Hi everyone who has commented on corporations: I guess I am one, and only time will tell if i ever get the opportunity to "lord it over anyone", much less do so.
Here is my story; Remember when Warren Buffett gave Bill Gates a billion to "improve the world"? I immediately contacted the Gates foundation and explained that I had stumbled on a solution to the century old problem which prevented the liquefaction and later evaporation of ordinary air as a portable source of energy. The reply I received was that they only gave money to not-for-profit corporations for promotion of the public good.
Fair enough, I thought, and set about incorporating. The State was easy and quick, but the Feds drug their feet for most of two years before deciding that I was both worthy and qualified. By the time I tried to reapply to the Gates foundation, I discovered that they had no applicable category which applied to our project, and that the only remaining cause they were funding was programs to quit smoking. In the meantime, all the other funding sources had categorized their requests and had of course never heard of cryogenic energy storage, and had no desire to. I even tried Al Gore, but he seemed to miss the point and regularly sends me letters requesting money.
My current plan is to scrape up enough funds to build a prototype,and am writing a book on the advantages of this way of doing things. Hopefully I could use it as a key to get on talk shows and attract either funding or a partner.
The State of Indiana had a program to fund start-up businesses, but required a "complete thermodynamic analysis" as a prerequisite to getting funding for such things as "complete thermodynamic analysis" This frightened the universities I contacted, and as they had no existing departments of cryogenic energy storage, they apparently passed the request around until it was forgotten about.
By the time I had collected what I considered sufficient "proof of concept", the program got phased out, and passed over to the various branches of the SBA which won't deal with "not for profit entities".
There should be an occasional progress report on the DARLAP website if anyone is curious.