Empire, Oil, and Disaster - blog about my new book

A religious sect getting more and more attention of the world. Jews in the Middle East already have problems with them. Coincidentally, a terrible terract happens in the largest city of the empire. The same religious sect is blamed for it. The year is 64 AD. The sect is Christians. The place is Rome of the emperor Nero.
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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Eestor - battery for electromobils from Texas

Eestor – Business 2.0, October 2006, p.82

Not exactly about Rome or Egypt, but closely related to getting rid of oil-dependency, which I consider relеvant to this blog and the book. Seems like not only oil-thirsty politicians are coming from Texas. Here is one very positive example that this state may be truly proud of.

A company called EEStor from Texas seems to develop accumulator batteries capable of charging in 5 minutes to store the energy enough for 500 miles of drive with the engine (battery + the motor) cost of only $5200 (the article states that similar gasoline engine is $3000-$5000, but if you ever faced a need to replace one, you know that it’s much more). Considering current electricity prices, this engine will provide an equivalent by mileage of about 45 cents per gallon or $9 to travel 500 miles (compared to $60 on average gasoline car with $3/gallon price)

Sounds really good, unless this technology will also disappear just like the technology of producing light oil from any organic waste (including city sewage) at $17 per barrel, described by Discover back in 2003 (Anything into Oil by Brad Lenley – Discover, Vol 24., No 5, May 2003.)

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