The First Ocean Gypsy
These files are the engineering specs and reports to the US Coast Guard for the first Ocean Gypsy. There are also photographs of its construction.
Your version is a scaled... Read more
video of algae farm
News: We have altered the biology of the S3 blend. We have removed lemna and wolfia. It is replaced by Rhus Typhina.
Someone made a land-based system from the plans and are making algae into oil for their biodiesel operation.
Something we did for Earth Day 2011
The artificial Intelligence
Some good video.
This is the completed processor. There are 3 operating right now. Each makes between 3 to 6 gallons per day.
I have built the processor for the prototype robot. It has a kinetic nozzle and electrolyzer. It is a miniaturized version of the commercial system.
This is a video of the electrolyzer-separation column. It is used in both the land and sea-based designs.
This is what people tried to steal from me
I built this for a company I granted a limited license. I was NEVER paid for it. They, instead, tried to file a patent on it. It was rejected, of... Read more
Interior of commercial dome
This is the interior of the dome. It is 30 feet tall. The pond is 50ft in diameter and the air fountain is 12 feet tall. It is used to... Read more
This is a photo of a commercial synfuel project. I did not own this. I licensed use of the patent to a VC firm. It comprises three geodesic domes, 60... Read more
This is a photo of the land-based system. This one is in Arizona on a Navajo Reservation. It makes food, water and power for a nearby school. This is what... Read more
Our shop and office
This is where we are building the robot. You might see it just inside the garage door. The hexagon is a BioMek10. It will be used to grow biomass and... Read more
algae and coal to syncrude
There is algae, spirulina, growing in a run-off settling pond near a coal mine. The cyanobacteria eat the coal to get the carbon. Someone passed it through a kinetic nozzle... Read more
Check out the company Facebook page!
Look at the 2 latest posts. It shows 2 things. One, we are way ahead of the curve. Two, we are the best kept secret since the Manhattan Project.
We are ready for the next step
I am erecting the 30ft dome outside the shop area. It will be used to test the robot under seasonal conditions and be used to make HVO for sale... Read more
I am trying a Phase 2 at Kickstarter
This site isn't live yet. Let me know what you think.
Pre-hydrogenation of the algae
Check out the BEAR Facebook page. I have gone into the pre-hydrogenation process. You might find it useful.
I am looking for a site to set up a food & biomass-to-syngas-to-electricity dome. It will generate 10kw and grow around 50 pounds of vegetables per day. I am looking... Read more
One of our own, Marc Cryan, has made a small version of the fuel conversion process and has begun turning algae into oil.
Name of the Robot
In the documents I sent I describe the robot as both Mobula-1 and VBShdl-1m10. Both are correct.
I call this design Mobula for it's general resemblance to a manta ray... Read more
I have decided not to do another Kickstarter Project
I have seen all your comments and I am grateful for the support. However, the only way to take this to next level is through a real business deal. That... Read more
Status as of 7-17-2012
The nozzles arrived but had to be returned because the fitting was the wrong size. They should be back by July 20, 2012.
I am VERY sorry for the delay... Read more
S3 algae blend
This is our special S3 blend of algaes. That layer is over 2" thick and replaces itself within 2 hours of harvesting, during the day.
I'm a little depressed today
I have been funding my work on the ocean technology by licensing other aspects of the patent to commercial users. I have worked with one for nearly a year. Yesterday... Read more
Once the new nozzles get here I will be starting commercial production of S.P.I.S.E. at the lab dome.
New photos on the FACEBOOK page
I have posted some very interesting pictures on the FACEBOOK page. Check them out and please ask your friends to check them out, too.
How the nozzles are being made
This is how the nozzles are being machined.
Quite a coincidence, considering what they will be used for.
Useful reading about the artificial intelligence
Don't worry. There won't be test.
If you want to get a nozzle I have opened a PAYPAL account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will also need a mailing address to send your nozzle. I am placing the... Read more
The artificial intelligence has been re-written!
Now I will start the debugging process. After that I will start 'training' the A.I. I will keep you all posted.
New Dome = new lab AND a new factory
Work for the Navy has delayed us getting into our space to assemble the robots so I have made other plans until the space is available.
This is a transparent robot image showing the dimensions and internal arrangement. A SketchUp file is available at the user group.
The A.I. programming is coming along well. To those... Read more
Updated the web page
Made some updates to www.beargroup.us
I am making progress on the robot. We had some delays because we can't get into our assembly space until 4/15. It was supposed to... Read more
This is the computer "brain" of the robot
This is the robot controller that will operate most of the robots. I am using a different controller for the robots that will use LINUX. It will, however, be similar.
I am speaking at the FUTURESTEADING Conference in NYC on March 21st
Progress with Artificial Intelligence
I have been working on the hull on sunny days and the A.I. on rainy days. I am porting the 'Polaris' version of the A.I., which was written for the... Read more
Offers of support after the closing date.
I have received several requests from people asking if they could pledge now, after the closing date. Apparently KICKSTARTER doesn't allow that. I can see why. If you can make... Read more
The robotics parts arrived
This is meant to be a human-scale technology, usable by almost everyone regardless of their technical knowledge. It is also meant to be an open system that can be adapted... Read more
I could use the help of an electrical engineer
I came up with a way to make the circuits simpler to make and more reliable. However, I am an aerospace engineer and this is redesign into an area where... Read more
How we depolymerize.
The design uses a very unique way to achieve Thermal Depolymerization. That occurs when the liquid is heated above 1200 degrees F and subjected to more than 2000psi. This is... Read more
The design was derived from from the 400 kilowatt turbine I made for the 1st attempt. Please remember the robot is mobile so it is always getting the most wind... Read more
I have a question for all the backers
This will be my job for the next few weeks but I have communicated with some of you who have offered specialized services to assist. Do you think there would... Read more
What is a Von Neumann machine and do we use them?
As most of you know a Von Neumann machine is a thought experiment concerning machines that replicate themselves as they perform a task. What does that have to do with... Read more
Is this patented? And what does that mean to you?
A backer seemed annoyed that the technology is patented and said I should make that clear. I will. The design is covered under US Patent # 7750494. Each of the... Read more
This is why I call the design Mobula-1
I have designed several versions of the robot for different purposes but this version 'felt right'. It is hard to explain but it almost designed itself. Each part was the... Read more
How do we operate these robots?
This update is about the legal issues. The design has been issued a Certificate of Seaworthiness. That means if you build the robot exactly as it is shown in the... Read more
Link to our Data Source
The Rutgers C.O.O.L. Room provides real-time data so we will always know what the sea conditions are.
Photo of the Thermal Depolymerization system
This is a picture of the system that subjects the oil to high temperature and pressure, converting it into fuel.
Photo of early bench top test
This is a test of the electrical extraction process. Note the yellowy foam around the cathode. That is hydrogenated vegetable oil.
lab test of the biodiesel
REPORT OF ANALYSIS
Vessel : SUBMITTED SX
Port / Terminal : AEOLUS GROUP
Client Ref :
Our Ref : 2006-006993-PHIL
Date Sample Taken : 10/2/2006
Sample Designated As: BIO... Read more
How the biomass is cultivated
The biomass is a blend of 6 different species and they are raised with elevated CO2 levels and a mild electrical current. Note the pattern of lines in the first... Read more
This is a small proof of concept
This was a test of a full size power system, wind and solar. It powered a growth tank and the processes.
Our philosphy on green, sustainable technologies
Many years ago I was fortunate enough to be associated with The New Alchemy Institute, an organization dedicated to developing green and sustainable technologies. One thing that came from that... Read more
Photo of the land-based system
This is the laboratory I constructed to perfect the process. You can duplicate this to make biofuel on land. I must say it is not as productive as the sea-based... Read more
Robots CAN do this... and have already
Video of a small robot that crossed the Atlantic from NJ to Spain. Our robots will also interface with the Rutgers C.O.O.L. Room for oceanic and weather data.
Photos of 1st prototype
These are photos of the 1st prototype being assembled and tank tested at Rutgers University.
How the fuel is made
We will be marketing plans, kits and finished robots. We also plan to operate several robots in Delaware Bay. It is a self-contained system. Once it is set initially it... Read more
What it is all about
This is an autonomous, seagoing robot that most people will be able to make in their garage or basement. It cultivates indigenous biomass internally so the food chain for wild... Read more