Excerpts from: The Transpacitor at 20: How the Invention of a 13 Year Old Boy Changed the World
C. Aavasarala, Scientific American, July, 2053
While Mason MacArthur has been in the news due to his exploits as Iron Eagle, leading the Minutemen, his greatest impact on the world occurred two decades ago, when he was just 13. This was his invention of the Transpacitor that changed everything.
For the first part of the century, the use of electrical devices exploded. Today, we take portable power for granted, but back in 2020, most cars used gas. Airports were full of people linked to walls, recharging personal devices.
Every summer, smog choked cities around the world. Every hurricane or ice storm rendered vast swaths of homes without power until lines could be rerun. For kids today, it sounds like the dark ages. And in many ways, it was.
Thanks to the transpacitor, everything changed. Instead of charging a phone every day, we are used to a month. Where electric cars used to have heavy batteries taking hours to charge, today we go a week, and reach full charge in a few minutes. Gone is the need to produce power only when it is needed. Power plants can produce at capacity around the clock to be stored for later.
Wind and Solar can produce as much as possible when they can, and not worry about meeting demand. Homes connected to the grid now are secure against failure, with cheap and safe power storage.
While the transpacitor has been duplicated by others, MacTeK has had almost lone success in improvements, thanks to the ongoing brilliance of their inventor. The science behind the transpacitor is poorly understood by outsiders. We are left with the official line from MacTek:
The transpacitor is first turned on with a surge of power wish creates an extra-dimensional fold which can store a significant amount of energy. While the initial power requirements are two or more orders of magnitude, after that, the transpacitor is good for tens of thousands of charge cycles.MakTek
MacTek promises ever better products in the future. Citing the Minutemen Hermes as a test craft, the company is using its Mark VII transpacitors to build single stage to orbit Daedalus space planes, and totally re-useable two stage Hanuman heavy lift rockets. MacTek’s motto is Changing the World by Building the Future. If the past two decades are anything to go by, that future will be interesting.