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ZENN Hires Intertek to Test EEStor

Zenn announced today it has hired Intertek to validate claims advanced by EEStor in reference to technology thought to be of value to the commercial capacitor industry. Specifically, ZENN claims EEStor claims they have some caps that test to some…

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Added by B on July 9, 2014 at 9:42am — 92 Comments

Quantumscape Patents Publish With More Jobs

Anyway, as the title indicates, some new patents from Quantumscape have emerged.  Is Q pursuing a lithium ion device or something else?  

What is going on over at Quantumscape any way?  Do YOU know?

NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL CONVERSION REACTIONS…

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Added by B on July 5, 2014 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Nekote Memorial Service

I've been trying to think of a fitting tribute to Nekote who poured so much blood, sweat and tears into enabling us all to carry out our obsession so effortlessly here.  I've decided we're going to do two things. First, we will have a preliminary memorial all day June 14, 2014.  That day will be Nekote Day.  You can post your memories, thoughts and comments in a thread I…

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Added by B on June 9, 2014 at 8:00pm — 25 Comments

Ta'day the day?

It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of another long time member of this community: Nekote. Just as we did with PeterP, I will schedule a time to have a proper online memorial.  Stay tuned for that. 

I know the news of Nekote passing will be a blow to many of you as it is to me.  In a very real way, Nekote…

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Added by B on June 6, 2014 at 10:34am — 53 Comments

Energy Storage Social Network



As you know, I've been dabbling a bit with feeds to bring in more energy storage news.  I haven't gotten a lot of feedback on this so it seems obvious people are fairly focused on ZENN/EEStor, LENR, AGW and other stuff like that.   

I had originally thought that if EEStor delivered, this site would turn into a place where all aspects of energy storage are discussed etc.    That seems less likely all the time. 

But, I have a renewed interest in…

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Added by B on May 30, 2014 at 10:30am — 16 Comments

It Ain't Pretty But It Ain't Over: Long Live TheEEstory

I'm just saying. Seems bleak but strange things are afoot at the circle K.

Added by B on May 6, 2014 at 11:02pm — 91 Comments

Kofman Departs ZENN

ZENN announced the departure of Jim Kofman today.  Allan Gregg also resigned.  Jamin Patrick's consulting contract was not extended. 

My reaction to this news is mixed. The only thing…

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Added by B on May 5, 2014 at 9:39am — 25 Comments

Roger Hammock Comments Upon Departure

I received the following statement via email this afternoon from Roger Hammock concerning his departure from ZENN announced today:

I wanted to offer some clarification on the…

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Added by B on April 28, 2014 at 4:26pm — 70 Comments

Hammock OUT: Clifford IN at EEStor

ZENN issued a press release announcing Roger Hammock's departure from ZENN. 

Added by B on April 28, 2014 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

Greg Gooch: Kofman Could Do Better & Weir is a Deity

U P D A T E:

I have been asked by Greg Gooch to publish the following statement in conjunction with my previously posted article:  



I apologize for anything I was quoted as saying regarding Jim Kofman or ZENN that attacks their integrity or reputation. Specifically, I…

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Added by B on April 25, 2014 at 10:00pm — 91 Comments

Quantumscape CEO Jagdeep Singh Goes Waaaaaay Back with Khosla & KPCB

I've been a little curious about Quantumscape lately.  As you know, our vocal Russian skeptic Y_Po says their technology based on Friedrich Prinz's Stanford research isn't real, won't work and that ultimately his involvement in Quantumscape is sort of a scam.  Y_Po uses much worse language than this and insists there is no such…

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Added by B on April 25, 2014 at 3:35pm — 11 Comments

TheEEStory Also Rises

While ZENN and EEStor work to hide the bodies, I've been experimenting with ways to inject a bit more life into the website with new content sources. I will probably continue to do this until I get bored with it so that leaves us with an open opportunity for you to provide any feedback you may have.  Basically, I've been trying to gain a bit wider scope on things through…

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Added by B on April 23, 2014 at 10:24am — 15 Comments

Remember EEStor On Earth Day 2009?

Where were you on April 22, 2009?  You were probably here like the rest of us salivating over the permittivity announcement from EEStor that turned out to be nearly a net zero news item until…

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Added by B on April 22, 2014 at 11:18am — 5 Comments

Quantumscape Sought Occupancy in January 2014

Let's Quantumscape from EEStory for a bit.  I found a San Jose permit that indicates Quantumscape sought permission to move into their new facilities on January 23, 2014.  See attached. …

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Added by B on April 16, 2014 at 11:17am — 9 Comments

What ZENN Reported vs What ZENN Should Have Reported & Why

We've had a few days now to think through what ZENN conveyed at the AGM and through their written publication the day before on testing progress at EEStor.   I'm going to provide an interpretation of the Press Release based on the additional context provided through Gregg Gooch's remarks at the AGM.  I'm going to go line by line.  I'm also going to admit at the outset that my take…

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Added by B on April 12, 2014 at 4:16pm — 34 Comments

Remember When Ulrich Taught Us How To Test?

Someone correct me if I'm wrong but the approach for testing that Rick Ulrich described in a paper he posted here seems to be different from that being followed by the TAC. 

I'm not an expert and everyone knows I make lots of technical mistakes because it isn't my field but am I right about…

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Added by B on April 11, 2014 at 10:20am — 18 Comments

The TAC is Less Effective Than This Website

It is becoming an annual rite of Spring for me but here is my scheduled rant about keeping elements of EEStor testing nonpublic. 

As I've said a million times, this is the only reliable way ahead to get objective testing conducted for EEStor's claims:

1) Document a set…

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Added by B on April 10, 2014 at 6:34pm — 80 Comments

Former ZENN Executive Shocks AGM With Claims

Former ZENN Vice President of Operations, Greg Gooch brought quite a wildcard to today's AGM in Toronto. Through a rather long comment, Gooch revealed that he was onsite at EEStor  during the Tescom tests.   Gooch further claimed that Weir completed his plan to install better test gear in January as planned.   Gooch said that Weir's most recent test results are significantly better than…

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Added by B on April 8, 2014 at 5:30pm — 64 Comments

TAC Test Results Mystery?

Let's have a look at the test results table:

It seems a problem is that this test data is AC.   Weir claims his energy storage takes place in DC.  We need to see test results at or below 10Hz if we take Weir's claims seriously.  The TAC says:…

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Added by B on April 8, 2014 at 2:29pm — 13 Comments

My AGM Questions

I would say that throughout my coverage of EEStor, I have taken at face value many of the claims and references to EEStor having successfully tested prototypes. These claims have been called into question by skeptics and expert skeptics as we all know. ZENN and EEStor's posture over the recent past (2 yrs or so) has been to weakly try and counter this skepticism through various public press…

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Added by B on April 8, 2014 at 11:57am — 10 Comments

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