Today I honor Mick at Metabunk.org for writing a great article about small companies that make big claims. I haven’t asked permission to repost here what Mick wrote there, but I do so in hopes you WILL make the time to read the other comments there!
There’s a type of scam out there that’s being going on for at least 100 years. A company claims to have invented or discovered something that will make a lot of money. Quite often this will be in the field of energy, although we see them more and more in the field of weather control and information technology. The company can demonstrate research, they will often hold one or more patents on the technology, and they will have some kind of prototype that does not actually fully work, but they claim is a demonstration of the proof of concept.
They won’t reveal all the details, despite having filed patents, because they either don’t want people to steal their ideas, or they claim it’s too early, and more research needs to be done.
What they are looking for though, is investors. They will talk about the huge potential market, and hence the huge amount of money to be made. They will get people to invest in their company. The technology will go nowhere slowly, and eventually the principals will withdraw, and the investors will end up with nothing.
The scam works because it’s not illegal to be wrong, unless you actually know you are wrong. So if you think you’ve discovered a form of free energy, it’s perfectly legal to set up a company to research and develop the technology. It’s quite legal to solicit investment based on what you think is correct science – even if it does turn out to be wrong, and the investors lose all their money. They took a risk, they lost. It’s quite legal to pay yourself and the other principals a large salary.
So all you have to do to run such a scam is to never admit you knew it was a scam. You have to pretend you believe in the technology. Then when it fails you simply keep insisting that you thought it worked, and you were sorry you didn’t get enough time to work out the kinks.
Then of course there are those people who actually ARE convinced that their technology works. There are plenty of people who think they actually have discovered something new, and they just need a bit more research to make money from it.
So which of the two is V3Solar?
V3Solar claims to have invented a technology that makes solar energy 20x as efficient. They do this by magnifying the suns rays with a lens, so you get 20x as much sun on 1x the area. Now regular solar cells don’t do this because the cell gets really hot, and breaks. V3Solar claim to have solved this by mounting the cells on a rotating cylinder, partly so that the wind from the rotation cools the cells down, but mostly so that only 1/20th of the surface is exposed to the concentrated sunlight at once.
The problem is they seem to forget that multiplying something by 20 and then dividing it by 20 does not equal 20. It equals 1. So they are right back where they started. Plus since half their solar cells are in shade, then it’s really 0.5, and since they are on a curved surface, it’s more like 0.3. Oh and not to mention that the solar panels are enclosed in a glass cone, so will actually get quite a bit hotter than regular solar panels.
Basically their claims make no sense at all. Look at the image of a “CoolSpin”:
End of Mick’s excellent post….
I think this is a lesson to pass along to your kids and grandkids. The very best thing you can do for our country is teach kids how to think with a pencil in hand, and teach them not to start in the middle. No higher math required most of the time.
As I’ve said before, the fact that V3Solar exists at all, is a testament of how far we’ve gone wrong.
What is it Fathers and Sons do together? And what do Science Teachers Teach?
The DIYer mind would likely make use of companies like V3Solar and Hydrovolts, and get their students involved in ‘THINKING’ about their claims.
Imagine the power of a guest post done by the 8th grade class at Madison Junior High shooting holes all the way through a theory that the Huffington ComPost Science Editor got so excited about that she claimed it brought her out of menopause!
But lets look at reality…. due to the lack of our involvement in the development of young minds, they are far more interested in fairies and fairy dust, the promise of the easy road, and they become prey.
Those grade school science teachers could change the course of mankind, but there’s days I think they teach more inline with their Master’s cause.
So Mick, I award you the Utterpower blue ribbon ‘Best Article of the Year’. Is critical thinking, a lost art for the common man?
It is truly dangerous to allow our children to believe in fairy dust, as it makes them all too easy prey,
In my last post I told you of the Best of Better Gang Green Blue Ribbon Awards idea.