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October 31, 2007

  • Efficient Vehicles > MDI Air Car - The MDI Air Car uses compressed air to push its engine’s pistons, can hit 68 mph, has a range of 125 miles, and can be refuelled in a few minutes with custom air compressors at a cost of around $2. Tata Motors of India is planning to produce these zero-emissions cars in 2008.
  • Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Chevron and NREL to Research Fuel from Algae - Chevron and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have agreed to study technology to produce liquid transportation fuels using algae. Although NREL’s past research on algal biofuels focused on biodiesel, the lab has been interested in kerosene-like fuel and military jet fuels. (Green Car Congress; Oct. 31, 2007)

October 30, 2007

  • Electrolysis > Stanley Meyer Harmonics - Mark Cooper writes: "It came to me the other day. I was reading a book which has nothing to do with technology and I had an epiphany. Stan's device and Bob Boyce's device are the same in operation. They both use harmonics."


  • Oil > Video: Who killed JFK Jr.? (George W. Bush did) - The brave soul who produced "Loose Change" brings an equally disturbing documentary showing that JFK, Jr.'s death was not an airplane accident, but an assassination, and that George W. Bush was the key perpetrator, securing his seat in a global conspiracy that keeps Big Oil in power.
  • Water Heaters > Hot water from air conditioning - An inventor in Singapore has created a heat recovery system which channels waste heat from air conditioners to heat water. His customers save energy and money while enjoying the cool comforts of air conditioning. His work originally started in solar panels, but the lack of space in Singapore required a different green solution. (IBNLive; Oct. 30, 2007)

October 29, 2007

  • Ocean Wave > Wave Energy Technologies - WET EnGen™ converts ocean energy into mechanical energy to produce electricity, and/or desalinated water. Its Smart Float™ travels along a rigid spar at an incline of 45 degrees. The spar is moored at a single point of contact which allows the device to be fully compliant on all three axes (pitch, roll and yaw).
  • Flywheels / Hybrids > Flywheel Hybrid System Passes Crash Test - Flybrid Systems has demonstrated that its high-speed spinning flywheel system can survive a crash test. Compared to electrical-battery hybrids, the mechanical kinetic energy recovery system provides a more compact, efficient, lighter and environmentally-friendly solution. Flybrid uses a smaller and lighter flywheel than previous models. (Green Car Congress; Oct. 28, 2007)

October 26, 2007

  • Thermal Electric > Creating power out of thin air - Syrdec is working on generating electricity from ambient room heat by combining the Seebeck effect and the product of nuclear fusion. Two substances are combined, one with its natural energy state artificially altered inside the molecular structure to produce an excited state at room temperatures. (CNET News; Oct. 26, 2007)
  • Alternative Fuels > Furan-Based Biofuel - Avantium successfully completed an engine test to demonstrate the potential of its furan-based biofuels, or “furanics". The second generation biofuels have a higher energy density than ethanol and are not soluble in water. (Green Car Congress; Oct. 26, 2007)

October 25, 2007

  • Alt Fuels > Biodiesel from Algae Oil > The Greenest Green Fuel - Looking for a clean fuel that grows anywhere, needs only sunlight and water, and could produce enough oil to free the U.S. from its petroleum addiction? Here’s one start-up’s plan for converting oil from algae—yes, algae. (Popular Science; Jul. 2007)
  • Batteries > ReVolt Technology - Rechargeable Zinc-air batteries have more than twice as much energy as conventional Li-ion batteries, they cost less to manufacture, are safer to use, and are environmentally friendly. They are suitable for consumer electronics - mobile phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, etc.
  • Requests for Proposals > Duke Energy Indiana seeks energy sources - Duke Energy Indiana issued a request for proposals, seeking bids for power generated from renewable energy sources, including sun, wind, water and organic matter. The company, seeking up to 200 megawatts by 2011, said proposals must be submitted by Jan. 15. (PhysOrg; Oct. 25, 2007)

October 24, 2007

  • Batteries > Utility Scale > Fixing the Power Grid - American Electric Power deployed a huge NGK sodium-sulfur battery as part of a demonstration project that will fight blackouts and could make renewable power economically viable. AEP set goals of having 25 megawatts of storage in place by 2010, and 40 times that by 2020. (MIT Technology Review; Oct. 17, 2007)
  • Solar > Silicon > Solar panels from dirty silicon - CaliSolar has come up with a way to make solar cells out of upgraded metallurgical silicon, which is less pure and less costly than the industry standard electrical grade silicon. Their 14% efficient solar cells will cost far less than the 16% efficient cells that are common today. A prototype plant is planned to be built in the first quarter of 2008. (CNET News; Oct. 23, 2007)

October 23, 2007

  • Nanotech / BioElectricity > Virus-Built Electronics - A new way to fabricate nanomaterials from harmless viruses as building blocks could mean batteries and solar cells woven into clothing. The programmed viruses coat themselves with the materials and then, by aligning with other viruses, assemble into crystalline structures useful for making high-performance devices. (MIT Technology Review; Oct. 23, 2007)
  • Nanotech / Piezoelectric > Nanowire Extracts Energy from Motion - Researchers at the University of Illinois are working on making a nanogenerator out of barium titanate, which exhibits a greater piezoelectric effect than zinc-oxide, to convert miniscule mechanical energy into electricity for biosensors and tiny portable devices. (MIT Technology Review; Oct. 22, 2007)
  • Solar / Thermal Electric > Advanced Diamond Solutions - Developing thermionic solar cells using amorphous diamond nanostructures that offer potential efficiencies of 50% at half the cost of silicon solar cells. As a thermal electric generator, amorphous diamond cannot be matched by other materials.
  • Cold Fusion > Practical Fusion, or Just a Bubble? - Impulse Devices is exploring sound-driven fusion, called sonofusion or bubble fusion, to expand and collapse tiny bubbles, generating ultrahot temperatures. Other researchers already have working desktop fusion devices, but building a fusion reactor that generates more energy than it consumes is far more challenging. (New York Times; Feb. 27, 2007)

October 22, 2007

  • Conservation > Traffic Management - The Aldis Guardian Eye is a vision-based traffic monitoring and control system based on improving traffic flow by optimizing decisions locally at each signal. Aldis projects the Guardian Eye will increase efficiency at each intersection by up to 40%, thereby saving considerable energy. (Green Car Congress; Oct. 22, 2007)
  • Hybrid Vehicles > 60 MPG Hybrid Hummer - SAE Energy is converting a 2005 Hummer H3 to a series hybrid powered by a biodiesel turbine engine that charges a set of super capacitors in a matter of seconds, giving the car 600 horse power. Johnathan Goodwin says "it'll get 60 miles to the gallon and does zero to 60 in five seconds!" (AutoblogGreen; Oct. 20, 2007)

October 21, 2007

  • Vibrations > Wireless Bridge Sensors Powered by Bridge Vibrations - Clarkson University researchers have developed technology that uses vibrations caused by traffic to power wireless bridge monitor sensors. Electromagnetic generators harvest the natural vibration frequencies of the bridge, resonated each time a car or a truck passed over, even in a different lane. (NewsWise; Oct. 17, 2007)
  • Weather Control > Scientist Are Working to 'Steer' Hurricanes - In the wake of Katrina, two teams of climate scientists have been working to steer hurricanes. Both teams are using the technique of removing power and speed from strategic points in the hurricane, effectively refracting its path. (Telegraph; UK; Oct. 21, 2007)

October 20, 2007

  • H from Water > Kanzius > If we could just burn salt water, we'd never run out of fuel - Dr. Roy speculates that because the 13.56-MHz radio frequency is a harmonic of the natural frequency of sodium ions, the waves are causing these positive ions to vibrate intensely. Van der Waal's effects attract the oxygen end of water molecules to the positive sodium ions, and the vibration shakes the oxygen molecules hard enough to break the hydrogen bonds, freeing the hydrogen gas, which then ignites and burns. (MotorTrend; date?)

October 19, 2007

  • Electromagnetic > Best Electric Machine - The Advanced Brushless Wound-Rotor Synchronous Doubly-Fed Electric Machine System improves the cost-performance envelope in electric motor and generator systems. It shows nearly 50% reduction in cost and nearly 50% improvement in power density. It has high reliability and low maintenance with no brushes or slip rings.

October 18, 2007

  • Engines > Reg/Regi Technologies - The RadMax™ engine is an internal-combustion engine built around a rotary design. It would have two to three times the power and weigh half as much as a Wankel engine of the same size. It offers multifuel capability, fewer moving parts, high and efficient rates of combustion, low weight, reduced vibration, and ease of maintenance.
  • Efficent Vehicles > Hybrids > The 1/X Concept - The Toyota 1/X (pronounced "one-Xth") is a light-weight (420kg) hybrid concept vehicle that matches the interior space of the Prius at only one-third the weight and double the fuel efficiency. It uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a displacement of only 500cc that allows charging from an external power source. (GizMag; Oct. 17, 2007)

October 17, 2007

  • Electromagnetic > 'Cold Electricity' circuit - Ronald R. Stiffler has come up with a circuit that he calls a "cold electricity" circuit that appears to be harnessing free energy from the environment. "This is a totally self-contained, self-powered circuit. There are not tricks to it."
  • Ocean Wave > Wave power success - A Wavebob prototype wave energy converter has begun harnessing electricity from Atlantic waves off the west coast of Ireland. The floating buoy device automatically adjusts to the size of the waves to maximise power production. At full scale, each device will be capable of producing 1 megawatt. (PhysOrg; Oct. 16, 2007)
  • Batteries > SmartSpark Energy Sytems - BattEQ makes rechargeable batteries last longer by shuttling charge from strong cells to weak cells in a battery string. This increases the life, performance and safety of virtually any battery chemistry; including lead acid, Li-Ion, NiMh and NiCd. Laboratory and field testing has seen performance increases up to 250%.

October 16, 2007

  • Water > Forward osmosis filtration system - HTI have developed a forward osmosis membrane that allows water to pass through, yet blocks very small contaminants. This allows a pure drink to be created from highly turbid and toxic supply waters, even sea water. It is a passive system which harnesses the osmotic potential created by sugars and electrolytes, producing a dilute sports drink, not simply water. (GizMag; Oct. 15, 2007)
  • Hydrogen from Water > Advanced Hydrogasification Project - ECOtality will participate in the AHP by investigating the use of its Hydrality technology for large-scale hydrogen production and storage applications, producing hydrogen on-demand using magnesium hydride and steam. ECOtality envisions using Hydrality on board vehicles in conjunction with a hydrogen fuel cell. (Green Car Congress; Oct. 16, 2007)

October 15, 2007

  • Engines > PRV Induction Improves Fuel Economy up to 25% - PRV Performance has developed a Pintle-Regulated Venturi (PRV) induction system that replaces a conventional intake manifold with a Venturi for each cylinder of the engine. Testing by the company has shown an improvement in fuel economy of up to 14% in city cycle and 25% in highway cycle driving. (Green Car Congress; Oct. 14, 2007)
  • Solar / Inverters > SmartSpark Energy Systems - SmartSpark SolarBridge increases the reliability of the inverter which converts DC power generated by solar panels to AC power for home consumption. It has the potential to reduce the cost and increase the reliability and output of solar installations. (Renewable Energy Access; Oct. 15, 2007)

October 14, 2007

  • Plasma / Waste to Energy / Engines > W2 Energy Birthing Affordable, Renewable Petrol - Imagine a gasoline and diesel source that is CO2 neutral, sulfur-free, derived from renewable sources, superior in its power performance to fossil-based fuels, and costs less than 1/7 of fossil-based fuels. The company has also built an engine to optimize use of the syngas portion of the product.

October 12, 2007

  • Wind > Humdinger's Wind Belt Economizes Low Wind Harnessing - Invented by Shawn Frayne, the Windbelt is a taut membrane fitted with a pair of magnets that oscillate between coils. Designed for low wind speeds and budgets, the device is 10x to 30x times more efficient than the best microturbines, and its cost is proportionately small.
  • Solar > Capturing more light in solar cells - Braggone has discovered a method of capturing more light in a solar cell that greatly increases the efficiency and cost-effectively increases their capacity. It is a very simple spray coat, bake and repeat process, to apply anti-reflective coating that minimizes reflective losses which can reach up to 30%. (GizMag; Oct. 12, 2007)

October 11, 2007

  • Thermal Electric / AC via Peltier Effect > nanoCoolers - Thin-film wafer-scale Peltier cooler thermoelectrics are solid-state refrigeration devices that are smaller, lower cost, higher performance, more reliable and more power efficient. This could benefit microrefrigeration in the computing, communication and refrigeration markets.
  • Electromagnetic > PBIP Electric Motors Halve Cost and Double Output - Researchers have developed magnetic components in electric motors made from plastic bonded iron powder (PBIP) that can cut production cost in half and nearly double the output of the motor. The technique is suitable for fans, pumps, household appliances, and electric cars. (Green Car Congress; Oct. 11, 2007)
  • Solar > Space > NSSO on Space Based Solar Power -After about a year of review, a report has been released providing a broad-brush review of the status of space-based solar power, showing immense potential, but also a number of challenges that appear only surmountable with a strong government commitment to the project. (Slashdot; Oct. 10, 2007)

October 10, 2007

  • Water > From Air > Aqua Sciences - Atmospheric water extraction machines for disaster sites, urban, rural and isolated communities to capture, purify and dispense water of superior quality on demand. They can provide between 350-1,200 gallons of water per day with a price of approximately $0.25 per gallon.

October 9, 2007

  • Batteries / Nanotech > Weaving Batteries into Clothes - A novel machine that makes nanostructured fibers could be the key to a new generation of military uniforms that take on active functions such as generating (e.g. solar) and storing energy. (MIT Technology Review; Oct. 9, 2007)
  • Electric Vehicles > All-electric Jeep lookalike from France - The Tender Scarlette all-electric 4WD is currently available for sale in France, can run up to 80 km/h and has four motors, one for each wheel. The electricity is stored in the floor in 12 lead-acid batteries, enough to drive the car up to 100 km (60 miles). The cost of the car is between 10,000 and 15,000 EUR. (AutoblogGreen; Oct. 7, 2007)

October 8, 2007

  • Wind / Ocean Wave > VersaBuoy Sea Platforms - New system is 1/2 the cost of existing deepwater oil platforms; and is modular, opening many new possibilities, including off-shore wind and wave energy harnessing.
  • Bio-Energetics > The radiation poisoning of America - Amy Worthington reviews scientifically-based concerns about the environmental and human health hazards of radiation from cell towers, wireless transmission, and cell phones. Cites state-decided edicts to impose communication towers, despite local objections about safety. (Idaho Observer; Sept. 2007)

October 6, 2007

  • Bluewater > Statkraft to build world's first osmotic power plant - Osmotic power, feasible where fresh waters meet salty, could contribute around 1,600 TWh on a global basis annually. First plant, by Norwegian company, putting out just 2-4 kW, is expected by the end of 2008. The technology could become competitive within a decade. (PESN; Oct. 7, 2007)
  • Classifieds > NineSigma Request Energy Proposals - NineSigma specializes in matching technology capabilities with industry needs, including clean energy solutions. They are presently scouting for: small electric water heater; energy absorbing actuator; clear thermoformable films or coatings, CO2 capture from flue gas; NO emission reduction; variable fuel flow injector.

October 5, 2007

  • Piezoelectric > Advanced Cerametrics - Extreme Life Span Micro Power Supplies convert up to 70% of energy from ambient vibration to electrical power using piezoelectric composite fibers. They eliminate battery replacement issues for security sensors, monitoring equipment, machine health condition systems, building controls and process controls.
  • Nanotechnology / Thin Film Solar > Nano Thin Film PV - Liquidia is developing high-efficiency, cost-effective patterned thin film photovoltaic solar cells based on their PRINT platform for precision nanomolding. It combines photolithographic precision with a scalable continuous manufacturing process. (Renewable Energy Access; Oct. 5, 2007)

October 4, 2007

  • Vortex / Fuel Efficiency > Engines > Whirl Power Turbine - Using principles of a tornado or vortex, this patent pending engine is said to capture most of the energy in flowing gases and delivers power to a rotating shaft in proportion to the fuel input. This is a True Rotor Power utilizing centrifugal force as well as compression and velocity for various RPMs and torque output.
  • Geothermal > UTC Power - The PureCycle® geothermal system can operate on a wide range of resource temperatures starting as low as 165°F (74°C). This enables geothermal wells deemed unproductive because they are below 300°F (149°C) to become viable energy sources once again.

October 3, 2007

  • Vortex / Anti-Gravity > WhirlPower.cc - David G. Dennard proposes an anti-gravity and engery-generating design based on the principles of a whirlpool, which he describes in a multi-part document.
  • Fuel Efficiency > Transmissions > IVT Improves Bus Fuel Economy 19% - Torotrak achieved a 19% improvement in fuel economy by replacing the standard 5-speed automatic transmission with a prototype Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT). By operating the engine at the most efficient point the IVT may enable downsizing of the engine leading to further efficiency and fuel economy improvements. (Green Car Congress; Oct. 2, 2007)
  • EV > Venturi > Venturi Eclectic: Test Drive - Taking a spin in an electric vehicle that’s self-sustained through its solar-panel roof and plug-in wind turbine is pretty amazing. The Eclectic is very comfortable and manageable as an urban get-around car. It is breezy, fun and actually quite exhilarating to drive. Like all electric cars, it’s very quiet and superbly smooth on the road. (Popular Mechanics; Oct. 3, 2007)

October 2, 2007

  • Alternative Fuels > Ethanol, schmethanol - The energy in a litre of ethanol is a third less than petrol and it absorbs water resulting in corrosion that can wreck an engine's seals in a couple of years. Codexis is engineering enzymes to make biopetrol molecules more chemically similar to petrol. Synthetic Genomics is developing microbes designed to produce better liquid biofuels. (The Economist; Sep. 27, 2007)

October 1, 2007

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