Samurai Scientists LLC has been working in alternative energy since its formation -- and our scientists have worked in solar power generation, energy storage, wind power, and other renewable energy sources. We have developed optical methods (solar concetrators, used either to improve solar cell efficiency or to boil or distill water), economic models to optimize the energy system design (used for local, national, and foreign energy farm designs), and large-scale, efficient energy storage (in collaboration with others, we helped develop the Enhanced, Advanced, Adiabatic Compresessed Air Energy Storage system, with patent pending). Most of this is commercial, and has not been published; our two patents in this area (one awarded, the other pending) are shown below. We have a number of useful collaborators in the commercial energy space.
- Kurtz, R.M., inventor; Luminit, LLC assignee. Holographic Solar Coupler. Patent US009310593B2. 2016 April 12. 7 p.
A method and system of collecting radiation with an array of lenses or a diffractive optical element are disclosed. The method includes: modifying angles of convergence and/or divergence, and direction of propagation, with a diffractive element, and coupling the radiation into optical fibers, without separating the radiation into separate bands. The system includes an array of lenses or a diffractive optical element, a broadband holographic optical element, and at least one optical fiber, wherein the array of lenses or the diffractive optical element is configured to collect light and direct the light to the broadband holographic optical element, and wherein the broadband holographic optical element is configured to partially collimate and/or redirect the light into the at least one optical fiber, and wherein the at least one optical fiber is configured to transmit the radiation away from the array of lenses or the diffractive optical element.
- Lieberman, P.; Sandler, R.; Kurtz, R.M., inventors. System and Methodology of an Enhanced Advanced Adiabatic Compressed Air Energy Storage (E-AA-CAES) System with Heat Transfer from Sun and to Soil. US Patent Application 63072036. 2020 Aug 28.