Global warming: We’re running out of time.

Another depressing report from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). It seems Arctic ice is now at the lowest extent ever recorded since 1979 when record keeping began. Despite the public’s poor understanding (denial) of the consequences, these scientists assure us global warming is real and, “we are running out of time.”

Humanity can’t keep pumping out CO2 at the current rate. The atmosphere is on the verge of becoming unstable resulting in even more extreme weather events—such as droughts, heat waves, flooding and forest fires. Not to mention the disaster of the sea level rising several feet. Meanwhile the world’s oil producing states endure even more instability and the associated loss of life.

Yet all the advantages of our modern life style rely on energy and right now we’re doggedly committed to getting most of it from coal, oil and natural gas. Money—large amounts of it—is being spent looking for alternatives. But from my perspective it seems that most of that money is funneled toward projects which offer only minimal long term benefits. So many of them would be discarded if it wasn’t for the promise of subsidiaries and tax breaks.

I remain frustrated in that, despite my efforts, it seems impossible to get anyone to take an interest in the Ferromagnetic Generator. Yes, it remains unproven technology, but unlike many energy schemes it is firmly grounded in real science. But, like most real developments it won’t walk out the door and make everything better like in the movies. It will require a lot of technical research and experimenting before it can turn sunlight into electrical energy with sufficient efficiency to rival the price of oil. But the promise is there, and besides eventually becoming more cost effective than coal or oil, it has the incalculable advantage of not adding to the atmosphere’s CO2 burden. Once it became fully accepted, global warming would be reversed.

Anyway, I continue assembling my current prototype. Now the field coil is wound around the core, I have arrived at the part where it needs a heating chamber built around it. In this first picture you see the core, in its holder, sitting on insulation and firebrick. Also you can see the power leads to the 2000 watt electric cartridge heater placed down the center of the core.  The other wires are for connecting the field coil and for my thermocouples to monitor the temperature.

As that single heater probably isn’t enough to get all the iron up to its Curie temperature, I’m adding the two electric heaters that I salvaged from my last disaster.  They are cemented to the side panels at a small angle so if the cement fails, they won’t fall forward and hit the core.

This next view shows how they will look in place.

The other two sides of the box need many holes as the various wires emerge through them. I’m using hollow ceramic rods to protect the wires.

And once all four sides of the box are in place it looks like this. Once again the details start to disappear under the insulation.

I made this ceramic lid to fit on the heating box. It will serve to hold a layer of ceramic wool insulation. The wool insulation does most of the work in keeping inside the box up to temperature. But before I start on that part, I should work on rebuilding my control station.

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