Qualcomm teams up with Renault to trial wireless electric car charging

By Lee Kaelin on July 25, 2012, 4:30 PM

Qualcomm announced a new partnership yesterday with French carmaker Renault to begin field trials of its revolutionary wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology, which if successful could lead to a wider adoption of all-electric vehicles along with various potential uses in other markets. Despite its appeal among environmentally-minded individuals, drawbacks such as a lack of widespread charging stations has stifled growth. WEVC could change that.

In some respects it echoes the joint effort between Samsung and Qualcomm to create a wireless charging standard, but on a much grander scale, the latest venture highlights Qualcomm's continued push into wireless charging technologies following its purchase of leading wireless car charging firm HaloIPT last November.

Qualcomm's technology utilizes a concept involving inductive power transfer with two coils tuned to create a magnetic field to "move" the power from one location to another. For a vehicle to be wirelessly charged, it requires a charging mat embedded in the ground and a receiver installed on the underside of the vehicle. When the vehicle is parked above the "mat," it's charged. By having a wireless charger at work and another on your driveway, it would be possible to keep the battery packs continuously topped up.

"The system will magnetically optimize the connection, so it doesn't matter if you are slightly askew while charging or terrible at parking your car like me," said Andrew Gilbert, executive vice president of European innovation development at Qualcomm, speaking to the NY Times. "This makes the system easy to use and easy to fit."

"Delta Motorsport has developed an advanced passenger EV that is a good platform to demonstrate our Qualcomm Halo Wireless EV Charging in pre-commercial deployments. Delta brings high-performance automotive engineering design to the London WEVC trial and the Delta E-4 Coupe displays technology at the cutting edge of EV innovation," said Qualcomm Europe vice president of business development and marketing Anthony Thomson.

The company will start its trial in London later this year to evaluate the commercial viability of WEVC.




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Lurker101 said:

So basically, they're planning on charging cars like toothbrushes.

ikesmasher said:

come back when you can make an all electric vehicle thats fun to drive... :P

Lurker101 said:

If you get drunk enough, a milk float can be fun to drive. Does that count?

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

Black Swans, highly improbable innovations with huge implications, suggest future cars can become power plants when parked.

See Moving Beyond Oil and Cheap Green on the Aesop Institute website.

This technology can be designed to work in reverse and feed power to the grid.

Cars so equipped might even pay for themselves.

Imagine the impact on the economy when these vehicles become practical!

Lurker101 said:

These cars will never become practical though. I've seen plans somewhere on putting this magnetic charge tech into roads, so that drivers don't need to park for a week before they can go for an hours drive. That way they can literally just drive as long as they want. Thankfully, that's about as feasible and economic as building a step ladder that can reach the moon.

Electric cars are the Windows Vista of the automotive industry. Ignore them and wait for the hydrogen fuel cell powered cars.

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

Electric cars are the Windows Vista of the automotive industry. Ignore them and wait for the hydrogen fuel cell powered cars.

Fuels cells that need only have water - fresh or salt - added, instead of hydrogen, are close to production in Vietnam.

The nanotech lab where they were invented is headed by an American who holds 37 patents. Most were obtained when he was a senior scientist at HP and Kodak.

There is a bit about them on Moving Beyond Oil and Cheap Green on the Aesop Institute website.

These are Black Swans. They reflect new science. Very hard to believe but apparently very real.

1 person liked this | Lurker101 said:

Can't help but suspect this guy has an agenda...

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

Can't help but suspect this guy has an agenda...

My agenda can be found on the opening pages of the Aesop Institute website. I would like to see action that prevents grid collapse due to a highly possible solar storm emission. Grids that supply power to nuclear plants and fail for two weeks create a meltdown condition. We have 70 such plants in the USA and many more exist worldwide.

New technology might prevent that potential nuclear nightmare. I have no financial involvement with the firm involved.

Guest said:

I'd like to see an LPG / electric hybrid with kers etc. But an electric only vehicle won't suit my needs due to range and charging times; unless they triple the range without increasing weight and cut the charging time to 10% of that which current battery tech allows.

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

See Moving Beyond Oil on the Aesop Institute website for a 5 minute charge for electric cars being developed by Hydro Quebec.

And batteries below it that will greatly increase the range.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Can't help but suspect this guy has an agenda...

He sure pops up on Google a lot as an officer of energy firms, and heads a NPO actively soliciting donations. But no financial interest...

1 person liked this | Arminator said:

Haha very funny photo... They mention French carmaker Renault and they post a photo of Citroen car! :)

Zoltan Head said:

My agenda can be found on the opening pages of the Aesop Institute website. I would like to see action that prevents grid collapse due to a highly possible solar storm emission. Grids that supply power to nuclear plants and fail for two weeks create a meltdown condition. We have 70 such plants in the USA and many more exist worldwide.

New technology might prevent that potential nuclear nightmare. I have no financial involvement with the firm involved.

If you think a solar-storm induced outage can cause meltdown, think again. There is no physical mechanism for this result.

You would like to see action to prevent it - good, it's already there!

Leeky Leeky said:

Haha very funny photo... They mention French carmaker Renault and they post a photo of Citroen car!

I thought it was rather ironic as well. At least its still a French car I guess! haha.

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

Unfortunately, a solar storm induced outage can indeed cause a nuclear plant meltdown. See Dire Warnings on the Aesop institute website.

Matthew Stein has addressed this issue at length. 400 Chernobyls is one of his articles detailing the mechanism.

Lurker101 said:

You heard him guys, we'd all better switch to solar powered tin foil hats at once.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

"If your hand gets caught in the beam, it's gonna go numb for hours."

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

No tin foil hats. It is hard to bury your head in the sand wearing one...

1 person liked this | Zoltan Head said:

Unfortunately, a solar storm induced outage can indeed cause a nuclear plant meltdown. See Dire Warnings on the Aesop institute website.

No it can't, really! (I am a real physicist, it isn't just a guess )

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

According to a 2011 report by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory: The loss of power to nuclear power plants would threaten to create a whole string of Fukushima-type disasters around the globe. The core meltdowns last March was caused by the loss of power to the reactor cooling systems which made the nuclear fuel rods overheat. A potential loss of power for weeks at a time, such as would result from a Solar Superstorm, could overwhelm the capacity of emergency electrical power systems at nuclear generating plants to cope.

Zoltan Head said:

According to a 2011 report by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory: The loss of power to nuclear power plants would threaten to create a whole string of Fukushima-type disasters around the globe. The core meltdowns last March was caused by the loss of power to the reactor cooling systems which made the nuclear fuel rods overheat. A potential loss of power for weeks at a time, such as would result from a Solar Superstorm, could overwhelm the capacity of emergency electrical power systems at nuclear generating plants to cope.

This is rubbish, there is no mechanism by which that could happen - yes, the grid could temporarily fry, the reactors would be fine!

PS I wonder where a power plant could find a backup supply - clearly not possible

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

Unfortunately, the world's nuclear power plants, as they are currently designed, are critically dependent upon maintaining connection to a functioning electrical grid, for all but relatively short periods of electrical blackouts, in order to keep their reactor cores continuously cooled so as to avoid catastrophic reactor core meltdowns and spent fuel rod storage pond fires.

If an extreme geomagnetic storm were to cause widespread grid collapse (which it most certainly will), in as little as one or two hours after each nuclear reactor facility's backup generators either fail to start, or run out of fuel, the reactor cores will start to melt down. After a few days without electricity to run the cooling system pumps, the water bath covering the spent fuel rods stored in "spent fuel ponds" will boil away, allowing the stored fuel rods to melt down and burn. Since the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) currently mandates that less than one week's supply of backup generator fuel needs to be stored at each reactor site, it is likely that after we witness the spectacular night-time celestial light show from the next extreme geomagnetic storm we will have about one week in which to prepare ourselves for Armageddon.

To do nothing is to behave like ostriches with our heads in the sand, blindly believing that "everything will be okay," as our world inexorably drifts towards the next naturally recurring, 100% inevitable, super solar storm and resultant extreme geomagnetic disaster. The result of which in short order will end the industrialized world as we know it, incurring almost incalculable suffering, death, and environmental destruction on a scale not seen since the extinction of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.

Matthew Stein 400 Chernobyls - very slightly edited MG

New technology, under development by Advanced Fusion Systems, can protect the giant grid transformers from collapse. There are an estimated 22,000 of them worldwide. A massive program is needed to install them as fast as is humanly possible. Note: I have no financial interest in that firm.

Guest said:

It's STILL rubbish, however many reiterations you bore everyone with!

No mechanism for what you propose (sorry, yes I know I already said that, but the message wasn't received!)

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

Space Weather, Geomagnetic Storms and their impacts on Electric Power Grids and other critical infrastructures.

Power Electronics for HVDC and FACTS applications and the development of the Electron Tube technology.

Mr. Kappenman provided presentations to the US Presidents' Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection on the Potential Impact of Geomagnetic Storms on Electric Power System Reliability. He has also served on the Science Advisors Panel for the NOAA Space Environment Center.

Mr. Kappenman was one of the principle investigators under contract with the Congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP Commission). Mr. Kappenman has presented testimony before the US House Science Committee in October 2003 on the importance of geomagnetic storm forecasting for the electric power industry. He was a principal investigator examining the Vulnerability of the Electric Power Grid for Severe Geomagnetic Storms for FEMA under Executive Order 13407. He was also one of the Principal Contributors to the 2008 US National Academy of Sciences Report on "Severe Space Weather Events---Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts".

Specialties

Power Electronic Applications with Advanced Electron Tube Technology

Space Weather, Geomagnetic Storms

What is rubbish is your ignorant comments. There is indeed a mechanism invented and patented by Curtis Birnbach working jointly with Kappenman, who not long ago authored a IEEE paper on the subject.

Guest said:

Haha very funny photo... They mention French carmaker Renault and they post a photo of Citroen car!

It is a Renault car: called Twingo.

Don't comment just for the sake of comment...

Lurker101 said:

No it's a Citron, hence the Citron badge on the front of the car.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

What is rubbish is your ignorant comments. There is indeed a mechanism invented and patented by Curtis Birnbach working jointly with Kappenman, who not long ago authored a IEEE paper on the subject.

Can you not understand what zoltan keeps telling you? A mechanism that could cause meltdown just because the grid failed does not exist, it is plain english, he is not talking about some machine you tree hugger!

For pity's sake READ the other posts instead of just vomiting your one line of nonsense!

Zoltan Head said:

Can you not understand what zoltan keeps telling you? A mechanism that could cause meltdown just because the grid failed does not exist, it is plain english, he is not talking about some machine you tree hugger!

For pity's sake READ the other posts instead of just vomiting your one line of nonsense!

Absolutely! (but perhaps not in those exact words)

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

Both he and you happen to be mistaken. But, of course you will never believe that. A meltdown is entirely possible with grid failure.

Zoltan Head said:

Both he and you happen to be mistaken. But, of course you will never believe that. A meltdown is entirely possible with grid failure.

If so, why do you persistently refuse to describe the mechanism by which it could happen? It is pointless to reiterate the same old statement without any backup!

Perhaps we could just take turns to say "Is!" "Isn't!" "Is!" "Isn't!" "Is!" "Isn't!" etc.

Doctor John Doctor John said:

Yes Mark, it would help all the scientists out here if you explained your assertion instead of merely repeating it ad nauseam?

Guest said:

Guys, Marky is obviously trolling - typing provocative crap that he can't back up, and waiting for everyone's blood pressure to max out! He doesn't believe the fairy-tales either! Ignore the ***** ;-)

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

"Unfortunately, the world's nuclear power plants, as they are currently designed, are critically dependent upon maintaining connection to a functioning electrical grid, for all but relatively short periods of electrical blackouts, in order to keep their reactor cores continuously cooled so as to avoid catastrophic reactor core meltdowns and spent fuel rod storage pond fires.

If an extreme GMD were to cause widespread grid collapse (which it most certainly will), in as little as one or two hours after each nuclear reactor facility's backup generators either fail to start, or run out of fuel, the reactor cores will start to melt down. After a few days without electricity to run the cooling system pumps, the water bath covering the spent fuel rods stored in "spent fuel ponds" will boil away, allowing the stored fuel rods to melt down and burn [2]. Since the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) currently mandates that only one week's supply of backup generator fuel needs to be stored at each reactor site, it is likely that after we witness the spectacular night-time celestial light show from the next extreme GMD we will have about one week in which to prepare ourselves for Armageddon.

To do nothing is to behave like ostriches with our heads in the sand, blindly believing that "everything will be okay," as our world inexorably drifts towards the next naturally recurring, 100% inevitable, super solar storm and resultant extreme GMD. The result of which in short order will end the industrialized world as we know it, incurring almost incalculable suffering, death, and environmental destruction on a scale not seen since the extinction of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago."

Extract from Dire Warnings on the Aesop Institute website. Article is by Matthew Stein, title: 400 Chernobyls

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

And more later in the same article:

"Most ofus tend to believe that a nuclear reactor is something that can be shut down in short order, like some massive piece of machinery that can be turned off by simply flipping a switch, or by performing a series of operations in a prescribed manner over a relatively short time, such as a few hours or perhaps a day or two. In spite of my MIT education (BSME, MIT, 1978), until recently I too was under the spell of this comforting delusion, which is far from the truth. You see, the trillions of chain reactions going on inside a nuclear reactor's core continuously produce such incredible amounts of energy that a single nuclear power plant can generate more electricity than is required to power a good sized city. Unfortunately, these reactions do not simply "cease fire" at the flip of a switch. In general, it takes 5 to 7 days to slow down a reactor core's nuclear chain reactions to the point where the core may be removed from the reactor.

After removal, the fuel rods are quite "hot", both from the perspective of temperature and radioactivity. For the next 3 to 5 years these fuel rods must be immersed under roughly 20 feet of continuously cooled water, both to shield the surrounding area from radioactivity, as well as to prevent catastrophic melt-down from occurring. According to Gundersen, after slowing down the chain reactions inside the reactor cores at Fukushima for a full eight months, the fuel rods would start melting down again if coolant flow was suspended for just 38 hours.

Gundersen explained that, essentially all modern nuclear reactors are designed with banks of "fuel rods", which contain highly radioactive materials, combined with banks of "control rods", which mesh between the fuel rods like the interwoven fingers of your right and left hands. It is the degree of interweave that moderates and controls the rate of nuclear chain reactions. He further explained that in the event of a significant loss of reactor control, reactors are designed for a "fail-safe" process to occur, where the control rods automatically fall into the fully meshed position with respect to the fuel rods, resulting in maximal slowing of the core's nuclear reactions and beginning the process of shutting down the reactor.

Typically, this action rapidly reduces the power produced by these chain reactions by a factor of 20:1 (to 5.0 per cent of full power), but that still leaves thousands of horsepower worth of waste heat that must be removed if the reactor core is not to rapidly overheat and fail catastrophically. After a day of leaving the control rods in the fully interwoven position, this reaction slows to 1.0 per cent, and after a week it will be about 0.1 per cent of full power. Once the reactions in the fuel rods slow to the point where the rods may be removed from the reactor, the spent fuel rods must be cooled inside containment ponds for 3-5 more years before the nuclear reactions decay to a point where the rods can be moved to specially designed air-cooled storage banks.

As mentioned previously, nuclear power plants are only required to store enough backupfuel reserves on-site to keep their backup diesel generators running for a period of one week. The NRC has always operated from the assumption that extended grid "blackouts" would not last for periods of more than a few days. The government has promised that, in the event of a major catastrophe such as a Hurricane Katrina, diesel trucks will show up like clockwork at all troubled nuclear facilities until local grid-supplied electrical power services have been re-established. Unfortunately, governments and regulators have not considered the possibility that the next extreme GMD which Mother Nature unleashes upon Earth will quite likely disrupt grid services over much of the industrial world for a period of years, not just days. The chances that the world's nuclear reactors will receive weekly deliveries of diesel fuel under such chaotic circumstances are practically zero. In a world suffering from loss of fuel and electric power, if any such deliveries were attempted those fuel tankers would be prime targets for armed hijackers."

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Gundersen explained that, essentially all modern nuclear reactors are designed with banks of "fuel rods", which contain highly radioactive materials, combined with banks of "control rods", which mesh between the fuel rods like the interwoven fingers of your right and left hands. It is the degree of interweave that moderates and controls the rate of nuclear chain reactions. He further explained that in the event of a significant loss of reactor control, reactors are designed for a "fail-safe" process to occur, where the control rods automatically fall into the fully meshed position with respect to the fuel rods, resulting in maximal slowing of the core's nuclear reactions and beginning the process of shutting down the reactor.

That's part of the mechanism explaining how you're wrong - still nothing to SUPPORT what you've been endlessly reiterating?

1 person liked this | Zoltan Head said:

I'm inclined to agree with guest a couple of days ago -

Guys, Marky is obviously trolling - typing provocative crap that he can't back up, and waiting for everyone's blood pressure to max out! He doesn't believe the fairy-tales either! Ignore the ***** ;-)

This guy obviously just wants to cut and paste articles without reading them, we're meant to go "Ooh, isn't he profound!" so if you actually read it and say why it's wrong, he's confused and annoyed, and just pastes some more!

I'm adding him to ignore list (he's obviously a grade A wind-up specialist), unwatching the thread (which has been forgotten anyway!), suggest you all do same!

Mark Goldes Mark Goldes said:

Since Arnie Gunderson has called Aesop Institute to confirm what appears on our website, small bits of which I have quoted, I suggest you go to his website at Fairewinds.org and learn how dangerous he sees these unrecognized problems to be. Arnie has decades of experience in the nuclear industry and has become a whistleblower once he realized some of the little recognized hazards. ENENews has his most recent interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott regarding the continuing hazards at Fukushima.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

@Mark Goldes:- Why not shut up if you can't be bothered to read the other's posts?

You haven't even responded to the OP!!

Doctor John Doctor John said:

Mark Goldes:- Why not shut up if you can't be bothered to read the other's posts?

You haven't even responded to the OP!!

Very true! I'm following the advice of Zoltan above, I'm bored with Mark the Ctrl+V enthusiast!

Guest said:

Aesop Institute is an elaborate fraud, operated by Mark Goldes.

Mark Goldes, starting in the mid-seventies, engaged for several years in the pretense that his company SunWind Ltd was developing a nearly production-ready, road-worthy, wind-powered "windmobile," based on the windmobile invented by James Amick; and that therefore SunWind would be a wonderful investment opportunity.

After SunWind "dried up" in 1983, Goldes embarked on the long-running pretense that his company Room Temperature Superconductors Inc was developing room-temperature superconductors; and that therefore Room Temperature Superconductors Inc would be a wonderful investment opportunity. He continues the pretense that the company developed something useful, even to this day.

And then Goldes embarked on the pretense that his company Magnetic Power Inc was developing "NO FUEL ENGINES" based on "Virtual Photon Flux;" and then, on the pretense that MPI was developing horn-powered "NO FUEL ENGINES" based on the resonance of magnetized tuning-rods; and then, on the pretense that his company Chava Energy was developing water-fueled engines based on "collapsing hydrogen orbitals;" and then, on the pretense that he was developing ambient-heat-powered "NO FUEL ENGINES." Goldes has even claimed that Jacob T. Wainwright already patented an ambient-heat-powered engine 100 years ago - even though Wainwright himself certainly never made any such claim, at all. Wainwright's only patent for a turbine or engine was not for any ambient-heat-powered engine, but for a pressurized-gaseous-fluid-powered engine. The innovation of the patent was the use of water to reduce speed - not for any use of ambient heat.

Goldes' forty-year career of "revolutionary invention" pretense has nothing to do with science, but only with pseudoscience and pseudophysics - his lifelong stock-in-trade.

I have spent months investigating the career of Mark Goldes, Aesop Institute's Perpetual Scam Machine.

1976: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims to have developed a nearly production-ready, road-worthy, wind-propelled, wind-rechargeable "windmobile" that could reach 60 mph. Goldes has never developed any roadworthy windmobile.

1998: Goldes fools the gullible US Air Force with his "room temperature superconductor" scam, receiving over four hundred thousand dollars in "Innovative Research" grants. Goldes has never produced any superconductor.

2005: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that his company, MPI, is developing "Magnetic Power Modules" based on "Virtual Photon Flux."

2008: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that "MPI is also developing breakthrough magnetic energy technologies including POWERGENIE (Power Generation of Electricity by Nondestructive Interference of Energy)." The basic idea of POWERGENIE is to generate electricity from sound energy, by blowing a horn at a magnetized tuning rod. Goldes claims to have "run an electric car for more than 4,800 miles with no need to plug-in." According to Goldes, "[MPI] Revenues from licenses and Joint Ventures are conservatively projected to exceed $1 billion annually by 2012."

2009: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that his latest scamporation, Chava Energy, "has been developing enhanced theoretical and practical paths that lead towards commercialization of energy conversion systems that utilize hydrinos." He now claims to be "developing a Self Powered Internal Combustion Engine - SPICE(tm) powered by hydrinos." ("Hydrinos" are pure fiction and do not exist.)

"For over 20 years Mark Goldes has claimed his company MPI has been developing machines that generate energy for free. In over 20 years his company has not presented one shred of evidence that they can build such machines...

"For the past five years Mark Goldes has been promising generators 'next year.' He has never delivered. Like 'Alice in Wonderland' there will always be jam tomorrow, but never jam today."

- Penny Gruber, December 2008

- Gruber's comment was written almost five years ago - but it's just as true today - except that MPI, Goldes' corporation that he claimed would bring in one billion dollars in revenue from his horn-powered generator in 2012, is now defunct, having never produced any "Magnetic Power Modules" - just as his company called "Room Temperature Superconductors Inc" is also now defunct, having never produced any "room temperature superconductors." Evidently there's a limit to how many years in a row the same company can claim it will finally have something to demonstrate "next year." Now Goldes has a new scamporation, Chava Energy.

Goldes' current favorite scam is an engine that would run on ambient heat - which is clearly ruled out by the Second Law of Thermodynamics. But of course, the laws of physics always make an exception for the scams of Mark Goldes.

Mark Goldes is a textbook-ready example of a highly talented con artist who clearly takes pleasure in fooling people with his ludicrous claims, artfully peppered with pseudoscientific rubbish.

Make no mistake: Mark Goldes' scamtastic Aesop Institute is a ZERO-STAR nonprofit.

Let's look at just one example of Goldes' offerings in "revolutionary new technology:"

Most Ludicrous Scamvention: Mark Goldes' "POWERGENIE"

One of the most laughable of Mark Goldes' many invention scams is his "POWERGENIE" horn-powered generator. The brilliant idea of this revolutionary breakthrough is to blow a horn at a magnetized tuning rod, designed to resonate at the frequency of the horn, and then collect the electromotive energy produced by the vibrations of the rod.

I'm not making this up.

POWERGENIE tuning rod engine explained - from the patent:

[The device incorporates] "an energy transfer and multiplier element being constructed of a ferromagnetic substance... having a natural resonance, due to a physical structure whose dimensions are directly proportional to the wavelength of the resonance frequency..."

"In this resonant condition, the rod material functions as a tuned waveguide, or longitudinal resonator, for acoustic energy."

"Ferrite rod 800 is driven to acoustic resonance at the second harmonic of its fundamental resonant frequency by acoustic horn 811, resulting in acoustic wave 816 within the rod having two nodal points... Bias magnet 801 produces magnetic flux 802 extending axially through both nodal points developed within rod 800... The sum electromotive force of coils 820 and 821 develops electrical current and power in resistive load 830."

- But the patent doesn't tell us who is going to volunteer blow the horn at the rod all day. Perhaps it will come with an elephant.

Goldes claimed in 2008 that this wonderful triumph of human genius would bring his company, Magnetic Power Inc, one billion dollars in annual revenue by 2012. Magnetic Power Inc is now defunct, having never produced any "Magnetic Power Modules" - just as his company called "Room Temperature Superconductors Inc" is also now defunct, having never produced any "room temperature superconductors."

Guest said:

Mark Goldes' proofless claims regarding his Aesop Institute's make-believe strictly ambient heat engine do not represent any new technology, or even a new pretense - they merely represent a rather old pretense.

"Before the establishment of the Second Law, many people who were interested in inventing a perpetual motion machine had tried to circumvent the restrictions of First Law of Thermodynamics by extracting the massive internal energy of the environment as the power of the machine. Such a machine is called a "perpetual motion machine of the second kind". The second law declared the impossibility of such machines."

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"A perpetual motion machine of the second kind is a machine which spontaneously converts thermal energy into mechanical work. When the thermal energy is equivalent to the work done, this does not violate the law of conservation of energy. However it does violate the more subtle second law of thermodynamics (see also entropy). The signature of a perpetual motion machine of the second kind is that there is only one heat reservoir involved, which is being spontaneously cooled without involving a transfer of heat to a cooler reservoir. This conversion of heat into useful work, without any side effect, is impossible, according to the second law of thermodynamics."

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Goldes' make-believe strictly ambient heat engine would be a perpetual motion machine of the second kind, as defined above. Goldes is not developing any such engine; he is merely developing a pretense - as usual.

Goldes' strictly ambient heat engine would not merely "circumvent" the Second Law of Thermodynamics - it would actually DISPROVE the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

An engine that only uses ambient heat would need to be able to DECREASE the entropy of the universe. The Second Law tells us that we can never decrease the entropy of the universe, or of an isolated system.

As a consequence of this law:

"It is impossible for any device operating on a cycle to produce net work from a single temperature reservoir; the production of net work requires flow of heat from a hotter reservoir to a colder reservoir."

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In the make-believe strictly ambient heat engine there are not two heat reservoirs at different temperatures; no reservoir would be available at any temperature other than the ambient temperature. No matter what cycle we design with this constraint, we will find that the cycle would have to be able to decrease the entropy of the universe in order to do any work.

The formulation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics as a constraint on entropy change is one of the most beautifully simple, and well-established, laws of physics.

The Second Law tells us that we can never build an engine that does some work with heat taken from a heat reservoir, without also transferring some heat to another reservoir at a lower temperature.

An equivalent statement is that we can't decrease the total entropy of an isolated system.

The entropy change differential due to heat transfer to or from a reservoir is inversely related to the temperature at which the transfer occurs. The consequence is that transferring heat INTO a cold reservoir produces a larger GAIN in entropy, than the LOSS of entropy that occurs due to transfer of the same amount of heat FROM a hot reservoir. This noteworthy and remarkable inequality enables a heat engine to use some heat to do some work without violating the Second Law - as long as it can make use of two different heat reservoirs, at different temperatures. The ambient-heat-powered engine only involves a single reservoir, at a single temperature (at any given moment). Use of heat from the single reservoir would reduce the entropy of the reservoir, and with no colder reservoir, the engine has no way to compensate by increasing the entropy anywhere else. Therefore we know for certain that the engine will disappoint us. It will never be able to do any work.

In Mark Goldes' patent application for his "POWERGENIE" horn-powered tuning-rod engine, he described the tuning-rod as "an energy transfer and multiplier element."

But of course, for the tuning-rod to "multiply" energy, it would need to disprove the law of conservation of energy. (Obviously the Patent Office should never have allowed such a description.)

Goldes' use of the term "energy multiplier element" reflects his pretense that the "revolutionary breakthrough" of the amazing "POWERGENIE" could disprove the law of conservation of energy, by presenting the world with a working "energy multiplier."

Goldes even claimed in 2008 that the POWERGENIE had been demonstrated already in an electric car, driven 4800 miles by his energy-multiplying horn-powered tuning-rod.

But it seems that most people, for some reason, had difficulty accepting the notion that the law of conservation of energy could be proven false.

And Goldes no doubt noticed that the Second Law of Thermodynamics - that "the entropy of an isolated system tends to increase with time and can never decrease" - is much less clear to most people than the conservation of energy.

So now, after leaving aside the pretense that he could somehow "multiply energy" with a magnetized tuning-rod, Goldes has chosen to focus, instead, on the pretense that he can disprove the Second Law with an engine powered by ambient heat.

There is no "new science" in any of Goldes' "revolutionary breakthroughs." There is only pseudoscience and pretense - and nothing new, at all.

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