Recent geochemical studies show that the chemical composition of the Moon is very similar to that of the Earth—that is, the Moon is made up primarily of terrestrial materials rather than materials from the impacting celestial body. The Earth and Moon are like identical twins. No other celestial bodies we know of share this kind of chemical relationship.
In a recent TED talk, Planetary Scientist Sarah T. Stewart discusses how she discovered new kind of astronomical object — a synestia — which presents a new way to look at the mystery of the Moon’s origin.
Let’s cut to
the chase. Suppose you had a device that could make electricity and hydrogen at
the same time? Think this might be valuable for the renewable technologies
For at least 40 years, the solar-hydrogen connection has been a goal for transitioning from a carbon-based energy economy. Many different concepts and systems have been discussed and prototyped to demonstrate this possibility.
Now, the very capable folks at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab [LBL] have some bragging rights with this technology, having developed a hybrid device. Thy have a novel integration of photovoltaic and electrochemical devices, that could simultaneously meet real-time energy demand while producing hydrogen too.
public literature…..”LBL’s patent-pending
design is a single hybrid photoelectrochemical and voltaic
(HPEV) cell. The HPEV makes dual use of its photon-excited electrons
and thus maximizes its overall efficiency, much as cogeneration power
plants achieve high fuel efficiency by squeezing both heat and power from
natural gas or coal.”
expected the hybrid cell performance will result in almost 7% of incoming
sunlight converted to hydrogen; and 13% of that same light converted into
Think of the possibilities with making a very clean fuel form and electricity simultaneously. One could serve local electric loads and fuel needs, or maybe shipping the fuel form through an underground piping system…either existing or new.
Edison said … “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of
power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle
that. I wish I had more years left.”
Due to pending weather conditions on the East Coast, the video submission deadline for the Thomas Edison Pitch Contest 2019 has been extended! Please be sure to have your video submission in byFebruary 28, 2019to be eligible to receive your FREE Makers Kit (value $200) and your $300 Teacher/Mentor Stipend (for completing the contest).
However, please keep in mind that the sooner you submit your video, the sooner you will receive your Makers Kit and begin working on your project! To submit your video, go here.
Talk about the invention you had in mind and what problem(s) it would solve. This can be a very loose description, as we understand that ideas may change after getting your materials and starting to build it.
Did you know Thomas Edison was born on February 11? He would go on to become an inventor, entrepreneur, project manager, technology leader, manufacturer, businessman, husband, and father. In his lifetime, he achieved more than the average man such as a record 1,093 patents, only one of them being the lightbulb.
Below are some of the highlights of his life. Thanks for everything, Tom!
Major Career Stats
Thomas Edison created whole new industries such as:
Music industry (phonographs)
Motion pictures (camera to projector)
Power industry/electric light bulb
The West Orange invention factory [R&D labs]
Thomas Edison also disrupted and radically changed these industries:
Thomas Edison made lasting impressions on the world through:
Championing solar energy (ca. 1910-1915)
Promoting electric vehicle garage charging (ca. 1905)
Being the great grandfather of STEM education and team based problem solving
Inspiring people to “fail” their way to success
Continuous product improvement in all industries
Thomas Edison’s Impact on Society
He has the most recognizable face in the world
His landmark light bulb invention is the international icon for bright ideas
Life Magazine proclaimed him the “Man of the Millennium” 
TIME Magazine featured him on cover of special July 2010 history issue which proclaimed him relevant to our world today
He was an inspiration to generations of inventors and entrepreneurs
The biggest effect on today’s society? Thomas Edison’s inventions and creations to this very day account for about $12 trillion of the world’s $80 trillion economy; and one-fourth of the jobs on the planet. How is that for staying power?
Thomas Edison teaches us more than anything else that inventors and entrepreneurs are a huge positive force for good in the world.