Fuel Cell To Power Telemetry In Remote Areas Or For Portable In Theatre Power

The Situation

Remote electronic monitoring, control, and communication equipment is critical for oil & gas operations.  Providing power in these remote locations is a challenge.

The Problem

Batteries run flat.  Solar panels don’t work in snow.  Generators need a fuel source and require frequent refueling.  For oil & natural gas companies, finding a reliable and rugged small power source is extremely challenging.

Existing technologies have limitations.  Thermoelectric generators are widely used in the oil & gas industry.  They operate on propane, are rugged, and require minimal servicing.  But thermoelectric generators are inefficient – only 3 to 6 percent of the fuel is converted into electricity.  And frequently trucking propane into remote locations is expensive.

The Solution

A remote area power system that’s fuel efficient, rugged, and maintenance free.  Our RP-50-M system operates on the same industrial grade methanol that’s used at wellheads.  No more propane.

Using a rugged military spec design, the RP-50-M is built for rough oil & natural gas field conditions from Canadian winters to Texas summers. No more high installation costs.

The RP-50-M utilizes our Solid Acid Fuel Cell technology, meaning there are virtually no moving parts and it’s maintenance free.  No more expensive overhauls.

  • 50 watts of power 24/7- perfect for standard SCADA equipment
  • Up to 10x more efficient than Thermoelectric generators
  • Operates on industrial grade methanol
  • Quickly transported and deployable
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Like A Phoenix Rising From The Ashes – Rebuilding A RAID 5 Array

Rebuilding A RAID Array
A.K.A. Bringing data back from the brink

If you are reading this, you probably already know what a RAID array is. For those who do not, allow me to give a brief explanation of what it is and why anyone who has a lot of data needs to be using a RAID array. RAID is an acronym and originally meant redundant array of inexpensive disks. It’s now more commonly known as redundant array of independent disks. A RAID array is made up of multiple hard drives where the data is distributed across the drives as opposed to stored just on a single drive. If you have ever had a hard drive fail and lost data, the RAID array gives you some protection from data loss.

Raid Rebuild Workbench
Raid Rebuild Workbench

For example a RAID 5 array can have as few as 3 hard drives. If one of the drives fail, your data is still there because of block-level striping with distributed parity. We won’t go into the details of all that right now because your hair might catch on fire during the explanation. Suffice it to say, your data will still be there but you need to immediately replace the failed drive and rebuild the RAID array so the new drive shares the data once again.

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Amazon Is Serious About It’s Shipping Accuracy

I received a shipment from Amazon yesterday and it had an unusual tag on it.

amazon_slam_sticker_001“ERROR CODE” Ship: Weight Out Of Tolerance – Package FAILED

SLAM scale weight = 4.012413 lbs

SLAM = shipping, labeling and manifesting

Each order is scrutinized to include weight granularity down to the millionth place

They’ve even patented the technology


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A Nice Place To Do A Hard Reset

A Nice Place To Do A Hard Reset

If you work really hard, you need to rest hard too

The ability to completely disconnect from all external stimuli (tv, internet etc…) to allow your senses to rest and be filled with breath-taking imagery and environment.

I submit for your review a small island off the coast of Fiji.

We got there via an old Twin Otter built in the 1940’s that landed on a grass strip.

Depending upon how high strung you are, it might take a few days to “come down”.

If that’s you, as it is me, you might want to say 2 weeks to get the full effect.

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Rule Of 27

The Rule of 27

How many times must a potential customer view some form of marketing messaging to move them from total indifference to breaking out their wallet ready to buy? After a year long study, researchers determined a marketing message must be experienced by a prospect on average a MINIMUM of nine times before that prospect becomes a customer.

That’s the good news.

The bummer is for every three times you expose your prospect to your marketing message ­ via ad, sign, e-mail, direct mail advertising, sky-writing, sign-spinners or trained animals delivering your business cards to prospects, ­ it gets missed or ignored two of those times. After all, people have more important things to do than pay attention to your marketing. Therefore, you have to put out a compelling and consistant messaging about your company a total of 27 times in order to make those nine impressions.27

If you interpret that as meaning you might energetically market your product 26 times with a possibility of zero results, your interpretation is a good one, albeit depressing.

For example, if your primary marketing takes the form of newspaper advertising, and you run a good ad once a week in a newspaper ­ here’s how it generally works in real life for a new business that has done no marketing:

The first time: The first time your prospect sees your ad, he doesn’t really think about it much.

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How About A Great Tribute Band For Your Next Corporate Event?

Entertaining the troops after several days of meetings can be a real challenge. Here’s a suggestion you can pass along to your corporate event planner. How about an awesome tribute band. We’ve known Kenny Metcalf for nearly 20 years and he has a unique act. He formed an Elton John tribute band. After a nearly life-ending health issue and miraculous recovery this band is a way for Kenny to have some fun and make a few bucks in the process. I guarantee just about everyone will know the words to all the songs.

They’ve already done two live shows for AXS Television (Mark Cuban’s network)

The music you’ll hear is Kenny not Elton. I challenge anyone to tell the difference.

If you are interested in booking this artist, give us a call or use the contact link above.

Here’s the promotional video 3media produced for the band

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Is California Headed For 13.00 Per Gallon Gasoline?

As a result of AB32, California's gas prices are expected to rise dramatically over the next few years to a point where it will be impossible to do business in the state.

The recent FUC fee that is supposedly going to stop "global warming" by raising gas prices into the stratosphere.

Since the first of the year, gasoline taxes have tacked on nearly 60 cents per gallon to the to the cost of fuel in California.

To give you an example how screwed up things are, gasoline is CHEAPER in Hawaii than it is in Ca.

Most states are seeing the mid 2 dollar range for gas while good ol' California's prices are nearly $4.00 per gallon.



How To Stop The Windows 10 Upgrade From Downloading On Your System

How To Stop The Windows 10 Upgrade From Downloading On Your System

There will be many people very excited about the prospect of upgrading to Windows 10 on the 29th of July.

At the same time there are other users on Windows 7 and 8.1 who do not want any part of the upgrade for a variety of reasons.

Microsoft has confirmed that the new OS, currently in its final stages of development, will be made available for download/install on eligible systems on 29 July 2015.

In preparation for that, back in April, Microsoft released an update (KB3035583) for Windows 7 (Optional) and 8.1 (Recommended) that is called the Get Windows 10 app. It provides the prompt that started appearing on users systems (Windows 7 and 8.1) yesterday and gives you the option to reserve your copy of Windows 10.

But what if you are one of those users with zero interest in the Windows 10 upgrade?

Since KB3035583 was released as an Optional or Recommended update based on your OS it might not be installed if you avoid those types of updates. If that is the case then you have no further action to take.

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Did The U.S. Recovery Just Die? – Capital Economics

Kitco News

The fact that the U.S. economy had another slow start to year is nothing new, however, the focus is now turning to second quarter growth and Paul Ashworth, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, is questioning whether there will be a meaningful rebound in growth, similar to what was seen in 2014.

He notes that, so far, data shows that isn’t happening as both retail sales and manufacturing, in particular, have been disappointing so far but he adds that it is still too soon to tell. “More generally, there is still very little hard data available on second-quarter activity. At this early stage, we would be wary of low estimates from GDP trackers that are extrapolating the weakness in the first quarter,” he says. “We are less inclined to believe that the U.S. recovery has been derailed since there is no obvious cause. At this still relatively early stage of the current economic expansion, it would require a pretty big adverse shock to derail it.”

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The REAL Healthcare Costs For Obamacare

mandate_costsThis was in response to a comment made a few days ago regarding the PPACA. They stated healthcare costs rose at the lowest pace under obamacare than in 30 years… To which I responded “BS”

The last policy for our employees was not renewed because it wasn’t “approved” under the new socialized medical program we have in the US (aka obamacare). As a result, we had to find another policy to cover our crew equal to what they had in the past.

It ended up costing us 35% more for less coverage…

It went up THIRTY FIVE PERCENT overnight… Fact!

There is nothing free. It might not cost you but it will cost someone.

Ask all those who were penalized for not having healthcare this year… Ask them next year when it really starts getting expensive.

It will cost a family up to 975.00 for tax year 2015 or 2% of your gross adjusted income – whichever is greater.

Information from ObamaCare Facts


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