type dry, flat land that is just waiting for the guayule plant to be seeded, adding value and jobs to land that used to be totally ignored.

The Twitter (@YulexGuayule) for Yulex is also very active.

OriginOil

OriginOil has developed a breakthrough water cleanup technology for the oil & gas, algae and other water-intensive industries.

Unlike other technologies, the company’s patent-pending Electro Water Separation™ process rapidly and efficiently removes organic material from large quantities of water without the need for chemicals.

For the oil & gas industry, OriginOil is helping clean up produced water and recycle fracking water, to reduce harm to the environment and lower costs. For the emerging algae industry, OriginOil is making large-scale harvest possible. And in aquaculture, OriginOil is helping improve yields and making seafood healthier by dramatically reducing the levels of toxic ammonia and bacteria in water. For a world short on clean water, OriginOil is the lower-cost and cleaner answer.

(From Site)

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I have talked about this amazing company before as well as Yulex, so I will refer you back to that Post (LINK). OriginOil has made giant leaps and bounds in the last couple of months. Using a pivot method, they have gone from just a dewatering algae company to expand into Aquaculture, the Oil and Gas Fracking industries, and even prototyping a sewage water processing unit that is quite spectacular.

OriginOil has a very active Twitter account (@OriginOil), which is very responsive.

ZEOFORM

ZEO is a privately held, Australian-based company that has discovered, developed and patented a revolutionary eco-friendly industrial material, derived from raw cellulose – the most abundant source of fibre on the planet.

Pure cellulose extracted from recycled and reclaimed papers, industrial hemp, discarded natural fabrics, waste and renewable plants, is sustainably transformed into a strong, durable, flexible base material called ZEOFORM™.

Similar in look, feel and function to a dense hardwood, ZEOFORM can be sprayed, moulded or formed into infinite shapes, sizes, colours and variations – including specialised substrates for unique applications in any industry requiring woods, plastics and resins for manufacturing.

ZEOFORM is truly 100% eco-friendly – with no glues, binders, chemicals or additives of any kind. A unique patented process produces a beautiful, versatile, extremely strong material for hundreds of thousands of products used everywhere and every day, worldwide.
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(From SITE)

This stuff just blows my mind. The amount of cellulose that is just thrown away or burned is crazy. To be able to turn this “waste” product into something of an inexpensive building material is revolutionary. They also embrace an open source model so a possibility of WikiHouse asking for some ZEOFORM in future models of their designs seems highly likely.

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I have a lot of other thoughts on ZEOFORM but that will be for another post. I will link to their Indiegogo campaign going on right now – http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zeoform-revolution and their Twitter (@ZEOFORM)

I want to end as I alway do with a PROMPT.

PROMPT – If your character had access to cheap building materials, what kind of structure would they build in the backyard? Could they build said structure or have to ask someone else?

NOTE – if you want a more steady dose of science geekery, follow @Jonester for that sweet, sweet science goodness.

A New Type of Vessel for the Nuclear Industry

NOTE – Originally Written for some of my Nuclear Engineering friends on Thorium Energy Alliance.

A Little Hump Day Fun. Lighter Weight and Stronger Pressure Vessels/Systems using Composite Wraps for the Nuclear Industry. This one is a little long and many of the facts are Wiki-sourced.

I remember a few years back Americans got all huffy about not being able to forge reactor vessels anymore. We had the skills, but didn’t want the environmental thrills that came along with it (I know dumb rhyme).

But I say, why resurrect the old vessels at all? I know Molten Salt don’t need a main pressure vessel (the steam system will need a pressurized system so my idea still counts). But we haven’t got those approved yet and swaps of old reactor vessels could be worth it.

So what to do? A Reactor Vessel needs to withstand over 150 Bar, as well as handle over 600 F, along with corrosive elements in the water. Instead of using specialized 300 Series Steel Cladding and Liners, why not use some lighter alloys and composite wraps?

Average CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Tank is rated at 2900 psi (199.95 Bar), while in the USA, CNG Tanks are rated for 3600 psi (248.21 Bar). What are these tanks made of you say? Usually Aluminum or Plastic/Rubber liners with a Carbon Fiber Composite Wrap (Hoop and Helical wrapping).

Modern Reactor Vessels can weigh in the 500 ton range and beyond. Those would be some large factories.

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(Dresden-2 reactor SOURCE)

The Stainless Steel cladding that helps prevent corrosion are usually around 1/4 inch. There is also Neutron reflectors made of Graphite, Beryllium, Tungsten Carbide, or other materials around the core to help wrangle in those wild neutrons while also protecting the reactor vessel from “belt” embrittlement.

The first CNG Tanks were in the mid thousand pound range. As the metal was replaced with lighter ones, or even plastic/rubber liners, along with the carbon fiber wraps a tank that used to weigh 1200 pounds could now weigh just over 100 with the same ratings.

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So my plan, pick the correct materials for the temperature flux, corrosion, and neutron reflecting materials for the tank liner, then wrap that baby up in some appropriately rated Carbon Fiber/Other Fibers which should reduce the weight of those suckers to the 21st century.

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As you can see, geometries are not really limited.

Again, I know the MSR reactors won’t need giant pressurized reactor vessels, but applying the same concepts to the pressurized piping in the steam loops could help cheapen or at least strengthen the system.

Now the fun part! Discuss, Refine, and get the Creative Juices going. Good, Bad, or even ugly let it be known in the comments.

PROMPT – I haven’t done one of these in a while, so write a letter to your local congress person (from a fictional person POV) about a technology that could benefit from Carbon Fiber Wrapping.

ProNutria.com Getting a little Attention + Prompt

ProNutria.com
http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/06/cellular-based-precise-nutrition.html

This is all.

I just can’t resist posting an article about ProNutria.com.

PROMPT – if you could produce enough food to make it almost free, what would your character switch their disposable income on?

Have a great Weekend!

Andrew

Hey Everyone! Lasers and PROMPT

Hey Everyone!

Sorry I have been absent from the blog these last few days. Life has been hitting on all cylinders, as I think the saying goes, which is a convenient excuse as everyone has lives but it makes me feel better saying it regardless.

I wanted to note that I will be going in to eye surgery today, PRK Laser eye surgery, and will be unable to look at any scientific journals or blog sites for about a week. This will be an even longer absence than the one I just apologized for, so I thought I would try to provide some entertainment in the form of links to keep people from becoming mob like on the comments section.

This may look a little more disorganized and filled with links than my other posts, but I don’t have enough time to make it look clean before I have to take a relaxing pill so I am not a eye-twitching mess when the doctor aims the laser at my eyeball.

The first group of links include videos, especially the KickStarter videos. And this list is in no way complete or just favorites of mine, more just a randomly collected.

Free ebook: Low-cost 3D printing for science, education and sustainable development
http://www.3dprinter.net/free-ebook-low-cost-3d-printing-for-science-education-and-sustainable-development

Type A Machines: 3D Printing That’s Affordable and Reliable

3D Scanners

3D Scanner (million points in a couple minutes for under$3000) – nextengine.com

Jay Leno’s Garage: NextEngine’s 3D Scanner and 3D Printing

Desktop 3D Scanner by CADScan — Kickstarter

Desktop Extruders

Desktop Plastic Extrusion System for Everyone by Edward Clifford — Kickstarter

Filastruder: A robust, inexpensive filament extruder. by Tim Elmore — Kickstarter

Filabot Links

http://filabot.com/

Vacuum Formers

3D Printed Vacuum Former
http://hackedgadgets.com/2013/04/11/3d-printed-vacuum-former/

KREATION Vacuum Former: Make plastic prototypes and toys by Aaron Silverberg

CNC Router Systems

Grow: A Portable CNC Router System
http://blog.makezine.com/2013/05/08/grow-a-portable-cnc-router-system/
Grow Video – An expandable CNC Router Machine

The Othermill: Custom Circuits at Your Fingertips by Otherfab — Kickstarter

Selective Laser Sintering

DMLS – Direct Metal Laser Sintering
http://gpiprototype.com/services/dmls-direct-metal-laser-sintering.html

How it’s Made – 3D metal printing

3D Printers (No particular order, or sign of favorites, just a quick list of some)

The Perfectly Petite Printrbot Simple
http://3dprintingindustry.com/2013/05/07/the-perfectly-petite-printrbot-simple/

FORM 1: An affordable, professional 3D printer by Formlabs — Kickstarter

B9Creator – A DIY High Resolution 3D Printer by Michael Joyce — Kickstarter

Gigabot 3D Printing: This is Huge! by re:3D — Kickstarter

LulzBot TAZ claims largest build area for desktop 3D printers
http://www.gizmag.com/lulzbot-taz-3d-printer/27527/

The Buccaneer™ Cloud 3D Printer – World’s Most Affordable Home 3D Printer
http://pirate3d.com/

Precitech Introduces Next-Generation Multi-Axis Ultra Precision Machining System
http://www.nanowerk.com/news2/newsid=30457.php

Mataerial: the anti-gravity 3D printer

Micro 3-D Printer Creates Tiny Structures in Seconds – MIT Tech Review Article
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/511856/micro-3-d-printer-creates-tiny-structures-in-seconds/

OpenBeam Kossel Pro – A new type of 3D Printer by Terence Tam — Kickstarter

Fab@Home – http://www.fabathome.org/

D-Shape’s Big Building Plans
http://fabbaloo.com/blog/2013/5/1/d-shapes-plans.html

MudHouse – http://www.rael-sanfratello.com/?p=655

6-meter tall KamerMaker to 3D print Amsterdam house by year’s end
http://www.gizmag.com/kamermaker-3d-printed-house/26752/

Laser Cutter

Affordable 20″x12″ LASER Cutter / Engraver by Full Spectrum Laser — Kickstarter

Other

New Microfluidic Droplet-On-Demand System From Dolomite
http://www.nanowerk.com/news2/newsid=30527.php

Sugar Laser Sintering – http://candyfab.org/

What is 3D Chocolate Printing
https://chocedge.com/3dprinting.php (Videos)

Industrial Users of Additive Technologies

Voxeljet Technology – http://www.voxeljet.de/en/news-and-events/news/
Dimension Printing – DimensionPrinting.com
ExOne – http://www.exone.com/
Additive Companies Run Production Parts (EOS DMLS) – http://www.rapidtoday.com/rqm.html

Useful Information

7 TED Talks on the wonder of 3D printing
http://blog.ted.com/2013/02/07/7-talks-on-the-wonder-of-3d-printing/

A Matter of Scales: How Much Can You Print with a Single 1kg Spool?
http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2012/02/24/a-matter-of-scales-how-much-can-you-print-with-a-single-1kg-spool/

Answering Common 3D Printing Questions
http://blog.makezine.com/2013/05/13/answering-common-3d-printing-questions/

Price Comparison 3D printers – 3ders.org
http://www.3ders.org/pricecompare/3dprinters/

Interesting Developments

3D Robotics for open source drones
http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/04/3d-robotics-for-open-source-drones-your.html

Drone Startup Airware Lands $10.7 Million Series A Led By Andreessen Horowitz
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2013/05/15/drone-startup-airware-lands-10-7-million-series-a-led-by-andreessen-horowitz/

3D Printing and the Future of Stuff

The Paper is the Circuit: Scientists create graphite-based paper circuitry
http://www.gizmag.com/paper-graphite-flexible-circuits/27545/

White House looks to 3D printing with $200 million plan for military, energy manufacturing
http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/9/4315720/white-house-looks-to-3d-printing-with-200-million-plan-for-military

Emerging Objects – http://www.emergingobjects.com Can use Paper, Salt, Cement Polymer, Nylon, Wood Pulp, and Acrylic in their 3D Printing Processes.

Designing The Future :: 3D4D – Relieving Poverty, Encouraging Innovation
http://www.3d4dchallenge.org/designing-the-future/

Links for Solar-powered Sand Sintering
http://www.3dprinter.net/solar-powered-sand-sintering
Video Link – http://www.markuskayser.com/work/sun-cutter/
Video Link – http://www.markuskayser.com/work/solarsinter/

NOT ALL OF THE LINKS ARE DIRECT SOURCES.

I thought to make things slightly more entertaining, the links provided won’t all contain just the source material, but sites that cover these developments so anyone curious enough to click through may find a new source for information about that particular subject.

Like I said, this page may not be pretty, but it sure has plenty of mind expanding videos and articles, enough to hopefully appease everyone long enough for my eyes to heal back to super-normal.

If any of the links don’t work, post in comments and I will fix the, later. If there is projects you want included or that may blow other people’s imagination away, also post in the comments and I will do my best to cover them later on.

Here is a PROMPT – Given enough to fund a garage of tinkerers and the toys they needed, what would your character (or you) focus that group of minds and their tools to work on?

Have a great week!

Andrew

DOE’s Regional Clean Energy Business Winner – SiNode Systems and PROMPT

Good Monday All,

I apologize for the absence over the weekend but I had to graduate from College real quick. I thought to get back on track, I would do a Company Profile on one of the Department of Energy’s Regional Clean Energy Business winners SiNode Systems. Just check out all the giant checks they won at the 2013 Rice Business Plan Competition!

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400 applicants. 42 selected competitors. 15 semi-finalists. 1 winner.

SiNode Systems took home the grand prize at the 2013 Rice Business Plan Competition, the world’s richest and largest business plan competition. In total, SiNode was awarded over $800,000 in prizes generously sponsored by the GOOSE Society of Texas, the OWL Investment Group, Mercury Fund, Greater Houston Partnership, U.S. Department of Energy, Trailblazer Capital, PKF of Texas, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, BBVA Compass, Miller, Egan, Molter & Nelson LLP, and others.

The competition was an incredible experience for the SiNode team, and we would like to thank the organizers and sponsors of the event, especially the Rice Alliance and Northwestern alumnus Brad Burke.

And I am Back

Congratulations SiNode Systems for winning the Western Southwest Region in the DOE’s competition! I wish you luck on the upcoming National Competition on June 11th and 12th. Here are the links to get to the information I first stumbled across that sparked this post.

Regional Winners of University Clean Energy Business Competition

Portal to the DOE’s Clean Energy Business Contest 

Okay, so for those wondering why I am writing about SiNode Systems, here is the DOE’s little blurb they used to describe the company for the competition.

Northwestern University, SiNode Systems

SiNode’s lithium battery anode technology addresses the two aspects of battery improvement, energy capacity and power density. SiNode Systems’ Si-graphene composite anode provides up to a ten-fold increase in energy capacity compared to the conventional graphite anode, and can increase energy capacity of a complete battery assembly by 50 percent to 100 percent. The graphene scaffolding of the anode provides for more flexible support and a faster charging of the battery, up to ten-fold increase.

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From the SiNode System’s Technology Page

The technology utilizes a composite material of silicon nano-particles and graphene in a layered structure. In effect, the flexible graphene scaffolds of our composite materials eliminate the rapid degradation of performance associated with silicon-based anode materials. In addition, in-plane nano-engineered porosity is introduced to the graphene layers, allowing rapid ionic diffusion through the structure.

Distinct Attributs 

◦ mechanically flexible

◦ electronically conductive

◦ abundant charge carrying capacity

◦ excellent high-rate lithium-ion storage capabilities

Scalability

In comparison to other competing anode technologies, SiNode has a unique advantage as a highly scalable and low cost solution for large-scale production. Much of the synthesis procedure for porous graphene scaffold and the resulting composite relies on solution-based chemistry (modified Hummers’ method). Readily available industrial equipment such as drying oven and centrifuges can be used to maximize efficiency during scaled production. No specialized or custom-made machinery is necessary for any step of the production process.

Furthermore, the unique characteristics of our anode provide a number of manufacturing advantages and could eliminate the need for certain components required by current Li-ion batteries.

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Now I don’t really have to say much about how great it will be to have extended battery life. To be honest, this isn’t even my favorite new battery technology, especially in the Graphene field, that is for later. But, SiNode Systems is one of the farthest along, while also being very scalable, which are both important for rapid market penetration.

Since this is a Company Profile piece and not a regular article where I meander my way through the almost infinite possibilities, I want to provide all the links to the site to give quick access to all the pages they have listed.

Home Page

News Page

Technology Page

Company Page

Contact Page

And of course no article on aJonester.com would be complete without a PROMPT.

PROMPT – Would having 100% more battery, that charges very quickly, make your character more or less aware of their battery bar on their electronics?

I will be trying to get more articles like this one and the ones before this one out into the InterWebz so anyone that is as curious as me can at least have a quick read about the innovations coming down the pipeline.

Have a Great Monday,

Andrew

Solar-Powered 3D Printer and Sinter Style Prompt!

Happy Monday,

After doing the research on the Up-Cycled 3D Materials, I stumbled onto a couple of other very interesting methods that print with sustainable materials. I wanted to share one of those ideas to spark the Monday Blues away.

From the wandering genius, Markus Kayser, comes the SolarSinter Project.

SolarSinter

Check out this Printer in Action HERE.

If that picture isn’t enough to wet your Creative Whistle, here is some bowls made from Moroccan-Flavored Sand.

Morocco Flavored Bowls

Between the SolarSinter and the SunCutter (Solar-Powered Cutting Tool) Markus has provided some spectacular building tools that can utilize both Sun and Sand. Of course my mind questioned what else a Solar-Powered SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) system that produces a solar beam of over 1600 °C (2912 °F) can do.

But first, I want to thank Markus for risking the dangers of the desert to prove this fantastic concept. You are a DIY Pioneer.

With that being said, many elements can be melted with this powerful thermal beam. Iron melts at about 1550 °C, Aluminum melts at 770 °C but those are just the pure powdered metals. Alloys melt at lower temperatures and a lot of the most interesting applications would most likely be in the alloy arena.

Useful Alloy Examples

Stainless 18-8 melts at about 1380 °C
Hard steel melts at about 1370 °C
Inconel steel melts at about 1350 °C

Monel melts at about 1320 °C

Easier said then done of course, but I think Markus Kayser’s amazing SolarSinter is just scratching the surface of its capabilities. I want to throw out a challenge to the Hackerspace Community to either contact Markus to see if he is willing to share the design in a true DIY fashion or go out and build your own thermal beam powered SLS.

Hint – Four Large Fresnel Lenses

I am going to end this entry here before I pollute any one’s Prompt Writing with my own ideas.

PROMPT – How would your character utilize the thermal beam power of the SolarSinter. For community good? For purposeful evil? For sibling shenanigans?

Have a Fantastic Monday,

Sir Drewster III

PS – I want to thank 3DPrinter.net for the wonderful ARTICLE that started me down this particular Research Rabbit Hole.

Up-Cycled 3D Printing Materials and PROMPT

Good Morning and Happy Weekend!

I can’t believe it is already May 4th! I wanted to share an amazing development in 3D Printing Materials I ran across last night.

Emerging Objects – can use Paper, Salt, Cement Polymer, Nylon, Wood Pulp, and Acrylic in their 3D Printing Processes.

FROM SITE – That “other direction” is organic and renewable: salt harvested from San Francisco Bay, wood pulp, and clay. Using a standard powder-based 3D printer, they and their students have figured out how to print bricks, components, and furniture using recyclable materials. What does 3D-printed wood look like? Weirdly realistic: it has a faux grain, simply because of the layered printing process. The salt, meanwhile, looks like “solid milk,” to borrow Rael’s words. Shockingly, it’s all super strong, thanks to reinforcement techniques developed in-house—their printed cement is actually stronger than standard stuff. But most importantly? It’s 90% less expensive than current 3D printing technology.

When I read this article I almost pooped myself. I have been trying to figure out a good alternative to dumping the “Brine” solution, a byproduct from Desalination plants, back into the ocean since this process tends to sterilize the surrounding area due to the incredible amounts of salt now in the water.

Since Perforene and other Thin Membrane filters are about to revolutionize the Desalination Plant (making them a very exciting business to start) makes having the ability to 3D Print one of the main byproducts, basically Salt, is incredible.

GeoTUBE Tower – This is one of the Emerging Objects Salt Building partnerships.

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Their idea looks very cool, but simplifying the design process down to basic building blocks that are strong and weather proof, which a Desalination Plant can form on site, would allow the locals to carry away cheap building materials. This would be a massively beneficial way to up-cycle that extra salt while preserving the aquatic life around the plant.

Since most of the 3D Printing methods allow for layering, the different combinations of cheap byproducts allows for an immense range of properties that can be added to the end building material. Salt is not the only thing that is left behind after making clean water. The other materials could also be concentrated and used in this process.

WRITING PROMPT – What would you build with Salt bricks? Have the process of building that structure be the central focus of a quick glimpse inside your character.

Example Question – Does your character build their own structure or would they order it to be assembled?

Have a Wonderful Weekend,

Sir Drewster III

Joule Unlimited and Joule Fuels Update/PROMPT

Hey Everyone!

As the close of my Creative Writing Degree draws nearer, those hard life questions have assumed a large amount of my time. But, I just can’t be quiet about some of the recent announcements that have come out of one of my favorite companies, Joule Unlimited and Joule Fuels.

First announcement comes from a press release posted on 4/15/13 that is a basic summary from a presentation at the Advanced Biofuels Leaders Conference 2013.

Joule Extends Solar CO2-Conversion Platform to Produce Renewable Gasoline and Jet Fuel 

– Joule today announced another industry first in renewable fuel production: the direct conversion of waste CO2 into the essential components of gasoline and jet fuel. The breakthrough gives Joule the opportunity to expand its Sunflow™ product line and help address global demand for true hydrocarbon fuel replacements.

– To date, renewable hydrocarbon-based fuel substitutes have required the complex, multi-step conversion of algal or other agricultural biomass feedstocks into fuel pre-cursors, and subsequent chemical upgrading. In contrast, Joule has engineered photosynthetic biocatalysts that convert waste CO2 into hydrocarbons through a patented, continuous process. Joule has been successfully scaling its process for making ethanol (Sunflow-E) while also developing long-chain hydrocarbons for diesel (Sunflow-D). With its latest breakthrough, Joule becomes the first company able to directly produce medium-chain hydrocarbons which are substantial components of gasoline (Sunflow-G) and jet fuel (Sunflow-J).

Click the LINK to check out more from the press release. But the important thing is Joule Unlimited has unlocked the potential to make Jet and Gasoline fuels on top of the already impressive Ethanol and Diesel variants by redefining what most EcoCritics call a waste gas (CO2) and using it to fuel (little biofuel humor) their Cyanobacteria factories.

If that sounds weird, don’t worry it is. But this is the essentially the same process as making beer. Real simply, Brewers feed yeast cultures simple sugars (mash) and the yeast cultures in turn produce the vapors that gets turned into alcohol. Here is an info graphic from PopSci that breaks that down.

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That wasn’t the only tasty nugget of information that David Berry and crew had available. Looks like the Joule Unlimited family is expanding, with Joule Fuels. Their offices are even in The Netherlands! 

While looking around the new JouleFuels.com, I came across several new pictures of the camera shy production plant out in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

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I can’t even count the amount of time I spent refreshing Google Maps when I first heard about this plant being built. Now, here it is, no blur or anything! 

Are you as Geek-ed up as I am about those pictures? Probably not, but if you have seen my previous work, you know I am uber-Geek when it comes Joule Unlimited, ProNutria, and many other fringe science projects (More on that in the coming posts).

I often ask myself, am I holding back some of the more technical details when I tell anyone who will listen about this technology. I mean, it is really hard to visualize something this odd. Well, Joule Fuels has a few more nuggets of awesome to share with us.

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Now, I know this looks different from the old Solar Panel setup, but this design is a lot more efficient and has a lot less materials required to build, making large economies of scale a lot easier to obtain than the initial solid frame structures still found on Joule Unlimited’s site.

One thing that has always bugged me, is the amount of stealth some of these companies run when first starting. Well, Joule Fuels has one more fun nugget.

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This was an even sweeter piece of information than the pictures of the plant. A freaking path to market page! April 15th, when I discovered all of this, could potentially be a mini Christmas for me from now on. I didn’t realize it at first, but I was in a Joule Unlimited dry spell. I found myself watching David Berry’s SolveForX Video over and over again. I checked rumor sites, websites, and comments on past articles to see if there was a nugget of something new (which actually lead me to the successful Google Maps search for the plant). But none of that compares to getting all of this new information and pictures!

I better stop for now. I will end it the way all my entries are, with a Writing Prompt!

PROMPT – Create a job/industry servicing the rapid expansion of building this technology. Your character will be brand new to this industry, bearing witness to some of the potential growing pains of an entirely new way of producing fuel from what humanity used to call waste.

PS – Just to make sure I don’t get in trouble for this, I am not associated with Joule Unlimited or Joule Fuels in any way, even though I would love to be. The views and opinions in this post are my own crazy fanboy thoughts. All pictures can be sourced by the links provided. I hope you enjoy this post, much more like it will be coming down the road.

SciFi Inspirational Websites and PROMPT!

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to put together a nice guide to MY future looking sources of creative inspiration. These websites aren’t secret but some of them are a little more on the down low. I will start with the more popular, well-known websites and break down to the more rare ones aimed at the underground scientific community, and throwing a few companies to follow at the end.

The first grouping of sites offer a wide range of announcements, reports, discoveries, and just interesting reads.

engadget.comgizmodo.comwired.com, and gizmag.com  – This grouping of sites offers a wide range of announcements, reports, discoveries, and just interesting reads into the technology and gadgets arenas.

technologyreview.com (MIT), newscientist.compopsci.com, arstechnica.com, and popularmechanics.com – This group focuses a little more on the scientific.

i09.com – This is a sister site of Gizmodo, but it is worth running into the strange articles and announcements found there.

ted.com and wesolveforx.com – Great sites for cutting edge VIDEO presentations. We Solve for X is a newer site sponsored by Google – the videos are focused on new discoveries in technology and how to apply them to big world problems. TED is a huge resource of all kinds of interesting stuff.

nextbigfuture.com and acceler8or.com – These are the more down low websites for interesting reading to expand and inspire.

I have to apologize, this post is also an informational probe into the viewers of these Prompts. If any other website or company provides some awesome articles, POST THE LINKS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION to share with everyone else.

These are companies that have products or innovations that can set the creative energies boiling!

SpaceX.com and Telsa.com – Of course Elon Musk has to be listed in this section. Check out the forums for some fun reading.

chamtechops.com – Spray on antenna. This technology is one of Google’s We Solve for X featured technology talks. In his talk, Anthony Sutera seems to be asking anyone in the audience to collaborate with him to make new stuff.

jouleunlimited.com and EssentientDavid Berry is an amazing man, in charge of at least six companies. These two companies will transform our world. Both companies have physical plants and will blow your mind.

bigelowaerospace.com – Inflatable modules for space! This site doesn’t update too often but the Forums are usually a great area for discussion.

energyfromthorium.com – This is not a company but a crazy source of information on nuclear energy. Thorium Remix 2011 (2012 seeking funding) is a good primer for information about Thorium, but their forum and Facebook page updates with new information all the time. Flibe Energy is one company working on solving the short-sighted vision of previous presidents.

I am trying to think of other sites or companies that need to be on this list, but I am getting hungry. Just for kicks, here is a Prompt!

PROMPT – Remember Luddites? Write a Luddite prophet in a future heavy civilization, who uses technology to spread their message.

Hope this is a great resource for those days that the internets have turned into a slug of a time.

Have a great day,

Sir Drewster III