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Collection of news stories that reflect thematic movement in the world toward acceptance of clean, alternative, and even hitherto marginalized 'free energy' technologies.


Stories in 2004

  • Canada to use PetroCan money for green technology - $1C billion from $2C billion liquefied stake in Petro Canada will go "to help develop new technologies to address environmental challenges" including clean vehicles & energy. (Reuters; Sept. 20, 2004)
  • Green Power for Republicans - Those providing transportation and accommodations are showcasing green technologies, including GM who has provided a fleet of eight electric-hybrid buses, full-size hybrid pickup trucks and more than 200 cars from the company's vehicle line. (Solar Access; Aug. 31, 2004)
  • Renewable Energy Center in Wyoming, USA - The Center for Sustainable Energy and Education (CSEE) will produce electricity for a hospital and serve as a real life-learning lab for students in the Sustainable Business Program. (Solar Access; Aug. 30, 2004)
  • Green and European - "Europe, with its high fossil fuel costs and generous government subsidies of 'green power,' is the epicenter of renewable energy growth." (MIT Technology Review; Sept., 2004)
  • US Dept. of Energy Gets Budget Boost - DOE is supporting efforts to develop economical fusion power and discover "dark energy" [aka ZPE] -- the possible key to why the universe is expanding. (TechNewsWorld; Aug. 22, 2004)
  • Will Coloradans Choose Renewable? - Groundbreaking ballot initiative will be U.S.' first statewide vote on renewable energy and would require the state’s major utility companies to obtain 10% of their energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and hydroelectric power by 2015. (Common Dreams; Aug. 11, 2004)
  • Kerry Offers 10-Year Plan for US Energy Independence - $30 billion proposal would give $10 bil. to automakers to retool for cleaner fuels, $5 bil. tax credits to consumers for buying them, $5 bil for agriculture waste-to-fuel research partnerships; $10 bil to make coal plants cleaner. (Reuters; Aug. 9, 2004)
  • Venezuelan Professor Decries U.S. Expendable Energy Imperialism - "There is sufficient energy available, right here on Earth, to distribute 'free energy' to all, even to the ants and rats. That is, the electro-magnetic energy, of 'occult physics,' from the vacuum, discovered by scientists like Tesla, Reich, Titarenko, etc. ...Applying this free energy globally would ... [open] avenues for creativity, creation and emancipation." ('Franz J. T. Lee; VHeadline; Aug. 8, 2004)
  • Fuel cell race gets a charge - Gas companies and oil wholesalers are speeding up development to put fuel cells into practical use. The companies are desperately trying to develop practical forms of the next-generation energy source as the race beyond gas, oil and other energy companies has begun. (Daily Yomiuri, JP; July 6, 2004)
  • Fuel Cells Hit Home (in Japan, at Least) - Fuel cells are poised for their first commercial home installations. By early next year, Tokyo Gas will install the technology outside 50 Japanese homes, with plans to install 900 more units by 2007. (MIT Technology Review; July/Aug, 2004)

T.C. A sampling of other home fuel cell power pioneers of note: avistalabs, idatech (PDF), fuelcelltoday.com (PDF) article estimates 1900 stationary installs worldwide so far, fuelcells.org - map of US installations, fuelcells.org (PDF) - list of installations by company

  • Big money enters global warming battle- Swiss Re, the world's second-largest reinsurance company, recently warned that the costs of natural disasters caused by global warming is threatening humanity with a catastrophe of its own making. (ZPEnergy; July 5, 2004)
  • BP Releases: Statistical Review of World Energy 2004- This year's report shows that at current rates of production, the world's proved reserves of oil are sufficient to last for 40 years, although nearly 77 percent of those reserves are located in OPEC countries. (ZPEnergy.com; June 16, 2004)
  • Open Source for Biotechnology- Paper argues that the 'you share, I share' success of open sourcing in software should be seen as a model to be applied more often in areas such as biotechnology and bioinformatics. Has seen success in human genome project. (The Economist; June 10, 2004)
  • 154 Nations Pledge to Increase Renewable Energy Usage alt - At a conference last week in Bonn, Germany, senior officials from 154 nations including the United States signed onto a communiqué committing to a substantial increase "with a sense of urgency" in the percentage of renewable sources in meeting global energy needs. (TerraDaily; June 4, 2004)
  • Energy Gets Jolt of Venture Cash- With gas prices at record highs, venture capitalists who invest in the energy industry believe their prospects are looking up, particularly with investments in startups specializing in areas like conservation technology and alternative energy. (Wired; June 1, 2004)
  • Army rolls out prototypes of alternative-energy vehicles- Hybrid tankers that can power an entire airfield. Electric chariots that can zip soldiers to their destinations. Fuel cell-powered all terrain vehicles that can roll along in near silence. (Associated Press; May 28, 2004)
  • Refiners Profit as Green Rules Pump Up US Gasoline- Oil companies supplying the sizzling U.S. energy market are reaping windfall returns while drivers foot the bill, and they owe those profits to the new green fuel rules they had originally protested. (Reuters; May 25, 2004)
  • U. .S. speeds to energy disaster- reliance on increasingly expensive automobile transportation supported by depleting fuel. (Letters to editor: Detroit Free Press; May 18, 2004)
  • How to Wean America Off Fossil Fuels in 15 Years- A review of the Arlington Institute Report: 'A Strategy: How To Move America Away from Oil.' "Wild card game changers include everything from over-unity devices to cold fusion to sonoluminescence." (EV World; Mar. 20, 2004)
  • Wind > World wind power to grow, but boom days over- The huge growth in the global wind power market will lose a lot of its pace in the next five years but will still expand at an average of 10.4 percent a year, independent Danish windpower consultancy BTM said in an annual industry survey. (Reuters; Mar. 22, 2004)
  • The Zero Energy House- New goal set forth by U.S. Department of Energy: defines "Zero Energy House" as one that generates as much energy as it consumes. (Herald Tribune; Mar. 20, 2004)
  • about Hydrogen- For all the buzz about future highways filled with hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars, the technological—and environmental—high ground will belong to gasoline-electric hybrids for decades to come. (MIT Technology Review; Mar. 17, 2004)
  • Rising Sun - Gas-electric cars are transforming the auto industry. Toyota's head start has Detroit scrambling to catch up. Double the mileage without sacrificing power or size, and only $1000 more in price. (MIT Technology Review; Mar. 17, 2004)
  • Savannah, Georgia, Wants to Become Alt Energy Hub - Recent $600k grant from Feds helps launch private-govt-univ. joint venture. Mentions tidal energy, photovoltaics, fuel cell; but will they touch the more controversial and fruitful free energy technologies? (SavannahBusiness.com; Feb. 18, 2004)

Stories in 2003


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