Now THAT was a week. I’ve flown in private jets before, but never a private 737. (Do NOT start lecturing me about my carbon footprint; it would have flown whether I was on it or not.) And I got to set foot in Alaska! (We had to refuel.) I’d never been to Alaska. It’s very nice.
I’m still digesting . . . met some swell Communists and Republicans . . . more to come.
While I was gone, nothing much happened with Borealis . . . stock ended the week at $16.80 . . . though they did issue this press release, about which I would note two things:
• It would be entirely in-credible, had they not already proven a prior in-credible claim — their revolutionary little electric motor did fit in the nose wheel of a commercial airliner as they said it could and was able to drive that airliner around like a golf cart as they said it would. So maybe this tech breakthrough is real, too.
• If it is real, it would seem potentially to add tens of billions of dollars to the long-term value of the company (with each billion the equivalent of $200 a share).
To say that this is “still early” and “highly speculative” would be to pit understatement against the obvious. Still, take a read. I’ve bolded chunks for your convenience.
Power Chips plc and Cool Chips plc Confirm the Ability to Enhance Electron Emissions Using Avto Metals Technology
GIBRALTAR, Nov. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Power Chips plc (OTC PINK:PWCHF) and Cool Chips plc (OTC PINK:COLCF) announce that their licensed Avto Metals technology to enhance the emission of electrons from surfaces has now been successfully replicated in a series of independent tests. When commercialized for Power Chips™, this technology should make possible an array of new products over many industries and applications, including a more efficient way to generate electrical power directly from heat with no moving parts.
When commercialized for Cool Chips™, the technology will offer greatly enhanced thermal management capabilities for many consumer and industrial applications, enabling more efficient, smaller, cleaner, lower-cost and non-polluting products.
Power Chips plc and Cool Chips plc plan to both licence and directly develop these applications.
The patented proprietary technology, called Avto Metals™, reduces the work function of materials including metals and semiconductors. Work function is a measure of the energy required to remove an electron from a material. By reducing the work function barrier, electrons can escape more readily. This technology allows, for example, the design and building of more efficient thermionic/thermoelectric converters and better thermal management devices and possibly has use in many other industrial processes.
The new technology results from the discovery that quantum interference, which reduces quantum state density at a material’s surface, can be achieved on a macroscopic scale. Simply by modifying the surface texture of a material in precise ways, using methods commonly applied in the manufacture of semiconductor devices, engineers should be able to exploit this Avto Effect™ and transform existing materials into materials with precisely-engineered properties for many new applications. When we fully understand the Avto Effect, we could possibly be able to custom design work functions for multiple different applications.
Tests completed last week, conducted on silicon wafers with a nanoscale line pattern, covering millimeter-scale test pads and forming a surface texture to demonstrate the Avto Effect, showed significant and consistent reductions in work function. Results were in line with prior tests using surfaces of several metals. This work on the science and the technology has been ongoing for more than 15 years. More than 40 issued patents cover both the basic technology and many applications.
The steps forward to commercialization are not trivial and obviously high value products will be the first developed. Commercialization is now possible because of the tremendous advances in semiconductor technology in the last decade which made possible the building of the required Avto Metal structures in a major university laboratory. When the Avto Metals work began over 15 years ago, the world simply did not have the required nanoscale technology to either build or confirm the underlying Avto Metals science.
After scaling to larger dimensions, the technology should enable large cost and efficiency improvements in electrical power generation and refrigeration. The power generation technology, called Power Chips, should revolutionize electrical power generation across virtually all applications. For example, adding Power Chips to extract heat that is now wasted in conventional power plants should be able to increase power generation by up to 20% with no change in fuel consumption or emissions. Power Chips should make possible safe, efficient distributed power, enabling buildings or factories to cogenerate their own electricity from waste heat or geothermal sources. In automobiles and other vehicles, for example, Power Chips may replace the alternator, reducing the mechanical load on the engine and thereby increasing the efficiency of internal combustion engines and hybrids.
The cooling technology derived from the Avto Effect, called Cool Chips, should similarly reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of most cooling or refrigeration systems. It requires no moving parts or motors, produces no chemical emissions, and can be miniaturized for use in micro-electronic applications.
The Avto Metals technology is being developed by Avto Metals plc, which has a stock symbol AMTPF but whose shares have never publicly traded, while Power Chips are being developed by Power Chips plc (OTC PINK:PWCHF), and Cool Chips are being developed by Cool Chips plc (OTC PINK:COLCF). All three companies are majority-owned and two are publicly-traded subsidiaries of Borealis Exploration Limited (PSE.cz:BOREY)(OTC PINK:BOREF).
We are in discussions at present to obtain the necessary funding to bring at least one Power Chip and one Cool Chip product to market. There can be no assurance that these discussions will be successful or that the ongoing work will produce any marketable products.
The discussion of Power Chips plc and Cool Chip plc’s business and operations in this release includes in several instances forward-looking statements, which are based upon management’s good faith assumptions relating to the financial, market, operating and other relevant environments that will exist and affect the Power Chips plc and Cool Chip plc’s business and operations in the future. All technical, scientific, and commercial statements regarding technologies and their impacts are based on the educated judgment of the technical and scientific staff of Power Chips plc and Cool Chips plc. No assurance can be made that the assumptions upon which management based its forward-looking statements will prove to be correct, or that the business and operations of Power Chips plc and Cool Chips plc will not be affected in any substantial manner by other factors not currently foreseeable by management or beyond Power Chips plc and Cool Chip plc’s control.
All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty. Neither Power Chips plc nor Cool Chips plc undertakes any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that might be made to reflect the events or circumstances after the date hereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events; including those described in this release, and such statements shall be deemed in the future to be modified in their entirety by the public pronouncements, including those contained in all future release, reports, and other documents filed by Power Chips plc and/or Cool Chips plc with relevant Securities Commissions.
Because you bought your shares with money you could truly afford to lose: don’t sell them. WheelTug alone would seem to warrant cautious optimism. It purports to be able to save upwards of $700,000 per year per aircraft, with 13 airlines already signed up as potential lessors of 731 systems . . . but if this thing does fly, it would seem to me everyone would want it (who buys a TV without a remote control any more? or a cell phone that can’t also text?), so more than 10,000 systems, potentially, netting a profit of, say, $50,000 a year each (the company seems to be aiming a lot higher than that), or $500 million a year profit . . . so maybe that alone adds $2.5 billion ($500/share) to Borealis’s potential value . . . and now you have this new stuff . . . my point is that — to me — it’s still an easy call: at $17 or so, even though that’s up nicely from the $3 a lot of us paid, the downside remains unchanged . . . 100% loss (although at this point, it’s less clear to me why the company and its patents would be worthless) . . . while the upside could be insane.
And even though it won’t be — because how could I ever be this lucky? and because anything that seems too good to be true, as this surely does, almost always is — the entertainment value alone is worth $17 a share. Is this not the most fun you ever had?
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