Wisdom of Thomas Edison

Transportation seem to be the catalyst for changing energy systems:

  • Paddling a canoe to building a water wheel.
  • Sailing a ship to building a windmill.
  • Riding a horse to plowing a field.

As JPods deploys solar-powered transportation networks, we will accomplish what Thomas Edison noted as practical in 1910. Source: Interview in Elbert Hubbard’s Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great:
“Some day some fellow will invent a way of concentrating and storing up sunshine to use instead of this old, absurd Prometheus scheme of fire. I’ll do the trick myself if some one else doesn’t get at it. Why, that is all there is about my work in electricity–you know, I never claimed to have invented electricity–that is a campaign lie–nail it!”

“Sunshine is spread out thin and so is electricity. Perhaps they are the same, but we will take that up later. Now the trick was, you see, to concentrate the juice and liberate it as you needed it. The old-fashioned way inaugurated by Jove, of letting it off in a clap of thunder, is dangerous, disconcerting and wasteful. It doesn’t fetch up anywhere. My task was to subdivide the current and use it in a great number of little lights, and to do this I had to store it. And we haven’t really found out how to store it yet and let it off real easy-like and cheap. Why, we have just begun to commence to get ready to find out about electricity. This scheme of combustion to get power makes me sick to think of–it is so wasteful. It is just the old, foolish Prometheus idea, and the father of Prometheus was a baboon.”

“When we learn how to store electricity, we will cease being apes ourselves; until then we are tailless orangutans. You see, we should utilize natural forces and thus get all of our power. Sunshine is a form of energy, and the winds and the tides are manifestations of energy.”

“Do we use them? Oh, no! We burn up wood and coal, as renters burn up the front fence for fuel. We live like squatters, not as if we owned the property.

“There must surely come a time when heat and power will be stored in unlimited quantities in every community, all gathered by natural forces. Electricity ought to be as cheap as oxygen, for it can not be destroyed.

“Now, I am not sure but that my new storage-battery is the thing. I’d tell you about that, but I don’t want to bore you…”

Storing Solar Energy

01_MethaneLifeboatNature’s low-work solution for storing and distributing energy is chemistry, not electricity; food, wood, coal, oil, natural gas. We can mimic nature to cut create durable, distributed power networks.

Technology moves from centralized to distributed. Communications infrastructure made that

transition since 1984 as the Internet, cell nets and social networking have democratized communications.01_MethaneGeneration

We have the technology to apply the same to power infrastructure. Just as individuals and businesses have web sites and email, they will have Personal Energy Servers that gather,

store, distribute and provide power.


Self-reliant, Personal Energy Servers become a personal Economic Lifeboat:


JPods transportation networks will help network Personal Energy Servers into the Distributed Grid. Unlike the current electrical grid which becomes unstable if more than 15% of inputs are provided by renewable sources, the Distributed Grid becomes ever more durable and robust as more and more servers are added.