Throwback Thursday

My senior executive assistant just completed the annual office outdated document review and recovered the first sketch for the patent. I like it so much I think I’ll get it framed!


Don’t Stop Looking for New Green Tech

I was reading about green energy news and came across an article that listed some of the requirements for new energy efficiency technologies to be successful. I believe the Lutfey Loop fulfills everything on the list– being clever more than technologically complex, inexpensive, using readily available resources, having short development periods, and not requiring subsidies. I’ve copied the relevant section of the article below and included a link to the full article on

Don’t Stop Looking for New Green Tech
by Bruce Mulliken, Green Energy News

New way to generate electricity gives hope that better, cheaper clean energy technologies are on the way.

For now, and into the foreseeable future, forget about any massive international effort to stem the tide of carbon emissions. With each new study the evidence of a man-made warming planet grows stronger, while the willingness for nations to band together to do anything about it grows weaker, it seems.

True, various governments have mandates, initiatives and programs to cut carbon emissions. But, the real focus is on what develops in the marketplace, in the private sector. Cutting emissions in a large way will come rapidly if and when highly profitable green technologies are launched globally. With that, new energy technologies need to be developed that are both pristine clean and cheaper than coal and oil and gas from the get-go, from day one, from the day the first product is launched. When dirt-cheap green energy is the next big thing carbon emissions will drop precipitously.

A tall order? Certainly. But don’t think it’s not possible. More than likely these technologies, these ideas, are probably already out there, but just not recognized.

But what are the new clean-cheap energy possibilities? ( I wish I knew!) However, generally speaking, here is what to look for:

Look for technologies that are more clever in design than technologically complex. High technology products often need long, expensive, development times. The planet can no longer afford to wait.

Look for technologies that can easily and cheaply manufactured with known and established production methods. Easy, low-cost production leads to low product cost.

Look for technologies that use common, abundant,readily available resources and materials. The use of common raw materials helps keeps cost down.

Look for technologies that don’t need long development periods. When someone says a technology needs 5 years of development to be commercially viable, it’s time to walk away from it.

Look for technologies that don’t require subsidies. If the taxpayer is needed to support the technology, then the technology becomes political. One political ideology can giveth. The other taketh away just as easily, depending on who’s in power.

website update

So I spent some time this weekend getting the website up and running. I put some simplified drawings from the patent on the main page that explain the process in more general terms. Next I set up the contact forms so that people interested in the idea can get in touch with me. Finally I started a FAQ page.

First Blog Post

This is my first blog post on I have been working with a patent lawyer for the past few months, and now that the patent has been submitted to the United States Patent office I can start sharing the concept with the world.

Omar’s blog

Here is some information about setting all this stuff up.

The Lutfey Loop

The Lutfey Loop is a simple, cost effective, and highly efficient system to manage residential and commercial climate control and hot water needs.

simple house

Part 1: Insulated Tank

The insulated water tank stores hot water to be used in warming the house and heating potable water.

simple house insulated tank


Part 2: Primary Heat Transfer System

A small pump moves water from the insulated water tank up to the attic where the water flows through a series of pipes and back down to the insulated tank. This setup uses the same components as traditional radiant floor heating setup that is adhered to the ceiling of the attic in between the rafters. This transfers heat from the attic to the insulated water tank and cools the house by preventing excessive heat buildup in the attic. Locating the tubing on the inside of the attic protects the tubing from the elements, reduces installation costs, and keeps unsightly equipment off the roof of the house.

simple roof


Part 3: Potable Water Heat Transfer

Submersed in the insulated tank, this component preheats water for use in showers, washing machines, and so forth.

simple house heat transfer


Part 4: Uninsulated Tank

Located in permanent thermal contact with the basement floor, this component is designed to provide a constant source of below-ground temperature water. This component is functionally equivalent to burying lengths of tubing underground (either horizontally or vertically) without the considerable expense of drilling holes or excavating large areas of land.

simple house uninsulated tank


Part 5: Heating

The insulated tank stores heated water which can be used as a source for radiant floor heating or other water-based heating methods.

simple house hot water

Part 6: Cooling

The uninsulated tank stores water that will be near the constant underground temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the conditions, this water could be used for several purposes such as providing an input for a ground source heat pump, cooling the interior of the structure, and preventing snow buildup on the roof.simple house cool water