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PESWiki News -- December 2007 Archive
December 31, 2007
- Wind > Horizontal Axis > Wind Energy Group - The WEGI-100 offers a variety of advantages over conventional wind generating systems. It is a low rpm, Bi-directional system. Horizontal blades and air baffles maximize the amount of wind velocity directed into the turbine allowing the system to capture more wind. The system can also operate under extremely high wind conditions.
- Air Conditioning > TermoDeck - An air conditioning system using the building structure as an energy store of surplus heat, in the hollow core concrete floor slabs. The slabs are cooled with night air in temperate climates, or using conventional chillers in hot climates, but with up to a 50% reduction in required capacity.
December 30, 2007
- Recycling / Waste-to-Energy / Conservation > The Story of Stuff - Brilliant, entertaining, must-see, 20-minute video/cartoon by Annie Leonard describes the problems with the status quo linear supply chain, driven by consumerism, which is unsustainable and self-destructive; and encourages a renewable, responsible, self-sustaining, cyclical approach. (StoryofStuff.com)
December 29, 2007
- Waste-to-Energy / Alternative Fuels > Diesel > GRC Microwave Turns Carbon Items into Oil and Gas - Frank Pringle of Global Resource Corp (GRC) has invented and refined an efficient microwave energy process to turn plastics, discarded tires, and other carbon-based substances such as shale, coal, and tar sands into gas and oil.
- Electrolysis > The Ecowatts Thermal Energy Cell - British group is developing an electrolysis based energy cell that converts electrical power into heat at an efficiency significantly greater than that of a conventional immersion heater. Independent analysis has verified that the system produces 1.5x to 2 times as much energy out as was put in. Expected in the market by 2010.
- Fuel Efficiency > Electric Vehicles > Inflatable, Affordable Electric Car Announced - Low cost inflatable electric car is announced as world's first crash-proof, long range, flat-pack vehicle. Imagine a pre-deployed air bag forming the body of the car. (PESN; Sept. 14, 2007)
- Lighting > LEDs May Replace CFLs - A new type of super-efficient household light bulb is being developed which could spell the end of regular bulbs. The project involves making microscopic holes in the surface of LEDs to increase the level of light they give off. (BBC News; Dec. 28, 2007)
December 28, 2007
- Zero Point Energy > MPI > Magnetic Power Inc's Goals for 2008 - Mark Goldes reviews progress made in 2007 and sets forth company objectives for the coming year. "Our evolving theoretical models, continuously refined to reflect hands-on laboratory experiments, allow MPI to develop solid-state as well as mechanical variations of magnetic conversion technologies." (PESWiki; Dec. 28, 2007)
- Zeitgeist > Top RE Access Stories of 2007 - With 31 gigawatts of renewable energy developed around the world, 17 billion dollars in global market transactions and 21 billion dollars in global venture capital invested in new companies in 2007, clean energy can no longer be considered an "alternative" -- it is simply the natural evolution of energy. (Renewable Energy Access; Dec. 27, 2007)
- Fuel Efficiency > Retrofits > 95 mpg Aerocivic - "Aerocivic" is a highly-modified 1992 Honda Civic CX that gets 95 mpg after 250 hours work and $400 spent. Everything from the wheel wells to the wiper blades has been spruced up, dropping the drag coefficient from the original 0.34 to 0.17. (AutoblogGreen; Dec. 27, 2007)
- Solar > Space > Palau and Pentagon Looking to Harness Solar Energy from Space - The U.S. Department of Defense and Palau want to test the feasibility of using satellites to beam down "affordable, clean, safe, reliable, sustainable, and expandable energy for mankind." Palau's uninhabited Helen Island would provide the ideal testing ground for a small demonstration. (TreeHugger; Dec. 27, 2007)
December 27, 2007
- Waste-to-Energy / Alternative Fuels > Diesel > US Military Investigating Fuel from Waste - Two companies are working together on a portable system that converts coal, natural gas, and biomass into diesel and jet fuel. The military could use the system to convert waste created at military bases--food scraps, paper, wood--into a fuel for military jets and vehicles.
- Engines > Thermofluidics - Developing a device known as a 'Non-Inertive-Feedback Thermofluidic Engine' (NIFTE) for pumping fluids, liquids and/or gases, that operates across low temperature differences. NIFTE devices can improve energy efficiency, to provide pumping power when heat is available, and other energy sources (e.g. electricity) are scarce.
December 25, 2007
- Weather Control > Weather Control Via Newman-Like Device - A dozen years ago, while pursuing a possible overunity machine, Mr. Wells discovered that the machine was effecting local weather. Several machines and years later, the effect is much better understood and refined.
December 24, 2007
- Waste-to-Energy / Alt. Fuels > Diesel > CPD Process Turns Trash into Diesel Fuel - Green Power Inc has developed a catalytic pressureless depolymerization (CPD) process they call "NanoDiesel" that inexpensively converts biomass and municipal waste into high quality diesel fuel, which could solve the world's energy and waste problems at the same time, without upsetting the CO2 balance.
- Solar > Concentrated > Israeli Solar Concept - DiSP’s unique concept in solar energy is a miniature concentrating photovoltaic (MCPV) unit that increases efficiency to 79% by capturing and transforming the sun’s heat as well. In areas of good insolation like the southwestern US, the cost could be lower than utility prices, about 15x better than flat panel photovoltaic systems. (NewEnergyNews; Nov. 25, 2007)
- Pipe Pressure > Cryostar - At several points in the system, natural gas goes through ‘pressure reduction stations’, that releases energy that is presently not being harnessed. It is possible to generate carbon free electricity, merely by installing a turbine generation system at some of these stations.
December 23, 2007
- Solid State > SRG > Independent Fundraiser for Sines Reluctance Generator - Bon Kulman has independently initiated a small $1,000 fund drive to support the research and development of one of the leading exotic energy technologies. Electrical generator concept involves thin film superconductivity, vortices and magnetic flux gates. Expires 1/16/08
- Wireless > Recharging Gadgets Wirelessly - A Delaware-based startup called WildCharge is selling a small metal pad, about the size of a sheet of paper, that can simultaneously charge multiple devices laid on top of it--as long as they're equipped with adaptors. (MIT Technology Review; Dec. 13, 2007)
December 22, 2007
- Wind > Magnus Turbine Generates Power at a Low Cost - MECARO launched production of the Vortes-model wind turbine, based on the principle of the Magnus effect, enabling the turbine to turn using lift generated by spinning cylinders with spiral fins instead of the usual propeller-like blades. The lift of the Vortes is four times that of conventional propeller-type wind turbines. (Japan for Sustainability; Jul. 21, 2007)
- Fuel Efficiency > Vehicles > Regulations? Bring it on! - While other carmakers have been complaining bitterly about new regulations, Peugeot is reminding people that their 308 HDi 90 emits only 120g/km of CO2 and achieves 61.9mpg (U.S.), which is far better than any similarly-sized car in the US market. The 308 is a C-class hatchback similar in size to a Ford Focus equipped with a 90hp 1.6L turbodiesel. (AutoblogGreen; Dec. 22, 2007)
December 21, 2007
- Lighting > The completely unpowered night light - Lunabrite glowing strip lights recharge fully in the sunlight and glow for between 3 and 12 hours after dark without ever needing batteries or electricity. It's completely child and pet-safe, non-toxic, weather- and UV-resistant and anti-microbial. (GizMag; Jun. 21, 2007)
- Magnet Motors > Steorn > Steorn Listed in Wired's Top 10 Vaporware 2007 Awards - "Accolades (and raspberries) to the most-prized products that were promised but never delivered". (Wired; Dec. 20, 2007)
- Ocean Wave > AquaBuOY > Federal approval for Wash. wave power - Finavera Renewables announced that it received federal approval for a Washington state wave power project, the first for a wave, tidal or current energy project in the country. The Makah Bay Offshore Wave Pilot Project will consist of four 250 kilowatt wave energy conversion buoys and an associated mooring-anchoring and electrical connection system. (Cleantech; Dec. 21, 2007)
- Solar > Thin Film > HelioVolt to build CIGS factory in Texas - HelioVolt announced plans to build its first thin film solar factory in Austin, Texas. The plant will have an initial production capacity of 20 megawatts and will begin manufacturing copper indium gallium selenide, or CIGS, thin-film solar products in 2008. (Cleantech; Dec. 20, 2007)
December 20, 2007
- Nanotech / Batteries > Nanowire Battery Holds 10 Times The Charge - Stanford researchers have found a way to use silicon nanowires to reinvent the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power laptops, iPods, video cameras, cell phones, and countless other devices. Could also be applied to electric vehicles. (Science Daily; Dec. 20, 2007) (See Slashdot)
- Nanotech / Solar > Silicon > Nano Flakes promise greater solar energy efficiency - SunFlake has discovered a new material known as nano flakes for "future solar cells" that have the potential to convert up to 30% of the solar energy into electricity, twice the current average. The technology has the potential to reduce solar cell production costs which rely on expensive semiconducting silicium. (GizMag; Dec. 20, 2007)
- Fuel Cells > Fuel Cell Markets - Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies - One of the leading online resources for Fuel Cells. Contains a depth of information on products, business opportunities and organizations.
- Electric Vehicles > New York Mayor test drives Javlon EV in China - The first prototypes of Miles Automotive's full speed Javlon EV have come off the production line in China and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg got a chance to test drive one of them. The prototypes will come to the states in a few months, followed by production units in early 2009 that will cost $35,000. (AutoblogGreen; Dec. 19, 2007)
December 19, 2007
- Nuclear > Toshiba Builds Household Nuclear Fusion Reactor - Toshiba has developed a new class of nuclear reactor 100 times smaller than a standard reactor. These micro sized nuclear reactors could be used to power large houses, apartment blocks or some city blocks.
- Solar > Cooking > Solar Fire Project - Powerful enough to bring a liter of water to boil in 5 minutes, Solar Fire Technologies are do-it-yourself machines, on the same level of complexity as a bicycle. Built using common tools and techniques and with off-the-shelf materials (even in the developing world) and mirrors, they have been designed to be cheap, powerful and accessible to as many people as possible.
December 18, 2007
- Solar > Thin Film > First CIGS thin-film panels shipped - Nanosolar has started shipping thin-film solar panels, making it the first company to market copper indium gallium selenide, or CIGS, solar products. They are going to a solar power plant in Germany that will use Nanosolar's Utility Panel to drive the cost efficiency of solar electricity systems. (Cleantech; Dec. 18, 2007)
- Ocean Wave > AquaBuOY > Nation's first wave energy power purchase - Finavera Renewables made a deal to sell wave power to San Francisco's Pacific Gas & Electric, the first in the U.S. The deal is for a 2 megawatt AquaBuOY project off the Northern California coast, for power delivery starting in 2012. An estimated 8,000 MW of wave energy could be captured off the California coastline. (Cleantech; Dec. 18, 2007)
December 17, 2007
- EV > Electric Cars > Spark Electric Vehicles - The Zotye will be North America's first affordable full-speed EV! It offers conventional styling, full highway speeds, full-sized comfort - Coming 2008. Price: $19,950.
- Alternative Fuels > Methanol-to-Gasoline (MTG) for Coal-to-Liquids Project - DKRW Advanced Fuels has selected ExxonMobil's methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology as part of DKRW’s coal to liquids (CTL) project in Medicine Bow, WY. The project will gasify the coal, convert the synthetic gas to methanol, and then convert the methanol to gasoline via the MTG process. (Green Car Congress; Dec. 17, 2007)
December 14, 2007
- Waste to Energy > Oil and gas from just about anything - Global Resource Corp's Hawk recycler extracts oil and gas in seconds from most everyday objects like tires, plastic cups or rocks. Microwaves tuned to an optimum frequency separate the component parts which can be burned or condensed into liquid fuel, using only a small portion of the energy produced. (Popular Science)
- Silicon > Expandable Silicon - A new design for silicon-based chips makes it possible to mechanically stretch them out to cover large areas. These expanded chips, which could be thousands of times the size of the original, could be used to make cheaper solar panels, sensor networks, and flat-screen TVs. (MIT Technology Review; Dec. 14, 2007)
- Solar > Solar-Breeze Solar Powered Swimming Pool Cleaner - Intelligent solar powered pool robotic skimmer eliminates the need of swimming pool pumps therefore it saves the electricity costs which are 66% of total maintenance costs; and the chlorine costs are reduced by 33% due to the fact that the solar breeze keeps the swimming pool clean. (Online Solar Panels)
December 13, 2007
- Solar > Vehicles > Solar-powered bus debut - Designline International made the Tindo solar powered electric bus for the Adelaide City Council in Australia. The bus will be recharged using a solar photovoltaic system located at the central station, is air-conditioned and can carry up to 42 passengers. (AutoblogGreen; Dec. 13, 2007)
- Pipe Pressure > 2OC - Geo-pressure is used to generate carbon free electricity at natural gas pressure reduction stations by installing a turbine generation system. The gas emerges from the ground under intense pressure which helps to drive it through the distribution network. Before it can be safely distributed to consumers, the pressure must be reduced.
December 12, 2007
- Solar > Concentrated > HelioDynamics - The HD solar concentrators use mirror banks which concentrate solar radiation onto a receiver unit to produce heat or a combination of heat-and-power. They are designed to be mounted on roofs, on parking lots and in open-field sites.
- Alternative Fuels > NRG Naturally Renewable Group - ESTERHOL™ is a clean burning alternative fuel that is produced from readily available renewable resources, such as vegetable oils. It mixes readily with petroleum diesel at any blend level, provides significant cost advantages over bio-diesel and exceeds all current emission standards.
December 11, 2007
- Batteries > SCiB electric vehicle battery charges in 5 minutes - Toshiba is entering the electric vehicle battery market next March with the release of the Super Charge ion Battery, or SCiB. It charges 90 percent full in 5 minutes, can last 10 years and loses less than 10 percent efficiency after 3,000 recharges. (AutoblogGreen; Dec. 11, 2007)
- Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Joint Venture for Algal Biofuel Production - Shell and HR Biopetroleum have formed a joint venture—Cellena—to build a pilot facility in Hawaii to grow marine algae and produce vegetable oil for conversion into biofuel. Construction will begin immediately on the demonstration facility that will grow only non-modified, marine microalgae species in open-air ponds. (Green Car Congress; Dec. 11, 2007)
December 10, 2007
- Batteries > German battery could jump-start electric car production - Li-Tec has designed a ceramic lithium-ion battery membrane (Separion) that provides greater thermal stability and could finally make electric cars common. Their battery takes up 30% less volume than Toyota's and allows 3x more range than French models. (PhysOrg; Dec. 10, 2007)
December 9, 2007
- Plasma / Nuclear / Batteries > Arie M. De Geus' AMDG Scientific Corp - The late Mr. DeGeus discovered novel energy generating technologies, all of which feature ‘over-unity’ energy production, relating to fractional hydrogen, low-energy nuclear transmutations, electrodynamics, torsion fields and electro-gravitics. (PESWiki; Dec. 7, 2007)
- Hydro > 50 gigawatts of electrical power could be released by damming the Red Sea - Damming the Red Sea could solve the growing energy demands of millions of people in the Middle East and alleviate some of the region's tensions pertaining to oil supplies through hydroelectric power. Equally, such a massive engineering project may cause untold ecological harm and displace countless people from their homes. (PhysOrg; Dec. 6, 2007)
December 8, 2007
- Batteries / Lighting > Litrospheres provide inexpensive, continuous light - A glow-in-the-dark paint company, MPK Co, has come up with self-luminous micro particles called Litrospheres which they say are inexpensive, non-toxic, and will stay on for 12+ years (half-life point) continuously.
December 7, 2007
- Solar > Vehicles > Solar taxi trying to circle the globe - Solartaxi is a sun-fueled vehicle that set out from Switzerland to circumnavigate the globe. The three-wheeled, two-seater tows a trailer with extra solar panels bringing the total cell area up to 65 sq. ft. Now in Bali for the UN climate conference, it will be in the U.S. in 2008. (AutoblogGreen; Dec. 6, 2007)
- Hybrids > Hydraulic > Parker and FedEx to Test Hydraulic Hybrid - Parker Hannifin and FedEx Ground will test a Class 6 vehicle employing series hybrid hydraulic technology that seeks to improve fuel economy by more than 50%. It eliminates the conventional transmission, along with its weight and maintenance, and is more efficient than battery electric hybrids. (Green Car Congress; Dec. 7, 2007)
December 6, 2007
- Batteries / Zero Point Energy > Electrinium ZPE Battery Still Remains Just an Idea - Theoretical battery proposed in 1980 would consist of an alloy of two different metals that induces the atoms to give off the Zero Point Energy as electrons. So far, no one has built this device. (PESN; Dec. 6, 2007)
- Solar > Concentrated > CoolEarth > Inflatable solar? Coolearth Concentrated Photovoltaics - Coolearth Solar has patented a design for inflatable solar collectors that are supposedly a cheaper way to concentrate sunlight onto photovoltaic cells. They claim their design is up to 400 times cheaper than polished aluminum mirrors. (TreeHugger; Dec. 6, 2007)
- Wind > Offshore > Offshore Wind at an Affordable Price - Blue H Submerged Deepwater Platform technology is adapted from floating platforms developed by the oil industry, to support a tower and a wind turbine. Their wind farms would be so far from shore as to be virtually invisible, where the winds are stronger and are more constant. (EcoGeek; Dec. 6, 2007)
- Batteries > Ener1 integrates lithium-ion battery into HEV - Ener1 integrated a lithium-ion battery into a HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) using an "end-to-end solution". It will be affordable at just $1,500. The battery requirement for HEV is very different than PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles). (AutoblogGreen; Dec. 4, 2007)
December 5, 2007
- Suppression / Batteries > Free-Energy Battery Inventor Killed at Airport? - Official statement cites "natural causes" but others familiar with the disruptive potential of the inventor's technology to the existing power structure consider it a probable assassination. (PESN; Dec. 5, 2007)
- Ocean Current > Gulf Stream's Energy Could Provide Power to Florida - The Center of Excellence in Ocean Energy Technology (CEOET) is developing a device that could procure up to a third of Florida's energy needs by tapping into the Gulf Stream's energy-dense waters. A field of underwater turbines could provide as much energy as several nuclear plants. (TreeHugger; Dec. 5, 2007)
- Fuel Efficiency > Vehicles > Two Cars that Could Get 80 MPG - The Volkswagen Eco-Racer got 85 mpg and the Fiat Ecobasic got 94 mpg by being a lot lighter than anything else on the road. The VW eco-racer was made of carbon fiber and the Ecobasic went plastic. So....why weren't they produced? (EcoGeek; Dec. 4, 2007)
December 4, 2007
- Electrolysis / Hydrogen Injection > Bob Boyce > Bob Boyce System Replications Reporting 40-60% mpg Increases - Another update by Michael Couch on various developments in the water fuel cell field, in which hydroxy gas from electrolyzed water is added to the air intake of a vehicle. The teamwork resembles the days of pre-Apple computer collaboration. (PESN; Nov. 29, 2007)
- Microbial Fuel Cell > New Fuel Cell Cleans Up Pollution And Produces Electricity Scientists in Pennsylvania are reporting development of a fuel cell that uses pollution from coal and metal mines to generate electricity, solving a serious environmental problem while providing a new source of energy. (Science Daily; Dec. 4, 2007)
- Solar > Concentrated > SkyFuel > DOE Selects SkyFuel to Develop CSP - SkyFuel was awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop its advanced Concentrating Solar Power system known as the Linear Power Tower for utility-scale solar thermal power plants. LPT is a high-temperature linear Fresnel system with molten salt storage. (Renewable Energy Access; Dec. 4, 2007)
- Electric Scooters > Axle Corp > One of the coolest electric bikes yet: the EV-X7 Prototype - Designed and built by a company called Axle Corporation, the EV-X7 is driven by an electric wheel hub motor and has a top speed of 93 mph. This, of course, is a snail's pace compared to modern motorcycles, but then again, this doesn't burn an ounce of fossil fuel. (AutoblogGreen; Nov. 8, 2007)
December 3, 2007
- Fuel Efficiency > Hybrids > Ford delivers 120 mpg plug-in hybrid - A Ford Escape plug-in hybrid able to reach 120 mpg, has been delivered to utility company California South Edison for testing. The lithium ion batteries can be charged using common household current in 6 to 8 hours. The all electric range is 30 miles, after which the engine kicks in. (AutoblogGreen; Dec. 3, 2007)
- Efficient Vehicles > MDI Air Car > Air Cars in Australia next year - MDI-Energy is demonstrating the compressed air powered car technology in Australia and plans to make and sell cars there next year. The cars can go 68 MPH with a range of 93 miles, would sell for $8,000, and have operating costs 80% less than a regular car. (AutoblogGreen; Dec. 3, 2007)
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