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  • Axion Power Concentrator 181, Nov. 29: Latest News [View instapost]
    Happy Friday all. I just popped over to the AXPW board on Yahoo for the first time in a year.

    What a sewer. How do I wash away the smell?

    Thanks to all who make this Concentrator a challenging, enlightening and pleasant experience.
    Nov 30 06:34 PM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 179, Nov. 23: John Petersen's Axion History & Prospects; Q3 '12 Rpt; SAE Truck APU App; Rosewater & Queens Univ. Partner On Distributed Energy Study; 13th ELBC: Axion's "Operational Stability Of PbC Batteries And Battery Systems [View instapost]
    by Renzo the Anonymous

    Chapter 1

    The village of Axionia sat nestled in the Anxiety mountains in the cold Northern realm of New Castle. Survival in this unforgiving land required storage of not just food for the long winters, but energy. You see the villagers couldn’t just gather energy freely from the earth or trees, for if they ventured too far they were besieged by Regulators of the Realm. This was the least of their worries, however, for the monster Lithium also stalked their land.

    Lithium tormented the villagers with the support of the Regulators, bullying the people into buying only “his” storage jars. This dark age lasted several years before whispers of stronger, cheaper jar grew too loud to ignore.

    Lithium yowled his superiority and his minion scribes extolled his virtues, but the facade had cracked and Lithium was ultimately vanquished by his own conceit. He gazed in his mirror, admiring his slender figure and brutish strength. But ultimately his outsized reputation was not matched by his deeds, and soon boys and girls no longer feared a monster that only torments the rich kids and bursts alight when struck with a stick. Lithium withdrew from the kingdom in shame (but promised to return in Chapter 11).

    The kingdom was safe for now, but other far more tenacious and frightening monsters still lurked.

    Chapter 2

    Axionia was an industrial village full of industrious people. Their experience with the problems of traditional lead storage jars and the dangers and cost of Lithium jars prompted them to search for an alternative. They were not a wealthy village but with hard work and research eventually they discovered a Holy Grail of sorts, the fabled PbC jar. You see the lead jars of the day tended to wear and break with heavy use, but PbC could be emptied and refilled for a lifetime without wearing out. The PbC’s powers were near divine, but as part of a remote kingdom like New Castle, it was mostly ignored by Hedgefunds, Mutualfunds and other Advisors of the Street realm.

    Then things began to change. Someone started talking about Axionia and the PbC jar, assiduously spreading the word from village to village. You see, John the Herald was an advocate, numerologist and alchemist and had lived briefly in Axionia. He extolled the virtues of PbC and its creators (a select group of alchemists, metalworkers, merchants and traders led by Sir Thomas of Granville) and his followers across the realm slowly grew in number. Powers began to take notice.

    Some, such as the Lord High Cramer, were fair. Others, however were foul.

    Chapter 3

    The Grimm monsters were the worst--a trio of ugly trolls named Exodious, Blackrock and Speciasits. The villagers of Axionia welcomed them at first, as they provided needed capital for jar development and requested only a reasonable rate of return.


Exodious paired with Axionia in what was to be a glorious joint venture but he took the gold provided by the DOE Realm and shared none with Axionia--some say in hopes of a coup. Though tiny and isolated, the Axionians of New Castle were proud and confident folk and such a slight was not taken lightly. They rose to the challenge and Exodious was ultimately banished from the kingdom, atrophied and impotent.

    Chapter 4

    Exactly what happened next is shrouded in mystery but Blackrock and Speciasits also turned on Axionia, laying siege to New Castle, slowly strangling them of needed capital and frightening away other deep-pocketed creatures that might save the village. The Dark Knight Kilocycles even tried to attack but failed when his steed, Tesla, could not cross the Range of Anxiety that still protected Axionia from the monster Lithium.

    The people were despondent but John the Herald was steadfast. He spoke of “tossing around nickels like manhole covers”, “peeing” once, twice or even thrice on an “electric fence” and even telling a mother “Thy baby is ugly”. His aphorisms bewildered, but also resonated with villagers desperate for hope. 

    His musings and those of other village luminaries (henceforth the Acolytes-- Iindelco the Maker, Bangwiz the Wizard, HTL the Trader, Tim the Horseman and others too numerous to detail) were distilled, retold, argued over and ultimately given permanence by a scribe from lands far South. Mayascribe and his Concentrators brought wide dissemination of the Sacred Aphorisms and the collective knowledge of John the Herald, the Scribe and the Acolytes to the masses of the realm. Eventually, with the support of the invigorated villagers, the siege lifted and Axionia was once again able to breathe easily.


New Castle still needs capital and the Herald reminds them that though these times are difficult, they are no longer dark. Talk of the powers of PbC are taking tangible form as orders for the grails. Whispers of the Five Fates--BMW, NSC, the Cube, the Hub and Classeightruck--tantalize and foretell distant (or mayhaps not so distant) riches. 

    What became of Axionia is still unknown. In others of his writings, the Scribe told of “The End of the Realm” and “The Mother of all Parties” so further tales may some day be unearthed by Data Miners in the agave groves of his native land.


Perhaps the best is yet to come.

The End

**This tale is fictional and any similarity to people, places, corporations, cabinet-level departments or trolls living or dead is purely coincidental.**

    Nov 25 01:55 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 60: Beginning Feb. 2, 2012, Axion Power Direct Offering Part Three [View instapost]
    A dumb blonde was really tired of being made fun of, so she decided to have her hair she would look like a brunette.

    When she had brown hair, she decided to take a drive in the country.

    After she had been driving for a while, she saw a farmer and a flock of sheep and thought,
    "Oh! Those sheep are so adorable!"
    She got out and walked over to the farmer and said,
    "If I can guess how many sheep you have, can I take one home?"
    The farmer, being a bit of a gambler himself, said she could have a try.
    The blonde looked at the flock and guessed, "157."
    The farmer was amazed - she was right! So the girl picked one out the cutest and most playful of the sheep and got back into her car.
    Before she left, farmer walked up to her and said.

    "If I can guess the real color of your hair, can I have my dog back?"
    Feb 2 06:19 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 281: Nov. 07 '13: Axion & Norfolk Southern At ASME Rail Conference; John Petersen Joins EPower [View instapost]
    Number one?

    I dedicate this honor to Tom Granville with great confidence that an announcement of significant sales will soon be released!
    Nov 6 02:23 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 157: Sep. 30, 2012: 13th ELBC: Axion's "Operational Stability Of PbC Batteries And Battery Systems", John Petersen's "Rising To The Micro-Hybrid Challenge", Brishwain's Notes [View instapost]
    I emailed Dr. Dickinson about the discrepancy between the SAE paper text and Figure 8 legend.

    He responded that the data points are now up to 22 and 18 weeks for the two PbC and AGM batteries and that the data should be updated soon.

    Apparently the difference between the PbC batteries and the AGM continues to grow. I'll look forward to seeing the updated data.
    Oct 2 09:04 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 153: Sep. 21, 2012: APMarshall's Sep 2012 CEDIA Notes & Updated John Petersen Charts [View instapost]
    I have to agree about the website, in particular. If I came across Axion on this Concentrator and wanted to due some DD, their website wouldn't inspire great confidence. While a glitzy site would be a waste, dowdy seems like a red flag.

    I have no idea what reasonable website design costs, but it can't be too many manhole covers-worth to get it to the point where it's not arguably a negative.
    Sep 21 04:50 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Battery-Powered Locomotives: Compellingly Green Economics [View article]
    I just gave my 21-year old a thousand dollars to start a Roth IRA. He is now the proud owner of $420 of AXPW. I encouraged him to put the rest in an S&P index. He has become an avid SA reader as well.
    Apr 29 01:11 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 212: Feb. 27: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    Bow to my greatness.

    I have single-handedly accounted for almost a quarter of today's enormous volume. Where's the key to the executive washroom? :-)
    Feb 28 12:51 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 209: Feb. 16: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    Okay, we're posting stories about putting coyote urine on spark plug wires. We need some news very badly.

    It does put a new spin on the term "airport test" though.
    Feb 18 06:23 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 153: Sep. 21, 2012: APMarshall's Sep 2012 CEDIA Notes & Updated John Petersen Charts [View instapost]
    I just downloaded the SAE paper that Stephan Moroney found. It's pay-walled with a DRM agreement, so I'm afraid I'll have to paraphrase. Keep in mind although I'm a reformed medicinal chemist, I'm no battery guru.

    In overall format it was much like the August 2011 white paper. The bulk of the paper was descriptive, covering the advantages of PbC in no-idle systems, the failings of AGM batteries in that setting and the testing protocols used.

    There was a DCA figure that had the same 100K cycle data (EN-50342-6 protocol) as in the white paper with the addition of charge time data. Not sure if this is new, but they stated charge time stayed below 50s for the entire test period and was near 30-40s for most of that time.

    The last figure (#8) was data I hadn't seen before comparing a 30HT PbC and "a second, similar lead-carbon hybrid battery/supercapacitor" to an East Penn Group 31 AGM battery in terms of "state of health" over 286 cycles (11 weeks) in a modified J-2185 (whatever that means) protocol. It showed AGM SOH at 80% and 30HT at 100%. The "second" PbC showed similar, perhaps slightly better performance over its so-far 180 cycles of testing. They plan on testing a second AGM side-by-side.

    Sep 24 08:05 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 60: Beginning Feb. 2, 2012, Axion Power Direct Offering Part Three [View instapost]
    A priest, a rabbi and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What is this, some kind of joke?"
    Feb 2 05:53 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 320: Apr. 02 '14: Q4 & EOY 2013 Results & CC; CFO Resigns; David DiGiacinto Joins BoD; PV With Storage Financials; Petersen Worksheet Suggests PIPE Effects Nearing End [View instapost]
    Then the Van Allen belt, with luck.
    Apr 2 01:51 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 261: August 18: 10Q Filing For Q2; Two Axion Forbes Articles; John Petersen On PIPE Mechanics & Incentives [View instapost]
    Is it my imagination or is there more pumping of Axion on the micro cap trading/stock-picking sites?

    I have a Google alert for AXPW and am seeing an increase in the number of alerts lately. I don't expect this to make a whit of difference to us in the long run, but it may increase volatility in the near-term.
    Aug 20 01:11 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 150: Sep. 12, 2012: APMarshall's Notes From CEDIA September 2012 [View instapost]
    John, I enjoy your metaphors. Like the Texans I know they're always colorful and never subtle.

    I wonder if you can work together elephants and an electric fence next time. :)
    Sep 13 01:49 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Concentrator 40: Beginning Dec. 30, 2011 [View instapost]
    Hello, my name is Renzo and it's been five days since may last axion purchase.
    Dec 31 07:45 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment