Are You Ready for a Hurricane?

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By Diana Turner, Holcomb Energy Systems

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Renewables – The Answer to Climate Change, or Its Victim?

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By Dr. Robert Holcomb MD, Ph.D., Inventor and Co-Founder of Holcomb Energy Systems

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Climate change is not a problem of the future, it’s happening now. According to the 2022 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global climate crisis is more widespread and severe than was previously predicted.

Extreme droughts, severe heat and record flooding have been threatening security and subsistence for millions of people. The frequency and levels of intensity of extreme weather-related disasters will continue to increase all over the world.

Climate change indicators of warming

Indicators of warming from multiple datasets Figure Source:


Today, half of the world’s population copes with water insecurity at least one month per year.  Wildfires are destroying larger areas than ever before which leads to irreversible impacts on landscapes, harming species and entire ecosystems. The global outcomes of the 2022 drought are terrifying:



    • In China, all factories in Sichuan province have been shuttered for 6 days to conserve power.



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Climate crisis: drought hitting Europe Source:

Today’s fossil fuel emissions will continue to affect our planet’s climate for years and even centuries, because humanity is polluting the atmosphere at a deadly pace, creating cyclical warming conditions for our oceans and atmosphere.


Is Renewable Energy a Key to Fighting Climate Change?


Many people are placing their hopes in renewable energy technologies as a way to address climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Because renewables such as wind, solar, and hydro are carbon-free, they are believed to be the key to mitigating the worst effects of climate change and fueling our society into the future.

Despite the advantages of renewables, National Geographic highlights just a few of their downsides:

    • Hydropower constructions may ruin river ecosystems and harm wildlife


    • Wind turbines present dangers for flying wildlife killing thousands of birds and bats every year


    • Solar technologies are constructed of toxic metals, threatening groundwater through leaching.


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At present, renewables remain the most immediate hope to solving so many intractable issues. Yet, they too are threatened by the climate crisis.

A 2019 study suggests that climate change will physically impact all clean energy generation systems, placing their reliability and performance at risk.  That’s because renewables are directly dependent on climate variables, such as temperature, wind, and precipitation.

Below, see how climate change could impact these renewable power generation sources.

Potential Impact on Hydropower Generation

Climate Threats Impacts
Change in rainfall patterns Both reduction and increase in flow can affect operational conditions
Flooding and intense rain Can damage infrastructure, pose a risk to dam safety, and transfer debris leading to dam and tribune damage
Air temperature High air temperatures cause evaporation and reduce water and power output. Can also increase operational costs and affect efficiency


Potential Impact on Wind Generation

Climate Threats Impacts
Changes in wind speed Can reduce generation, as turbines can’t operate in very high or very low winds
Changes in daily or seasonal distribution of wind Can affect the match between the daily load demand and the energy input to the grid
Changes in temperature Can lead to declines in air density and power output. Extreme cold temperatures can affect output. Extremely high temperatures can affect the efficiency of the equipment and increase operational costs


Potential Impact on Solar PV

Climate Threats Impacts
Changes in temperature Can effect the efficiency of the cells and therefore power output. Might also effect the efficiency of the equipment and increase operational costs
Changes in solar irradiation and cloudiness Would effect power output
Wind speed May effect photovoltaic production
Precipitation Can wash away dust but reduce efficiency



 HES – a New Solution to Climate Change


Renewable energy technologies have proven their place in a cleaner, greener economy. But they are not problem-free: they require battery storage, they don’t work when the sun isn’t shining or the wind doesn’t blow, and their performance is vulnerable to changing weather conditions.

Today, the world is craving an alternative energy source that is clean, point of use, affordable and deployable everywhere, in even the most hostile environments.

We offer a newly discovered source of clean energy that doesn’t require mining, fracking, or drilling. The HES is scalable everywhere electricity is needed, in applications large and small. It requires no fuel and puts out zero emissions. Because it has no moving parts it runs totally silent and requires very little maintenance. And it’s affordable for everyone.

Let’s work together to ensure a sustainable future for our beautiful planet and all living things that share it with us.

Holcomb Energy Systems In-line generator

Holcomb Energy Systems In-Line Power Generator

Harnessing the Energy from the Electron Spin of Iron Atoms to Create Zero Emissions Energy Generation

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By Dr. Robert Holcomb MD, Ph.D., Inventor of the Holcomb Energy System

With open arms, humanity has embraced ongoing technical developments in energy production infrastructure. Over the past century, we have witnessed some watershed technological feats through the introduction and progression of renewable energy sources. Hydro, solar and wind-based systems are mitigating the damage caused to our environment by fossil fuels. However, even these modern, green energy frameworks are not enough to reverse the harmful effects of nonrenewable fuel sources.

Challenges such as lack of accessibility and costly, monopolized systems have presented hurdles to global adoption. As fuel prices continue to soar and society bears the burden, a market gap for cost-effective, scalable, and renewable energy production alternatives has become apparent, but the means to fill this gap may come as a surprise.

It is not some shiny, new-fangled invention, but a scientific redesign of a mechanism that has been used by humankind for almost 200 years and has faithfully served as the foundation of our modern world: the electrical generator.

After 13 years of intense and extensive research and development, we have redesigned the traditional electrical generator into the Holcomb Energy System (HES), enabling self-sustaining properties so that it is fueled by the material from which it is made — the ubiquitous and modern, synthetic alloy, electrical steel. Holcomb Energy Systems’ patented technologies operate using this optimum material to harness the spin of electrons in iron atoms, producing five units of energy output for every single unit of input. Given the abundance of iron and low-cost production methods of the electrical steel alloy, this redesign will have a profound impact on the energy sector. A 2020 report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) positively signaled that levelized costs of electricity (LCOE) generation of low-carbon generation technologies are falling and are increasingly below the costs of conventional fossil fuel generation. However, with the median LCOE at USD $100/MWh, the Holcomb Energy System catapults past these energy generation costs at USD $20/MWh.

When we used this material as a source to produce self-sustaining, clean electricity, the methods of production and results were fascinating. Within the iron atoms of electrical steel, unpaired electrons spin and create polar magnetic fields, and groups of these fields gather together to form magnetic domains. The alignment of these domains results in a magnetic field that is up to five times more powerful than the fields required to align the domains. Using this principle, the Holcomb Energy System harnesses and magnifies the electrical energy input up to 500 percent, meaning that we now can produce clean, plentiful, renewable energy without an external fuel source. You can learn more about our system here.

The significance of this finding and the development of the HES means that we have the capability to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges, such as global warming, rising levels of pollution, and ever-increasing demands for energy. To date, contemporary applications have played a significant role in counteracting the damage caused to our environment by coal, oil, and gas. Nevertheless, society requires energy infrastructures that can be adopted globally and deployed seamlessly. With our point of use system that uses no fuel and creates zero emissions, the Holcomb Energy System can meet these needs and, undoubtedly, give rise to greater economic opportunity and more equitable distribution of energy and resources.

Although the launch of the Holcomb Energy System is the culmination of my life’s work, it is simply the first step in our collective journey towards economic and environmental justice and a habitable planet. We can achieve an energy economy underpinned by the ethos that it’s more profitable to be clean than to be dirty, and more rewarding when everyone is given a fair chance. We hope that you will join us in our efforts to change the world for the better.

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The Plastics Problem

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By Dr. Robert Holcomb MD, Ph.D., Inventor and Co-Founder of Holcomb Energy System

In the years since The Graduate was made, we all know that sage advice has been widely adopted. Every year produces a global tsunami of 300 million tonnes of plastic — equivalent to the weight of the entire human population! Less than 10% of the plastic used around the world actually gets recycled. If we continue down this same trajectory, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

And plastic is in our bodies. Average Americans consume around 122,000 plastic particles every year, which — surprise! — is causing a vast array of health problems.

Yes, we are overwhelmed with plastics and our big problem is only getting bigger.

Plastic is manufactured from crude oil, an important commodity to the industry. Around 8–10% of all global crude oil supply goes to the production of plastic, a number that is expected to grow dramatically. “From 2020 to 2040, BP expects plastics to represent 95 percent of the net growth in demand for oil.”

More plastics is a really big problem. Just look at the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches — monstrous islands of garbage. The Western patch is roughly double the size of Texas. And that’s just the plastic and trash we can see from the surface. Researchers have discovered a very large landfill on the bottom of the ocean, as nearly 70% of debris sinks to the ocean floor. That’s an isolated mountain of debris kept together by currents, but the real problem is even greater in size.

Our oceans produce 10% of oxygen to the planet. Chemicals that leach from plastic impairs the growth of Prochlorococcus, a marine bacterium responsible for oxygen production.

Do we really want to see an ocean with more plastic than fish? That’s our future in 30 years if we continue on this same path. And plastics are killing sea animals. Turtles, whales, dolphins and many other sea creatures get trapped in trash. They also mistake plastic for food, causing extreme internal distress and death. Right now, 100 million sea creatures die every year from plastic pollution, and 1 in 3 marine mammals are found entangled in plastic pollution.

The plastic problem is not confined to our oceans. Just last year the US alone produced 40 million tonnes of plastic, 85% of which ended up in landfills. The problem is only getting worse. Plastic waste is growing around 9% annually. Considering plastic takes about 1000 years to degrade, these statistics are truly terrifying.

As plastics break down in landfills, chemicals like chlorine seep into the ground and aquifers — not just in landfills, but everywhere plastic trash is carelessly discarded. Land animals consume plastics just as much as marine animals, causing all kinds of health problems for them, too.

Humans are not exempt from ingesting plastic — and suffering devastating health consequences. Recent studies are finding microplastics in human feces and blood. Plastics can cause hormone-related cancers, infertility and neurodevelopment disorders like ADHD and autism. On average, there are 325 microplastic particles in one liter of bottled water. Even our clothing is replete with plastic particles that we inhale all day long. Children consume nearly 500 plastic particles a day, and humans can compile up to 51,000 particles in a lifetime.

The science on plastics in human health is still evolving. We have yet to understand or research the full impacts of microplastics within the human body.

If today’s plastic problem is overwhelming, what will the future bring? With Big Oil planning to expand plastic production, we can only expect more bad news for the planet and all species that depend upon it.

As consumers it is our responsibility to use ethical and sustainable purchasing. What we buy drives the demand for production. If we continue to recklessly spend on products wrapped in single use plastics, we are only poisoning ourselves. We urge you to be mindful in your purchasing choices.

As voters, we must use the power of the ballot to support candidates that understand the problem and are not bought by the fossil fuel industry. Do your research and make your voice heard.

Only we have the power to shape the future, and it’s definitely not in plastics. Let’s shape it to support and nurture this beautiful planet we all depend upon.

Securing a Liveable Future on Planet Earth

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By Dr. Robert Holcomb MD, Ph.D., Inventor of the Holcomb Energy System

The window of opportunity to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate breakdown is fast closing. A landmark report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published last week delivering the most dire warnings yet regarding the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities on global and regional levels.

The culmination of more than seven years of research, the UN report draws on thousands of research studies from climate scientists around the globe. Their message: the time remaining to secure a liveable future for humans and our world is running out. The effects of climate change will be more destructive than previously predicted and climate catastrophe is already inevitable for the most vulnerable areas around the globe.

However, all hope is not yet lost. In the face of a global pandemic, humanity has shown that we possess the capability for mass cooperation. Global collective action is again required to address the greatest existential threat that has ever confronted humankind — the climate crisis. Technology got us into this terrifying predicament but it can also play an outsized role in getting us out of it. Although renewables like wind and solar will continue to be important, their limitations are all too apparent. Only new technological innovation will save us and right the pollution, equity and climate wrongs of past decades. This will be achieved by eliminating carbon emissions from the energy sector and making it more profitable to be clean than dirty.

Small contribution, worst impact

It is a perverse fact that those living in emerging economies — who have emitted the least carbon emissions in comparison with wealthier nations — are set to suffer the worst impacts of the climate crisis and at the fastest rate. In fact, highly vulnerable populations already face extreme weather hazards and climate-induced humanitarian crises, such as food insecurity, malnutrition and mass migration wrought by droughts and floods.

Although these jurisdictions are already bearing the brunt, no country is off the hook. The IPCC report makes clear that every corner on earth will be affected, with no inhabited region escaping dire impacts from rising temperatures and increasingly extreme weather. Around half the global population — between 3.3 billion and 3.6 billion people–live in areas “highly vulnerable” to climate change.

The difference is that these vulnerable areas don’t have the luxury of adapting to the effects of climate change, but rather face an existential threat. Small islands will be among those worst affected and the report’s projected impacts would be cataclysmic, with temperature rise of more than 1.5C engendering irreversible changes in sea levels.

Holistic and immediate response required

For too long we have buried our heads in the sand concerning the scale of the climate challenge we face. We need a holistic approach that, for example, incorporates biodiversity action, the preservation of food and freshwater supplies and the implementation of advanced warning systems for coastal and island cities. While technology doesn’t offer a silver bullet solution to all of our problems, through the reimagining and rapid implementation of how we produce and consume energy, we can tackle the greatest contributor to our worsening situation by rapidly eliminating carbon emissions from the energy sector.

In this context, I have spent the past 13 years intensely researching, developing and refining an entirely new means of clean energy production. The Holcomb Energy System (HES) is a transformational technology that can help to address some of the world’s most critical energy issues, such as rampant carbon emissions, rising global demand for energy, inequities to access, soaring energy costs, a bottleneck supply of the world’s energy resources, our continued reliance on fossil fuels, and associated damage to our environment.

This has been achieved through a dramatic redesign of the traditional electrical generator. Although it is the foundation of our modern world, the generator has not significantly improved in efficiency since its creation. By harnessing the electron spin in the iron atom — the material from which the generator is largely constructed — we are able to create a self-sustaining means of producing electricity at point-of use without the need for an outside fuel source. This scalable technology has applications everywhere energy is used — in homes, commercial buildings, transportation, consumer electronics, and on or off the electrical grid.

The HES produces energy right where it’s needed, day or night, with no energy storage necessary. It utilizes the abundant resource of iron, the key ingredient of electrical steel, and is far more affordable than any form of electricity available today, even fossil fuels. Because the HES has no moving parts, it runs totally silent, producing no heat and requiring virtually no maintenance.

While there is much to be concerned about given the severity of the findings from the IPCC, I am optimistic about a liveable and green future on planet earth. Combining novel biodiversity solutions, an approach that prioritizes the safety of those in the most climate vulnerable regions, and technological innovation to completely nullify energy sector emissions, there is still hope for us to turn the tide in the fight for our beautiful planet.

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Africa Gets Its Power Back

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By Dr. Robert Holcomb MD, Ph.D., Inventor and Co-Founder of Holcomb Energy System

As much of the world looks to spend billions modernizing aging power grids, the continent of Africa finds itself in a moment of opportunity: Almost half the population has no power. No grid to overhaul could present an ideal opportunity for emissions-free clean electricity, generated right where it’s being used.

Imagine if the continent of Africa could model an actual Green New Deal, in which universal, affordable clean electricity was guaranteed along with limitless career opportunities, at a fraction of the cost of what developed nations are budgeting to update their grids.

That’s not how the Continent looks today. While 78% of Africans live in urban areas, just 28% of rural inhabitants have access to electricity.

The history of Africa is largely one of extraction. Over hundreds of years, the most devastating loss to the Continent was its most valuable asset — its own people, captured and shipped to foreign lands as slaves. Later, colonial empires swooped in to strip the Continent of valuable natural resources, including diamonds, sugar, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, copper, bauxite, petroleum, cocoa beans, tropical timer and fruit.

For all of Africa’s copious indigenous assets, its returns have been unconscionably meager. Today, Africa is the poorest continent on the planet. One in two people in sub-Saharan Africa are living below the poverty line. A recent report by the International Energy Agency found that 43% of the Continent — some 600 million people — do not have access to electricity. That number has increased since the devastation wrought by the global pandemic and soaring energy prices attributed to the Ukraine war. Indeed, some 25 million more people are living without electricity than just three years ago.

The time is right for Africa to get its power back — literally and figuratively — and the Holcomb Energy System could play a major role in that transition.

Shocking Lack of Electricity

In west and central Africa only three countries are on track to universal electrification by the end of the decade. At that torpid pace, 263 million people will still be left in the dark. Consider this: Countries with affluent economies consume an average of 6,000 kilowatt hours per year — that’s an unweighted mean of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan. Compare that to Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Guinea, Niger, Somalia, and South Sudan, at around 50 kilowatt hours per year — just 1% the consumption rate, the equivalent to a 60 watt lamp being turned on for just 2 hours a day over one year.

On the Raw End of the Fossil Fuel Deal

Perhaps the real cruelty is that Africa is facing more severe fallout from climate change than other parts of the world, while contributing the least to the problem. The entire continent of Africa contributes just 3% to the world’s energy related CO2 emissions — the lowest per capita rate anywhere in the world. Yet Africans are already suffering severe effects, with the UN calling West Africa a climate change hotspot hitting the most vulnerable the hardest, with millions affected by drought, food insecurity, stress on water resources and mass migrations.

And here’s the kicker: the cost to fully electrify Africa is but a pittance of global energy expenditures. The IEA reported that universal electrification on the Continent would cost just $25 Billion a year for 10 years — equal to the cost of one LNG terminal. By deploying the Holcomb Energy System, that cost would be even less.

Righting Historical Wrongs And Saving the Planet in the Process

The Continent of Africa is a window to the soul of humanity. Africans are running out of time — the urgency of their situation, and that of the planet, cannot be overstated. Time is rapidly running out to change course and ensure a habitable planet. While renewables are becoming more affordable, battery storage is still an issue — the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. Updating old power grids to accommodate fluctuating loads is a challenge, as advanced economies are discovering.

In Africa, historical deficits could be secret assets. Rural areas have no crumbling grid to modernize, while cities could serve as magnets for manufacturing opportunities. The Holcomb Energy System requires no grid infrastructure. It can operate anywhere, even in the middle of the Sahara, providing 100% zero carbon footprint power to any size load, using no fuel. And because it operates with no moving parts, there’s no heat and no wear and tear, so it requires very little maintenance. The HES can also operate in substations along the power grid, feeding additional power when it’s needed, backing off when it’s not.

What if Africa could catapult ahead of the rest of the world in the manufacture and distribution of totally clean, point of use, zero emissions electricity — not from fossil-fuel based extraction, but in the production and deployment of an entirely new, clean power source along with employment opportunities that lift up communities, countries and economies.

Africa’s empty slate may very well be its winning advantage in the world’s race for survival.


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The Business Need to Move From Greenwashing to Green Action

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By Dr. Robert Holcomb MD, Ph.D.

There is no one place to start when it comes to reducing climate change; we need action across every facet of our lives. However, the corporate landscape is an arena that is ripe for change. Listed companies are responsible for 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, making them a huge contributor to the environmental crisis, but also highlighting the influence corporate decision makers and investors can have in achieving a net-zero world.

Unfortunately, we see far too many words and not enough meaningful action from companies tackling climate change. With the pressure to act intensifying, rather than implementing meaningful change in their operations, corporate entities are increasingly turning to ‘greenwashing’ — exaggerating their company’s green credentials or making unsubstantiated environmental claims. In the past year, the number of UK advertising campaigns banned on the basis of greenwashing claims tripled.

We have seen other enterprises make well-intentioned net-zero commitments for the next 10–20 years, but the details on how they envision realizing this are indistinct. We also don’t have the luxury to postpone carbon elimination efforts. In the last week, we saw temperature records smashed in both the north and south poles; climate change is here and an immediate response is needed.

Paralysis by Analysis

The onus on organizations to act sustainably could be about to ratchet up even further. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed to make it mandatory for all publicly traded businesses to publish standardized reports of their emissions and climate risk for the first time. In 2021, just over one-fifth of US public companies voluntarily disclosed their greenhouse gas emissions. This could be a landmark decision that pushes organizations to move from words to action.

One factor likely inhibiting industry transformation is the sheer complexity of introducing and tracking effective sustainability measures. There are not only logistical factors to consider in decisions such as switching a fleet to electric and sourcing feasible alternative energy sources, but also structural considerations on how to ensure company-wide buy-in.

With so many avenues for change, combined with the need for significant resource allocation, perfection becomes the enemy of progress for leaders. The availability of a technological solution that could immediately cut an organization’s emissions and offer a means of creating clean energy would be a total game changer and would offer a simple but hugely significant step in its sustainability journey.

100 Percent Clean Energy Production

After 13 years of intense research and development, the launch of the Holcomb Energy System (HES) represents that exact technological revolution. By harnessing the previously untapped energy from the electron spin within electrical steel, the HES is a complete redesign of the traditional electrical generator that is now entirely fuel-less, releases zero emissions, has no moving parts, runs silent, and needs virtually no maintenance.

This is the sustainability moonshot that the corporate world has desperately needed. The HES’s Self Powering Generator (SPG) has been witness verified by the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company SGS as independently powering a 12,000 square foot research and development center without any external fuel source. The technology is here, it is proven, and it is perfectly suited to industrial applications.

The HES Phase Converter is another component of the system that converts single or split-phase power into three-phase power, while simultaneously magnifying power output. The ability to efficiently convert phase power for more intensive industrial use is significant in itself, but with the inherent benefits of HES’s solid-state and power magnification capabilities, it enables a carbon footprint reduction of up to 80%.

We are at a seminal point in human history. A time where future generations will either judge us severely for the disregard and destruction of our beautiful planet, or perhaps, will view our efforts as an example of the colossal power of human ingenuity and mass cooperation. With the solution at hand to eliminate carbon emissions from energy production, businesses can take the lead by investing in and adopting truly green technology and massively accelerating net-zero plans. The choice for a cleaner future now stands within our reach.

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Earth Day: What it means to Holcomb Energy Systems

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By Dr. Robert Holcomb MD, Ph.D., Inventor of the Holcomb Energy System

Today marks a significant juncture in the calendar for climate activists to congregate and draw attention to our ailing planet and the urgent need to heal it. Earth Day represents a special opportunity for us to take a moment and ponder why we choose to fight this fight and run this challenging race.

This unique and wondrous planet has existed for over 4.5 billion years, with humanity inhabiting it for approximately six million of those years — a mere 0.13 percent in the timeline of Earth’s existence. In this small (but significant) timespan, we have directly impacted over 83 percent of Earth’s land area, decimating entire ecosystems, eliminating thousands of species of flora and fauna, and endangering our civilizations through the effects of human-induced climate change.

Earth Day serves as a great opportunity for the Holcomb Energy Systems team, along with the rest of the world, to remember that we only have one planet to call home and that there is an urgent need for multiple innovative solutions to remedy the problems of our own doing. This matter is something that I hold dear, and an issue that our team has taken upon itself to help rectify using a novel, witness-verified energy-production technology — the Holcomb Energy System (HES).

The HES is a labor of love, born out of a desire to contribute to the greatest cause of our time. After 13 years of extensive research and product development, we are proud and ready to showcase our invention to the world. The HES works by harnessing the natural energy from the electron spin in the iron atoms of electrical steel, generating carbon-free electricity without the need for an external power source such as wind, solar, or fossil fuels. Our technology releases no emissions, has no moving parts, requires virtually no maintenance, and can scale anywhere electricity is needed, making it capable of addressing some of the world’s most critical environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, and universal access to electricity.

The versatility of the HES means that it can be deployed across a range of power generation applications such as jet propulsions systems, electric vehicles, airplanes, motorbikes, and scooters. It can also be downsized to power portable electronic devices such as smartphones, speakers, laptops and more, so they never require a battery recharge.

We are incredibly passionate about stopping climate change and bringing clean, affordable electricity everywhere. While we’re proud of our efforts in developing this distinct energy production infrastructure, we also recognize that it is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Rectifying generations of damage will take a combination of effective and innovative technologies to help humanity overcome its environmental failures. In line with this, Holcomb Energy Systems is currently working on forging strategic industry partnerships with leaders and experts to compound our positive momentum.

Today, on Earth Day, we have once again been generously given the chance to define our roadmap to a cleaner, brighter future despite the collective wrongdoings of our past. This Earth Day, in 2022, is the most significant of all given recent warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — the battle to save our planet can’t wait any longer. This demands our utmost attention and we would do well to heed the warning in this fight against time. Please join us in our efforts.

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Fossil Fuel’s Final Hurrah: Distilling Global Rising Fuel Prices

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By Dr. Robert Holcomb MD, Ph.D., Inventor and Co-Founder of Holcomb Energy System

By now, every mobile person on the planet has felt pain, anxiety and consternation over the dramatic increase in the price of petroleum — at its highest worldwide since 2008 — resulting in record profits for oil companies such as Shell and BP. Saudi Aramco, the petroleum and natural gas giant, has just become the most valuable company in the world, overtaking Apple with a market cap of $2.43 trillion.

This spike in fuel costs and continued worldwide reliance on oil stands in marked contrast to the terrifying findings of the UN’s latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Rather than heed the increasingly desperate calls of scientists, we live in a dystopian reality in which the oil industry is booming.

There are many underlying factors contributing to oil’s continued ubiquity, and we are going to briefly look at two: systemic processes and the impact of alternative energy sources. The complex, lengthy systemic process from oil field to gas pump is a direct contributor to rising prices. 18 percent of the cost of gasoline comes from the refining process, 12 percent from distribution and marketing, 11 percent from taxes, and 59 percent from the price of the underlying commodity itself (crude oil). If there is a minor increase in any one of these areas such as refining, it has a run-on effect along the chain, leading to painful surges in cost.

From Ugly Duckling to Swan

The journey from drilling site to gas station begins with the extraction of crude oil — the raw material from which gasoline is distilled. Within the distillery towers, oil is boiled to separate asphalt, lubricating oil, fuel oil, kerosene, diesel, gasoline, butane and petroleum. 45 percent of a barrel of oil becomes gasoline (around 19 gallons) and this process of refining contributes significantly to the cost of fuel.

The Long Road Ahead

Before arriving at the refinery, crude oil may be transported thousands of miles from its source. Oil is often drilled in isolated locations inaccessible by road or sea. Therefore, pipelines are increasingly used to transport crude oil to its transit destination before it is shipped across the world. Crude oil drilled from the Caspian Sea used to be transported to the Black Sea by rail, which added between $5–10 in costs per barrel. The Caspian Pipeline — 940 miles long installed across harsh terrain — carried a $5.5 billion construction price tag. The contribution of distribution costs to the overall price of gasoline has been significant.

Unwavering Taxes

In addition to these factors, local taxes and environmental laws play a role in ramping up fuel prices. In California, gasoline is required by law to be mixed with far more expensive ethanol. Tariffs vary widely from country to country. Italy, for example, slaps a 65% tax on gasoline. These taxes on oil companies remain relatively stable, as does the cost of refining, transporting and marketing crude oil. Therefore, while these factors contribute to the overall price of gasoline, they do not account for sporadic price spikes. Instead, the price of raw crude, often driven by political, social and market conditions, is largely responsible for the wild fluctuations in price that we see at the pump.

On the plus side, many governments worldwide offer a plethora of subsidies and financial assistance to bolster renewable energy adoption and drive down costs. In the UK for example, electric vehicle drivers are offered grants that amount to 75% of the cost of installing a domestic charging station.

Demand and a Tightly Controlled Supply

While stating that the price of gas’ underlying commodity — crude oil — is a direct result of supply and demand may be true, it is an oversimplification. Unpredictable external events can impact the availability of oil supplies, as we have unfortunately witnessed with the ongoing war in Ukraine, which has restricted access to Russian oil.

Recently, there has been an exponential shift in the adoption of renewables, as sustainable energy sources are developed and established as viable alternatives. Previously fuel consumption was relatively inflexible, so small changes in supply would result in huge changes in profit. This was evidenced when the process of fracking oil from shale was discovered and supply skyrocketed. As a result, the price of oil plummeted.

Oil companies quickly learned that over supply was in fact the enemy — their revenues ruined by abundance. In response, we have seen organizations like OPEC (The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) intentionally slow down production and minimize supplies in order to regain control of the market.

Renewables are undoubtedly taking over, which is ultimately a predicament for fossil fuels, with the end game clearly in sight. Perhaps in realizing this, Big Oil has chosen to capitalize on (self-produced) scarcity to widen profit margins before its inevitable expiration date.

Time to Say Goodbye

As a diminishing resource, it is likely that gas prices will continue to rise until gasoline is obsolete. It is in everybody’s interest to transition to alternative, clean energy sources as rapidly as possible. The time is ripe to make the switch, with many government incentives on offer, and world leaders finally working together towards tangible climate commitments. As the world transitions to a sustainable future, we are collectively hoping that this sudden boom in oil economics is a flash in the pan and nothing more. While the outcome of this growth is unpredictable in the immediate future, we can safely assume that Mother Nature is just as tired of feeling the pinch as we are.

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Humans Rights and Climate Change: Why the Battle for a Livable Planet Is Also a Social Issue

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By Dr. Robert Holcomb MD, Ph.D., Inventor and Co-Founder of Holcomb Energy System

The warnings are undeniable: We have until 2030 to dramatically reduce carbon emissions before there’s no turning back. At first glance we may see this as a unified, global call to action — and it most certainly is — but the brutal reality is that we will not equally suffer the devastating effects of climate change. The defining factor is not geographic location, but economic standing. No place is safe — the majority of the planet is already experiencing the effects of climate change. But one’s economic status will be a determinative factor in how the storms will be weathered and if survival is even possible.

Right now, many places in the world are suffering through sweltering heat waves. Texas, India and Pakistan are experiencing record breaking temperatures past 112 degrees Fahrenheit. Last summer, western North America was hit with a heat wave lasting months, in which 1400 people died and damages reached $8.9 billion. An analysis found this ‘1000 year weather event’ was made 150 times more likely by rising global temperatures. The leading cause of death? Lack of money. Although the majority of the people who died had air conditioning, they simply could not afford it over this extended period of time. In the wealthiest nation of the world, lives were lost not due to access to electricity, but the means to afford it. What does this mean for the millions of families around the world without access to electricity? This past month in Pakistan and India the death toll has reached 90 people in two months from a severe heatwave. The scorching heat led officials to close schools and issue stay at home advisories. In India, where just 12% of the population has access to A/C, the human tragedies are manifest and growing rapidly.

This week the Climate Impact Lab, a research team dedicated to studying the relationship between climate, economy, and mortality, released its findings. Predictions are that the global annual mortality rate from climate change will be as high as 73 deaths per 100,000 people within the next 50 years. When income inequality is factored in, projected mortality rates continue to rise with each passing year, to over 200 deaths per 100,000 people by 2100. The hopeful news: These numbers could be slashed by nearly 60% with widespread, sustained economic development.

Current models predict nearly three-quarters of the world will experience higher mortality rates due to rising temperatures. The majority will be found predominantly in low income areas, especially those in Africa, South America, India, and the Middle East. Mortality rates will vary greatly around the globe as some countries will be able to afford health and safety measures such as air conditioning and access to clean water and medical care, while many will suffer without. This model illustrates a sad truth: Economic inequality will shape the reverberations of climate change.

Lowering carbon emissions and preventing further environmental impacts of climate change will not be enough to protect the lives of every human being on the planet from the devastating effects of climate change. We must also offer solutions to the grinding poverty faced by so many. How can we ensure that everyone has access to clean, affordable electricity including air conditioning to survive increasingly hot summers and reliable heat throughout colder winters?

Current models predict up to 130 million people will be forced into poverty by the climate crisis over the next 10 years. By 2050 we can expect to see hundreds of millions of people migrating to escape the fallout of a rapidly changing climate. This increase in poverty will only be exacerbated by climate-caused food and clean water shortages.

It’s a devastating truth that climate change is the great equalizer. There is no place to run or hide to escape the effects of climate change. Our decades-old dependence on fossil fuels, ubiquitous throughout the developed world, has delivered us to this position. But sadly, those who contributed the most to this crisis will experience the least of its cataclysmic effects.

At Holcomb Energy Systems, we believe that it’s not enough to stop climate change in its tracks. We must also lift up those who are most vulnerable. To ensure a decent and humane existence on this tiny planet we call home, it is a matter of universal survival and justice to develop a more equitable economy for every person on the planet. We are all in this together.

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