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  • Axion Power Concentrator 231: April 27: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    Lloyd,
    I see from your bio. that you are a "retired electric company rate analyst", and that you are new to this blog.

    It sounds as though you may have some very useful information and experience, and I hope that you become a regular reader and contributor. We are all concerned with electric utilities and their operations here.

    Welcome!
    Apr 28, 2013. 03:55 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 230: April 24: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    2:07 PM More from Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.1%): In the midst of a lot of details on the company's new Model S warranty loaner program, Elon Musk let slip that another announcement is coming out next week regarding the Supercharger network and concerns on driving range. He also noted the automaker wants to make the third-generation EV model to be as affordable as possible.
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    This guy is a genius with the hype cycle...make your announcement that you promised last week, and at the same time promise another announcement next week. Next week I promise to make an announcement and announce a new promise.
    Apr 26, 2013. 02:14 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 230: April 24: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    1:53 PM The big news from Tesla Motors (TSLA +0.2%) is that the company will offer fully-loaded Model S vehicles as service loaners in connection with its no-fault warranty program. In a margin-defying twist, Tesla drivers can keep the loaner car if they like it better. During a conference call, CEO Elon Musk also says the automaker's warranty will be transferable amongst owners. It's not quite the news some investors were looking for as shares of Tesla Motors move off their daily highs.
    Apr 26, 2013. 02:04 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 230: April 24: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    FWIW, I just tried to change my Schwab password from an 8-letter word to something longer, but they have strict guidelines.

    Your new password must:
    Include 6-8 characters and numbers
    Include at least one number between the first and last characters
    Contain no symbols (!,%,# etc.)
    Cannot match or be a subset of your Login ID

    Anything longer than 8 characters cannot be entered, and they don't allow symbols. Seems strange, maybe they will change that if people's accounts get hacked more often.
    Apr 26, 2013. 12:07 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 230: April 24: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    Well, Musk certainly acts as though his are that size.
    Apr 26, 2013. 08:09 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 230: April 24: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    Yep, it takes some mighty big balls to store renewable energy...
    Apr 25, 2013. 06:53 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 230: April 24: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    Things are just getting worse for Exide:

    http://bit.ly/12j3eze

    California regulators on Wednesday ordered the shutdown of a battery recycling plant in Vernon for failure to control pollution at the facility.

    The plant has been operated under an interim permit for more than 30 years by Milton, Ga. battery maker Exide Technologies. It recycled about 22 million lead-acid automotive batteries annually.

    Exide Technologies had been operating the plant with an interim permit from the DTSC since 1981; it had applied for a full operating permit.

    Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents residents in Boyle Heights near the Vernon facility, said he welcomed the DTSC’s decision. However, he said, “I do question why the company was allowed to operate with an interim permit for so long when a full permit would demand a higher level of specificity, which clearly is warranted in this case.”
    Apr 24, 2013. 06:05 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 230: April 24: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    OK, that's what I thought.
    My concern would be that if the industry is going to insist on 48V, then 3 PbC batteries would run at least $1200, and that might not make it much cheaper than the Li-ion solution from JCI.
    Hopefully automakers will start with a 12V system, and reserve the 48V for heavy micro or mild hybrids.
    Apr 24, 2013. 05:47 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 230: April 24: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    So, I am assuming that this is four Exide AGM batteries, to give 48V. If we used PbC batteries for a similar 48V system, would we need four of them, or only three, since they can operate at 16V each?
    Apr 24, 2013. 05:14 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Protect Your Country, Protect Your Portfolio [View article]
    If they don't provide any specifics about the sale (big, small, how many), how do you know it was a sale for a single sniffer?
    Apr 23, 2013. 09:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Protect Your Country, Protect Your Portfolio [View article]
    "This seem especially relevant in face of the fact that their new sniffer hasn't garnered a sale in the three months since it was approved for sale."

    As of today, that is not a fact at all...

    http://bit.ly/ZKAWuj
    Apr 23, 2013. 02:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 229: April 20: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    Maxwell Technologies Supplies Ultracapacitors for Portland Area Light Rail Braking Energy Recuperation System

    http://bit.ly/13VcfCv

    Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (MXWL) announced today that it is supplying ultracapacitors for an energy-saving braking energy recuperation system that American Maglev Technology (AMT), is installing on light rail vehicles operated by the Portland, Oregon area's Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet).

    In TriMet's system, energy generated by decelerating vehicles is fed into the traction electrification system for use by other vehicles on the system. TriMet is using the TIGGER funding to retrofit 27 vehicles with the American Maglev-designed, ultracapacitor-based, energy storage system, which captures and stores regenerative braking energy as it is generated, uses the stored energy for acceleration, and releases surplus energy to other vehicles on the system as needed. The 27 retrofitted vehicles are being paired with non-capacitor equipped vehicles so that stored energy can be used by both vehicles.
    Apr 23, 2013. 10:09 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 229: April 20: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    I'll be the first to second that.
    Apr 22, 2013. 09:22 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 229: April 20: Axion Power On Panel At Energy Storage Economics 2.0 For New York City And Beyond [View instapost]
    I'm not so sure that a strategic investor will require such assurances, bang. If we look at how Toyota and Daimler each invested $50 million in Tesla, there were certainly no guarantees that Tesla would be very successful at anything.

    http://bloom.bg/17ajTXL

    “I’ve felt an infinite possibility about Tesla’s technology,” said Akio Toyoda, chief executive officer of Toyota, founded by his grandfather. “By partnering with Tesla, my hope is that all Toyota employees will recall that ‘venture business’ spirit.”
    Daimler AG, the world’s second-biggest maker of luxury vehicles, in May 2009 invested about $50 million in Tesla, which is supplying the company with battery packs for a test fleet of electric Smart minicars.
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    Toyota invested with the vague hope of building electric vehicles based on the Tesla platform (which hasn't materialized). Daimler invested in them so that Tesla would supply the batteries. At the time, Tesla had never generated a profit and didn't look as though it could.
    I think that a strategic investment from either BMW or the Asian automaker who was not named (TM) is not completely out of the question. Fingers crossed.
    Apr 20, 2013. 01:17 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Protect Your Country, Protect Your Portfolio [View article]
    Nice article.

    The extremely strong management team they have assembled over there is one of the main strengths that the company has IMO.

    There are two members of the team whom you forgot to mention, however:

    Dr. Bill McGann (COO), one of the original developers of commercial ion mobility spectrometry technology for explosives trace detection (ETD), joined Implant Sciences in April, 2012. He has authored over 70 research proposals to the U.S. Government, 20-plus scientific publications, and over 25 patents in the areas of nuclear, chemical and biological detection technologies. He played a key role in creating an industry around ETD science and technology at Ion Track Instruments, which was acquired by General Electric. After the acquisition, Dr. McGann served as Vice-President, R&D at GE Ion Track and went on to become Chief Technology Officer of GE Security.

    Dr. Darryl Jones
    Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
    Joining Implant Sciences in May, 2012, Dr. Jones brings significant homeland security industry experience to the Company's sales and marketing efforts. He was previously Vice President of Global Product Management at Safran's Morpho Detection, where he managed one of the largest ETD and EDS product portfolios in the industry, and helped launch the X-ray and Raman spectroscopy product lines. Prior to GE Security's sale to Safran, Dr. Jones was General Manager of Global Security Sales at GE Security, where he recruited and developed a global sales team focused on six key markets and achieved year-over-year top line growth. During his three year tenure as sales leader, Dr. Jones nearly tripled the revenue in the non-aviation markets.

    All the people IMSC has poached from their competition speaks volumes about their products. I don't know anything about these machines, the TSA, or the market, but these people sure do, and they have abandoned their high-paying jobs in these large security companies to come work for a microcap on the pink sheets. They obviously have faith in the product IMO.
    Apr 19, 2013. 08:22 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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