RED BRICK RESEARCH:
Red bricks — some of the world’s cheapest and most familiar building materials — can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis.
Brick has been used in walls and buildings for thousands of years, but rarely has been found fit for any other use. Now, chemists in Arts & Sciences have developed a method to make or modify “smart bricks” that can store energy until required for powering devices. A proof-of-concept published Aug. 11 in Nature Communications shows a brick directly powering a green LED light.
“Our method works with regular brick or recycled bricks, and we can make our own bricks as well,” said Julio D’Arcy, assistant professor of chemistry. “As a matter of fact, the work that we have published in Nature Communications stems from bricks that we bought at Home Depot right here in Brentwood (Missouri); each brick was 65 cents.”
Walls and buildings made of bricks already occupy large amounts of space, which could be better utilized if given an additional purpose for electrical storage. While some architects and designers have recognized the humble brick’s ability to absorb and store the sun’s heat, this is the first time anyone has tried using bricks as anything more than thermal mass for heating and cooling.
D’Arcy and colleagues, including Washington University graduate student Hongmin Wang, first author of the new study, showed how to convert red bricks into a type of energy storage device called a supercapacitor.
“In this work, we have developed a coating of the conducting polymer PEDOT, which is comprised of nanofibers that penetrate the inner porous network of a brick; a polymer coating remains trapped in a brick and serves as an ion sponge that stores and conducts electricity,” D’Arcy said.
The red pigment in bricks — iron oxide, or rust — is essential for triggering the polymerisation reaction. The authors’ calculations suggest that walls made of these energy-storing bricks could store a substantial amount of energy.
“PEDOT-coated bricks are ideal building blocks that can provide power to emergency lighting,” D’Arcy said. “We envision that this could be a reality when you connect our bricks with solar cells — this could take 50 bricks in close proximity to the load. These 50 bricks would enable powering emergency lighting for five hours.
“Advantageously, a brick wall serving as a supercapacitor can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times within an hour. If you connect a couple of bricks, microelectronics sensors would be easily powered.”
DID ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS KNOW THAT STONE/BRICK HOLD ENERGY?
Stones have been used by ancient civilizations for thousands of years as building structures and sacred sites. From Stonehenge in the UK, to the Great Pyramids of Egypt, rocks have been quarried, manipulated and used in the past with such precision to create structures and monuments that endure the test of time.
Throughout America, numerous stone mounds have been found in New England. Crystals and stones were used in these chamber mounds and interestingly some of them align with the equinox, solstices and eclipses. Because crystals and stones emit and hold a stabilized energy field, it would make sense to align these structures during high energetic time frames and place them over strategic Earth ley lines for maximum benefit. The question remains though – what were they used for?
That’s the million year old question, maybe even older depending on which timeline we believe. They knew crystals, rocks and stones have magical properties hence the importance of the correct alignment of these structures. Many scholars like to claim these ancient people were much more primitive than humans today, I would refute that claim.
I think these rocks/stones/bricks helped the vibrations which were felt by residents of buildings and surrounding areas and also acted as a free energy device which is way more reliable and advanced than our current system of corporate greed. As we see in old photos from the ancient world, antiqatech was mounted on the roof of most of the buildings during that time.
They were much smarter at harvesting the energy that is and was around us but as with time, greed of the elite was a necessary action to enslave mankind into a pay to play type of society. Ill be diving deep into the crystal healing and other energies in another topic. But there is no doubt in my mind, this building material was used in more ways than one in the ancient world. Today we just use it as a durable building material as it’s sole purpose.