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The comments and emails over the past year deserve some response and the notation above, familiar to those who’ve seen prepared legal documents will see the humor, explains the situation. Looking for EEstor news and information in 2010 is a very thin activity.
But does it mean anything? It surely implies a great deal.
EEstor is a year overdue for a promise made to get some info out at the end of 2009. In the circumstances of 2010 that overdue situation is more of a common matter in development as money has dried up. Thus in the global sense the ‘way late’ EEstor disclosures could have a firm basis in financing as most others do as well.
Yet the ‘vaporware’ viewpoint has certainly gained ground. Opposing that is the probability that a technical issue or issues has surprised the EEstor group. All the best of lab expectations may simply not be getting to any kind of scale. In fact, as the days, weeks and months pass by; the supposition is that the lab results that raised so much money and attracted so much attention are for the research team at EEstor insurmountable development problems.
That notion pleases this writer, the EEstor matter isn’t replete with indications of an investor fraud, a close tight lid was kept on the public view, and there don’t seem to be the usual suspicious moves of a scam in progress. We on the outside are exchanging a disappointment or our own into something dastardly of someone else. That’s not a mature position to take. Actually what little news there is hints or directly suggests that behaviors are moving to protect observer’s positions instead of providing useful information. We are the news, not EEstor.
This writer is leaning to the technical matters of scaling up the technology for the delay. Keep in mind that EEstor is or maybe its a ‘was’ now, trying to handle the electrical energy value of 10 gallons or so of gasoline in an energy density at or better than the chemical reaction potential. Handling that kind of energy density is going to be quite a challenge and easily quite dangerous. The notion it can be handled simply with resistors overlooks capacitors nature of running at high voltages. It’s one thing to handle a battery cell at less than 5 volts and quite another to handle voltage in the hundreds or thousands of volts. There will be heat involved as well, lost during a charge as well as discharge.
The problems of going to scale, can be expected to be very daunting. EEstor isn’t alone in the research; others are at it as well. One can expect that the patents that EEStor has filed are and will in all likelihood, be granted setting forth a good chunk of the theory that made EEstor so interesting. The secrets EEstor and the backers hope to keep under wraps are increasingly likely to escape or be found by others with each passing day.
So far, there is no common use of capacitors as storage for electricity over a long period at high energy density in slow charge and discharge conditions. For all we know, making up EEstor ultracapacitors is a success, but rigging them for use a mind bending problem.
There is little doubt that ultracapacitors are going to have a worthwhile role in the coming years. As the information that EEstor seeks to keep under wraps is revealed in the patents and as others come upon them in their own research many more minds will bear on the problems and solutions will appear. It’s going to take a lot longer than everyone thought.
Meanwhile, the development of materials charges on. The tiny bits of metal in hard drives continues to shrink, technology to disperse them improves, anode and cathode materials in battery research bounds ahead in great leaps, and electrical components will catch up.
In all likelihood the EEstor basic science might just be to far along for the technology of today to put it to work at scale. Or maybe EEstor is vaporware.
But this writer’s confidence is about where it was a year ago. Remember though, there are some good minds at EEstor, and the firm hasn’t closed up shop just yet. Even if they do, the ultracapacitor story isn’t over; it’s just getting underway.