Engineer creates a device capable of producing drinking water in the desert

Text “A 75 year-old engineer has managed to create a machine capable of producing drinking water in the desert According to its inventor, the prototype of this machine is capable of producing 3000 liters of drinking water a day, even in the driest desert on our planet. Just imagine what our ancestors would have said when seeing a device that creates water out of “nothing.”

I believe Mr. Veiga would have been considered as some sort of god? Perhaps the bringer of “fresh water”? It amazing how technology changes society and our lives in general. Generador-de-agua-potable-con-su-inventor Its inventor, 75-year old Enrique Veiga, a refrigeration engineer from Seville, Spain managed to develop a mechanism able to extract moisture from the air and transform it into water. The revolutionary machine uses the same amount of electricity as a domestic washing machine to autonomously create drinking water, rainwater similar characteristics.

To obtain the current design of the machine and its maximum output, Veiga had a lot of work to do. ” I started working on this device nearly twenty years ago, the first registered patent is from 1995, when a drought was crossing Spain and made me work on this.

With this incredible invention, people would be able to overcome the lack of water in extreme situations such as those in refugee camps and natural disasters, having drinkable water free of contaminants. It can also be used to generate water supply for small domestic consumption.

It is another revolutionary idea that can definitely push mankind towards a better quality of life. ”

PLEASE NOTE: VIDEO IS IN SPANISH

Documentary Reveals The Unknown Slaves Of Dubai

“Across from the glittering skyline of the city of Dubai, the thousands of migrant slave workers who built these extraordinary structures live within squalid conditions, trapped and alone. For the millions of travelers who visit this city from all corners of the world, the dark reality centred around its creation is unknown.

In a short documentary, featured below, BBC reporter Ben Anderson and his team traveled to the city and went in search of the people who are building these shiny new tourist attractions—what he found emulated brutal slave labor.

During his three month investigation, Anderson interviewed activists working to educate the world on the city’s harsh realities, interviewed the workers themselves and witnessed firsthand the abominable living conditions these men are exposed to.

For the investigation, Anderson and his team primarily focused on Bangladeshi workers. The majority of these migrant workers, from either Bangladesh or Pakistan, had been approached by agents in their home villages. These agent come spilling tales of wonder and well paid work (£300 a month) opportunities in Dubai. In return these agents take a large fee, an average of £2,000, to fly these workers to the city and provide them with a visa; however, what they are not told is, that the moment they step off the plane, their passports will be taken and their working wage will actually much lower than originally promised, sometime by as much as half.

 

 

Already indebted by the time they arrive and with no way of returning home, these men are then forced to work for the duration of their contracts. Typically these men are forced to work 12 hour shifts 6 days a week, often in temperatures the exceed fifty degrees. For this hard labor they will earn a mere £150 a month, a salary which is neither large enough to pay off their debts or sufficiently feed themselves. Many of the men also go months without receiving any payment at all.

Upon going undercover as a British tourist, Anderson signed up to a first group tour which promised to show the side of Dubai that cannot be shown in the media or on the website. During this tour, Anderson asks about the workers well-being.

As seen in the video, the first group sales team are adamant that their staff are happy and well treated “Absolutely, they have staff accommodation…I think they’re pretty happy to be here, actually, because it’s much more difficult to earn some money in Pakistan or India,” said the featured guide. When Anderson informed her that it is important for them to know that they are well treated, the guide responded by saying, “Absolutely, don’t worry. There are no slaves here.”

In reality, the treatment of these workers cannot be classed as anything less than inhumane. They commonly sleep in one room with eight other men and they are not provided with the basic living amenities, such as running water or cooking facilities. This lack of sufficient plumbing ultimately results in the men living among rivers of sewage that engulf the complex in an unbearable stench.

“The living conditions are really, really appalling. Almost inhumane conditions they’re been living out here.” says Almass Pardiwala, one of the only agents who has been enlightened to the truth of this dark reality. “Right now, I seriously wish the world would wake up and look beyond the glitter to the actual darkness which is there behind.”

It is estimated that there is around 3 million of these workers in the United Arab Emirates, many of which have left families alone, in debt and unable to sufficiently fend for themselves. They are scared, over worked, starving and living in squalor— and worst of all, they have no way to escape this unbearable existence. ( via anonhq.com ) ” copied.

What Drought? Nestle Pays Only $524 To Extract 27,000,000 Gallons Of California Drinking Water

“Nestle has found itself more and more frequently in the glare of the California drought-shame spotlight than it would arguably care to be — though not frequently enough, apparently, for the megacorporation to have spontaneously sprouted a conscience.

Drought-shaming worked sufficiently enough for Starbucks to stop bottling water in the now-arid state entirely, uprooting its operations all the way to Pennsylvania. But Nestle simply shrugged off public outrage and then upped the ante by increasing its draw from natural springs — most notoriously in the San Bernardino National Forest — with an absurdly expired permit.

Because profit, of course. Or, perhaps more befittingly, theft. But you get the idea.

Nestle has somehow managed the most sweetheart of deals for its Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, which is ostensibly sourced from Arrowhead Springs — and which also happens to be located on public land in a national forest.

In 2013, the company drew 27 million gallons of water from 12 springs in Strawberry Canyon for the brand — apparently by employing rather impressive legerdemain — considering the permit to do so expired in 1988.

But, as Nestle will tell you, that really isn’t cause for concern since it swears it is a good steward of the land and, after all, that expired permit’s annual fee has been diligently and faithfully paid in full — all $524 of it. And that isn’t the only water it collects. Another 51 million gallons of groundwater were drawn from the area by Nestle that same year. There is another site the company drains for profit while California’s historic drought rages on: Deer Canyon. Last year, Nestle drew 76 million gallons from the springs in that location, which is a sizable increase over 2013’s 56 million-gallon draw — and under circumstances just as questionable as water collection at Arrowhead.

This extensive collection of water is undoubtedly having detrimental effects on the ecosystem and its numerous endangered and threatened species, though impact studies aren’t available because they were mysteriously stopped before ever getting underway. In fact, the review process necessary to renew Nestle’s antiquated permit met a similarly enigmatic termination: once planning stages made apparent the hefty price tag and complicated steps said review would entail, the review was simply dropped . Completely.

Without any new stipulations or stricter regulations added to the expired permit that Nestle was ostensibly following anyway — though, obviously, that remains an open question. In 2014, Nestle used roughly 705 million gallons of water in its operations in California, according to natural resource manager Larry Lawrence. That’s 2,164 acre-feet of water — enough to “irrigate 700 acres of farmland” or “fill 1,068 Olympic-sized swimming pools,” as Ian James pointed out in The Desert Sun.

Though there is no way to verify exactly how much Nestle must spend to produce a single bottle of Arrowhead spring water, the astronomical profit is undeniable fact: the most popular size of a bottle of Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water (1 liter) retails for 89¢ — putting the potential profit for Nestle in the tens of billions. Activists have called for a boycott of Nestle Waters and all Nestle products until they are held accountable for their actions in California.

There is much more to be revealed in future articles as the investigation into Nestle’s reckless profit-seeking during California’s unprecedented drought continues. ( via zerohedge.com )” copied.

Out of this world: ‘Triton Oxygen Respirator Extracts Air Underwater’

“A new invention looks set to change Scuba and diving in general. It’s shocking task lies in the idea of microscopic, nano scale ‘artificial Gills’, can effectively separate the Oxygen from the water while diving, on demand. A series of tiny threads or strands have microscopic holes along their width, which are smaller than water molecules.

It’s called the ‘Triton Oxygen Respirator‘ (Image Below), a miniature but incredible device that will do away for the need to move bulky tanks on dives, and allow the dives to last much, much longer than can be had with current equipment.

The weight accumulations will help emergency responders to move around more calmly too without having to move bulky and heavy tanks around with them. We inhale about 6 litres per minute (when resting) and maybe 10 times that when working tough, so a pack containing 2 or 3 litres of water will stockpile a generous supply of O2, enough to last long enough to pursuit and salvage people from smoke filled buildings.

The Scuba industry is thinking ahead onto commercial, private and military ships as a secure device expressed to all passengers and crew, aircraft too if they have to dive into the sea. It could also be used on land, by firefighters, with minor adjustments. All they’d need would be a small canister of water or something identical to a hydration backpack to excerpt O2 from..there’s lots of O2 in a particular litre of water..about 630 litres worth. ( via topinfopost.com )” copied.

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A (Terrifying) Traffic Analysis of Windows 10 – Spying on you

Text “Note: Some readers have commented that the original source for the article is of questionably validity. If anyone can confirm or refute the original author’s finding with actual data, please let me know in the comments, and I’ll update this post accordingly.

 

Some Czech guy did a traffic analysis of data produced by Windows 10, and released his findings the other day. His primary thesis was that Windows 10 acts more like a terminal than an operating system — because of the extent of the “cloud” integration, a large portion of the OS functions are almost dependent on remote (Microsoft’s) servers. The amount of collected information, even with strict privacy settings, is quite alarming.

Information transmitted:

All text typed on the keyboard is stored in temporary files, and sent (once per 30 mins) to:

oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net

pre.footprintpredict.com

reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com

 

There isn’t a clear purpose for this, considering there there’s no autocorrect/prediction anywhere in the OS (There is autocorrect in certain text fields, but the supposed purpose for transmitting these keystrokes is to improve autocorrect across devices. Whether a full keylog is necessary for this (as opposed to just corrections) is questionable. Furthermore, this appears to still occur even if the user is not signed in to a Microsoft account, eliminating the “across devices” benefit. Perhaps there is a global autocorrect dictionary that benefits all users, but the privacy implications of an un-disableable always-on keylogger outweigh these potential benefits.). The implications of this are significant: because this is an OS-level keylogger, all the data you’re trying to transmit securely is now sitting on some MS server. This includes passwords and encrypted chats. This also includes the on-screen keyboard, so there is no way to authenticate to a website without MS also getting your password.

Telemetry is sent once per 5 minutes, to:

vortex.data.microsoft.com

vortex-win.data.microsoft.com

telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com

telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net

oca.telemetry.microsoft.com

oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net

sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com

sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net

 

You might think that “telemetry” has to do with OS usage or similar… turns out it’s telemetry about the user. For example, typing a phone number anywhere into the Edge browser transmits it to the servers above.

In another example, typing the name of any popular movie into your local file search starts a telemetry process that indexes all media files on your computer and transmits them to:

df.telemetry.microsoft.com

reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com

cs1.wpc.v0cdn.net

vortex-sandbox.data.microsoft.com

pre.footprintpredict.com

 

It’s hard to imagine any purpose for this other than the obvious piracy crackdown possiblities.

When a webcam is first enabled, ~35mb of data gets immediately transmitted to:

oca.telemetry.microsoft.com

oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net

vortex-sandbox.data.microsoft.com

i1.services.social.microsoft.com

i1.services.social.microsoft.com.nsatc.net

Everything that is said into an enabled microphone is immediately transmitted to:

oca.telemetry.microsoft.com

oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net

vortex-sandbox.data.microsoft.com

pre.footprintpredict.com

i1.services.social.microsoft.com

i1.services.social.microsoft.com.nsatc.net

telemetry.appex.bing.net

telemetry.urs.microsoft.com

cs1.wpc.v0cdn.net

statsfe1.ws.microsoft.com

 

If this weren’t bad enough, this behaviour still occurs after Cortana is fully disabled/uninstalled. It’s speculated that the purpose of this function to build up a massive voice database, then tie those voices to identities, and eventually be able to identify anyone simply by picking up their voice, whether it be a microphone in a public place or a wiretap on a payphone.

Interestingly, if Cortana is enabled, the voice is first transcribed to text, then the transcription is sent to:

pre.footprintpredict.com

reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com

df.telemetry.microsoft.com

 

If Windows is left unattended for ~15 mins, a large volume of traffic starts being transmitted to various servers. This may be the raw audio data, rather than just samples.

Other concerns…

While the inital reflex may be to block all of the above servers via HOSTS, it turns out this won’t work: Microsoft has taken the care to hardcode certain IPs, meaning that there is no DNS lookup and no HOSTS consultation. However, if the above servers are blocked via HOSTS, Windows will pretend to be crippled by continuously throwing errors, while still maintaining data collection in the background. Other than an increase in errors, HOSTS blocking did not affect the volume, frequency, or rate of data being transmitted. ( via aeronet.cz )” copied.

Groundbreaking Study Finds Turmeric Extract May Be Superior To Prozac For Depression

Text “A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research has confirmed for the first time in a randomized, controlled clinical trial that the primary polyphenol in turmeric – known as curcumin – is both safe and effective in treating serious states of depression.[1]

The research was performed at the Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, and involved patients already diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). The objective of the trial was to compare the efficacy and safety of curcumin with fluoxetine (Prozac) in 60 patients diagnosed with MDD. Subjects were randomized to receive either a six week treatment with fluoxetine (20”‰mg) and curcumin (1000”‰mg), individually or in combination.

Success of the treatment was evaluated using the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D17). The results were reported as follows: “We observed that curcumin was well tolerated by all the patients. The proportion of responders as measured by the HAM-D17 scale was higher in the combination group (77.8%) than in the fluoxetine [Prozac] (64.7%) and the curcumin (62.5%) groups; however, these data were not statistically significant (P”‰=”‰0.58).” “Interestingly, the mean change in HAM-D17 score at the end of six weeks was comparable in all three groups (P”‰=”‰0.77).

This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders.” If the results of this relatively small trial are applicable to a wider population, this is truly groundbreaking news. There was already a rather sizable body of preclinical research indicating that curcumin is an effective antidepressant in the animal model,[2] but this was not enough to sway most physicians who practice so-called “evidence based medicine” into actually suggesting it to patients as a Prozac or antidepressant alternative.

And this is understandable, as the lack of solid human clinical evidence supporting the use of a natural substance is no small matter from a legal-regulatory perspective. Unless a substance has passed through the approximately 800 million dollar financial gauntlet of phase I, II, and III clinical trials required to apply for FDA drug approval, and has actually received that approval, there is scant legal protection for those who use natural medicines to prevent or treat disease, and who might face a lawsuit (frivolous or genuine) as a result of a claim of injury. Curcumin, of course, is extremely safe, with a 2010 phase I safety study finding that oral doses as high as 8 grams a day were well tolerated.[3]

Fluoxetine, on the other hand, is highly controversial due to its well-known toxicity, and its laundry list of side effects, which include suicidal ideation (not a good side effect for someone already depressed!). Also, even though it would appear the study found that curcumin and Prozac were equivalent in effectiveness, the fact that curcumin comes “… without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders,” clearly proves its superiority over Prozac. There are also a wide range of additional side benefits that come with using curcumin, including its powerful neuroprotective properties.

You will find no less than 109 studies on GreenMedInfo’s database documenting curcumin’s ability to protect, and in some cases restore brain function. [see research here: curcumin’s neuroprotective properties] Studies like this are greatly encouraging as they confirm the timeless wisdom of plant, mineral and nutrient-based medical interventions which were once the norm before pharmaceutical medicine, only recently, attempted to dominate the spectrum of alternatives available to the public. Some final details that may be of assistance are: (1) curcumin is approximately 3-4% of the whole root powder by weight. (2) curcumin is poorly bioavailable, as it is alcohol and not water or fat soluble, so must be taken in higher quantities, or in combination with either carrier molecules such as the phospholipid phosphatidyl choline or bioavailability enhancers such as black pepper, or the primary compound responsible for increased absorption in black pepper: piperine.

For additional information on the topics covered here read: 600 Reasons Turmeric May Be The World’s Most Important Herb

[1] Jayesh Sanmukhani, Vimal Satodia, Jaladhi Trivedi, Tejas Patel, Deepak Tiwari, Bharat Panchal, Ajay Goel, Chandra Bhanu Tripathi. Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Phytother Res. 2013 Jul 6. Epub 2013 Jul 6. PMID: 23832433

[2] GreenMedInfo.com, Animal Research on Curcumin’s Anti-Depressive Properties

[3] Masashi Kanai, Kenichi Yoshimura, Masanori Asada, Atsushi Imaizumi, Chihiro Suzuki, Shigemi Matsumoto, Takafumi Nishimura, Yukiko Mori, Toshihiko Masui, Yoshiya Kawaguchi, Kazuhiro Yanagihara, Shujiro Yazumi, Tsutomu Chiba, Sushovan Guha, Bharat B Aggarwal. A phase I/II study of gemcitabine-based chemotherapy plus curcumin for patients with gemcitabine-resistant pancreatic cancer. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2010 Sep 22. Epub 2010 Sep 22. PMID: 20859741 ( via wakeup-world.com )” copied.

‘Avoid ALL Contact’ With Rain, American Embassy In Beijing Warns

Text “First in “China Sends In Chemical Warfare Troops, Orders Tianjin Blast Site Evacuation After Toxic Sodium Cyanide Found” and subsequently in “Poison Rain Feared In Tianjin As Death Toll Rumored At 1,400”, we documented China’s frantic attempts to reassure an increasingly agitated and frightened public that the air and water are safe after last Wednesday’s deadly chemical explosion at Tianjin.

 

Although the full environmental implications of the blast likely won’t be known for quite some time, the immediate concern is that rain could react with water soluble sodium cyanide, transforming the chemical into potentially fatal hydrogen cyanide gas.

And while Beijing has already begun the censorship (some 400 Weibo and WeChat accounts have reportedly been shut down), the American Embassy isn’t mincing words.

The following unconfirmed text message is said to have originated at the Embassy: “For your information and consideration for action.

First rain expected today or tonight.

Avoid ALL contact with skin.

If on clothing, remove and wash as soon as possible, and also shower yourself.

Avoid pets coming into contact with rains, or wet ground, and wash them immediately if they do.

Rise umbrellas thoroughly in your bath or shower once inside, following contact with rain.

Exercise caution for any rains until all fires in Tianjin are extinguished and for the period 10 days following.

These steps are for you to be as safe as possible, since we are not completely sure what might be in the air.

Remember the brave firefighters and their families along with all those suffering from the accident in Tianjin. Stand strong together China!”

And meanwhile, the Embassy is “aware” of these social media messages, which it claims aren’t official. Here’s the official line: Media sources have reported extensively on explosions at the port of Tianjin, China on August 13 and August 15.

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens in Tianjin to follow the guidance of local authorities and avoid the blast area until given further instructions. We are aware that local authorities are taking measures to prevent secondary disasters and are monitoring air and water pollution in the area to prevent further chemical contamination. The Embassy in Beijing remains in regular contact with local Tianjin government and hospital officials, and we have no information other than that which has been provided to the public by Chinese authorities.

We continue to liaise with local authorities, businesses, and healthcare providers to seek information on any U.S. citizens who may have been affected by the explosions. The Embassy is also aware of social media messages relating to the Tianjin explosions from sources claiming to represent the U.S. Embassy. These messages were not issued by the U.S. Embassy. ( via zerohedge.com )” copied.

New book sends kids to sleep within minutes

Text “Written by Swedish behavioral psychologist and linguist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, the book, which is called “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep”, has managed to hit the top spot on Amazon and is the first self-published work on the site ever to do so. The book uses psychological and positive reinforcement techniques to help relax a child and quickly send them off to sleep.

Parents reading it to their children are encouraged to yawn and to recite certain words and passages in a calm voice to help amplify its effect. “I had written books before about leadership and personal development using these techniques but I got the idea for a children?s book while I was driving on a long journey with my mother and she fell asleep and I got the idea of how I could use my methods to help children relax,” said Ehrlin. “When we stopped I wrote it all down on a napkin but it took another three and a half years to come up with the perfect story so that all the techniques were used in the correct order.”

The book has so far received rave reviews with parents claiming it has revolutionized bedtimes. “I am amazed how successful it has been,” said Ehrlin. “My inbox is full of parents who say it has really helped their children to relax and fall asleep.” ( via unexplained-mysteries.com )” copied.

 

Japanese volcano alert issued just miles from newly reopened nuclear reactor

Japan’s weather agency issued a warning to thousands of residents in Kagoshima that the likelihood of the eruption of a nearby volcano was extremely high.

Officials have raised their alert to its second highest level after it detected a spike in seismic activity in a volcano on Saturday near the offshore volcano Sakurajima, Agency France Presse reported.

They have warned an evacuation of the city of just over 600,000 people may be necessary.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency said: “The possibility for a large-scale eruption has become extremely high for Sakurajima.”

It warned residents to exercise “strict caution” and prepare for evacuation.

An official told Sky News: “There is the danger that stones could rain down on areas near the mountain’s base, so we are warning residents of those areas to be ready to evacuate if needed.”

It comes as a nuclear reactor 50 kilometres (31 miles) away was switched back on for the very first time on Tuesday after it was closed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

Critics had warned that the reopening of the Sendai plant, the first in Japan’s renewed nuclear programme, was premature and Japan’s nuclear reactors are still vulnerable to natural disaster.

In October last year, the meterological agency warned that another volcano, Ioyama, near to Sendai plant was at risk of an eruption.

Critics say the reopening of the Sendai nuclear reactor is premature Japan is on the so called “Ring of Fire” along the Earth’s tectonic plates where earthquakes and volcanos are thought to be more common.

According to the agency there are more than 100 active volcanoes in Japan making it one of the most seismological volatile places on earth.

The last major eruption of Sakurajima was in 2013 where an estimated 63 people were killed.

 

Artcle Source: http://www.independent.co.uk

Liquid Solar Technology Could Be Next Gen of Renewable Energy

“The first working prototype, created in 2009, was a quarter of a grain of rice in size”

SolarWindow Technologies Inc

by Arleen Richards | Epoch Times | August 1, 2015

Look out solar panels, there’s a new “first of its kind” solar technology in town!

Its makers said it’s engineered to outperform rooftop panels by 50-fold, and at a fraction of the cost. And this groundbreaking invention could potentially have the capability of turning an ordinary window into an electric socket.

Made up of the organic polymers carbon and hydrogen, the technology converts sun or artificial light sources into electricity when applied as a film layer to windows. Despite competition from many similar technologies not yet on the market, this innovation has stood the test of time.

For nearly 20 years, in response to global warming, numerous companies, research institutes, and federal agencies have been quietly developing and testing innovative ways to efficiently reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When the federal government began investing in carbon reducing projects in 2007, the solar industry ramped up its R&D.

With the demand for low cost, energy-efficient renewable energy increasing, company executives are clamoring to keep their groundbreaking inventions a secret, hoping to beat the competition in the race to commercialization. And while many corporate strategies veered off course resulting in company closures, executives at SolarWindow Technologies Inc. (SWT) said their unique product, which is applied wet, and then dries as a film coating, is nearly ready for the market.

Liquid Electricity

This electricity generating technology is made from organic earth-abundant materials, making it different from the plant-based photosynthesis technologies, which create chemical energy. John A. Conklin, CEO and president of SWT, explained that when light hits the technology, the mobility of electrons is activated, and that electron movement is electricity.

The Columbia, Maryland-based company is focused on scaling up the technology for its product, SolarWindow, which is a transparent, electricity generating coating for glass and plastics being developed for tall towers and skyscrapers—to turn them into electricity generators. One day the technology could be applied to single-family homes across America.

The company’s first working prototype, created in 2009, was a quarter of a grain of rice in size. Later prototypes grew incrementally in size to today’s largest at 1 foot by 1 foot.

The vision is to be able to generate renewable electricity through solar windows on all four sides of skyscrapers.

Conklin said SolarWindows can power a 50-story building, while it would take six to eight acres of land for a conventional solar panel array to power the same building. “From a big picture perspective that basically takes all of the area of Central Park away just for a few buildings,” he said.
Scott Hammond with the team at NREL

 

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SolarWindow is a transparent electricity generating coating for glass and plastics. (Courtesy of SolarWindow Technologies Inc.)

According to Conklin, the investment in SolarWindows for a 50-story building would be recovered after just one year of energy cost savings, compared to the six to eight years it takes for solar panels.

The solar window would be connected using the same wiring-based system as solar panels, but it would be connected in such a way that you don’t see wires coming from the modules.

The idea for getting the technology to market is to license it and the know-how to major glass manufacturers and fabricators around the world, who will bring the final product to fruition.

International energy expert, Peter Fox-Penner, a principal at economic and financial consulting firm The Brattle Group, said new solar products are a small fraction of the current energy supply, and that a large number of similar products exist, with more being invented.

“This technology fits in amongst many, many technologies that do similar things that are all going to be part of the landscape and all part of compliance with the Clean Power Plan,” he said, referring to the federal government’s plan for reducing carbon emissions.

Fox-Penner expects a gradual conversion to a largely renewable grid as more technologies are added in. He notes that regulatory rules are being rewritten so that it’s possible for utilities that run the power grid to make use of these new technologies.

Conklin is working to ensure that liquid electricity is among the choices, but said although there are similar technologies, they are still very different. He compared the liquid electricity technology to others that use dye sensitized solar cells, and another one that utilizes metals such as lead. He said those technologies are being used for rooftop solar panels, but SolarWindow will be integrated into the building.
Evolution of the Company

Founded in 1998 under the name Octillion Corp., the company underwent several transformations and experienced financial losses over the years. Continued strides in the last five years include partnerships and relationships with the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and award-winning scientists and engineers from companies like Royal Dutch Shell and Duke Energy.

Conklin said Octillion Corp. was a technology incubator and development company. At that time the company had begun working on motion power, which later resulted in the formation of a subsidiary called Kinetic Energy Corp (KEC) in 2008. Octillion also changed its name to New Energy Technologies in 2008.

Around the same time, one of the directors in the company was looking at organic light-emitting diode technology and trying to determine if there was a potential use for it in the biotech space. Their discovery was made when a little bit of electricity was generated by applying a coating to glass. Although the voltage was very, very, low, it was the spark of an idea.

That spark led to the formation of another subsidiary, New Energy Solar Corporation in 2009. This subsidiary entered into an agreement with the University of South Florida, where SolarWindow was established, and a strategy for commercialization was realized.

In furtherance of the commercialization strategy, in March 2015 New Energy Technologies was renamed SolarWindow Technologies Inc.

Conklin touts the company’s success in outlasting strong competitors such as Konarka Technologies and Pythagoras Solar.

“Both of those companies had very different marketing strategies,” he said, “and as a result of their business strategies and product development, neither one of them are in business.”

For example, Conklin explains that despite all the money that Konarka invested in its technology, which was intended for building integrative photo voltaics (a similar application as SolarWindow) it commercialized a messenger bag and a solar umbrella, losing sight of its original goal.

“A company must remain focused on its core strength.”
— John A. Conklin, CEO and president, SolarWindow Technologies, Inc.

“When we’re looking at success, and we’re looking at commercialization, a company must remain focused on its core strength,” Conklin emphasized, “and not dilute that with other product ideas that may sound great.”

In 2010, Conklin became the CEO and president of SWT at a time when its stock was at a low of 51 cents per share. Under his leadership, the stock has risen to $2.30 per share and SolarWindow has advanced toward commercialization.

 

Push for Commercialization Under Conklin

Infectiously positive and jovial, Conklin, who lives and works in upstate New York, has been married to his wife Lisa Conklin for 27 years and they have two sons in their 20s.

He was sought out by SWT in early 2010 to help the company identify ways to improve the methods of applying coatings and improve performance power and uniformity.

With 30 years of industrial, commercial, and renewable and alternative energy experience and a particular background in applying coatings as uniformly as possible, this almost 55-year-old family man was a good fit.

Scott Hammond with the team at NREL

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Dr. Scott Hammond (2nd L), principal scientist at SolarWindow Technologies Inc., with the team at National Renewable Energy Lab. (Courtesy of SolarWindow Technologies Inc.)

Conklin said the company implemented his recommendations and saw favorable results. In less than a year, the board of directors offered him the position as CEO.

But Conklin is no stranger to leadership roles as he already owns two companies. He takes pride in building teams. “I am an advocate of helping individuals excel and find their strengths among weaknesses and turning weaknesses into strengths,” he explained.

With Conklin at the helm, the company has seen some major accomplishments, such as new records for the size and performance of a solar window (validated by the United States Department of Energy at NREL), and an increase in shareholder numbers.

Future Success?

According to a June report by GTM Research, a division of Greentech Media, which provides market analysis, the cumulative global market for solar electricity is expected to triple by 2020 to almost 700 gigawatts. It predicts demand will be almost entirely market-based by 2020, as compared to 2012 when almost all demand was based on direct incentives.

SWT is hoping to tap into that market and has scheduled a webcast on Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. EST to give more information on a timeline for bringing its products to market.

Although he is not willing to reveal more details about the products at this time, Conklin did say that one of the window designs could be a fixture that you would actually plug into.

In addition, SWT has fabricated its SolarWindow in architecturally attractive colors, which Conklin said building designers, architects, building developers, and owners want. He adds that SWT’s technology “is being built for high speed, high volume, roll-to-roll, and sheet-to-sheet processing.”