Monthly Archives: May 2008

We Are Living in a Virtual World — Not Quite The Matrix or The Thirteenth Floor — The Universe — Solved!

Have you ever faced with true nature of reality?

Have you ever felt that there was something odd about the world we live in? Like there is something about The Universe - Solved!reality that isn’t quite random, as it should be? Something a little too organized, a little too planned, a little too programmed?

What is reality — really?

Did you know that it is impossible to tell the difference between reality and an illusion?

Did you know that it is impossible to tell the difference between “the past” and implanted memories?

Did you know that we are only 30 years away from technologies that could completely fool us through implanted memories and full-scale total immersion reality simulations?

So how do we know we’re not already there?

In fact, the evidence is overwhelming that we already live in a programmed reality!

The Universe Solved: A new provocative view of the true nature of reality…

Jim Elvidge, Author of the book “The Universal Solved” does not have all the answers but it presents the evidence and has a lot of entertaining speculation!

Jim Elvidge – A biography

Jim Elvidge holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. Beyond his entreprenurial and management career in high-tech, he is also a musician, writer, and truth seeker. Research in the fields of physics, cosmology, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and metaphysics has provided the foundation for his first book, “The Universe-Solved!“, which presents the astounding evidence that our reality may be under programmed control.

Enerlume Energy Management Corp Shows how Businesses can save 15% on Electric Bills

Hundreds of Fluorescent Lamps, in Shinbashi, Tokyo JapanImage via Wikipedia

Going green is more than a just a cause celebre: it has become a global issue that cannot be ignored. However, at the same time global demand for energy is growing fast, with lighting accounting for 40% to 80% of a typical commercial building’s electric bill.  [Listen to find out how lighting changes are affecting business and homes.]

In fact, the House and Senate are working on legislation that over the next seven years would phase out the conventional light bulb and replace it with compact fluorescent bulbs—a move that would not only save consumers $6 billion a year in energy, but also reduce man-made emissions.

While fluorescent lighting plays a key role in conservation, advances beyond changing from older T12 fluorescents to the more modern and efficient T8 fluorescents have been largely limited to turning lights off or dimming the lights with voltage reducers. If the facility has already installed T8 fluorescents and turning the lights off, or significantly dimming them, is unacceptable there seemed to be no simple next step in saving energy.

Enter the EnerLume | EM™
The EnerLume | EM, developed by Hamden, CT based Enerlume Energy Management Corp., is a small, self-contained, easily installed device that provides a new alternative. Simply put, the EnerLume | EM reduces the electricity consumption of T8 fluorescent lighting systems and can reduce light bills by up to 15% or more. The EnerLume | EM enables corporations and institutions to save energy by preventing fluorescent lighting systems from drawing power that cannot be efficiently converted into light.

EnerLume | EM’s built-in microprocessor employs a sophisticated algorithm to provide timing direction to the ballast (a device that converts power from the AC grid to a form suitable to light fluorescent lamps), determining when to draw power in such a way as to maintain full peak voltage to maximize light output. The ballast draws power when it is most efficient to do so, increasing the lighting system’s efficiency and providing more foot-candles of light per watt consumed. While taking energy out, the EnerLume | EM reduces the operating temperature of the ballast thereby increasing the expected life of the ballast. With the ballast running cooler, and reducing the temperature of each lighting fixture, one can expect a reduction in the electricity required to operate the air conditioning.

The EnerLume | EM system is suitable for use in buildings such as manufacturing facilities, parking garages, distribution centers, warehouses, retail space, and school systems. The EnerLume | EM system is easily installed between the feeder circuit and the lighting panel. A single EnerLume | EM can save energy on up to 2,300 lighting fixtures. Running Windows-based software, the device is easily programmed to power lighting systems on and off; facilities do not have to rely on the “last person out” to hit the light switch, providing considerable added cost savings. The EnerLume | EM also allows for remote programmability, making light changes and shut down easily monitored by any authorized computer.

Enerlume’s Chief Executive Officer, David Murphy, says, “Because of the rising cost of energy as well as the desire to minimize one’s carbon footprint, companies large and small, contractors, and government officials are all looking for new ways to save money and go green. The EnerLume | EM allows them to go greener. It provides an affordable way to save significant electrical energy while maintaining the light needed in the facility.”

Saves Energy Without Leaving You In The Dark

Consider This:
While there have been many power reduction devices available for fluorescent light over the years, they have almost universally worked on the principle of restricting the amount of power the ballast can draw by reducing the peak voltage. In effect, these power restrictors simply “dim” ballasts that were not originally designed to be dimmable. The percentage of watts saved is roughly equal to the percentage of lumens lost.

The EnerLume-EM® works on a completely different principle. It does not limit the amount of power the ballast draws, it restricts when it may draw power. AC power is delivered in a sine wave. A single wave happens very fast – 60 times per second. Ballasts need power to operate the fluorescent tubes. By restricting when on the sine wave cycle the ballast may draw power, the EnerLume-EM® allows the ballast to get the power it needs when it is efficient to do so. This results in lower power consumption.

This way, the ballast still provides very nearly all the power the tubes need to maintain full brightness. This is why, at a very significant electrical savings of 15%, there is no detectable loss of light. This is simply because the tubes still get the power they need. The EnerLume-EM® guides the ballast to create the needed power for the fluorescent tubes with less power pulled from the Utility. This leads to longer ballast life and reduced cooling costs.

With the EnerLume-EM®, the facility manager can further increase the savings beyond the 15%. Beyond this, depending on the ballast used, there will be a dimming effect as the time restriction becomes great enough to interfere with the ballast’s ability to get enough power to provide the tubes with what they want. That said, it is still not in direct proportion. The additional power savings exceed the lumen loss. Users report savings of up to 30% in power consumption.

Bottom Line:

The EnerLume|EM® and power restrictors are not the same. Power restrictors limit power drawn by dimming the lights. The EnerLume|EM® teaches the ballast to be more efficient. It actually increases the efficacy of the fluorescent lighting system.

What is the EnerLume|EM®
The EnerLume|EM® is an energy saving device for use with new or existing fluorescent lighting systems. By conditioning the incoming power wave, it reduces electrical consumption with negligible lumen loss at savings up to 15%. Greater savings are possible with some lumen loss. Savings percentages are set using the EnerLume|EM® software (Windows® based) provided. This software allows the user to program changes to savings and “On/Off” as timed events.

Installation:
Installation is accomplished by “splicing” the EnerLume|EM® in between the supply feeder and the lighting panel. Suitable for three phase or single phase systems.

Ballast Requirements:
The EnerLume|EM® works with either T8 or T12 ballasts. Testing shows that the greatest savings with the least lumen loss are achieved when the EnerLume|EM® is used with single voltage T8 ballasts.

About the EnerLume|EM®

In many applications, fluorescent lighting accounts for 40% – 80% of your electric bill. One way to reduce that cost is to simply cut voltage and dim the lights. That’s the way traditional “Black Box” sine wave toppers operate. Another is to turn the lights off. Building Management Systems save money by eliminating light. Now you can keep the lights on and bright, and save money at the same time.

The EnerLume-EM® is designed to improve lighting efficiency so your lighting levels are maintained with less electricity. While other devices cut electrical flow by “topping” sine waves. the patent pending EnerLume-EM® takes a more intelligent approach, resulting in an entirely new way to reduce electrical consumption. Additionally, this new technology works with both new and existing fluorescent lighting systems.

The EnerLume-EM® gives you greater flexibility and control over your fluorescent lighting system. You are not only cutting power, but managing it. The EnerLume-EM® management features include remote programming and adjustable energy levels.

The EnerLume-EM® dramatically reduces the cost of running fluorescent lights without sacrificing lighting quality. In addition, the EnerLume-EM® can be programmed to dim or selectively curtail after hours lighting levels for even greater savings.

EnerLume-EM<sup>®</sup> Wire Diagram (Click image for full size image)The EnerLume-EM® is a lighting energy management system designed to reduce the power required for operating magnetic or electronic ballasts in fluorescent lighting systems. The EnerLume-EM® manages the incoming power so the ballasts draw energy only when power transmission is most efficient. This patent pending capability cuts energy costs while reducing light levels so little that no light loss can be seen by the human eye.

In typical installations, the EnerLume-EM® is mounted adjacent to the fluorescent lighting panel to be treated. A single EnerLume-EM® unit can treat all fixtures fed by the lighting panel. The EnerLume-EM® is UL and CUL listed and housed in a steel, NEMA rated enclosure. The EnerLume-EM® is offered in six different models to meet your specific voltage and capacity requirements.

Case Studies

Hospital Complex – State of New York
We installed a 100 amp, 277/480v EnerLume|EM® in an electrical closet servicing one floor of an eight story research building. Prior to the installation, the normal hours of operation that the T-8 fluorescent lights remained on were 6:00AM to 11:00PM weekdays and half days on weekends. The department relied on the “last person out” to shut off the lights, but that was rarely achieved. Therefore, the 400+ fluorescent fixtures typically remained on 24/7. Upon installation of the EnerLume|EM®, we achieved a sustainable 30% savings in kwh with the lights on and an overall 50% savings over a 24 hour period by programming the unit to shut lights off from 11:00PM to 6:00AM. There was less than 1% loss in ft/c. Considering that the utility rate was over $0.21 kwh, the ROI was measured in months.

Large Education Facility – Central New England
This two year old public school was originally built using four lite T-8 fluorescent fixtures with occupancy sensors in each room. The school typically has the lights on from 7:00AM to nearly 11:00PM weekdays and a half day on Saturdays. With an electric rate exceeding $0.14 kwh, a 200 amp, 277/480v EnerLume|EM® was installed on a first floor dedicated lighting panel and connected to like panels on the second and third floor. Overall building savings exceeded 10% of the total load and the lighting panel savings exceeded 18%. Ft/c loss was imperceptible at just under 2 ft/c. The ROI was calculated at 14 months.

Public Warehouse – Southern New England
It is a 465,000 sq, ft. public storage facility that contained 464 – 400w HID’s incurring an exorbitant monthly electric bill. We recommended and installed six lite T-8 fluorescent fixtures with mirror reflectors and occupancy sensors on each fixture. Four EnerLume|EM® 100 amp, 277/480v Energy Managers were also installed. Overall utility savings was 78% and the EnerLume|EM®’s accounted for more than 15% of that savings. The utility incentive was approximately 50% and the ROI came in at less than 17 months.

David J. Murphy – Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer: David J. Murphy a Co-founder of the Company was appointed as its President and CEO during February 2007. He had served as the Company’s Acting President and Chief Executive Officer since August 2005. Since 1986, Mr. Murphy also served as a
Director. Other positions held by Mr. Murphy at the Company include serving as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. His prior experience includes serving as Operations Manager for Campus Dining at the University of New Haven and as an Adjunct Professor in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism School. Mr.
Murphy received a B.S. degree in International Business from Quinnipiac University, as well as earned a certificate in Exporting Marketing from Quinnipiac University.

Automotive X-Prize, THE Competition for Super-Efficient Vehicles

InnovationImage via Wikipedia

Imagine a world where super efficient cars are desirable, affordable and everywhere, where gasoline no longer makes history, but is history.  [Listen to Craig's Interview and find out how the Automotive X-Prize will change the world.]

The Automotive Xprize, an international competition looking to inspire technological innovation that will lead to the world’s first road-ready, affordable, mass-produceable 100 mpg vehicle.

It is quite evident that there is more interest today than ever before in fuel efficient cars. Every automotive company is bringing out what they feel will interest the public in the area of fuel technology. Consequently, most of the major car manufacturers have showcased more fuel efficient vehicles at NAIAS, many of which are concept vehicles.

The automotive companies have been searching for different answers to power their vehicles and to best meet the needs of consumers. The Automotive X PRIZE provides a forum for technology and innovation, which is the hallmark of what America stands for.

We have been seeing an amazing share of traffic at our exhibit from OEMs and major suppliers, who have stopped by to discuss AXP’s goals, meet some of our current competitors, and learn more about the competition. It has been a marvelous week here in Detroit for the AXP spending time with the automotive industry and educating them and the press about our competition.

Automotive X PRIZE goal was to Inspire Green Auto Innovators and Environmentally Aware Cities at 2008 Detroit Auto Show. $10 Million+ Competition to Offer First Glimpse of Contenders and Launch Search for Host Cities, DETROIT, MI, January 10, 2008.

The Automotive X PRIZE, a competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles, will release a Request for Proposal (RFP) to U.S. cities interested in hosting a stage of the 2009-2010 race competition at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

The Automotive X PRIZE showcased the innovations of its early entrants at their booth during the show’s Press Preview and Industry Days, January 13-18.

The Automotive X PRIZE, which was created to help break the world’s addiction to oil and stem the effects of climate change, is an independent and technology-neutral competition, open to teams from around the world who can design, build and bring to market 100 MPG equivalent vehicles that people want to buy, and that meet market needs for price, size, capability, safety and performance.

To date, more than fifty teams from seven countries have signed Letters of Intent to compete and the Automotive X PRIZE continues to solicit additional teams to enter the competition. The window of opportunity for interested teams to register will remain open for at least the next 60 days.

Once the competition launches—in early 2008—those that qualify will embark on a rigorous cross country race that combines speed, distance, urban driving and overall performance in 2009-2010. The winners will need to exceed 100 MPG equivalent fuel economy, fall under strict emissions caps and finish in the fastest time.

The racing segment of the Automotive X PRIZE is expected to travel through ten U.S. cities while being broadcast to a global audience in 2009 and 2010, building consumer demand for vehicles in the competition and demonstrating many practical, clean and affordable vehicle options. This opportunity represents a visual, hands-on forum for Host Cities and individual administrations to drive public behavior toward reducing environmental impact. Details on the Host City RFP will be available at the Automotive X PRIZE booth.

In addition to seeking support from U.S. cities, the Automotive X PRIZE is seeking national, regional and local sponsors to underwrite the stage race competition.

“The Automotive X PRIZE has the potential to revolutionize the auto industry. Competitors and U.S. cities have a unique opportunity to help bring about tangible, positive change: lower fuel costs, reduced carbon emissions, and an invigorated market. Our participation in Detroit, and the launch of this RFP process are major milestones in this competition,” noted Don Foley, Executive Director of the Automotive X PRIZE.

“Thousands of bright minds, from all over the world, gathered in Detroit. We’re hopeful that new individuals, groups and industry sponsors would see the possibilities within this competition, and answer our call to action,” added Foley.

You also can participate in this competition. http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/auto/about/contact_us

Joel Makowe
Automotive X-Prize

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles — The Next automobile revolution?

Visionary Vehicles will be the first new car company of the 21st century to offer a full line of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) to consumers in large volumes.

Automakers in Detroit this year have spent a great deal of time showcasing hybrid vehicle additions to all of their lines. It is clear that the automotive industry is moving toward alternative fuel powertrains. In the next 10 years it will be absolutely intolerable for every car company to not have plug-in hybrid electric vehicles or pure electric vehicles in their showrooms. As these new cars are manufactured, we need to keep in mind that they need to be easily accessible to the general population. The economics of manufacturing plug-in hybrids and pure electrics must change so that the American middle class and below can afford to purchase these types of vehicles.

Adaptability of components is going to be key. Technological developments are going to happen at a rapid pace, and it is going to be necessary for all automakers to be able to adapt to these changes. In teaming with our battery supplier, we searched for a company who developed not only the best battery parts, but also developed a battery infrastructure that will enable us to constantly update our batteries with the most current technology. This allows us to be excited about all new developments, rather than put everything into one type of battery and fear new developments.

It is incredibly difficult to find safe components at a price that is affordable. Visionary Vehicles has spent the last 14 months searching for partners to create joint ventures with, to supply safe components at a price which allows us to sell cars at low prices. By developing an open-sourcing business model, we are transforming the industry to provide an avenue for all companies who seek to develop plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles to purchase these components at the lowest possible prices. This will also allow companies who only seek to develop a few thousand cars still get the best possible prices and sell their cars at prices which the average person can afford.

Weight of components in plug-in hybrids and pure electrics is probably one of the most important aspects of these cars. It is also a huge factor in their high prices. For instance the Chinese company BYD is using a battery pack that weighs more than 400 pounds. On the other hand, the battery pack we will be using weighs less than 200 pounds. The heavier the components, the more the price is driven up.

In terms of the US Auto Market, it is going to be interesting to see how the large companies such as GM and Toyota showcase these cars. These companies have all of their money and time invested in traditionally combustible engines. By displaying the Volt, for instance, next to Malibu, dealers will have to be able to go back and forth from volts and amps to traditional RPM’s and engines. And, since the price of a plug-in is going to be higher than a traditional car, the average American is going to really have to believe in the product to make the financial decision to spend the extra money. On the other hand, the Visionary Vehicles Electric Outlet will showcase only plug-in hybrid and electric cars. Therefore, all companies who buy our components will gain the use of our manufacturing facilities and our dealer network.

Malcom Bricklin
CEO

Malcom Bricklin – A biography

Vision – Strategy – Determination – These are the qualities that have characterized the leading innovators of our time – the Henry Fords, Howard Hughes’s and Andrew Carnegies who have built industrial empires from the kernel of an idea. Auto industry pioneer Malcolm Bricklin has the vision, wisdom and determination to stand among these giants, and he possesses a healthy dose of charisma, too. Bricklin’s newest venture, Visionary Vehicles, is now planning a luxury plug-in electric vehicle capable of achieving more then 100 miles per gallon.

Visionary Vehicles is only the latest milestone on the road of auto-industry innovation – a road that Bricklin helped to pave.

Malcolm Bricklin is recognized as one of the automobile industry‘s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and visionaries. He was the founder and Chief Executive of Subaru of America, Bricklin Vehicle Corporation, International Automobile Importers, Yugo America and now Visionary Vehicles. He has 40 years of experience in designing, engineering, manufacturing, remanufacturing, importing and marketing automobiles. Mr. Bricklin is known throughout the industry as one of the most original and imaginative automobile executives in history.

In 1968 he founded Subaru of America, Inc. During the 1970s, Mr. Bricklin founded Bricklin Motors and produced the world’s first “safety sports car,” the Bricklin SV1, which was well designed, easy-to-drive, and decades ahead of its time in terms of driver safety. In the 1980s, he formed Yugo America, Inc. With 160,000 vehicles sold during its launch phase, the Yugo quickly became the fastest selling European import in automotive history.

Today, Mr. Bricklin, fulfilling his lifelong commitment to improving the environment through innovative fuel efficient vehicles, has set his sites on delivering the first full line of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) to consumers. His innovative strategy will be the catalyst to jump start the hybrid and electric industry and transform the automobile industry as we know it.

With the growing threat of global warming and a need for the reduction, if not the elimination of automobile emissions, there is an urgent need to place new technologies within reach of the general public and to deliver these innovations without sacrificing high performance, safety or luxury.

Visionary Vehicles is an international automobile company on a mission to bring an exciting new brand of environmentally friendly, aggressively priced, beautifully styled, high-quality vehicles into North America. Visionary Vehicles will also introduce a new retail experience for its consumers, by developing destination locations to make available the very latest hybrid products and in the process it will create a revolutionary new consumer-friendly environment for its retailing facilities.