Liquid battery could lead to flexible energy storage – Phys.org
August 14, 2018, University of Glasgow
In a new paper published today in the journal Nature Chemistry, chemists from the University of Glasgow discuss how they developed a flow battery system using a nano-molecule that can store electric power or hydrogen gas giving a new type of hybrid energy storage system that can be used as a flow battery or for hydrogen storage.
Their ‘hybrid-electric-hydrogen’ flow battery, based upon the design of a nanoscale battery molecule can store energy, releasing the power on demand as electric power or hydrogen gas that can be used a fuel. When a concentrated liquid containing the nano-molecules is made, the amount of energy it can store increases by almost 10 times. The energy can be released as either electricity or hydrogen gas meaning that the system could be used flexibly in situations that might need either a fuel or electric power.
One potential benefit of this system is that electric cars could be charged in seconds, as the material is a pumpable liquid. This could mean that the battery of an electric car could be “recharged” in roughly the same length of time as petrol cars can be filled up. The old battery liquid would be removed at the same time and recharged ready to be used again.
Former Massachusetts prosecutor, 63, dies after a crowbar crashes through his windshield and strikes him in the head
- John F. Madaio, a 63-year-old attorney from Paxton, died at Harrington Hospital after the piercing object ‘was kicked up or fell from another vehicle’ on Route 9
As I run across these types of stories it’s a reminder to enjoy the moments. Madaio seems like a great guy who lived a long life. At 63, he had a lot of life left to live. He obviously educated himself, worked hard and distinguished himself in the courtroom. Who knows about family or if in fact, he lived a happy life. I’m sure as John was driving down Route 9 at 10am he had no idea that his last moments on earth were upon him.
Am I living life like every moment counts? Can I look back and say I’ve laughed, loved, learned and experienced more joy than sorrow? Remember, the next time you’re down or feeling blue, at any moment a crowbar can bounce off a truck and kill you instantly.
Take a trip down memory lane of America and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) cinema. Clearly, times have changed and along the way, our storytelling has evolved, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Dave Kehr taps into something about our culture.
Toy Story tapped into this shift in culture with the move from the favorite cowboy toys in Woodie, to the new space toys in Buzz.
Instilling purpose in my organization has been the game changer in our success. This interview with Gerry Anderson puts the power of purpose into focus. Follow this up with a repeat of an interview with Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi on vision and culture being the drivers for big companies too and you will start getting the picture of the WHY that I strive to be.
Turning Purpose Into PerformanceGerry Anderson, the CEO of DTE Energy, and Robert Quinn and Anjan Thakor, professors at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the Olin Business School at Washington University, respectively, discuss how an aspirational mission can motivate employees and improve performance. Anderson talks about his own experience. Quinn and Thakor explain their research showing how leaders can foster a sense of purpose that sharpens competitiveness. They wrote the article “Creating a Purpose-Driven Organization” in the July-August 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review
Listen to Indra Nooyi – HERE
I found this interview with Lance Armstrong fascinating. Freakonomics did a great job of telling his story, his aftermath and what he learned. In the end, the Lance Armstrong story is about redemption. I found his story of tenacity and grit appealing but his ‘everyone is doing it’ excuse was a bit disheartening. Clearly, he lied, but he justified it as everyone lied. When asked if he didn’t dope, what his chances of winning a Tour De France would be…answer….0%.
When Dubner pressed in on how he’s different or similar to Alex Rodriguez and his doping scandal, Armstrong responded that he fell further because;
- He was a single star, not on a team
- He did a lot outside of the athletic arena that was high profile
- A Rod was allowed to return to his sport
The big question was;
DUBNER: Well, let me offer a fourth possible explanation. As everyone has said throughout history, the cover-up is way worse than the crime — usually, right? The situation as I see it is that: a) you were the tallest tree in the land, you win seven, that’s going to be number one; and number two, even though your argument and the argument of a lot of people is everyone was doing it, when you were confronted with it and charged with it all along, you didn’t kind of duck it, but you denied it with a vigor and a venom and sometime really viciously against individual people, that when it came out that it was true — to me, that’s what people don’t want to forgive. And if that’s what it is, the difference between you and a Mike Vick and you and A-Rod — I’m curious whether you think that maybe is a worse infraction.
ARMSTRONG: If you believe what you read — and, believe me, I’m the last one to believe everything I read — but if you believe what you read, and let’s just use for the purposes of this discussion, there was not just one offense, there was two, which is worse. There was an extremely litigious nature to his action and reaction. And so not to debate it with you, but there is no difference.
So to carry on my 7 Deadly Sins rational, Pride, of course, Wrath of course (in Armstrong’s response), Gluttony (why not stop at 3, or 4 or 5 wins and hang out as the face of Live Strong?). Armstrong has demons he’s working on, as do we all.
The commentators were not kind to this interview:
I’ve weighed in before on game-changing technologies that can change the global economic and social fabric. Battery storage is one area, power generation is another. Here’s an update from Forbes about Lockheed Martin’s secret Skunk Works lab.
Try to get your mind around the potential changes that technology has brought to the world. From Guttenberg and the printing press to Zuckerberg and Facebook, technology is the great disruptor. Supply and demand and the role of scarcity in that equation can be completely disrupted by a new invention or an entrepreneur bringing a Big Hairy Audacious Goal to market.
One day, I’m sure we’ll be living this scene from Back To The Future;
Forbes – New Fusion Reactor
Lockheed Martin’s secretive Skunk Works® laboratory registered a patent in March for a revolutionary technology that could solve the world’s energy problems for good – but don’t pop the champagne yet. The design is for a compact fusion reactor (CFR) which theoretically produces cheap, clean, near limitless energy – all from a device that could fit on the back of a semi. If it sounds far-fetched, that’s because it is. The sustained generation of a fusion reaction has evaded scientists since the idea was first conceived over 70 years ago.
Lockheed Martin thinks they can change that.
A controlled thermonuclear fusion reaction is the holy grail of energy technology. When two hydrogen atoms join together to form a single, heavier atom, a vast amount of energy is released. This process is the same that gives the sun its power. Think of a star as one massive fusion reactor.
No carbon emissions or radioactive waste are produced in the reaction, and ocean water is all the fuel you need for a hundred thousand years of operation. Oh, and a fusion reactor is incapable of melting down – when a fusion reaction fails it simply snuffs itself out.
The challenge with fusion lies in harnessing and controlling the unstable reaction.
Though the fusion process has been theorized since the early 1900s, research did not begin in earnest until the 1940’s when Soviet scientists unveiled their design for a Tokamak reactor – a device which uses strong magnetic fields to contain hot globs of plasma (around 540 million degrees Fahrenheit) generated from atomic fusion.
The further I get in my business life, the more clear it is to me that the biggest part of my job is to grow others and develop people. Hat tip to one of our Principals (Jason Edwards – Parker Colorado) for this theory which I’ve adopted;
Basically, all areas of your life demand balance. Work life and home life…health…and most importantly as a leader, being technically focused balanced with setting the purpose of why your organization is doing what it’s doing. For me, it’s educating the next generation on the principles of what created Western Civilization.
As a leader, I could spend all my time on the technical aspects of my job. I can get lost in execution. From construction, curriculum, operations to regulatory functions, it is easy to get sucked into ‘doing’. What I’ve learned over the past 25 years is anyone can do but without a concerted focus on ensuring that I’m communicating our purpose, the team sputters out and stalls. These past few years, I’ve been extremely focused on the “Why” of our organization. A special thanks to a management consultant that we worked with, Bob Shaff, from Customers For Life. Bob helped to bring into focus the Why of our organization.
My role now is to focus on the basics of blocking and tackling but also to instill in my leadership team the purpose of why we do what we do. I happen to now be in an industry filled with teachers who were called to a profession which at its core is the purpose. The teacher’s purpose is to impact a child’s life, their calling is to create a better community and their purpose is to create a better world. I’ve watched these teachers come to life, many times following years in public schools and they are downtrodden. Many are questioning their career choice. All are looking for a place that shares their purpose. Because we encourage a focus academic rigor and character development instead of out of balance focus on test scores or bureaucratic wrangling their spirit is renewed. This year, we’ve added 125 new staff members and I’ve tailored my kick-off presentation with a heavy dose of the “Why” of our school exists.
The WHY Presentation
I start my presentation with a pop culture reference from the movie City Slickers. The old grizzled cowboy (Curly) that takes the lead character, Billy Crystal on a journey of self-discovery asked the big question; The meaning of life comes down to one thing. The movie is about the rudderless, mid-life crisis, city slicker, selling advertising air and his finding his purpose on a cowboy journey. Spoiler alert, Curly dies before the question can be answered.
This summer, I’ve been digging into Carl Jung, Neitzche and Victor Frankl all with an eye towards what lies deep in me and what are some of the triggers in me that shows up in my life. From father to husband to leader of my organization, I must first understand my motivations, triggers, and shortcomings before I can show up as an authentic man to those in my life. This journey has been lifelong and is never finished. I’ve chronicled some of the steps along the way The path for me started in 1999 and continues today.
From the big question posed in City Slickers by Curly and the meaning of life being ‘Just one thing.’ I follow up with a story from Vitor Frankl book, Man’s Search For Meaning. It’s a tragic story of Psychiatrist, Frankl’s years in a Nazi concentration camp.
Frankl tells the story of a fellow inmate who dreamed that he was granted one wish, and he wished to know when he would be free. The voice in his dream told him that his suffering would end on March 30, 1945. When the camp did not seem like it was going to be liberated on March 29, the man fell ill, and then died the next day. While death ultimately fulfilled his dream and brought his suffering to an end, Frankl suspects that his crushed hopes brought about his death. The man no longer felt he could hope for the future. Frankl notes that the death rates in the camps between Christmas and New Years were higher than at any other time of year, likely because people hoped to be home for the holidays and gave up when they realized they would not be.
Frankl quotes Nietzsche to the reader to explain the prisoners’ situation: “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Frankl came to understand that he needed to stop expecting something better from life, and instead ask himself “what life expected from us.” In other words, he believed that he owed it to life—to the fact that he had born and was still on the Earth—to make himself the best person possible. He writes that the ultimate meaning of life can be found by taking responsibility for one’s actions and making use of opportunities to better oneself.
The Frankl stories illustrate an extreme. Faced with the lack of purpose, we actually die if reality throws us a curve. The purpose is the “WHY” of getting up every morning. Without purpose, we turn to pills, isolation, numbing of life via TV or social media. As a leader, it’s my job to ensure that all my organization, knows our purpose, our True North. The reference to Ordinary Men in the slide is about a book I read this summer about the beginning of the Nazi’s take over of Poland. How ordinary plumbers, engineers, lawyers and policemen could turn to such darkness after the put on the German uniform is a powerful lesson. Read more on this phenomenon in Aenon’s post; How Evil Happens.
The Heros Journey
To illustrate the purpose for me, I explain my personal journey, my unique background that has prepared me for this moment and the calling that brought me to education. The story goes from seeing a problem in my community in chronicling the death of America via my talk radio job. I go from a dark place in 2013 (12 Arguments on the Decline of America) to finding a way to do something about this monumental task.
I capstone my presentation of the Hero’s Journey. The metaphor of slaying the dragon appears in mythology and is flushed out in Jung and Nietzsche’s work. The concept is, that dragons or obstacles appear often in life. If we can teach our scholars to slay the little dragons, like getting along, failing a test, not turning in an assignment, we set a foundation that allows them to handle the big dragon that life will eventually throw at them.
The bigger the dragon and the more of an opportunity for you to actually be “killed” by the dragon the larger the hero’s journey. The bigger and more dangerous the dragon and the greater the satisfaction once the battle is won. From cancer survival to divorce or job loss everyone will experience dragons. Do we let them paralyze us or do we overcome and live a richer more meaningful life? That is the hero’s journey, that is the journey I’m on and that is the journey I’m inviting other teacher heroes to join.
Give a listen to the latest Art of Manliness – The Excellence Dividend, the new book by Tom Peters (of Good To Great fame). The interview powerfully illustrates human contact, development of leaders and what makes the good organization work. I strive to add these ideas to my organization.
Google learned what the top 7 traits that make a great employee….number 8 is STEM skills. – The rest are soft – HERE
A new rinkle from my prior posts…Fusion GPS and DOJ…husband and wife connection.
Boston Globe – FISA Documents Reveal FBI Collusion
In other words, the FBI used oppo research paid for by the Democrats as justification for government spying on a political opponent and other Americans.
But there’s more. In another incredible coincidence, Fusion GPS had hired scholar and professor Nellie Ohr as a “paid Russian expert.” Nellie Ohr happens to be married to Bruce Ohr, deputy attorney general in the Justice Department. Bruce Ohr is alleged to have passed his wife’s anti-Trump research to the FBI. He was demoted for failing to disclose not only his wife’s employment with Fusion GPS, but also his own meetings with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.
The FISA court was never told any of that. They were never supposed to know. None of us was ever supposed to know.
When thousands of DNC emails were leaked to the public through Julian Assange’s organization WikiLeaks, we learned that Hillary Clinton had abused the primary process, nearly bankrupted the DNC and effectively stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders. We also learned the press played favorites with Clinton, getting her approval before running stories and forwarding debate questions to Clinton in advance. (The official line is Russians hacked the DNC computers and gave the emails to WikiLeaks. Assange and former U.S. and U.K. intelligence officials vehemently deny this, and maintain it was an inside “leak,” not a hack. The DNC refused to turn over their servers to the FBI for inspection.)
And then there is Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a personal email server to handle classified State Department information. We now know that then-FBI director James Comey decided not to prosecute Clinton before the investigation was even concluded. We also know that FBI attorney Peter Strzok rewrote Comey’s initial report to change Comey’s description of Clinton’s conduct from “grossly negligent” — which was a violation of the applicable federal statute — to “extremely careless.”
This is the same Peter Strzok who expressed his loathing for Donald Trump in many of the tens of thousands of texts he exchanged with his lover and fellow FBI attorney Lisa Page. Strzok infamously assured Page that they had an “insurance policy” and that they “would stop” Trump from becoming president. At a congressional hearing two weeks ago, Strzok arrogantly insisted that his bias did not affect his job performance.
He must think we’re all idiots.