Industry Innovations

Aircraft Tire Saver - Airlines go through millions of dollars of aircraft tires per year. A way to save on tires can save millions.

A 737 burning rubber on landing
A 737 burning rubber on landing

Have you ever watched large airplanes land and seen a big puff of smoke behind the tires when they hit the pavement? If you haven't seen the puff of smoke, you haven't watched them land. It happens every time. That puff is hundreds of dollars going up in smoke. According to my research it costs about $15/tire/landing. A 737, for example, usually lands about 4 times per day, 330 days per year (1 month down for maintenance) totals 1,320 landings or $19,800 per year per tire. Tires for this calculation cost about $3,000 each, so that's 6.6 tires per wheel per year. Therefore you can add the labor involved in changing the tires to the above number. So an airplane that has 6 tires would have $118,800+ per year in tire costs. If a $2,000 device fitted to each wheel could save 50%, or ~$10,000 per year per tire, do you think there might be a few customers for this device?

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More Efficient Solar - This method could increase solar power efficiency by two and a half to three times.

A few years back I was involved in the Space Elevator competition as an elevator competitor. I didn't win, but in working on my project I came up with some great ideas. A couple of them involved increasing the efficiency of solar power. One, I call a light trap, I proved would increase the efficiency of a standard solar cell by 18%.

The other has the potential to increase the efficiency of converting solar energy to electricity by an additional 2 to 3 times.

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Sterling Engine Enhancements - Sterling engines have been around since 1816, with few improvements. Many different configurations, but few improvements resulting in greater efficiency. New enhancements would increase efficiency significantly.

A modern Stirling engine and generator set
A modern Stirling engine and generator set with 55 kW
electrical output, for combined heat and power applications

This is another avenue I researched while working on the space elevator project. Sterling engines held some promise as a drive system for the space elevator project, but not with it's current weight to power ratio. Further development was required, so I came up with some plans.

Efficiency wise, modern Sterling engines are comparable to internal combustion engines. Their greater size and production cost, however, currently prohibit them from mobile use, such as cars. Nevertheless, Sterling engines are in somewhat common use in a number of applications such as heat pumps, power generation, marine engines and solar power generation. This is due mainly to their greater reliability, quiet operation and the fact that they run strictly on heat, no mater what the heat source is.

Sterling engines operate on a thermal differential principal. That is, the greater the temperature differential between the hot and cold ends of the engine, the greater the power output. Therefore, increasing the conduction of this thermal energy on either end of the engine will increase the efficiency. Other methods of achieving thermal transference of the internal gases of the engine will also increase efficiency.

A more efficient Sterling engine means reducing the size and cost to power ratios and therefore bringing the Sterling engine into more widespread use. More widespread use means greater profits for the company producing them.

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River Gold Mining - It is estimated there is hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gold on the bottom of the Yukon River. Possibly billions. The river is deep, fast and there are environmental concerns.

More info soon...

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