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March 31, 2008

  • Events > ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference 2008 in Albuquerque - July 31-Aug 3 conference will cover such topics as Tesla Technology • Magnetic Motors • Zero-Point Energy • Energy Saving Devices • Cosmic/Radiant Energy • Brown's Gas • Low Temperature Plasma • GEET • ElectroGravitation • ElectroMedicine • Magnetic Healing. (PESWiki)
  • Human Power / Propulsion > Moving Big Rocks - Wally Wallington has demonstrated that he can lift a Stonehenge-sized pillar weighing 22,000 lbs and moved a barn over 300 ft. What makes this so special is that he does it using only himself, gravity, and his incredible ingenuity. (J Walk Blog; Oct. 17, 2006)
  • Solar Largest > California Dreamin' of miles of solar - A new project will place 250 megawatts of photovoltaic panels across 65 million square feet of unused commercial rooftops by Southern California Edison. It is the US's largest solar installation by a utility. (CleanTech; March 28, 2008) (Thanks RLP)

March 30, 2008

  • Nuclear > The Rush To Patent the Atomic Bomb - It seems the pile of patents were filed to give the U.S. government an essential monopoly on the burgeoning nuclear industry and protect it against others who might patent similar technologies later. (NPR; Mar. 28, 2008)
  • Peak Oil > New Limits to Growth Revive Malthusian Fears - Steady increases in the prices for oil, wheat, copper and other commodities -- some of which have set record highs this month -- are signs of a lasting shift in demand as yet unmatched by rising supply. (Wall Street Journal; Mar. 24, 2008)
  • Grid > A Power Grid Smartens Up - A $100 million project launched in Boulder, Colorado, by Xcel Energy, will equip homes with smart power meters that help people reduce demand when electricity is most expensive; and will allow the utility to reroute power and take better advantage of renewable power sources. (MIT Technology Review; Mar. 20, 2008)

March 29, 2008

March 28, 2008

  • Electromagnetic > Sprain > Radu Electromagnetic Motor - Radu Vacarescu has build a Sprain-like electromagnetic motor, using a spiral arrangement of magnets around a rotor, then using an electromagnet to get the rotor past the magnetic stick point. Is his claim of a COP of 4 a measurement error? (PESWiki; Mar. 28, 2008)
  • Solar > More-Powerful Solar Cells - An MIT researcher has found a way efficiently of an important type of silicon solar cells by 27% while keeping costs about the same. The technology is being commercialized by 1366 Technologies, which today announced that it has received its first round of funding at $12.4 million dollars. (MIT Technology Review; Mar. 27, 2008) (Thanks SDA)
  • Conservation / Water > Enviro Save Valve - Think of all the water that goes to waste down the drain while you're waiting for the tap to get warm. Lloyd Linson-Smith has invented a device that diverts and saves that cold water that flows before hot water arrives. (Courier Mail; AU; March 18, 2008) (Thanks KeeleyNet) (Thanks RLP)
  • Conservation > Shutting Down for An Hour - Earth Hour was created by the World Wildlife Fund in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. Turn off your lights for an hour at 8:00 pm whatever time zone you're in on March 29. (EcoGeek; March 28, 2008) (Thanks RLP)

March 27, 2008

March 26, 2008

  • Biofuels > Food or Fuel for Thought? - We outline our view (charts & graphs) that the increasing in oil prices, have led to a substantial rise in ethanol production, and will have significant effect on food prices and eventually overall CPI. (Fiat Economics; March 14, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • Ethanol > The Case Against Ethanol - Ethanol and many other grain-based biofuels are an unmitigated folly as both a means of fuel and as an investment. (SeekingAlpha; March 25, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • Batteries > Jump Start - Carmakers favor lithium-ion batteries (already popular in cell phones and laptops) because they can store twice as much energy per liter of volume as nickel batteries. Forbes has posted a chart listing which plug-in hybrids and electric cars are possibly using what type of Lithium-ion technology. (Forbes; April 4, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • Wind > Clearing the Air: Wind Power and Reliability - Our studies and experiences show that wind energy integrates effectively and reliably into our power systems with regional market operations to mitigate the impact of wind variability. (Renewable Energy; March 25, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • Electric Cars > Air board may trim electric car mandate - A California Air Quality staff report recommends that the board greatly reduce the required number of purely electric vehicles that automakers offer for sale and instead focus on more readily available and less expensive hybrids that would still cut pollution dramatically. (UNION-TRIBUNE ; March 24, 2008) (Thanks RLP)

March 25, 2008

  • Solid State > Daniel Pomerleau Free Energy Coils - Autistic Candian, Daniel Pomerlou, has given numerous demonstrations of free energy generation using only coils of wires; and mind power. Powers 200 Watt bulb, skill saw, motors and other appliances in front of electrical engineers who have no idea how he does it.
  • Solar > Colourful idea sparks renewable electricity from paint -If steel cladding weretreated with the photovoltaic material, and assuming a conservative 5% energy conversion rate, then we could be looking at generating 4,500 gigawatts of electricity through the solar cells annually. That’s the equivalent output of roughly 50 wind farms. (Inhabitat; March 24, 2008) (Thanks RLP)

March 24, 2008

March 23, 2008

  • Hydrogen / Nanotech > Buckyballs Can Store Concentrated Hydrogen - Researchers from Rice University have discovered that it's possible to store hydrogen inside buckyballs. The buckyballs can contain up to 8% of their weight in hydrogen, and they are strong enough to hold it at a density that rivals the center of Jupiter. (Rice; Mar. 20, 2008)
  • Bio-Energetics > When Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact: Electromagnetism and Life - Linus Pauling preceded Stephen Hawking in establishing electromagnetism’s control of chemical reactions, biologic response, and life itself but the precise mechanism underlying that control had not been defined until this paper. A new approach in the treatment of illness and trauma awaits its wider understanding. (Newswise; Mar. 18, 2008)

March 22, 2008

  • Thermal Electric / Nanotech > Cheap, Efficient Thermoelectrics via Nanomaterials - Researchers at MIT and Boston College have developed an inexpensive, simple technique for achieving a 40 percent increase in the efficiency of a common thermoelectric material, bringing the technology closer to becoming economically feasible for a wide range of waste heat recovery. (MIT Technology Review; March. 20, 2008) (MIT EI)

March 21, 2008

  • Fuel Efficient Vehicles > X-Prize > Illuminati Motor Works (IMW) - “Seven�? is a four seat, gasoline compound series hybrid. The vehicle has dual modular design enabling both its drive train and body components to be swapped out. This concept allows bolt on adaptation of Diesel, BioDiesel, Ethanol, and natural gas drive train and body styles including the four door sedan and truck versions. (Thanks RLP)
  • Salt-Fresh > Salt could shake up world energy supply - Two small projects to mix sea and river water seek to capture the energy released when fresh and salt water are mixed, build on knowledge that has been around for centuries -- in one case imitating the process of osmosis used by trees to suck water from their roots. The technology is still far from being economically viable. (WBCSD; Mar. 19, 2008) (Thanks SDA)

March 20, 2008

  • Plasma / Lighting > Luxim's tiny but powerful plasma lightbulb - Silicon Valley's Luxim has developed a solid-state plasma light bulb called Luxim LIFI™. It is the size of a Tic Tac and gives off as much light as a streetlight. Because it doesn't use electrical connections, more of the energy goes to light, rather than heat. (PESWiki; March 20, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • Waste-to-Energy / Thermal Electric > Reincarnated material turns waste heat into power - A major boost in the effectiveness of a material that transforms waste heat into electricity could significantly boost energy efficiency in anything from air conditioners to car engines. It is the first major improvement in such "thermoelectric" materials in 50 years, say researchers. (New Scientist; Mar. 20, 2008) (Thanks SDA)

March 19, 2008

  • Geothermal > CalEnergy Presents a Virtual Geothermal Plant Tour - Geothermal power plants use the natural heat of the earth to generate electricity for homes and businesses. CalEnergy Generation facilities generate more than 1,290 megawatts of electric power and steam-producing facilities in the United States and the Philippines. (Thanks SDA)

March 18, 2008

  • Fuel Efficiency Retrofits > FuelVerter - Simple device is basically a heat exchanger that uses the radiator fluid to pre-heat the fuel, resulting in a more efficient burn, more power, reduced emissions, prolonged engine life. The patent pending design is universal, easy to install, maintenance-free, and retails at ~$200 USD. (Thanks SDA)
  • Largest Solar / Solar Cooking > World's Largest Solar Kitchen - The solar kitchen has been set up at Taleti, India near Mount Abu, situated at a height of 1219 m above sea level in Rajasthan. The food is cooked in 200-400 liters capacity cooking pots, producing an average of 20,000 meals a day, and up to 38,500 meals per day during periods of peak solar radiation maximum. (Inhabitat; March 18, 2008) (Thanks RLP)

March 17, 2008

  • Communities > "The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review" - (48-page PDF) Guidelines for Identifying Business Risks and Opportunities Arising from Ecosystem Change accompanied by case studies from five businesses, explains the steps a business should take to identify what ecosystems it depends on and the risks and opportunities related to changes in those ecosystems. (GreenBiz; March 17, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • River Energy > U.S. on the Verge of a Small Hydro Boom? - Community Hydro develops energy recovery systems for municipal water treatment facilities, upgrades old mill dams into electrical generation facilities and installs damless diversion systems, “are the way to go�? for the least environmental impact. (Renewable Energy World; March 17, 2008) (Thanks RLP)

March 16, 2008

  • Nuclear > Cold Fusion > Cold Fusion and Gamow's Paradox - Wladimir Guglinski provides an additional argument for the need for new foundations for nuclear fusion physics, saying that the existing theories are unable to explain the alpha decay of U238 ("unsatisfactorily explained by Gamow’s theory"). (PESWiki; Mar. 15, 2008) (Thanks SDA)

March 15, 2008

  • Concentrated Solar > Slicing Up Silicon for Cheaper Solar - Solaria, a startup based in Fremont, CA, intends to cut the cost of solar panels by decreasing the amount of expensive material required. It has recently started shipping its first panels to select customers. This spring the company will begin production of solar panels at a factory built to produce 25 megawatts of solar panels per year. (MIT Technology Review; March 14, 2008) (Thanks SDA)
  • Human Powered > Generating Power From Revolving Doors - Fluxxlab in New York is developing a "Revolution Door" that is basically a turbine powered by people as they enter or exit a building, using a redesigned central core to efficiently convert the motion of the spinning door into electricity. (Inhabitat; Feb. 7, 2008)(Thanks SDA)

March 14, 2008

  • Gravity Motors > Karra Green Energy's Gravitational Power Generation - Company from Syria has a patented static gravity motor design that they say could address the world's renewable energy needs, providing 24/7 energy up to 4 megawatts in size. We found out about them through their booth at the WIREC conference in DC last week. (PESWiki; Mar. 14, 2008) (Thanks SDA)


March 13, 2008

  • Biodiesel > Earthrace - "Earthrace is like a rally car but for oceans, with her ability to handle rough seas and storm conditions at high speed." Using biodiesel made from liposuction fat? Circumnavigating the globe beginning March 2008. (Thanks RLP)

March 12, 2008

March 11, 2008

March 10, 2008

  • Electrolysis > Hydrogen Injection > Independent Report on Water4Gas - Ebook by Ozzy Freedom provides instructions on how to build an on-board electrolizer to provide hydroxy gas to inject into the air intake of a vehicle for improved mileage and performance, as well as reduced emissions. How does it compare to other systems, kits, plans? (Thanks SDA)
  • Waste-to-Energy / Ethanol > Ethanol from Garbage and Old Tires - Tubes packed with bundles of white fibers are the core of a bioreactor, which is the heart of a new technology that Coskata claims combine thermochemical and biological approaches to make ethanol out of wood chips, household garbage, grass, and old tires--indeed, just about any organic material. (MIT Technology Review; March/April 2008) (Thanks SDA)

March 8, 2008

  • Biomass > NewEarth Clean Coal > Peering into energy's future - NewEarth's E-Coal is made from materials such as seaweed, algae, agricultural waste, animal waste, coconut hulls, bamboo, and switch grass. The product is designed as a replacement for coal burned in power plants, and alleged to be greenhouse gas-neutral and eliminates sulfur and mercury emissions. (Frame 9 of c|net 20-frame photo essay; March 7, 2008) (Thanks SDA)

March 7, 2008

  • Organizations > World Improvement Through the Spirit Ministries - For many years, the ministry has been claiming to have around 100 sundry exotic energy technologies for sale (multi millions of dollars), including versions of gravity motors, engines that run on water, radiant energy devices (solid state or mechanical), inertial propulsion devices, and pollution remediation. (Thanks SDA)
  • Hot Water > Inventure - Patented drainpipe heat exchanger technology - Drainergy and WaterWatts recover heat from used hot water on-the-fly, and use it to pre-heat the cold water for the water heater. No moving parts, no maintenance, no roof holes.
  • Wind > Global Wind/Solar Map - The global wind/solar map can be viewed at 3Tier's website. They unveiled the map at the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008). (Renewable Energy World; March 3, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • Non-Fossil Oil > Put a Cow in Your Tank - It doesn't sound nearly as catchy as "tiger in the tank", but this is for real. Evidently every cow that is slaughtered generates 200 pound of tallow, which were used for frying and making food products until the transfat panic hit. Now Green Earth Technologies is turning it into motor oil. (TreeHugger; March 4, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • Fuel Efficiency > 1959 Opel T-1 - This old car gets 376 MPG using a chain drive and a closed-up rear wheel axle with rock-hard tires. (Seattle PI; Feb. 20, 2008)

March 6, 2008

  • Cold Fusion > JET Energy is Developing Cold Fusion Technology - Having brought cold fusion through many generations of advancement, Mitchell Swartz' company is in process of developing the technology to the point that it could be commercialized. They made history in 2003 by running a large public demonstration for five consecutive days at MIT.

March 5, 2008

  • River Energy > Bourne Energy's RiverStarMP - A fresh approach to hydropower. The RiverStarMP system power modules collect kinetic energy from rivers, passing the water through low RPM turbines that don’t harm aquaculture. (GizMag; March 5, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • Fuel Cells > Fuel Cells Make Power for Homes in Japan - The Fuel Cell Cogeneration System is about the size of a suitcase and sits just outside the door of the 2,200 Japanese homes next to a tank that turns out to be a water heater. In the process of producing electricity, the fuel cell gives off enough warmth to heat water and produces electricity for a home with a 10-year, $9,500 lease, saving around $95 per month. (Physorg; March 3, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • EV / Suppression > Why GM Created then Destroyed the EV1 - Leslie R. Pastor argues that GM had a significant motive for scrapping the EV1: they intended to prolong the use of gasoline system engines in cooperation and collaboration with the International Oil Companies. (PESWiki; Mar. 4, 2008) (Thanks SDA)

March 4, 2008

  • Biofuels > Vaperma - With its innovative Siftek™ membrane technology in hand, Vaperma looks to revolutionize the biofuels industry by creating a unique membrane for the purification (dewatering) of syngas - a 99%-pure ethanol product with energy saving up to 40%. It has teamed with Greenfield Ethanol in Canada to prove it and Dedini in Brazil (ethanol equipment provider) to promote it. (submitted by Vaperma; March 4, 2008)
  • Concentrated Solar > Coolearth > CoolEarth Solar Receives Major Funding - CoolEarth, which develops and owns solar power plants utilizing a proprietary concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology (reflective balloons), has received $21 million in VC funding for a cost efficient power plant that competes economically with conventional fuels. (Inhabitat; Feb. 14, 2008) (Thanks RLP)

March 3, 2008

  • Light Emitting Diodes > micro LED - William Henry has developed a 15-micron LED that operates on nanoamps of power at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. (C|Net News; Feb 27, 2008) (Thanks RLP)

March 2, 2008

  • Biofuels > Biofuels Roadmap (PDF) - University of Massachusetts Amherst released a 181-page research roadmap for making Lignocellulosic biofuels. (UMass; Feb. 28, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • Solar / Wind / Piezoelectric > SMIT GROW Mimics Ivy - Teresita Cochran's research groups is developing a hybrid energy delivery device that provides power via the sun and wind, drawing inspiration from ivy growing on a building. The proprietary, patent-pending design combines photovoltaic and piezoelectric technologies in one system. (Ecolect.net; Feb. 2008) (Thanks RLP)

March 1, 2008

  • Solar > Problems > Greentech Media - As analysts predict an industry shakeup, Greentech Media digs through solar's seismic events to unearth sources of the movement, including Larger is Better, The Buying -- and Partnering -- Spree Begins, Shrinking Costs, Not Just From the Cell, Eye on Silicon, Semiconductors to Solar. (Greentech Media; Feb, 26, 2008) (Thanks RLP)
  • Electric Power > Rama Corporation Engineering Guide - A free 35-page PDF displaying power and wattage requirements, energy calculations and material properties is made available by a 50-year old electrical heater manufacturer. The Laws of Physics reinforced. (Thanks RLP)

February

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