A Unique Method of Using Solar Energy to Generate Electricity
- I first invented this concept in 2001 and then built some small
prototype units in 2003 which proved the effectiveness, by essentially
matching performance with the earlier calculated design results.
- But that construction was incredibly complicated and intricate,
where no one could manufacture them unless they already owned a
multi-million dollar metal smelting and casting factory. As I have
no personal interest in enabling giant corporations with billions of
dollars to get even more billions of dollars of profits, and only they
could have had the capability to build those structures, many people
were angry at me for having an excellent solution to the energy
crisis regarding electricity supply but then not be willing to disclose it
to anyone! Other than a few death threats, hundreds of individuals
would try to convince me that THEY had all the skills and capabilities and
technologies to build one for themselves. Of course, they had no
idea just what it was that I saw as so complex as to be beyond them!
In each of those conversations, I would imagine that I had found some
new method of brain surgery, and they were all insisting that they had all
the capabilities to do it themselves. (Probably not!)
- But now in late 2010, I have discovered an entirely different
construction which uses the same concept and performance, which is
amazingly SIMPLE to build! In fact, a few days ago, I decided to
BUY around $40 worth of standard items from a local hardware store
and it only took me around 24 minutes to build most of the system,
and another 8 minutes to build the rest. And that simple, cheap,
and quick to build device, when combined with an old alternator from
a scrapped car, immediately started creating roughly 500 Watts
of electricity (around 35 amperes at 14 volts DC from the alternator.)
- I use OTHER low-grade energy sources during the night, which can be
moderate wind energy, the heat given off by my HeatGreen 3a "organic
decomposition system to heat the house" and even a stationary exercise
bike and several more available sources.
- But I now see a DIFFERENT complication, and I currently cannot see
any way to deal with it! So I wonder HOW to make this thing available
to millions of people who would benefit from it.
The new problem I see is GREED!
Earlier in my life, I was very naive, and I would then have done
what I wished I could do now. I would ASK a THOUSAND different people
to EACH build a MAXIMUM of TEN of these systems AT HOME, as in
the evening, in their basement or garage. Given the time it took me
to make the several I have made, essentially half an hour, that would
be around FIVE HOURS of work. The naive approach continues where they
would SELL each of the ten completed system for exactly $100 each, or
a thousand dollars total for that evening, to local people, so that
no warehousing or shipping costs would occur. And those
"independent sub-contractors" would each then send me $5 for
each unit built (actually to my Church, of which I am a Pastor.) So that
naive approach would have had the local person BUYING about $40 of materials,
locally, and only after it was known that the device had a buyer, and
he would then keep around $55 of the money from each unit for his own
labor. So in that evening of around five hours of work, he could
assemble and sell UP TO ten systems, taking in as much as $1,000
and KEEPING $550 of that (for his five hours of labor!).
The naive concept would continue in thereby seeing the thousand
individuals manufacturing and selling a total of
10,000 systems every day, or around 300,000 systems each month. The reason
THAT is important is to try to discourage giant corporations from
deciding that they could make billions of new profits, and therefore
crushing the naive concept like a bug! Since those giant corporations
always need months or years to hire their multi-million-dollar executives
and to buy new factories and re-tool those factories, they really have
no realistic way to START massive manufacturing for quite a few months.
These "sub-contractors" would manufacture AND SELL 300,000
operating systems EVERY MONTH, and all at a CUSTOMER COST of exactly
$100 (plus any applicable sales taxes!) If the giant corporations
took a year before they could START production, my goal would be to
ALREADY have nearly FOUR MILLION OPERATING SYSTEMS being used! This
approach DOES then depend on the intelligence of the Accountants of
those giant corporations. COULD they really get the public to
pay THEM $200 for a system that they already know is available for
$100 from a local neighbor? And COULD they match a price of $100
and still support all those multi-million-dollar executives and
the giant factory and all the rest? Better still, I certainly see
that IF we saw a DEMAND that was twenty times greater than described
above, the only change that WE would then need to do would be to
find 19,000 more unemployed people who wanted to build them!
So within two weeks, we would likely be providing 6,000,000 systems
each month, if that was sufficient for the demand for them.
Well, a hundred years ago, that all might have worked excellently!
People were REPUTABLE and HONEST and ETHICAL. IF they agreed to
build NO MORE THAN TEN SYSTEMS A DAY, they would not. After all,
the numbers presented above show a CASH NET INCOME of around $4,000
each week, and who could be unhappy with THAT?
The single problem is that IN THE MODERN WORLD, immense numbers of
people think of little else than heaping up as much money as they can
accomplish. I use the word GREED, which has that definition.
The situation seems easiest to describe by some of my experiences
during 2005. I had invented a "water pump" that was ideally
suited to usage in Third World countries, to provide safe and clean water
for the two billion people who, today, will NOT have safe water to drink.
I still had a lot of naivete then, and I really thought that INDIVIDUAL
FAMILIES might spend the $50 to make such a pump and spend another $50
to ship it to some remote village in Africa or South America. So I
was enthusiastically awaiting e-mails from lots of families!
Rarely happened! More than NINETY PERCENT of the e-mails that came
in regarding that unique pump were from individuals or small
businesses who saw an opportunity to "get rich fast". Many
of them even described their thinking to me! Yes, they DID SOMEDAY
want to send some pumps to Africa! But FIRST, they all described
the need to make them "a few million dollars", where they
could THEN be in a position to consider sending some pumps to Africa.
They had totally ignored my naive idea, of ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING NICE
FOR STRANGERS! Instead, they ONLY saw my "generously offered
invention" as being the gold mine that they had always dreamed
of. Most even explained that they would SELL many thousands of my
pumps IN THE UNITED STATES, because it was quicker and easier for them
to get the cash flow that way. So they were not even consider SELLING
the pumps in Africa, UNTIL they had gotten so rich that they would
feel they could afford to be generous!
NINETY PERCENT of the people who contacted me about that water pump
displayed that ego-centric attitude! NO ONE ELSE THAN THEM mattered
at all, UNTIL they had become disgustingly rich first!
SO, my issue right now, with this impressive new solar-to-electric
system, is "Why would people be less self-centered now than
90% of them showed to be five years ago?
Yes, I fully realize that YOU are not like that at all! And YOU would
even remember to send me the small amount I would get from each
unit made. But HOW could I possibly tell YOU apart from those
90% of people who were honest about their lack of integrity and about
their self-centered attitudes about wanting to get very rich?
Therein lies the problem!
Obviously, I hope to find some resolution to this issue, such that
I might then enable thousands of desperately unemployed people to
IMMEDIATELY have excellently paying employment. Whether it is a thousand
people or twenty thousand people or even more, they certainly NEED
the work and the pay! And the customers NEED to be able to decrease
their several thousand dollar annual electric bills to near zero!
I had even thought about trying to "require" everyone to
receive "kits" from me, to try to cause them to play by
the rules and ethics, but as soon as they SEE one operating system,
they would know that they could go to that local hardware store and
"clean them out" of the necessary items! And once their
ethics have been sold out, they certainly would feel free to build and sell
as many thousands of the devices that they could, BECAUSE that would
get them to their gold mine, right?
I guess that in looking around today, where the THOUSANDTH ILLINOIS
POLITICIAN WAS SENTENCED TO PRISON, where the Nightly News displays
daily examples of rampant neglect of honor and ethics and principles, what
if I tried to only allow someone to participate if TEN local people each
recommended him first? Yeah, right, Bugs Bunny and Daisy Duck's names
would show up on such lists! But once ANYONE knows how to build
this very simple and inexpensive system, who or what could control them
or stop them from cheating the public? How would I ever even KNOW that
someone was improperly manufacturing many thousands of the devices in
Oregon or Florida or Maine? And what could I do about it anyway?
SEE why this seems to be such an intractable problem?
Even THOUGH there are also some genuinely wonderful people,
whom I would WISH I could identify and then enable to earn a very
This presentation was first placed on the Internet in October 2010.
The OLDER device, regarding the prototypes I built in 2003,
Solar to Electric Device.
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C Johnson, Theoretical Physicist, Physics Degree from Univ of Chicago