Startups, Make Yourselves Heard

Got a solution to the world’s energy problems? Every week we have phone conservations with below-the-radar companies who claim that they do. Some of the principals of these firms are, to put it charitably, mad scientists, but others have deep scientific and technical expertise, and often impressive academic credentials as well, and they demand to be taken seriously.

If you’re one of the latter rather than the former, we’d very much like to hear from you. We see the Juice Website as functioning as a virtual trade show that happens to be on all year round. We’re willing to showcase startups free of charge for two reasons. First of all, they reflect the nature of the industry as it is today, hungry, entrepreneurial, and brimming with fresh ideas and creativity. Second we are doing so as a service to our readers in the financial industry who are vitally interested in new developments.

We’re interested in all kinds of different enterprises—companies with new processing technologies, new hardware manufacturers of either complete systems or components, companies offering unusual crops and feedstocks, and firms offering flex fuel vehicles or power plants. Anything with the potential of changing the industry is interesting to us. Write us an email or give us a call. The more technical literature and particularly photos and diagrams you can provide the better.

Send me an email here: Daniel Sweeney, Editor in Chief or phone me at (818) 954-0480.

Startups, Make Yourselves Heard

Major change in energy production & distribution will come with:
1)Local production at level of residence/business,
2)Cheap to buy & cheap to operate,
3)Multiplicity of fuel depending on local availability, including solar furnaces, &
4)High efficiency, 'tho this could come under heading 2, cheap to operate.

A steam engine generator under development by Near Futures Energy Corporation will meet these conditions.

This reminds us that we

This reminds us that we should devote more coverage to distributed power. Pyrolysis reactors and biomass gasifiers are already in wide use in the developing world and are building markets there for alternative fuels.

As for steam, a couple of other startups, Enginion in Germany and Cyclone Power in Florida, have also introduced advanced designs and are attempting to build markets. Advanced steam engines are also used in locomotives, though not too commonly, and they are ubiquitous in coal and nuclear power plants, so conceivably steam still produces more total horsepower than internal combustion. Editor