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Friday, Oct. 31, 2008

  • Academy / DIY >
    Village Earth's Appropriate Technology Library - The Appropriate Technology Library is 150,000 pages of full text and graphics from 1050 books covering all areas of village-level and do-it-yourself technology--all on 27 CD-ROM’s or 4 DVD’s. All types of do-it-yourself alternative energies like solar, wind, hydro, biogas...
  • Solar > Emergency Preparedness >
    Solar Powered Mobile Emergency Response Studio - Villinski’s high tech, mobile studio is outfitted with a 1.6 kW solar system, with 8 batteries mounted under the trailer on the frame. The micro wind turbine is mounted on a 35′ mast. The studio features a geodesic skylight for daylighting and head room in the work area. (Inhabitat; Oct. 29, 2008)
  • Waste to Energy / Ethanol >
    4 Million Tons of Olive Pits Could Be Turned in Ethanol - One new feedstock being tested in Spain is the leftover pits from olives after the fruit is pressed into olive oil. As the pit takes up about a quarter of the total fruit, and some 4 million tons of them are generated each year, the hope is that this waste product can be made into something more useful, like ethanol. (TreeHugger; Oct. 30, 3 2008)

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

  • NineSigma Requests For Proposals - Nine Sigma has posted 4 more RFPs, announcing opportunities for: 1) Energy Harvesting Technologies, 2) Light Emitting Black Plates, 3) Electric Power Grid Compliant Power Conversion Systems, and 4) Outdoor Generator Equipment Leveraging Natural Energy. Can you do any of these? (PESWiki; Oct. 29, 2008)

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

  • EVs > Cars >
    All-Electric Mini Unveiled! - BMW says it will lease the Mini E two-seater to "select private and corporate customers" in California, New York and New Jersey under what is essentially a big R&D project to develop EVs through its Project i. (Wired; Oct 21, 2008)

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008

  • Featured: Store > Tools >
    The Entrepreneur's Survival Guide - Coming up with a brilliant clean energy technology is only part of the process. There is a lot involved in taking it the distance to the market where it can benefit humanity. This book is a great resource for guiding you through these steps so that you don't become the biggest impediment to the progress of your technology.
  • Solar > Concentrated >
    Large solar energy plant opens near Bakersfield - The Carrizo Plain power plant by Palo Alto startup Ausra, has long rows of mirrors that generate as much as 5 megawatts of electricity, enough for 3,750 homes. The mirrors focus sunlight on tubes filled with water, generating steam that then turns a turbine to produce electricity. (Video) (San Francisco Chronicle; Oct. 23, 2008)

Monday, Oct. 27, 2008

  • Fuel Cells >
    DLR manned airplane that takes off and flies exclusively with a fuel cell - Airbus and the Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) equipped the DLR aircraft carrier A320 ATRA with a Michelin fuel cell system, demonstrating how fuel cell technology provides an improvement in fuel efficiency for aircraft, minimising environmental pollution and increasing comfort and safety. DLR shared the Silver f-cell award for 2008 with Zemships. (German Aerospace Center; Oct. 20, 2008)
  • Prizes >
    Algae Biofuels Challenge - The "Algae Biofuels Challenge" is a multi-million pound UK R&D initiative that could see the Carbon Trust commit £3million to £6million of funding in the initial stages. (BioEnergy; Oct 24, 2008)

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008

  • Featured: Fuel Efficiency > Additives >
    Ferox Fuel Additive - Ferox Gas & Diesel Fuel Additive is a catalyst that is an eco-friendly fuel additive and horsepower booster. It allegedly increases mileage from between 10 and 20% while also significantly reducing harmful emissions while cleaning out the engine, reducing engine wear, extending engine life. (PESWiki; Oct. 26, 2008)
  • Electrical Grid >
    The Matrix Overloaded: Clean Energy Will Depend on a New, 'Smart' Grid - The current electric grid has two basic shortcomings. It's not big enough to accommodate all the new electricity and it's not flexible enough to handle the inconsistencies of renewable energy, which is less steady than the workhorses of coal and natural gas; the wind doesn't always blow, and the sun doesn't always shine. (Wall Street Journal; Oct. 24, 2008)

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008

Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

  • Gravity Motors > Milkovic Oscillator >
    Keys of Understanding Gravity Machines (pdf) - Jovan Marjanovic explains gravity machines and provides details for construction of a two stage oscillator, explaining common errors, theorem which must be satisfied by any gravity machine. Discusses inertial propulsion and errors in Newton’s laws. (; Oct. 10, 2008) (Thanks Bobsy)
  • Wind > Home Generation > Windbelt >
    Humdinger's Wind Power Alternative - The Windbelt, a miniaturized wind-harvesting power generator, has absolutely nothing in common with the traditional, towering wind turbines, but instead is based on a stretched ribbon vibrating in the wind. The simple device was awarded $10,000 as a finalist for the Curry Stone Design Award, a charitable prize that aims to boost design and innovation projects for developing countries. (BusinessWeek; Oct. 6, 2008)
  • Electric Vehicles >
    The Venturi Volage Roadster - Amongst all the incredible vehicles at this year’s Paris Motor Show, one of the biggest head-turners was the Venturi Volage vehicle. A fully electric roadster with serious engine power, the Volage boasts 295 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, propelling it from 0-60 in less than 5 seconds. (Inhabitat; Oct,. 14, 2008)

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

  • Catalytic Electrolysis >
    Sun + Water = Fuel - With catalysts created by an MIT chemist, sunlight can turn water into hydrogen. If the process can scale up, it could make solar power a dominant source of energy. (MIT Technology Review; Nov.-Dec. 2008)
  • Suppression > GEET > Courtroom >
    Free Paul Pantone - Eco Lodge(ic) Technologies is the home of the Dutch European GEET Office and will cooperate with David Pantone in his case to get his father out of the Utah State Hospital as soon as possible. That means EcoLogic Technologires will publish this announcement also in Dutch, German, French and Spanish.(GEET. NL; Oct 21, 2008)
  • PAC >
    Proposition 7 Renewable Energy Generation - Initiative Statute - California requires utilities, including government-owned utilities, to generate 20% of their power from renewable energy by 2010, a standard currently applicable only to private electrical corporations. Raises requirement for utilities to 40% by 2020 and 50% by 2025. Imposes penalties, subject to waiver, for noncompliance. (VoterGuide/CA; Oct 20, 2008)

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008

  • Featured: Videos > Wind / PAC >
    Pickens Plan Video Contest - Former oilman, Billionaire T. Boone Pickens, invites you to 1) sign a petition telling Senator Obama and Senator McCain to adopt the Pickens Plan to break our oil addiction, 2) come up with a < 60 sec energy ad to push the candidates to endorse the Plan. Deadline: Oct. 25. (PESWiki; Oct 22, 2008)
  • Contests >
    Create the Future Design Contest 2008 - Launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation, this annual event has attracted more than 5,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide so far. This year's deadline was Oct 17, 2008, but there is always next year! This year's entries. (CreateTheFuture)

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008

  • Wind >
    UK wind farm plans on brink of failure - Planning delays, long delivery times, escalating costs, 10-year hold-ups in connection to the national grid, and technical problems in building offshore windfarms all threaten to derail Gordon Brown's ambitions. The result could be electricity shortages by 2020, failure to meet climate change and energy targets and possible hefty fines from Europe. (; Oct. 19, 2008)

Monday, Oct. 20, 2008

  • Electric Cars > Aptera
    Aptera Makes Popular Mechanics' Top 10 List (Includes Video) - Steve Fambro asked; “What would a vehicle with no drag look like?” The Aptera Typ-1e, which should be available by the end of 2008, became Fambro’s answer. It could prove revolutionary, opening up a new automotive category of ultra-high-mileage automobiles designed for real-world drivers and—-at $30,000—-priced for them, too. (Popular Mechanics; Oct. 17, 2008)

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008

  • Featured: Global Warming > Greenhouse Gases >
    Oxygen Depletion - Global warming is not the only consequence of increasing greenhouse gasses. Oxygen used to be about 20% of the atmosphere; but today, in some places, it is as low as 16%, leading to a wide range of health and vitality consequences. Oceanic hypoxia is likewise spreading at an alarming rate. (PESWIki; Oct. 19, 2008)
  • Trends >
    New Energy Economy Emerging in the United States - The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy. The transition is moving at a pace and on a scale that we could not have imagined even a year ago. (Earth Policy Institute; Oct 15, 2008)

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008

  • Conservation >
    Plugging the Drain with Green Power Supplies - Power supplies are often an overlooked drain of energy. There are rating services that can help you identify which power supplies are more efficient. 80 Plus lists all the manufacturers that use 80 Plus certified power supplies, along with the product models that use them. (Greener Computing; Oct. 15, 2008)

Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

  • Featured: Solar > Black Silicon >
    SiOnyx' Black Silicon by Mazur - Black silicon is a material that is between 100 and 500 times more sensitive and absorbs nearly twice the visible light of regular silicon and detects infrared light that is normally invisible to silicon based devices. (PESWIki; Oct. 16, 2008)
  • Current events >
    Clean Technology Conference & Expo 2009 - May 3-7, 2009 Houston, TX. Identifying latest clean technologies and commercial sustainable solutions, driving advanced research insight and best practices, matching buyers and sellers, enabling strategic partnerships, and providing IP licensing, venture capital, corporate financing and customer acquisition opportunities.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008

  • Featured: Electromagnetic > Motors / EVs >
    Ultra efficient and powerful Magnetronic Motor (Interview) - Because the design by Millennial Motors, Inc. eliminates more than 95% of the iron from their motor, they are able to capture nearly all of the collapsing electromagnetic fields into a capacitor to be used again in the next pulse. Their coils are ultra simple to wind, and are arranged in removable, modular nodes. (PESWiki; Oct. 15, 2008)
  • CO2 Sequestration >
    Breakthrough Science: Turning CO2 into Fuels - Carbon Sciences recently announced a technological breakthrough that is capable of transforming CO2 emissions into fuel. The development utilizes a highly scalable bio-catalytic process to economically convert one of the most omnipresent causes of global warming, CO2, into the basic building blocks of most fuels used to drive transportation and industry today. (Inhabitat; Oct. 13, 2008)
  • Wind >
    Wind Energy: Unreliable, Heavily Subsidized - Problems with wind energy have been the same for 40 years, and little has changed to modify any of this. After 40 years of heavy subsidies, dedicated government research programs (wind mills just aren’t that complex), wind energy is still a small marginal source of unreliable energy. (Hawaii Reporter; Oct. 14, 2008)

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

  • Featured: Air Cars / Magnet Motors >
    Magnetic Air Car Could Be Ready by 2010 - The Magnetic Air Car uses three on-board substations to build and harness compressed air. "A battery starts a magnetic motor… which in turn drives a small but powerful on-board air compressor. The air flow is then tubocharged and multiplied." (PESWiki; Oct. 14, 2008)
  • Tidal Power / Current events >
    Tidal Energy Summit '08 - November 11-12, 2008, Regents Park Marriot, London, England. The 2nd Annual Tidal Energy Summit is the only event dedicated to the future of Tidal Energy. And with over 30+ Tidal developers already signed up to attend, will be the highest concentration of dedicated Tidal pioneers.
  • Biodiesel > Videos >
    Biodiesel Safety - Dr. Jon Van Gerphen from the University of Idaho points out the dangers of making biodiesel in this Biodiesel Safety Video. (YouTube) (How to Make Biodiesel; Oct. 12, 2008)

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008

  • Solar > Black Silicon >
    "Black Silicon" Advances Imaging, Solar Energy - "Forcing sulfur atoms into silicon using femtosecond laser pulses creates a material called 'black silicon' that is 100 to 500 times more sensitive to light than conventional silicon, in both the visible and infrared spectrums, according to SiOnyx, a venture-funded Massachusetts start-up that just emerged from stealth mode. (Slashdot; Oct. 12, 2008)
  • Biodiesel >
    Economy crushes biofuel projects - It is a scene that has been repeated throughout the United States: Lilbourn, MO; Clovis, N.M.; Nevada, Mo.; Hartsburg, Ill.; Lamoni, Iowa; Evansville, Wis.; Greybull, Wyo.; Rock Port, Mo.; Belle Fourche, S.D. All were supposed to have biofuels plants operating or under construction by now. None do. (Winston_Salem Journal; Oct. 12, 2008)

Monday, Oct. 13, 2008

  • Top 100 / Featured: River / Water >
    Markovic Self-Propelled (SP) River Pump - This innovative pump system by Slovenian inventor, Vladimir Markovic, works in relatively slow and shallow moving water (rivers) to pump water for irrigation; pump air into the water to oxygenate and clean up a river; or to pump water for driving an electric generator. (PESWIki; Oct. 13, 2008)

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008

  • Geothermal >
    Hydro-thermal Spalling - Potter Drilling’s technology differs from prior air based techniques in that it uses hot fluid rather than air to spall rock. Because spallation occurs in a water filled borehole, Potter Drilling’s technology can be used to drill to depths required for universal EGS (12,000 to 30,000 feet). (Flash animation in link) (Oct 10, 2008) (Thanks Andrian)

Friday, Oct. 10, 2008

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008

  • Wind > Vertical Axis >
    Ettridge Wind Turbine - Australian inventor's turbine harnesses oncoming wind for 120 degrees of the turn, while the remaining 240 degrees is shielded by a skirt to cover the blades from oncoming wind. Meanwhile, overhead air scoops direct the air above the rotor down into the tunnel created by the rotor and wind shield. (PESWiki; Oct. 5, 2008)
  • Solar > Thin Film >
    Flexible Silicon Solar Cells - Arrays of the flexible monocrystalline silicon cells developed at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champagne, have about a 12% efficiency. The researchers increased the arrays' power output by about two and half times by adding concentrators in the form of a layer of cylindrical microlenses. (MIT Technology Review; Oct. 6, 2008)

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

  • Featured: Fuel Efficiency > Retrofits >
    Aero-Nitro Power Injector - Unit being sold by Philippian inventor, Victor G. Ayco, attaches to air intake manifold of any diesel or gas engine where it allegedly converts unwanted carbons and other volatile elements present in the atmosphere into combustible gaseous form, enhancing engine performance, reducing emissions, providing more engine power, and saving on fuel. (PESWiki; Oct. 8, 2008)
  • Solar > Largest >
    Army Looks to Build World's Strongest Solar Array - The US Army declared that it would "partner with the private sector to construct a 500-megawatt solar thermal plant at Fort Irwin, California, in the Mojave Desert, that will provide renewable power on the grid and provide the sprawling Army post with added energy security against disruption of power supply." (Wired; Oct. 7, 2008)
  • Solar > Thin Film Solar >
    Solar Goes From Gardens to Gigabucks - Solyndra, received $600 million in venture capital and $1.2 billion in orders for its new cylindrical solar modules, collect sunlight more efficiently across a broader range of angles and catch light reflected off the roof itself. The CIGS solar cells also contain no silicon, which has been a costly component of most solar systems. (Wired; Oct. 6, 2008)

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008

  • Fuel Efficiency Vehicles >
    7 Gas Guzzling Military Combat Vehicles - According to NPR, all the tanks, planes and ships of the U.S. military burn about 340,000 barrels of oil per day, making it the "single-largest purchaser and consumer of oil in the world." If the DOD were a country, it would rank ~38th in the world in oil consumption, behind the Philippines, population: 90.5 million people. (TreeHugger";; Sept. 23, 2008)

Monday, Oct. 6, 2008

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008

  • Top 100: Solar > Inverters >
    Interview with Enphase about their Micro-Inverters - Enphase Micro-Inverters turn solar panels into modular systems, optimizing each, increasing the net energy harvest by 5 to 25 percent. One of the biggest advantages is that this enables a person to install just a few solar panels (even just one), then add to the system later as they can afford more, without worrying about having to match system components. (Free Energy Now; Oct. 6, 2008)
  • OS / Solar > Vehicles >
    Solar-electric car generates power and excitement - Kyle Dansie has distilled his solar-technology expertise into an open source website, The vehicle cost about $11,000 and is powered by 6 solar panels, 5 in a garage and one on the car's roof. It can go up to 75 mpg, and travel about 50 miles on a full charge that takes 3-4 hours. (Video) (Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 2, 2008)
  • Global Warming >
    The Methane Time Bomb - Arctic scientists discover new global warming threat as melting permafrost releases millions of tons of a gas 20 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. (Independent; UK; Sept. 23, 2008)

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008

  • Human-Powered >
    As America Implodes, The Bike Industry Booms - The nation may be wracked by collapsing banks, foreclosed houses and a tanking economy, but there's no sign anything's amiss at Interbike, the bike industry's annual trade show. In fact, it's party time as a perfect storm of eco-conscious consumerism, health-conscious lifestyles and wallet-sapping gas prices conspires to get people out of cars and onto bikes -- especially electric ones. (Wired; Sept. 26, 2008)
  • Solar >
    The South African Solar Challenge 2008 - An epic, two-week race in solar-powered cars through the length and breadth of South Africa. Teams will have to build their own cars, design their own engineering systems and race those same machines through the most demanding terrain that solar cars have ever seen. Sept. 26 - Oct. 8.

Friday, Oct. 3, 2008

  • Clean Energy 2030 Initiative by Google - The energy team at Google has been crunching the numbers to see how we could greatly reduce fossil fuel use by 2030, suggesting a potential path to weaning the U.S. off of coal and oil for electricity generation by 2030 (with some remaining use of natural gas as well as nuclear), and cutting oil use for cars by 40%. (PESWiki; Oct. 2, 2008)
  • EVs > Hybrid Vehicles >
    World's Biggest EV Hauls 345 Tons - Considered an amazing engineering feat Caterpillar has come out with a new line of electric-drive mining trucks called the AC Series, and some diesels that belch less pollution than the other ginormous vehicles the company builds. (Wired; Sept. 26, 2008)
  • Humor >
    Perpetual Motion Found! (Another CatAppealer) - Scientist shows a simple method by which the future transportation needs could be addressed. (YouTube; Jan. 29, 2007)

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008

  • Featured: Fuel Efficiency >
    Electrorheology Leads to Efficient Combustion - Rheology is defined as the science of the deformation and flow of matter. Researchers at Temple University have published a method by which their electrically charged tube is attached to the fuel line of a car's engine near the fuel injector, creating an electric field that thins fuel, or reduces its viscosity, so that smaller droplets are injected into the engine. (PESWIki; Oct. 1, 2008)

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

  • Featured: Algae for Oil >
    Valcent Vertigro Algae Farms Making Biodeisel - Valcent has developed a high density vertical bio-reactor for the mass production of oil bearing algae while removing large quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. This new bio-reactor is tailored to grow a species of algae that yields a large volume of high grade vegetable oil, suitable for blending with diesel to create a bio-diesel fuel. (PESWiki; Sept 29, 2008)
  • Directory:Electric Motors >
    Chorus Motors - Chorus Meshcon motors are based on AC induction technology and provide 10 times the overload torque of competing products and use a "virtual transmission" that can provide the power needed to efficiently and economically power a series hybrid car or truck. (Demo) (Sept. 18, 2008)


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