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Thursday, April 30, 2009

  • Solar > Plastic >
    Pushing Plastic Solar Cells - Plastic solar cells are lightweight, flexible, and, most important, cheap to make, but too inefficient to compete with silicon solar cells for most applications -- until now? (MIT Technology Review; April 30, 2009)
  • It was once said that a black man would be president "when pigs fly" indeed 100 days into Obama's presidency...... Swine flu.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

  • Store > Electromagnetic > Keppean Scalar Motor >
    Keppe Releases a New Motor Manual 3.0 - "The Keppe Motor 3.0 uses 70-90% less energy than traditional low-power induction motors and is readily adaptable for practical applications." The motor is based on Keppe’s disinversion of Physics, enabling the design of a motor that allegedly capture the natural scalar energy that exists in space.
  • Geothermal >
    Geothermal explosion rocks green energy hopes - The bid to produce green power on a commercial scale using heat mined from subterranean rocks – or "hot rocks" – has suffered a major setback, with the breach of a four-kilometre-deep well on Friday in the Cooper Basin in South Australia. (New Scientist; April 28, 2009)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

  • Batteries > EEStor >
    EEStor Updates - Autoblog Green runs a blog thread just on EEStor, the Texas company that is working on an "energy storage" device made from ceramics. It's not technically a battery because it doesn't use chemicals.
  • CO2 Sequestration / Natural Gas >
    New Way to Convert CO2 into Methanol - Scientists at the Singapore-based Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have achieved an unparalleled feat by transforming carbon dioxide into methanol. Methanol (natural gas) is a widely used form of industrial feedstock and clean-burning biofuel. (Alternative Energy blog; April 28, 2009)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

  • Featured: Books >
    Prescription for the Planet - Prescription for the Planet explains how a trio of little-known yet profoundly revolutionary technologies, coupled with their judicious use in an atmosphere of global cooperation, can be the springboard that carries humanity to an era beyond scarcity. (PESWiki; April 25, 2009)
  • Waste to Energy >
    Could your trashcan solve the energy crisis? - Could vaporising waste provide a solution to two of humanity's biggest environmental problems at once? Companies around the world are trying to turn household waste into clean energy – but critics say "gasification" isn't as green as it sounds. (New Scientist; Apr. 22, 2009)

Friday, April 24, 2009

  • Electromagnetic > Zero Amps Tech >
    Tom Valone Skeptical About Sumarack's March 30 Video - New Energy pillar, Dr. Valone, gives reason for skepticism on the Zero Amps generator demo video recently posted. "The video looks interesting but there are TWO BIG problems called storage batteries, along with no acknowledged consideration by Peter of the POWER FACTOR as he does his calculations." (PESWiki; April 23, 2009)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

  • Aether > KML Coils >
    Chris Brown's Own Measurements Show No Change In TV Setup - Last week, Chris reported that he had run a television on a KML Coil system he devised, and that the duration seemed much longer than what would be possible without the KML Coils. Today, his first before/after control test concludes that the KML Coils are not contributing anything to the system. (PESWiki; April 23, 2009)
  • Human-Powered > Pedal Power >
    17 Examples of Pedal Power and Propulsion - If the bicycle is the most efficient means of transport ever devised, it's not surprising that humankind has sought to leverage pedal power into other vehicles and apparatus. Here we look back over some of our past posts that’ve paid homage to the mighty cranking energy inherent in a bicycle. (TreeHugger; Apr. 20, 2009)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 -- Earth Day

  • Featured: Magnet Motors > Mylow > In the News >
    Mylow Magnet Motor Saga - A simple inventor in Chicago is stirring the imagination of many magnet motor enthusiasts around the world with the myriad of videos he's posted, open sourcing the design to bypass suppression and facilitate rapid development. (Examiner; April 22, 2009)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

  • Featured: Magnet Motors > Mylow > Plans >
    Magnets Used by Mylow - A video posted by Mylow on April 15 not only describes the various magnets he's used in his various motor iterations, but also gives a good overview of the recent history of the unfolding of this new technology, including a description of his new bar magnet configuration that he said also works. (PESWiki; April 21, 2009)
  • UFOs >
    Former astronaut: Man not alone in universe - Former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was part of the 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission, asserted Monday that extraterrestrial life exists, and that the truth is being concealed by the U.S. and other governments. (CNN; April 20, 2009) (See Coast to Coast AM, hour 1 with Stephen Bassett)

Monday, April 20, 2009

  • Featured: Nuclear > Cold Fusion >
    60 Minutes: Cold Fusion is Hot Again - A report by CBS News' 60 Minutes program on April 19, 2009 states: "When first presented in 1989 cold fusion was quickly dismissed as junk science. But there's renewed buzz among scientists that cold fusion could lead to monumental breakthroughs in energy production." (PESWiki; April 20, 2009) (See PES Interview)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

  • Cold Fusion >
    Cold Fusion - CBS TV’s “60 Minutes” Turns Up the Heat - Low-energy nuclear reactions, historically known as “cold fusion,” will get their 12 minutes of fame on CBS TV’s “60 Minutes” Sunday, April 19 at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in a program titled “Cold Fusion Is Hot Again.” (X-Journals reprint from New Energy Times; April 16, 2009)
  • Conservation >
    Save Over $250 a Year by Unplugging Stuff You're Not Using - Vampire power, or phantom load is the phenomenon where the appliances you keep plugged in quietly drain electricity consistently all day, every day, even when they're off. Good Magazine, estimates vampire power costs US consumers $3 billion dollars a year. Unplug or use Smart power strips to save. (Planet Green; Apr. 9, 2009)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

  • Hydrogen >
    Hydrogen Powered Car Two Centuries Old - In 1806 Francois Isaac de Rivaz is a Swiss inventor designed and successfully constructed the first-ever internal combustion engine using Hydrogen as it's fuel source. (H2-Hydro-Gen)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

  • Solar > Cooking >
    Cardboard Box Wins $75K Prize - Dubbed the 'Kyoto Box', this $6.60 solar cooker, winner of the Financial Times' Climate Change Challenge, was made by placing insulation (straw or newspaper) in between the two boxes; placing foil inside the first box and painting the inside of the second box black, both to help with heating; an acrylic cover goes over the top. (TreeHugger; April 9, 2009)
  • Magnet Motors > Mylow > In the News
    Magnetic Motor Experiment - The inventor, who calls himself Mylow, originally loaded up a number of videos to YouTube detailing the construction of his motor which apparently was an effort to duplicate a magnetic motor originally built by Howard Johnson back in the 1970s. (X-Journals; Apr. 13, 2009)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

  • Electromagnetic >
    Planes Could Be Brought Down By DIY 'E-bombs' - Electromagnetic pulse weapons capable of frying the electronics in civil airliners can be built using information and components available on the net. All it would take to bring a plane down would be a single but highly energetic microwave radio pulse blasted from a device inside a plane, or on the ground and trained at an aircraft coming in to land. (New Scientist; April 1, 2009)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

  • Fuel Efficiency > Vehicles >
    A lesson for Detroit - Tata Nano - Three innovations make the Nano huge. 1) A modular design enables a knowledgeable mechanic to assemble the car in a workshop, making on-demand assembly possible. 2) It has a no-frills design and uses lighter components, giving it 67 mpg. 3) While it is only 122 inches long it still has ample interior space. With a base price of $2,000, this "poor man's car" is gaining momentum. (San Francisco Chronicle; March 31, 2009)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

  • Nanotechnology / Solar Innovations >
    A Hybrid Nano-Energy Harvester - Researchers have combined a nanogenerator with a solar cell to create an integrated mechanical- and solar-energy-harvesting device. This hybrid generator might be used, e.g., to power airplane sensors by capturing sunlight as well as engine vibrations. (MIT Technology Review; April 09, 2009)
  • Lighting > Compact Fluorescent > Downsides
    CFLs Causing Utility Woes - EDN reports that compact fluorescent bulbs use more energy than claimed due to their poor power factor, in the range of 0.45 to 0.50. While consumers are only charged 13 Watts for a 60-Watt incandescent equivalent bulb, the utility has to generate 28 watts. (Slashdot; Apr. 8, 2009) (Discussion)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

  • EVs > Plug-In
    Can GM's Volt Save the Company? - Last week, President Obama said that GM had failed to present a convincing plan to turn around its decline, and he warned that the automaker may face bankruptcy. GM's planned plug-in hybrid car is at the core of the automaker's attempt to reinvent itself. (MIT Technology Review; April 6, 2009)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

  • Featured / Store: Magnet Motors > Mylow >
    Mylow Magnet Motor Plans -- Version 1.1 - Sterling presents a concise and clear set of instructions of how to build a working all-magnet motor as described by Mylow, who is the first person we know of who has replicated Howard Johnson’s Stonehenge model from three decades ago. (MylowPlans.com; April 4, 2009)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

  • Featured / OS: Joe Cell / Fuel_Efficiency > H Boost >
    The Moe-Joe Spherical Joe Cell - Moshe Daniel, inventor/designer of the Moe-Joe Cell, has placed his project here at PESWiki, sharing some of the special features of the Moe-Joe cell and how it is an improvement over the cylindrical-type cells in the Joe Cell technology world. (PESWiki; April 4, 2009)
  • Nanotechnology / Batteries >
    Nanotech Batteries For A New Energy Future - Researchers at the Maryland NanoCenter at the University of Maryland have developed new systems for storing electrical energy derived from alternative sources that are, in some cases, 10 times more efficient than what is commercially available. (ScienceDaily; March 22, 2009)
  • Videos >
    'Dancing in Paris' -- 80s Car Commercial - Totally stunning stunt car driving of the Isuzu Gemini. Best performance video I've ever seen along these lines. "'Bet you can't do this", every few seconds. (Google Video; Jan. 31, 2006)

Friday, April 3, 2009

  • Solar > Concentrated >
    Home-Heating Mirrors - A new company called Practical Solar uses mirrors to focus sunlight where you want it via a computer-controlled heliostat system. One application would be to focus it on your home to keep it warm in the winter. (EcoGeek; March 20, 2009)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

  • Featured: Biofuels > Human-Powered >
    NatGeo Bus Powered by Passengers - The bussing authority in Atlanta in conjunction with NatGeo, a global biofuel research group, has been experimenting with a new approach to powering their bus fleet with the passengers that board the bus. Passengers enter through the jaws and exit through the tail pipe. (Free Energy News; April 1, 2009)
  • Flight > Aeroscraft >
    Airship Company To Enter LSA Market - "The five-gallon fuel capacity proved the limiting factor," said our source. "That turned out to be just enough fuel to make two or three full turns, and required spending the rest of a flight just drifting with the wind. (Aero-News.net; April 1, 2009)

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