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Okay, you know the guy is full of it when extrasense throws down the bullshit flag.
Conveenient that one is unable to pull any useful data from the US Patent Office site regarding this patent. He's been spalshing this all over the 'net, too, I see at least a dozen unique entries with the same information.
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I liked the idea but in that forum it was clear that he was beating around a fake issue. If I had an idea like that, do you think I'd be posting it to the net? Hell no - I'd be, a week after creating it, manufacturing it by the millions and putting almost every buisiness out of buisiness. Then a month later assassinated and the world goes back to oil
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[/size]Actually the concept is legitimate physics, well known as "Optical Rectena". It works on the principle of receiving light radiation with an array of (very tiny) antennae, just like microwaves or FM etc. Theoretically capable of sunlight conversion efficiencies in the 70%+ range with no doped crystals etc. like current photovoltaics. Being worked on fairly intensively in one or more US research labs, with some good progress reported. Biggest difficulty is building the tiny diode rectifiers required to convert the energy recieved on the antenna into dc electricity, because the required dimensions are a couple of orders of magnitude smaller than present semiconductor fabs are doing.
I can't believe, with how well known and published the concept is, that anyone might be granted a patent on it though
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Originally Posted by pyromonkey
interesting. but as with anything like this, if it takes money away from the big power companies - expect it to crumble and be defeated. god I wish the oil would just stop flowing.
You might actually get your wish. Remember the peak oil thread? I was skeptical...but this month's issue of Reader's Digest actually takes the idea seriously. I'm not saying they're always on the ball, but when you hear Reader's Digest talking about something, you have to wonder if there isn't something to it after all.
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