Rick Nebel used to run the IEC fusion project at EMC2. EMC2 fusion is a promising approach to commercial nuclear fusion. Richard Nebel was interviewed in May, 2009 by Nextbigfuture on EMC2 fusion. Rick left the EMC2 Fusion project a few years ago.
He left for a multi-billion opportunity for a DC Transformer.
∙ Dynamo Drive can be Used to Make DC-DC Transformers.
∙ A Proof of Principle Experiment is Presently Being Built.
∙ With HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) One Could Make a World-Wide Electrical Grid.
∙ Eliminates the Need For Energy Storage in PV and Wind Systems
∙ There would be less transmission losses than AC
∙ They estimate that this is potentially a $10,000,000,000/year business.
∙ Nebel filed a provisional patent last November.
∙ He is presently building/operating a proof-of-principle experiment
∙ They have signed a deal with the utility Exelon ($20 billion in revenue, $55 billion in assets, $29 billion market capitalization)
In the War of Currents era in the late 1880s, George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison became adversaries due to Edison’s promotion of direct current (DC) for electric power distribution over alternating current (AC) advocated by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric.
AC won solely on the basis that it is easy to move the voltages and currents up and down with AC power using transformers.
This made long distance transmission possible. Although it is now possible to do this with DC power, it is neither cheap nor simple.
Nebel has invented is an inexpensive and simple way to transform (efficiently change the voltage up or down while maintaining the power available) DC voltages and currents.
Instead of using wires and iron cores like AC transformers do, his DC transformer uses a plasma, helical electrodes and an axial magnetic field.
The transformation of the DC voltages and currents relies on newly discovered physics that is based on MHD dynamo behavior.
Tibbar Technologies, Nebel’s company, has signed an agreement with Exelon Corporation, a very large east coast power company, to pursue this technology.
They estimate that this is potentially a $10,000,000,000/year business. Nebel filed a provisional patent last November. He is presently building/operating a proof-of-principle experiment (in the back of Village Arts on DP Road) to test this concept.
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