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In Japan, The Matrix Is Now Reality As Humans Are Used As Living Batteries
02-25-2013, 05:02 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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...the bigger problem for Japan is that even sooner, more and more of it will be reliant on hamster wheels to generate electricity, as LNG prices have just hit a record high and are rising at a breakneck pace, and as local nuclear power generation has collapsed to virtually zero. Which means one thing: electricity will soon become so unaffordable only those who are invested in the daily 2% Nikkei surges will be able to electrify their immediate surroundings.

The power-generating sheet developed by Fujifilm and AIST could be used to provide additional power for portable devices.

The sheet uses the thermoelectric effect, which generates a voltages due to the temperature difference between the surface of an object and its reverse side. The sheet is 0.4mm thick and soft. In a normal environment, the temperature of the air is lower than that of the human body or the surface of clothes. That temperature difference can be used to generate a steady flow of electricity.


02-25-2013, 05:19 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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13.gif I'm sure there are some interesting applications for that.

In Denmark where wind power provides 18.9% of electricity production (2008) they get paid to use electricity during peak conditions. coffeetime.gif

02-25-2013, 05:21 PM #3
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Yes there would be some interesting uses of that lmao.gif

I wonder how much energy they take to make vs how much they can produce.
02-25-2013, 05:21 PM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Well, if a tsunami hit's 'em at least they wont melt down and contaminate the planet.

02-25-2013, 05:22 PM #5
yankees skier
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Japan is so screwed. Too dangerous to use nuclear there, oil prices surging. Not enough land to harness wind and solar.

02-25-2013, 07:25 PM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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"Japan's geothermal resources is the third largest in the world", but they lack the knowledge and operating skills. However, New Zealand is willing to help them.

"Japan is one of the most tectonically active countries in the world, with around
120 active volcanoes. It has been ranked as the world's third-richest nation in
geothermal power development potential."


Hopefully, with help and mutually beneficial trading (tradeoffs) with New Zealand, Japan can move forward with this option.
02-25-2013, 08:06 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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The Icelanders could help too, they have it going on.

Quote:Five major geothermal power plants exist in Iceland, which produce approximately 26.2% (2010)[1] of the nation's energy. In addition, geothermal heating meets the heating and hot water requirements of approximately 87% of all buildings in Iceland. Apart from geothermal energy, 73.8% of the nation’s electricity is generated by hydro power, and 0.1% from fossil fuels.


Although the population of Japan is way WAY bigger than Iceland and NZ combined so that might be a problem.
02-25-2013, 08:22 PM #8
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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It looks like Japan will have to make some tough choices on managing their parkland, because that's where it is. Japan's hot springs...

wtf2.gif I wanna go there.
02-25-2013, 08:31 PM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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Lovely! yay.gif
02-26-2013, 05:17 PM #10
オタマジャクシ Member
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For several reasons Japan's population is imploding.

Unless the social scene picks up in Japan they are going to run out of batteries.
02-26-2013, 05:40 PM #11
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Finances aren't in too good condition either. Japan's debt to GDP is over 200%, highest in the industrialized world I think. The US is at 105% and Canada 85. Imploding Greece is 165.

02-26-2013, 05:49 PM #12
Octo Mother Superior
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I was wondering wtf happened in Japan 1966 to cause such a drastic drop in birth rates... hmm.gif

Quote:1966 was, astrologically, the year of the fire horse(hinoeuma). Women born that year were thought to be headstrong and stubborn and hard to marry off. Many Japanese couples delayed having children to make sure they would have no fire horse daughters.





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