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Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008

  • Featured: Electromagnetic > Zero Amp Tech >
    Zero Amp Tech demonstration reflections - Peter Sumaruck has captured the imagination of many with his demonstration alleging 0.05 Watts input from a genset powering five motors (4000 Watts) output through his modified variable AC motor controller. However, a New Energy Congress assessment gives reason for skepticism. (PESN; Nov. 30, 2008)

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008

Friday, Nov. 28, 2008

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008

  • Solar >
    Solar Roadways - Imagine a series of interconnected glassified Solar Road Panels™ that you actually drive on. The idea is to replace all current asphalt roads, parking lots and driveways with 12 square foot Solar Road Panels™, each producing an average of 7.6kWh per day. (Thanks Sepp)

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008

  • Current events >
    World Future Energy Summit - This summint to be held in United Arab Emerates (UAE), January 19-21 2009, touts to be the largest meeting of influential figures within the renewable energy industry in the search for solutions to some of mankind's most pressing issues: energy security, climate change and truly sustainable human development.

Monday, Nov. 24, 2008

  • Green Energy Efficient Homes - Over 60 articles on home energy efficiency, including tips on cutting heating, cooling, and household appliance energy use; finding the most energy efficient appliances, lighting choices, and HVAC options; and exhaustive checklists to help homeowners do their own home energy audit.

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008

  • Fuel Cells / Batteries >
    Micro Fuel Cells Get Closer to Replacing Batteries - A team of researchers in France has developed micro-sized direct methanol fuel cells (microDMFC) that achieve significantly improved fuel efficiency and maintain a good power density while operating at room temperature. The energy density (measured in watt-hours per liter) of the new fuel cells is 385 Wh/L, which is superior to lithium ions batteries’ value of 270 Wh/L. (PhysOrg; Nov. 17, 2008)

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008

  • Nanotechnology / Batteries >
    EnerG2 Battery Replacement - EnerG2 is developing novel materials—synthetic carbon powder, carbon monoliths, and nanocomposites for applications like natural gas storage, hydrogen storage, more efficient solar cells, and “ultracapacitors” to replace traditional batteries. (Xconomy; Nov. 3, 2008)

Friday, Nov. 21, 2008

  • Fuel Cells >
    Kia to present Borrego FCEV in L.A. - Kia claims it has perfected a fuel cell unit that can operate at temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius and boast a 62% efficiency rating. The Borrego Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) outputs 154hp (115kW) from its fuel cell system, and is capable of travelling up to 426 miles with its three tanks of hydrogen. (Motor Authority; Nov. 14, 2008)

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008

  • Clean Coal >
    Coal Power Projects On Hold Over CO2 - The fate of scores of new coal-burning power plants is now in limbo over whether to regulate heat-trapping greenhouse gases.The uncertainty resulted when an Environmental Protection Agency appeals panel on Thursday rejected a federal permit for a Utah plant, leaving the issue for the Obama administration to resolve. (TruthOut; Nov. 14, 2008)

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

  • OS > Solar >
    Open Source Solar Turbine - An Open Source Ecology project for doing a community solar thermal concentrator steam turbine, claiming $1 per watt for producing electricity for 50 years for a 60 kW solar system. (Open Farm Tech; Nov. 13, 2008)
  • Water Treatment >
    New technology for portable wastewater treatment unveiled - Nicknamed “DAAB” (Deployable Aqueous Aerobic Bioreactor), this new self-sustaining, portable, and “smart” wastewater treatment system offers a solution to wastewater treatment. The system is able to convert wastewater to EPA acceptable standards within 24-48 hours and being housed in a 40-foot-long shipping container makes it completely portable. (Gizmag; Nov. 16, 2008)

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

  • Electrical Grid >
    Power Optimizer - Reduce energy consumption in a business environment from 8% to 25% through better efficiency using a patented semiconductor chip that utilizes specific wavelengths of infrared light to stabilize the vibration state of "spinning" electrons, reducing heat and improving current throughput. Video (Thanks David Gurney)

Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

  • Infinite Energy Magazine >
    Infinite Energy: Issue 82: Gasoline from Algae: Transition to the Future - This issue also covers the Quantum Fusion Hypothesis, a summary of the Transmutation Workshop Held in Association with ICCF14; obtaining Superluminal Velocity in an Interstellar Rocket; application of Wheeler-Feynman Absorber Theory to Laser Power Output; a Fresh Look at Quantum Mechanics, Hydrogen, Electric Field, Electromagnetic; and Mechanical Momentum Revealed During Cold Fusion in Hydro Machinery, possibility for the Detection of Gravitational Waves; and the release of Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions Sourcebook. (Nov/Dec 2008)

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008

  • Featured: Anti-Gravity >
    Antigravity for Dummies - Stan Deyo gives a fascinating presentations on gravity and antigravity, considering the similarities between ripples from a drop of water and solar system symmetries. (PESWIki; Nov. 14, 2008)
  • Gray Water Recycling >
    Grey is Green - The collection and reuse of greywater will not cost you or the environment any more than the initial use. This results in a significant water savings for your home, a reduction of your carbon footprint, and a cost savings to you, as well. (Grey is Green; Nov. 14, 2008)
  • Solar >
    A Brief History of Energy Boondoggles - The Department of Energy poured $147 million into Solar One, a plant that concentrated solar energy from 2,000 mirrors onto a 300-foot concrete tower to make steam. It began operating in 1982 and was converted in 1995 to heat 3.4 million pounds of salt to a liquid state. Southern California Edison shut it down in 1999 because it wasn’t commercially viable. (Forbes; Nov. 24, 2008)

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008

  • Solar Vehicles >
    Solar winged Helios Vehicle - The Helios concept car resembles some sort of frill necked lizard. The electric off-road vehicle has the unique ability to spread its solar panel wings to soak up the sun’s energy. While in motion, the Helios is a sleek electric vehicle that is powered by solar energy, and when at rest it deploys in a fan shape to absorb and store energy to power your house. (Inhabitat; Nov. 11, 2008)

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008

  • Featured: Algae for Oil >
    OriginOil turning Algae to Oil - OriginOil believes that their breakthrough proprietary technology will provide the world with an endless supply of what they call "new oil" from algae, through a high-speed manufacturing process, capable of making it a direct competitor to petroleum, without disrupting the environment or food resources. (FreeEnergyNow; Nov. 10, 2008)

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

  • Top 100: Solar > SkyFuel Linear Power Tower >
    Skytrough Brochure - The “world’s most advanced parabolic through concentrator” features three major improvements: a 35% reduction in the cost of the solar collector assembly, shatter-proof mirrors made with ReflecTech® Mirror Film technology, and rapid field assembly. (SkyFuel; Oct, 2008)

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

  • Piezoelectric >
    L-Beam Energy Harvester doubles electrical output - Virginia Tech researchers have developed an L-shaped piezoelectric broadband energy harvester [1] that produces greater electrical output than similar technology of the same size - slightly smaller than a credit card. (Virginia Tech News; Nov. 11, 2008) (Thanks Andrew Michrowski)
  • Solar / Heat Pumps >
    ISAAC Solar Ice Maker - The ISAAC Solar Icemaker is an Intermittent Solar Ammonia-water Absorption Cycle. The ISAAC uses a parabolic trough solar collector and a compact and efficient design to produce ice with no fuel or electric input, and with no moving parts. (Energy Concepts; 2002)

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008

  • Wind >
    Wind Power Generators Guide - Four categories within the wind power generators industry to profile including Large Scale, Large Residential, Residential Rooftop and DIY Wind Generator Plans. (Green Tech Gazette; Oct. 27, 2008)
  • Ethanol >
    The Death of Ethanol: One Thing Wall Street Saw Coming - Once upon a time, ethanol was seen as the future of clean energy and as leading the U.S. to energy independence. “It’s such a waste that the government gave free handouts and subsidies to grow a business that wasn’t sustainable,” said one investment banker. (Wall Street Journal; Nov. 3, 2008)

Monday, Nov. 10, 2008

  • Green Diesel >
    Fill her up please, and make it myco-diesel - The fungus Gliocladium roseum, found inside the Ulmo tree in the Patagonian rainforest, has a potential so startling, that the discoverers have coined the term "myco-diesel" to describe the bouquet of hydrocarbons that it breathes."This is the only organism that has ever been shown to produce such an important combination of fuel substances". (AFP Google, '"Wired; Nov. 4, 2008)
  • Solar >
    Record high performance with new solar cells - Researchers in China and Switzerland, including Michael Grätzel, inventor of the first dye-sensitized solar cell, show that photovoltaic cells composed of titanium dioxide and powerful light-harvesting dyes and showed greater stability at high temperatures than previous formulas, retaining more than 90 percent of their initial output after 1,000 hours in full sunlight soaking at 60 °C. (PhysOrg; Nov. 3, 2008)
  • Contests >
    The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge - The program is an opportunity to compete for annual awards in recognition of innovations in cleaner, cheaper, smarter chemistry and provides national recognition of outstanding chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry pollution prevention into chemical design and manufacture. Entry forms due by Dec 31st, of each year. (EPA; 2008)

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008

  • Featured: Global Warming >
    Global Cooling - New directory page addresses the recent cooling measured around the globe, some places even measuring record seasonal lows. Is this merely a short-term, saw-tooth drop in a long-term climb; or is it a disproving of predictions of meltdown? (PESWiki; Nov. 8, 2008)
  • Trends / Solar >
    The Amish go solar – in a simple way - Solar energy has been used by a few of the technology-eschewing Amish for decades now. But with soaring energy costs, more families are putting sunlight-collecting panels on their barns and outbuildings. Indeed, area dealers report sales of solar systems to the Amish are up 30 percent to 50 percent this year alone. (Christian Science Monitor; Oct 27, 2008)

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008

  • Solar >
    Engineers' Miniature Solar Cells Much Smaller Than This: o - The mini photoelectric device produces 7 volts with 20 solar cells created from carbon-based, organic polymers. "The world’s next generation of microelectronics may be dominated by 'plastic electronics’ and organic solar cells are expected to play an important role in these future technologies." (Wired; Nov. 6, 2008)
  • Hydrogen Videos > HHO
    Something bad - Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) with hydroxy meets real ice conditions. When a fantastic hydroxy unit (gallons per minute) meets with cold winter weather, bad things can happen. Stay tuned for the forensics on this one. (YouTube; Nov. 6, 2008)

Friday, Nov. 7, 2008

  • Eugene Mallove >
    Judge dismisses charges in Mallove murder - A superior court judge Thursday dismissed the murder charges against two men arrested three years ago in the slaying of a New Hampshire scientist in Norwich. They remain in prison on unrelated charges. Norwich police have said the case remains under investigation. (Norwich Bulletin; Nov. 6, 2008) (See also: Newsday; WTIC)
  • Clean Coal >
    IS IT GREEN? Clean Coal - The phrase "Clean Coal" sounds great to Americans concerned about their dependence on foreign oil, and the U.S. has enough coal to generate our electricity for hundreds of years. If it can be processed cleanly, why not? But can this technology based on an ancient energy source really clean up its act? (Inhabitat; Nov. 2008)

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008

  • Tidal Power / Ocean Wave >
    Hydrospiral Project - This proposal by Claudio Bianco is based on a phenomenon called undertow or rip current. The hydrospiral would not only generate electricity, but it could also indirectly help to regenerate marine life, prevent erosion on the coast and filter the ocean water.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

  • Current events >
    Clean Technology Conference & Expo 2009 - Abstracts and Business Proposals due by Nov. 12 for the May 3-7, 2009 conference in Houston, TX whose purpose is to identify the latest clean technologies, advanced research, best practices; and matching buyers and sellers, as well as enabling strategic partnerships.

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008

  • Featured: Reviews >
    Breakthrough Power -- a Book for the Masses - Here is a book to both round out your own understanding of game-changing energy technologies as well as to pass out to your family and friends to get them excited about the possibilities and to inspire them to get involved in helping to remove the barriers which have stood in the way of these things coming forward. (PESWiki; Nov. 4, 2008)
  • Magnets >
    Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth - On the dayside, the Earth's magnetic field presses against the sun's magnetic field. Approximately every eight minutes, the two fields briefly merge or "reconnect," forming a portal through which particles can flow, dubbed a "flux transfer event". The portal takes the form of a magnetic cylinder about as wide as Earth. (Science@NASA; Oct. 30, 2008)
  • Fusion >
    UCLA researchers use Scotch tape to capture/display X-rays - X-rays were not produced continuously, but were emitted in nanosecond bursts containing about 1 million X-ray photons apiece, the equivalent of about a tenth of a milliwatt of energy. If the constituents of the adhesive were deuterated (hydrogen atoms replaced with deuterium) it might yield fusion neutrons, although there would be no net energy increase. (Video) (LA Times; Oct. 25, 2008)

Monday, Nov. 3, 2008

  • Awards >
    2008 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards - Ten Innovators are recognized in this annual event for their efforts in 2008, some of whom we have tracked, such as Aptera, Stirling Engine Systems and the Johnson Thermo-Electrochemical Converter System. Videos, Podcasts and Profiles. (Popular Mechanics; Nov. 2008)
  • Electric Bikes, Motorbikes and Scooters >
    Strange vehicles: Mitka Trike - Originally designed in 2002 in the Netherlands, the Mitka is a commuter tricycle with electric power-assistance. In electric only mode, the Mitka is capable of 15 mph (25km/h), and has a range of 15 - 22 miles. With the rider pedaling the Mitka can get up to speeds of 22 mph. Being tested by Nike. (Diseno-Art; Oct. 31, 2008)

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008

  • Featured: Solid State Generators >
    Hans Coler Magnetic Power Apparatus - The "magnetromapparata" was invented in 1933 primarily by Captain Hans Coler of Germany. The device required no apparent outside power sources to function. It involved magnets to generate electricity without any source of input power other than the space energy of Nature's quantum invisible world. (PESWiki; Nov. 2, 2008)
  • Solar > Largest >
    German company opens US solar cell plant - SolarWorld founder Frank Asbeck, walked through North America's largest solar cell manufacturing plant recently with the excitement of a child in a toy factory. The Hillsboro facility is expected to make enough cells to generate 500 megawatts of electricity a year, about as much as many coal- or natural gas-fired plants. (International Herald Tribune; Oct. 17, 2008)

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008

  • Featured: Fuel Efficiency > Hydrogen Injection >
    Hy-Drive boosts truck mileage - Hy-Drive Technologies, a publicly traded company that for a decade has been developing on-board hydrogen boost technology, has announced accredited third-party validation as well as test results from recent beta testing on 5.9-7.3-litre engine sizes, where they saw improvements in mileage by an average of 20%. (PESWiki; Nov. 1, 2008)
  • Solar >
    The Dawn of SolarTAC Promises a Bright Future - The Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) will promote a better interface between technology developers and solar energy users by offering solar equipment suppliers an opportunity to show potential customers new technologies performing under actual field conditions. (Colorado Energy News; Oct. 21, 2008)


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