2013 Vacation Notes

By Hugh Abner
[48 Years and Counting Manufacturing Batteries and Battery Machinery]

I am in an area composed around an outdoor theme but it is rainy, windy and cool. I am not complaining for it has given me an opportunity to read some of those back page articles which generally require too much time. Besides during a normal day we are bombarded with so much news that by the end of the day we cannot imagine there being things that we might have missed.

In the rear section of a national newspaper on a science page a special report was given to a possible future use of a 3D printer. Now the 3D printer has become common item for us today and new uses are popping up all the time. I am not up to date of any serious usage of the printer in our lead acid battery industry but I am sure it is taking place. Vent caps could be a potential item for such a printer: anyway it is one which first comes to mind. However, in the hi-tech world much more serious projects are being projected.

Here I am not going to make a serious effort to describe and explain some of the fantastic future things we will see but I do want to throw out some names. You see, when we know a name then it catches our eye as we scan through documents or even T.V. programs. For example very few people today would not recognize Elon Musk. When that name pops up we began thinking of advanced electric cars, (Tesla), and private efforts for space exploration.

A name I want to force into my memory is Craig Ventor. This is the scientist that led the research of sequencing the first human genome. This was done by using the molecules adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine to build a DNA ladder that was inserted into an empty cell. The artificial cell survived and began to reproduce the man-made structure. Now Dr. Vinter is moving on to build what he calls a Digital Biological Converter. That’s right, he will secure a biological sample from anywhere, (Mars even), and digitize the DNA which then can be transported at the speed of light to a receptive device where the digitized data will be 3D printed using the molecules mentioned above into an artificial genomic ladder that will be inserted into empty cells for reproduction. Potential bacteriophage (bacteria-killing virus), when found throughout the world or universe can be sent to a medical center where it can be used to infect the dangerous bacteria. If the bacteria die then the process was successful.

Now in our lead acid industry hi-tech news regarding the Nano-technology of graphene (the one atom thick hexagon carbon material) continues. Lead acid capabilities are being claimed for super capacitors that can be manufactured using paper processing technologies. This is a claim made by a team at the Australian University – Monash. If a capacitor could be made which would provide most of the dependable power features of the lead acid then it would be a strong contender. The capacitor is an instantly recharged technology unlike the time consuming requirements of the lead acid.

Being able to construct a capacitor consisting of layers of graphene separated by ionic barriers by using a hi-tech form of paper manufacturing technology is a real possibility according to this Australian team. A light weight and rapidly charged source of SLIG power is a quest of our times. Even a device which is a combination of battery and capacitor is making news.

I credit USA Today, The Economist and Yahoo Science News for the particulars which I have described correctly. Some speculation on my part is a possibility.

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