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Tuesday, Aug. 31, 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.)
  • Quantum Entanglement and Deep-Space Propulsion - Scientists speculate based on preliminary experimental results that transferring the quantum state of one set of atoms to a twin set elsewhere could provide a mechanism for remotely powering space craft. (Astrobiology Magazine) (referred by ZPEnergy)
  • Study Finds Electricity Beats Hydrogen for Power Storage/Delivery - Key roles envisioned for hydrogen as an energy carrier -- transmission of remote renewable resources, storage of intermittent renewables or for use in vehicles -- are more efficiently accomplished by electricity. (Fuel Cell Works; Aug. 31)

[Note: Point is negated by hydrogen-on-demand systems]

Monday, Aug. 30, 2004

  • Electromagnetic Suspension System - Electromagnetic motors, power amplifiers, and computer control algorithms used to even out the road, while still feeling connected to it. (Slashdot; Aug. 27)

Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004

  • Opinion > Nuclear power helps environment - An important carbon-free energy source. (Denver Post; Aug. 28)
  • Hydrogen > Engineers clear bottleneck in hydrogen production - Carbon monoxide has long been a major technical barrier to the efficient operation of fuel cells. Now, chemical and biological engineers have not only cleared that barrier - they also have discovered a method to capture carbon monoxide's energy. (ScienceBlog; Aug. 28)
  • Honda FCX Fuel Cell Car Powered by the Sun - Hydrogen produced from a 700 square foot solar array at a custom filling station is capable of supporting 200 miles per week -- the national average. Range 170 miles. Prototypes: $2 mil each. (LA Times; Aug. 29)

Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004

  • Bananas could power Aussie homes - At present, much of Australia's annual banana crop goes to waste, because the fruit are too bruised or small. Bill Clarke, from the University of Queensland, predicts that an excess banana-fuelled power plant could power 500 homes. No prototype, early theoretical. (BBC, Australia; Aug. 27)
  • World's Largest Photovoltaic Project Nears Completion - 10-MW Solarpark in Bavaria, Germany uses 57,600 photovoltaic panels. (Consulting Specific Engineer; Aug. 27)

Friday, Aug. 27, 2004

  • Chemical Compound Turns Water to Hydrogen Gas - Supramolecular complexes created by Karen Brewer of Virginia Tech can convert solar energy into a fuel, such as hydrogen gas in a process has been called artificial photosynthesis. (Solar Access; Aug. 26)
  • First Room Temp. Plastic Magnets - University of Durham team in the UK has demonstrated the magnets to pick up iron filings from a laboratory bench. Accomplished by the alignment of free radicals in the material. (New Scientist; Aug. 25)
  • Silk Soy Milk Powered by Wind - "The amount of wind energy we're purchasing will prevent 16,000 tons of greenhouse gasses from entering our atmosphere. Our purchase has the same effect as eliminating the emissions of 3,200 cars, or planting more than 4,400 acres of trees."
  • Tidal > Tidal Power Delayed for Whale - Annapolis Tidal Generating Station temporarily shuts down as young humpback whale explores the River off of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. (Solar Access; Aug. 26, 2004)
  • Ford Reconsidering - Responding to recent protests of its plan to crush the TH!NK EV line; set to respond by Sept. 15. (PESN; Aug. 26)

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004

  • Lutec Site updated Aug. 19 - Patent developments; visits from scientists from around the world; shares update.
  • Rhino Hydro Technical - Ontario Canada company plans to manufacture a 4' X 4' X 7' home electricity generating plant. Estimated cost for 200 amp service unit ~ $8000.00; virtually maintenance free, with just two mechanical parts. Waiting for patents. (PESWiki; Aug. 25)
  • Molecular Stand-in for Solar's Polymer Wires - Scientists from U.S. DOE and the University of Florida are working on a process that uses polymer molecule chains (molecular wires) to replace the silicon conventionally used in components of solar photovoltaic cells. (SolarAccess; Aug. 24)

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004

  • Offshore Wave Power Enters UK Grid - Pelamis Wave Energy Converter has just completed its first week of electricity generation into the UK grid. (SolarAccess; Aug. 24)
  • Canola, seeds to fuel bio-diesel unit - Australian Department of Agriculture will use the unit to replace 25,000 litres of biodiesel at the Avondale, Newdegate and Merredin research stations. (ABC Regional Online, Australia; Aug. 25)

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004

[Comment: Author says that is the answer, but maybe it should be seen as 1) an omen for things to come on the world, 2) motivation for those with viable energy alternatives to bring forth their solutions.]

Monday, Aug. 23, 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)

Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004

  • My Implosion Wing - Robert Patterson tells his story of how he came to invent his fixed shape wing technology that he says can triple mileage by creating a vortex ahead of the vehicle, creating a teardrop shape, blunt end first, as well as actually helping to propel the vehicle. (Electrifying Times; Aug. 19, 2004)
  • The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - Electron clusters, or EVOs, are shown to be ideal candidates for electrical power generation using easily available methods for manipulation of electronic charge. The gravity of their potential misuse suggests, "do not disturb." Paper by Ken Shoulders (PDF). (ZPEnergy; Aug. 21)
  • Tidal > Counter Argument > Warning over tidal energy impact - Wave energy projects could adversely affect marine life and tidal environments. (BBC; Aug. 20)

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004

  • Project to Produce Hydrogen from Wind Power - Corporacion Energia Hidroelectrica de Navarra (EHN) of Spain is investigating ways of obtaining hydrogen from water through electricity generated from wind power. (Solar Access; Aug. 20)
  • [Events > Ridgestock 2004 Music and Sustainability Expo] - Sat. Aug. 21, Grass Valley, CA, USA, will include lecture at 12:45 pm by Brian O'Leary on "the 'Free Energy Movement,' to inspire people to become more proactive and educated about alternative energy sources such as cold fusion." (The Union; Aug. 20, 2004)
  • An invisible hand? Gravitational anomalies - Allais effect during solar eclipses casts doubt on General Relativity. Review of evidence. (Economist; Aug. 19)

Friday, Aug. 20, 2004

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004

  • Open Sourcing > Ed Gray Variant Prelim Data Report - "The motor consumes 42 watts. The alternator is designed to produce 750 watts at 500 RPMs." Final engineering report due after independent tests have been run.
  • Cold Weld™ Magnetic Pulse Welding - Process developed by Pulsar Ltd., Israel, does not use heat but uses a ultra short magnetic pulses. Advantages: Can weld aluminum to steel, nickel to titanium. "Cold fusion between metals." Takes 1/100,000ths of a second to weld. Single micron precision possible. Single system capable of welding one million parts per year. (Pulsar Welding Talks to BMW; Haaretz; Aug. 18)

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004

  • Hydrogen car heralds new eco era > Dolphin-shaped BOC Gh2ost, whose only emission is water, is expected to need the equivalent of just two gallons of petrol to navigate the globe using 25 watts of power, setting a world record for efficiency. (Fuel Cell Works, UK, Aug. 16)
  • Winery Dedicates Half-MW Solar Project - 457 kW solar electric system in California is one of the largest in U.S. covering 80,000 square feet, generating over 40 percent of the winery's energy needs. (SolarAccess; Aug. 15)
  • What is the best biomass fuel source? (PDF) - Canadian report analyzes many biomass options and shows which are better for converting into fuels and diesel substitutes.
  • U.S. Cancels Fusion Program - US halting its national nuclear fusion energy project, FIRE, and pinning its hopes on the international fusion research program ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). (New Scientist; July 30)

Monday, Aug. 16, 2004

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Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004

  • Latest from Ultraconductors on ZPE tapping devices - Mark Goldes reports on the progress toward market readiness of their ultraconductors as well as magnetic motor devices. Cites growing mainstream interest in ZPE. (ZPEnergy; Aug. 14)
  • Blackout's 1-Year Anniversary (Aug. 14 Eastern U.S./Canada) > Archive of News Coverage for Aug. 14, 2004 - 3,150 articles come up on Google News for search on "blackout". Chronicled for historic purposes. Articles range from political to discussions of cause and prevention, to prognostications of future repeats on a larger scale. (GTFE)
  • Politics > Biking for Billions - Kansas man is riding homemade solar powered bike 500 miles to the office of the U.S. Energy Department to ask them where they spent the 281 Billion dollars they got to reduce the nation's need for foreign oil. (KCTV; Aug. 15, 2004)

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004

  • Tidal flow to power New York City - Verdant Power planning to install turbines in the East River. $4.5-million project may form the first farm of tide-powered turbines in the world. Starting at 6 turbines generating a total of 200kw; they plan to implement 200 - 300 turbines. (Nature; Aug. 13) (Tidal Power)
  • Unfortunate First > Student Killed Driving Solar Car - 21-year old student Andrew From from the University of Toronto's Blue Sky Solar Racing Team was killed Thursday when he lost control of the low-riding experimental car and was struck by a minivan head-on. (Slashdot; Aug. 13, 2004)

Friday, Aug. 13, 2004

  • First > Stirling Engine Ready for Production for Home Use - Whisper Tech has received a $300 million contract to supply tens of thousands of its WhisperGen units to homes in the UK. Powered by natural gas, it provides electricity and heat at a cost savings and cut in CO2 emissions. (National Business Review; Aug. 13, 2004)

(See also Stirling Engine}

Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004

  • Valone Interviews with Washington Post - The topics are DOE, cold fusion, alternative energy.
  • Open Sourcing > Pulsed Electromagnetic Motor by G.M. -- Prototype 3 - Gary Magratten able to resume his open sourcing. Posts four photos of his most recent prototype.

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004

  • Trends > Will Coloradans Choose Renewable? - Groundbreaking ballot initiative beginning today 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)

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004

Monday, Aug. 9, 2004

  • High School Students Replicate Cold Fusion - While the dangers posed by cold fusion experimentation should be taken carefully into consideration, there are some helpful scientific papers available for those interested. One college professor reports that materials for an experiment can cost as little as $500 USD. (GTFE, Aug. 8)

Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004

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