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Comment Re:This won't be allowed to happen (Score 1) 165

I believe it is a matter of modesty, not knowing for sure if he was the reason, and being the kind of person who is very confidential by nature.

Most places the extracts are still illegal and fall under manufacturing instead of possession, as well as having harsher penalties. For him to walk around and basically say "I've made and transported enough illegal hemp oil to treat X cancer patients" could have repercussions for his legitimate businesses as well.

He's the kind of person who might be talking to you about your best friend but would never say his name to you out of respect, and the fear of loose lips sinking ships.

Comment Re:This won't be allowed to happen (Score 1) 165

The person who makes the Phoenix Tears brings in about $50,000 a month and spends most of his time traveling and helping cancer patients. He does not charge them anything, and supports the whole thing out of his pocket.

He has seen it help enough people (starting with his wife) that he has decided it is something he needs to do to help as many people as he can, and it is now his full time job.

Considering he used to spend most of his time on the beach in California, or skiing in Colorado, or on vacation in Hawaii, and he is well past the point where he ever needs to work again, there must be some reason he feels it rewarding enough to come out of retirement.

After 3 of years of doing this he won't say how many people he has helped, he doesn't walk around claiming to have the magical cure, but I have heard from plenty of people he has cared for that they in fact do believe that his care was essential in their battle against cancer.


Comment Re:Sell batteries as an end product (Score 1) 232

Some details and pictures from when the boat was at the Miami Boat Show:

We had a number of different battery configurations that we tested to try and find the right balance of capacity and weight.

To get the batteries to charge that fast, the sunpads on the deck unfolded to expose more solar panels, and some dual surface panels were used that had higher output. We also had the batteries in banks that we could selectively charge (or discharge) them based on the power available

The goal was to have enough solar and batteries on board to be able to live on it, and not have to have a generator. Battery capacity was initially based on runtime targets, but was ultimately reduced to match the electrical demands of the boat while in "house mode"

The "hey we can have a smaller engine and help out with electrical power to get on plane" stuff came later.

Fun memory: I got (had) to test the GFI system we made, it blew some pyrofuses that disconnected the batteries in case something went wrong. It was a little unnerving to touch 700VDC, I used successively smaller resistors to be safe, but in the end did touch the bare battery cable, then did it again while the motors were under full load, and again under full regen:)

Working on boats sucks enough as it is, having to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) in Florida while in the bilge gets old pretty fast!


Comment Re:Sell batteries as an end product (Score 2) 232

I worked on a hybrid boat with over 18,000 Li-ion batteries in the bilge!

(You don't want it to sink!)

It had 2 X 100 HP electric motors between the 500 HP diesels and the pod drives. You could run them for an hour at max output (about 12 knots) with the battery capacity it had, and you could get a whole days worth of putting around if you took it easy.

It recharged with solar panels in under a week, so you could use it every weekend using only the sun.

Recharging on shorepower was problematic to say the least. While it may be a 20 amp outlet, few of them can actually deliver 20 amps!


Comment Re:Drowning in microbeads (Score 1) 247

this one supplier can make 80 tons a month of just this one kind.

might as well take a whole shipping container full every month and just throw it in the ocean.

Then you figure how many people make this crap.

Then there's the soap sized chunks! The above is smeared into the pores, not just rinsed away like lava soap, how much of that do we make!

Comment Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 533

I think (correct me if I'm wrong here) that if you have one or two houses with solar it is much easier for that power to be consumed by someone that is being fed power from the same transformer as you are.

This would seem like a much more manageable situation than if everyone had solar in your neighborhood and it has to start stepping up through the transformers looking for somewhere else to go.

Now if every neighborhood starts pushing power through the grid and all of these systems designed to put 10,000 amps one way go to shuffling around a few hundred amps from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Even if everyone had a radio link to the power company giving instant feedback of their generation, it would still be hard to keep voltage constant as clouds keep turning thousands of individual sources up and down.

With less and less power coming from the actual power company, who will be in charge of the grid? Imagine when we meet the break even point and power companies can shut off most of the day, who or what are all those thousands of separate Chinese inverters going to sync to?

In my imagination, I see waves of frequency, voltage and current fluctuations rippling uncontrollably around from transformer to transformer. Whole pulsating neighborhoods throbbing and blinking as these devices struggle to interoperate. A battle-royalle of cheap buggy firmwares fighting it to see who has the real 60 HZ... long after the power company automatically disconnected them.

Oh the voltage went up a little, I'll be a good little inverter and match it...

Oh hey the voltage went up a little, I'll be a good little inverter and match it.

That phase is kinda weird, good thing I can reshape it a little when I match it.

Wow my output just dropped 16 volts, Guess we need more juice quick, better step it up a notch!

Crazee Edeee, his prices are INSANE!!!