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    Default Revolutionary new battery.... or not?

    Appeared on IOL this morning...

    Any experts care to comment?

    After beavering away in his Somerset West workshop for seven years, electrician and inventor Jan Human has come up with an invention that he believes will revolutionise energy usage, cut climate-changing carbon emissions and give a major boost to the use of renewable energy.

    His invention is a hybrid battery which can charge and discharge simultaneously, and which cuts energy use by up to 27 percent. It can be linked up to Eskom, solar or wind power at the same time. Because there is less resistance in his battery than in a conventional one, you save energy using power from any of the sources.


    He has patented his invention, and now hopes investors will commercialise the battery.

    "The principle can be adapted for any kind of battery, small ones like cellphones and laptops, or it can by used by industry and even Eskom, both as back-up or to power their power stations. The mines and power stations have rugby fields of conventional batteries for back-up. It can also be used for vehicles.

    'It can charge and discharge at the same time'
    "If you link it up to solar or wind energy, you can have energy 100 percent carbon-free," Human said.

    The novel aspect of Human's battery is that he found a new "pathway" in the battery which allows it to charge and discharge at the same time.

    "When a conventional battery is discharging, say to power a light, it cannot store energy at the same time. It's impossible. My battery does that. You can use wind and solar to charge my battery at the same time it is discharging," Human said.

    He had a bank of 18 batteries, each with a 1 000 amp-hour capacity. Apart from his gas stove, these 18 batteries can supply power for everything else in his house for a week, without charging them, only using the solar energy stored in them from his solar panels.

    "When you use electricity, you need pressure from the source, which is called electro motor force or EMF. With my battery, I need less EMF, so that is where the 27 percent saving comes in," he explains.

    Human says if we are to avoid the worst of climate change, the only solution is wind and solar power. Using his batteries, a household could become 100 percent carbon free, and 100 percent free of Eskom power.

    When asked for comment, UCT academics dismissed Human's claims, but Gerhard Ebersohn, an electrical engineer at the University of Pretoria, said it was "definitely a new concept".

    "We have nothing like that and it sounds very promising, but one needs to see hard evidence first to see if it is a breakthrough. The biggest problem with renewable energy is storage and energy efficiency. He is sending me information and we're going to look into it," Ebersohn said.
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    I don't quite get the "charge & discharge at the same time" bit.

    If it is a more efficient accumulator, there are definite benefits, but the ordinary lead-accumulator will charge and discharge at the same time in any case! That is the way we use it in our cars. If you have the lights on (discharge) and the alternator provides more output than the discharge, the battery will be charged at the same time.


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    Over the years there's been a notorious inventor in Somerset West who came up some things and roped in people for their investment. I don't know if this bloke is the same guy or linked. Every couple of years a new "breakthough" eminates from Somerset West only to become a scandal. The last one was an electricity generator that put probes in the ground and generated free electricity
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ePajero View Post
    I don't quite get the "charge & discharge at the same time" bit.

    If it is a more efficient accumulator, there are definite benefits, but the ordinary lead-accumulator will charge and discharge at the same time in any case! That is the way we use it in our cars. If you have the lights on (discharge) and the alternator provides more output than the discharge, the battery will be charged at the same time.

    But a bakkie alternator charges a lot faster than solar or wind energy!
    The alternator delivers more current than you can use/thus the excess current charges the battery

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    The mines and power stations have rugby fields of conventional batteries for back-up.
    I thought they used generators...

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    But it is an interesting article, similar to looking in the old Popular Mechanic's magazines, over the years people have come up with various ideas on engines, I was reading one a few weeks back about other engines that were disigned but never got "off the ground" their ideas just never took off or they were bought out by Ford etc.

    It is similar to if you for example were able to manufacture another source of fuel, the big fuel companies will buy you out or find another way to close you down.

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