What’s twisting our antenna today,
November 30, 2011?
The light bulb; we maybe getting screwed and we’re going on a rant.
Who will light up your life now that the standard incandescent light bulb is all but extinct? Energy efficiency standards for light bulbs will begin to phase in on Jan. 1, 2012. Readers might want to hope for light bulbs in their stockings this year.
We hope Santa’s sled can land with the news that the Present Global Cooling Rate is .09 C / month. Are we sure we want cooler?? Via
Tim Kelley NECN November 30, 2011
We could blame President Obama with all his global warming, tree hugging pandering to General Electric. One can even go back to the Bush era with Congress passing an energy conservation measure that set standards to ban most ordinary incandescent bulbs. But you know what? It is you and I that are to blame. We voted them into office. Some of them bought into global warming. My vote may have canceled yours out, and the lefts effort to save the planet and some money in the process, has back fired. Talk about being dim witted.
Since 1901, this incandescent bulb has been burning in a fire station in Livermore, California. http://www.snopes.com/science/lightbulb.asp
There is some debate on who invented the light bulb, but it wasn’t Thomas Edison. He just got the patent. http://whatthefluffy.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/who-invented-the-light-bulb-wrong/
In September 2010-The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States closed marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison’s innovations in the 1870s. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/07/AR2010090706933.html
Are you still relying on General Electric, GE bringing good things to life?
G.E. CEO Jeffrey Immelt leads Obama’s new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. The panel replaces the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volker….
Forget about ethics challenges in having a CEO whose income is determined by stock performance leading a panel designed to recommend government policies. G.E. (2009 revenue: $157 billion) is a huge government contractor and is always in the market for new subsidies and incentives. via http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/21/obama-teams-ge-iran-palaver-peters-arrives-white-house/
The report includes five major initiatives to increase employment while improving competitiveness:
Measures to accelerate investment into job-rich projects in infrastructure and energy development;…
…is all part of a “plan to invest about $2 billion across China” over the next few years. But moving core pieces of its business overseas is nothing new for GE. Under Immelt, GE has shipped tens of thousands of good jobs out of the United States. Perhaps GE should change its slogan to “Imagination At Work (In China)”. http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/ge-ceo-jeffrey-immelt-the-head-of-obamas-jobs-council-is-moving-jobs-and-economic-infrastructure-to-china-at-a-blistering-pace
- silicon (in ICs, transistors, MOSFETs, diodes, etc.) *
- mercury + mercury vapour **
- fibreglass and epoxy resins (PCB, semiconductor cases) *
- aluminium (electrolytic capacitor) *
- various plastics (main housing, film capacitors) *
- ferrites / ceramics (resistor bodies, choke cores) *
- copper wire and PCB traces *
- phosphors **
- a small amount of high temperature plastic insulation
- (lead free?) solder
- plating material for exposed metal, probably nickel
Like Solyndra, a number of “smart grid” companies have received taxpayer backing. But federal financing was not enough to keep Beacon Power, a manufacture of flywheel energy storage technology, from going bankrupt. They may not be the last smart-grid company consigned to that fate.
Beacon received a $43 million loan guarantee from the same stimulus-funded Energy Department program that financed Solyndra. Late last month the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection…
Ener1, which, with subsidiary EnerDel, has received more than $120 million in federal grants, announced early last week that it had replaced its president, its chief executive, and its top financial officer. The company manufactures lithium-ion batteries for smart-grid energy storage.
That move came about a week after NASDAQ delisted Ener1 for a failure to comply with SEC filing requirements. http://blog.heritage.org/2011/11/17/smart-grid-manufacturers-the-next-green-sector-under-fire/
…the President’s goals of generating 80 percent of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035 and putting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. http://energy.gov/articles/five-million-smart-meters-installed-nationwide-just-beginning-smart-grid-progress
Total For Alternate energy production & services: $22,655,301
U.S. Patent 454622 (G.patent; PDF) – System of Electric Lighting – 1891 June 23 – Apparatus devised for the purpose of converting and supplying electrical energy in a form suited for the production of certain novel electrical phenomena, which require currents of higher frequency and potential. It specifies an energy storage capacitor and discharger mechanism on the primary side of a radio-frequency transformer. http://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/haarp-wifi-lightbubls-teslatechnology-wifi-through-led-lamps/
The outlook for piping music into office space or the shop floor is about to get a lot brighter. Lighting solutions company Osram Sylvania and audio innovator Artisan have teamed up to produce the MusicLites system – a 10W LED light bulb with a 70mm full range hi-fi audio speaker built in. The inclusion of a 2.4GHz wireless transceiver means that compatible audio devices can send music sound signals to the unit, which then pumps out both sound and light. http://www.gizmag.com/musiclites-led-speaker-wifi-lighting/15112/
Guess who invests in WiTricity?
…WiTricity Corp were also winners. GE didn’t disclose the amount of the funds that came from its venture-capital partners. When GE announced winners of the first contest, with a prize pool of $55 million, it planned to contribute about half the total. GE projects the power grid technology market will reach $20 billion by 2015.
Who else invested?
FOLLOW THE $$$$
As the exclusive licensee of this MIT intellectual property, WiTricity Corp. was founded by Prof. Soljačić and several colleagues from MIT. WiTricity Corp. received its initial venture capital funding in November of 2007 from Stata Ventures and Argonaut Private Equity. Stata Ventures is a technology investment firm managed by Ray Stata, the founder, Chairman, and former CEO of Analog Devices.
Still got your tin foil hat on?
Watch TeraDiode company. TeraDiode’s ultra-high brightness, direct-diode lasers enable many defense applications including infrared countermeasures, target designators and directed energy weapons. http://teradiode.com/applications/defense/
DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS, like maybe HAARP?
Who may have invested in TeraDiode? On November 21, 2011 http://optics.org/news/2/11/19
The round was led by Argonaut Ventures – the same private equity firm owned by the George Kaiser Family Foundation that invested heavily in bankrupt solar firm Solyndra – while Stata Venture Partners, which invested $4 million through TeraDiode’s series A round in 2009, also took part. Camros Capital and others made smaller contributions to the latest financing.
The joint venture of Comcast and General Electric formed NBC Universal. Imagine the company that sells a light bulb that delivers Wifi and TV, Radio, Internet, content. Talk about an IPO. Where is Apple?
And check out this old news- July 11, 2011- MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions and WiTricity, the technology leader in wireless power, today jointly announced that has entered into a technology transfer and license agreement. http://www.mediatek.com/en/News/news_content.php?sn=80
Sadly regarding patents- according to John Hennessy, president of Stanford University–
We need to get the money. I mean, the backlog is over 600,000 [sic, patent]applications. Now, not all those patents were grant, but that’s three years worth of patents just to put it in perspective. So we’ve got to invest in order to make this process work faster and that’s an American competitiveness issue for us….http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-07/patent-office-must-control-funds-mit-leader-says-transcript-.html
Wow. more than a half a million patents in backlog. Wonder what the backlog looks like on those patents being stolen? Have fun reading them by a CFL lamp.
For our readers in liberal land who are convinced that the lights aren’t going out http://mediamatters.org/research/201111280004
Will the last one out shut off the lights?
(copyrights by respective owners. WiTricity is a proprietary technology of WiTricity Corporation, and should not be used to refer to wireless electricity in a generic sense.)
In keeping with full disclosure- some of the writers have and may own stock in Cisco, Western Digital and NBC Universal; not in the other above aforementioned companies-at least not yet!
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