The next time you are driving around the Washington DC beltway, the New York State Thruway, I80 through Nebraska or I5 running through California or any of a score of other major highways in the US, you are part of a grand experiment to create an emergency source of electric power. It is a simple concept but complex in its implementation and revolutionary in its technology. Let me explain from the beginning
We cannot generate electricity directly. We have to use either chemical, mechanical solar or nuclear energy and then convert that energy to electricity often making more than one conversion such as nuclear to heat to steam to mechanical to electrical. These conversion processes are inefficient and expensive to do in large quantities. They are also very difficult to build because of the environmental groups, inspections, regulations, competition with utilities and investment costs. The typical warfare primer says to target the infrastructure first. Wipe out the utilities and you seriously degrade the ability of the enemy to coordinate a response. The US government has bunkers and stored food and water but has to rely mostly on public utilities or emergency generators for electricity. Since the public utilities are also a prime target, that leaves only the emergency generators but they require large quantities of fuel that must be stored until needed. A 10-megawatt generator might use 2500 gals of fuel per day. That mandates a huge storage tank of fuel that is also in demand by car and aircraft. This is not the kind of tenuous link of survivability that the government likes to rely on.
The government has been looking for years for ways to bypass all this reliance on utilities out of their control and sharing of fuel with the goal of creating a power source that is exclusively theirs and can be counted upon when all other forms of power have been destroyed. They have been looking for ways to extend their ability to operate during and after an attack for years. For the past ten years or more they have been building and are experimenting with one that relies on you and me to create their electricity. The theory is that you can create electricity with a small source of very powerful energy such as nuclear or from a very large source of relatively weak energy such as water or wind. The difficultly and complexity and cost rises sharply as you go from the weak energy sources to the powerful energy sources. You can build thousands of wind generators for the cost of one nuclear power plant. That makes the weak energy sources more desirable for the movement to invest in. The problem is that it takes a huge amount of this weak energy source to create any large volumes of electricity. Also the nature of having a clandestine source of power means that they cant put of a thousand wind generators or build a bunch of dams. The dilemma comes in trying to balance the high power needs with a low cost while keeping it all hidden from everyone. Now they have done all that.
If you have traveled very much on interstate highways, you have probably seen long sections of the highway being worked on in which they cut rectangular holes (about 6 feet long, by 18 inches wide by nearly four feet deep) in the perfectly good concrete highway and then fill them up again. In some places, they have done this for hundreds of miles cutting these holes every 20 to 30 feet tens of thousands of these holes throughout the interstate highway system. Officially, these holes are supposed to be to fix a design flaw in the highway by adding in missing thermal expansion sections to keep the highway from cracking up during very hot or very cold weather. But that is not the truth.
There are three errors with that logic. (1) The highways already have expansion gaps built into the design. These are the black lines filled with compressible tar that create those miles of endless tickety-tickety-tick sound as you drive over them. The concrete is laid down in sections with as much as 3 inches between sections that is filled in with tar. These entire sections expand and contract in weather and squeeze the tar up into those irritating repeating bumps. No other thermal expansion is needed.
(2) The holes they cut (using diamond saws) are dug out to below the gravel base and then refilled with poured concrete. When done, the only sign it happened is that the new concrete is a different color. Since they refilled it with the same concrete that they took out, the filling has the same thermal expansion qualities as the original so there is no gain. If there were thermal problems before, then they would have had the same problems after the fix. Makes no sense. (3) Finally, the use of concrete in our US interstate system was based on the design of the Autobahn in Germany which the Nazis built prior to WWII. Dozens of years of research was done on the Autobahn and more on our highway system before we built the 46,000 miles of the Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, as it was called back in 1956. The need for thermal expansion was well known and designed into every mile of highway and every section of overpass and bridge ever built. The idea that they forgot that basic aspect of physics and construction is simply silly. Ignoring, for a moment, that this is a highly unlikely design mistake, the most logical fix would have been to simply cut more long thin/narrow lines into the concrete and fill them with tar. Digging an 18 wide by 6 foot long by 40-inch deep hole is entirely unneeded.
Ok, so if they are not for thermal expansion, what are they. Back in 1998, I was held up for hours outside of North Platte, Neb. while traffic was funneled into one lane because they were cutting 400 miles of holes in Interstate 80. It got me to thinking and I investigated off and on for the next 7 years. The breakthrough came when I made contact with an old retired buddy of mine that worked in the now defunct NRO National Reconnaissance Office. He was trying to be cool but told me to take a close look at the hidden parts of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). I did. It took several years of digging and I found out NERC has their fingers into a lot of pots that most people do not know about but when I compared their annual published budget (they are a nonprofit corporation) with budget numbers by department, I found about $300 million unaccounted for. As I dug further, I found out they get a lot of federal funding from FERC and the Department of Homeland Security (DHA). The missing money soon grew to over $900 million because much of it was off the books.
In all this digging, I kept seeing references to Alqosh. When I looked it up, I found it was the name of a town in northwest Iraq where it is believed that Saddam had a secret nuclear power facility. That intelligence was proved wrong during the inspections that led up to the second Iraq war but the name kept appearing in NERC paperwork. So I went looking again and found that it is also a derivation of an Arabic name meaning the God of Power. It suddenly fell into context with the references I had been seeing. Alqosh is not a place but the name of the project or program that had something to do with these holes that were being cut in the highway. Now I had something to focus on. As I dug deeper, some of it by means I dont want to admit to, I found detailed descriptions of Alqosh within NERC and its link to DoD and DHS. Heres what I found.
The concrete that was poured into those holes was a special mixture that contained a high concentration of piezoelectric crystals. These are rocks (quartz), ceramics and other materials that produce electricity when they are physically compressed. The mix was enhanced with some custom designed ceramics that also create electricity. The exact mixture is secret but I found out that it contains berlinite, quartz, Rochelle salt, lead zirconate titanate, polyvinylidene fluoride, sodium potassium niobate and other ingredients. The mix of quartz, polymers and ceramics is very unique and with a very specific intent in mind. Piezoelectric materials will produce electricity when they are compressed squeezed this is called the direct piezoelectric effect (like a phonograph needle). But they also have exactly the opposite effect. The lead zirconate titanate crystals and other ceramics in the mix will expand and contract in the presence of electricity this is called the reverse piezoelectric effect. This is how tiny piezoelectric speakers work.
The concrete mix, in which a part, was designed to create electricity when compressed by a car passing over it. Some of these materials react immediately and some delay their response for up to several seconds. This creates a sort of damper wave of voltage spikes passing back and forth thru the material over a period of time. While some of this mix is creating electricity, some other parts of the specially designed ceramics were intended to flex in physical size when they sensed the electricity from the other quartz materials. As with the quartz crystals, some of these ceramics delay their responses for up to several seconds. Sort of like time-released capsules. The flexing ceramics, in turn, continue the vibrations that cause the quartz to continue creating electric pulses.
The effect is sort of like pushing a childs swing. The first push or vibration comes from the car passing. That, in turn, creates electricity that makes some of the materials flex and vibrate more. This push creates more electricity that repeats in an escalating manner until, like the swing, it is producing high waveforms of peak power spikes. The end result of this unique mix of chemicals, crystals, ceramics and polymers is what is called a piezoelectric transformer that uses the acoustic (vibration) (initiated by a car passing) coupling to step up the generated voltages by over 1,500-to-1 into a resonance frequency of about 1 megahertz. A passing car initiates the series of high voltage electrical pulses that develop constructive resonance with subsequent pressures from passing cars so that the voltage peaks of this resonance can top out at or above 12,700 volts and then tapers off in a constant frequency, decreasing amplitude damper wave until regenerated by the next car or truck. Multiple axle vehicles can produce powerful signals that can resonate for several minutes.
Once all this electricity is created, the re-bar on the bottom of the hole also has a special role to play. It contains a special spiral coil of wire hidden under the outer layer of conducting polymers. By a careful design of the coil and insulating wires, these re-bars create a simple but highly effective resonance tank circuit. The simplest form of a tank circuit is a coil of wire and a single capacitor. The value of the inductance of the coil and the capacitance of the capacitor determines the resonance frequency of the circuit. Every radio and every transmitter made has had a tank circuit in it of one sort or another. The coils of wire on the re-bar create an inductor and the controlled conducting material in the polymer coatings create a capacitor that is tuned to the same resonance frequency as the piezoelectric transformer making for a highly efficient harmonic oscillator that can sustain the ring (series resonance voltage magnification over a protracted time domain) for several minutes even with out further injection of energy. In other words, a car passing can cause one of these concrete patches to emit a powerful high frequency signal for as much as 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the size, weight and speed of the vehicle.
The final element of this system is the collection of that emitted RF energy. In some areas, such as the Washington DC beltway, there is a buried cable running parallel to the highway that is tuned to receive and pass this electrical energy into special substations and junction boxes that integrate the power into the existing grid. These special substations and junction boxes can also divert both this piezoelectric energy as well as grid power into lines that connect directly to government facilities. In other more rural areas, the power collection is by a receiver that is hiding in plain sight. Almost all power lines have one or more heavy cables that run along the upper most portions of the poles or towers. These top most cables are not connected to the power lines. This line is most often used as lightning protection and is grounded into earth ground.
Along those power lines that parallel highways that have been fixed with these piezoelectric generators, this line has been replaced with a specially designed cable that acts as a very efficient tuned antenna to gather the EMF and RF energy radiated by the modified highway re-bar transmitters. This special cable is able to pick up the radiated piezoelectric energy from distances as far away as 1 mile. In a few places, this specialized cable has been incorporated into the fence that lines both sides of most interstate highways. Whether by buried cable, power line antenna or fence-mounted collector, the thousands of miles of these piezoelectric generators pumps their power into a nationwide gird of electric power without anyone being aware of it. The combined effect of the piezoelectric concrete mix, the re-bar lattice and the tuned resonant pickup antennas is to create a highly efficient RF energy transmitter and receiver with a power output that is directly dependent upon the vehicle traffic on the highway. For instance, the power currently created by rush hour traffic along the Washington DC beltway is unbelievable. It is the most effective and efficient generators in the US and creates as much as 1.6 megawatts by the inner beltway alone.
The total amount of power being created nationwide is a secret but a report that circulated within DARPA following the 9/11 attacks said that 67 hidden government bunker facilities were brought online and fully powered in preparation to receive evacuated government personnel. The report, which was focused on the continuity of services, mentioned that all 67 facilities, with a total demand of an estimated 345 megawatts, used 9% of the available power of Alqosh. By extrapolation, that means that the Alqosh grid can create about 3,800 megawatts or about the power of two large nuclear power plants. So why is it secret? Three reasons. (1) The government doesnt want the bad guys nor the American public to know that we can create power from our highways. They dont want the bad guys to know because they dont want it to become a target. They dont want the general public to know because they frankly do not want to share any of this power with the public even if commercial utility power rates get extraordinarily high and fossil fuel or coal pollution becomes a major problem.
(2) Some of the materials in the concrete mix are not exactly healthy for the environment, not to mention that millions of people have had their travel plans messed up by the highway construction. Rain run off and mixtures with hydrocarbons are known to create some pretty powerful toxins in relatively small quantities but the effects of long term exposures are unknown. (3) Its not done yet. The system is still growing but it is far from being complete. A recent contract was released by NERC to install thermal expansion sections into the runways of the largest 24 airports in the US. There is also a plan to expand into every railroad, metro, commuter train, subway and freight train system in the US. A collaboration between DARPA, NERC and DHS recently produced a report that targets 2025 to complete the Alqosh grid with a total capacity of 26,000 megawatts of generating power.
The task of balancing the high power needs of the government with a low cost while keeping it all hidden from everyone has been accomplished. The cost has been buried in thousands of small highway and power line projects spread out over the past 10 years. The power being created will keep all 140 of the hidden underground bunkers fully powered for weeks or months after natural disaster or terrorists have destroyed the utilities. The power your government uses to run its lights and toasters during a serious national crisis may just be power that you created by evacuating the city where the crisis began.