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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Energy from Sea Water? Consider IBM Intrigued

Seeking Alpha, by Michael Kanellos, September 01, 2009

You can count IBM as one more institution that sees at least some potential in the idea of harvesting power when fresh water and saltwater meet.

IBM's Almaden Laboratory wants to prepare a proposal to study osmotic pressure gradients, according to Spike Narayan, functional manager, science & technology, at IBM's Almaden Research Center.

Osmotic pressure gradients effectively generate water pressure without raging currents. They work like this. Fresh water from streams and rivers tumbles toward a tank of sea water. Between the fresh water and the sea sits a membrane. The differences in salt concentration draw the fresh water through the membrane. The membrane also can eliminate additional impurities.

As more fresh water enters the tank, the salt concentration decreases but the growing volume of water increases the water pressure in the tank. The pressure can then be harvested to turn a turbine. In effect, it is hydroelectric power without a Niagara.

The osmotic pressure project also illuminates how IBM exploits its fairly unique structure for profit. IBM is one of the few large companies with a sprawling R&D division with a somewhat open-ended mandate to look at projects that aren't necessarily tied to near and mid-term profits. IBM, moreover, isn't likely going to give up the prestige and Nobel prizes that go along with such a lab.

But, since bills do have to be paid, groups like Narayan's comb through different projects to identify commercially promising ideas. As the project progresses, IBM seeks out industrial partners and divisions with in its own consulting groups to commercialize and/or license it. Right now, one of the major green projects at IBM's labs involves components for lithium-air batteries.

Often, the path from lab to market is crooked. The potential for osmotic pressure power grows out of a material IBM has started to promote for desalination and water purification membranes. The material effectively forms a molecular net that fleeces impurities out of water and thereby cuts down the ostentatious amounts of energy required by most desalination systems. The material can also tune membranes to hone in on arsenic or boron or may one day allow governments to produce "recycled water" or purified water from sewage systems. Singapore already gets a small percentage of its drinking water (called NEWater) from recycling, although tourist brochures don't brag about it.

"The whole concept of recycled water is going to happen. It is inevitable," he said. "We need to figure out inexpensive ways to do it.

And where did that material originally come from? It is a polymer IBM originally devised to perfect immersion lithography, a technique for "drawing" the circuits in chips on wafers immersed in distilled water. Immersion lithography started being employed in mass production a few years ago. Thus, IBM's involvement in sea power derives from work Big Blue did on the PlayStation 3.

As wacky as osmotic pressure power sounds, interest is growing. Norway's Starkraft Energi is working with desalination expert Energy Recovery to prepare a pilot program to harvest osmotic power from the country's many fjords. (Don't let the Starkraft name fool you. This isn't a club you'd meet at a sci-fi convention: It's a large utility.)

Danish startup Aquaporin meanwhile is examining how it can deploy an artificial protein it has created for desalination for energy harvesting. Aquaporin works with French water giant Veolia on desalination research. You can get a more full description about osmotic pressure gradients from Rolf Aaberg from Norway's Starkraft Energi here.

"You have the potential of approximately 2,000 terawatt hours a year globally. Any place you have a stream going into the sea you have potential energy," Peter Holme Jensen, a microbiologist turned CEO of Aquaporin told us last year.

IBM will likely take a slightly different twist. Instead of creating osmotic pressure from introducing freshwater to seawater, IBM will see if it can generate osmotic pressure by introducing clean (or somewhat clean) water to the extremely salty waste streams at desalination plants. In effect, a natural stream wouldn't be necessary.

"You could generate more power" with concentrated seawater, Narayan said.

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