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Thursday, December 31, 2009

  • Zeitgeist >
    10 Most Popular Stories of 2009 at EcoGeek - Top stories included 10. Power-Generating Shock Absorber; 9. Lithium Supply Fears Unfounded; 8. World's First Floating Wind Turbine; 6. Charge Your Gadgets While You Walk or Ride; 4. Using Urine to Produce Hydrogen; 3. Ceramatec Bringing Distributed Power Storage to Your Home. (EcoGeek; Dec. 22, 2009)
  • Zeitgeist >
    Top 5 Green Energy Stories of 2009 at Inhabitat - Vote for your favorite among a list including: • Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Generating Energy • World’s Largest Laser to Attempt Nuclear Fusion • Self-Destructing Bacteria Could Be the Key to Better Biofuels • Japan Plans $21 Billion Solar Space Post to Power 294,000 Homes. (Inhabitat; Dec. 30, 2009)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

  • Solar > Applications >
    Photovoltaic Eye Implant Could Give Sight To the Blind - Researchers at Stanford University recently announced that they have developed a new artificial retina implant that uses photovoltaic power and could help the blind see. Miniature photovoltaic cells are used to provide power to the chip as well as to transmit data through the eye to the brain. (Inhabitiat; Dec. 29, 2009)
  • Magnetism > Earth's Magnetic Field >
    North Magnetic Pole Moving East Due to Core Flux - Earth's north magnetic pole is racing toward Russia at almost 40 miles (64 kilometers) a year due to magnetic changes in the planet's core, new research says. Researchers can infer the field's movements by tracking how Earth's magnetic field has been changing at the surface and in space. (National Geographic; December 24, 2009)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

  • Zeitgeist >
    The Year in Energy - With many renewable energy companies facing hard financial times, a lot of the big energy news this year was coming out of Washington, DC, with massive federal stimulus funding. But there was still plenty of action outside the beltway, both in the United States and around the world, especially relating to liquid batteries, giant lasers, and vast new reserves of natural gas. (MIT Technology Review; December 28, 2009)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

  • Environment / Magnets >
    Earth-Friendly Elements, Mined Destructively - Some of the greenest technologies of the age, including e-cars and wind turbines, are made possible by rare earth minerals. Just one problem: These elements come almost entirely from China, from some of the most environmentally damaging mines in the country, in an industry dominated by criminal gangs. (NY Times; Dec. 26, 2009)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

  • Batteries > Lithium Ion >
    "Home Batteries" to power houses for a week - Panasonic has announced plans to create 'home batteries.' They are lithium-ion batteries large enough to power a house for a week, making energy sources such as solar and wind power more feasible. Also, you can buy energy when it is cheapest, and don't need to worry about power outages anymore. (Nexus404; Dec. 24, 2009)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Tires >
    Reinventing the wheel -- shapeshifter - The Pumplon tire by a Brizilian inventor can change its shape to that best suited for the conditions of the road. This shape of tire contains green benefits too in the form of reduced travel times to increased fuel efficiency. Probably not as useful in locations with good roads. (Alt Energy News; Dec. 21, 2009)

Friday, December 25, 2009

  • Humor >
    Congress Repeals Ban on Perpetual Motion Machines - In a bold move to lessen our dependence on traditional fuels and decrease carbon emissions, Congress voted to repeal an old Republican ban on perpetual motion machines, clearing the way for the development of self-propelled water wheels, self-flowing flasks, float belts, zeromotors, and other environmentally-friendly industrial equipment. (The Peoples Cube; Oct. 24, 2009)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

  • Zeitgeist >
    This Year In Clean Energy - What A Ride - An overview from a mainstream clean energy perspective, giving kudoes to the U.S. administration for stimulus funds for conventional renewables [disregarding the mounting debt; and not doing squat for extreme breakthroughs that could really break the oil addiction and bring individual energy autonomy]. (Renewable Energy World; December 22, 2009)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

  • Batteries >
    A Quantum Leap in Battery Design - A "digital quantum battery" concept proposed by a physicist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign could provide a dramatic boost in energy storage capacity over lithium ion batteries by several orders of magnitude. The concept calls for billions of nanoscale capacitors. (MIT Technology Review; December 21, 2009) ('PhysOrg)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

  • BioElectricity >
    Hybrid biological machines powered by bacteria - Scientists at the U.S. DOE Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University have produced tiny microgears with slanted spokes that get turned as the common aerobic bacteria Bacillus subtilis swim by them. The reaction is controlled by the addition/subtraction of oxygen. (GizMag; Dec. 21, 2009)

Monday, December 21, 2009

  • Wind > High Altitude >
    The Kite Wind Generator - An Italian company is installing Kite Wind Generators, or KiteGens that are mounted on giant movable poles. When wind blows these kites come out of funnels on a pair of high-resistance cables to control direction and angle. As the kites blow left then right, they pole movement generates electricity. (Alt Energy News; Dec. 21, 2009)
  • Geothermal > Downsides >
    Geopower driller faces jail for causing earthquakes - The head of Geopower Basel, a thermal energy company, was testing pioneering technology to blast cold water deep underground and create steam to drive electric turbines; had to stop when it recorded an earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale and a series of smaller tremors that led to 3,500 claims for damages from homeowners and a compensation bill of SwFr9 million (£5.4 million). (Times Online; UK; Dec. 17, 2009)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

  • Nature / Solar >
    Solar Panel Croc Skin - Crocodiles have a thick armor plate on their backs. But that could be a disadvantage due to the insulation it would provide from the heat it needs. Blood vessels though the armored plate provide the conveyance of the solar gain. (National Geographic)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

  • Electromagnetic > Steorn >
    Steorn gives explanation of e-Orbo, Dec. 19 (video) - Today in Dublin, Sean McCarthy gave his first live presentation explaining the unique characteristics of their electromagnetic motor technology. Explains/demonstrates current and voltage using oscilloscopes, and the removal of back-EMF. (PESWiki; Dec. 19, 2009)
  • Solar > Research and Development >
    Hot Electrons Could Double Solar Power - Researchers at Boston College have provided new experimental evidence that solar cell output can be double vi the use of "hot electrons." Ordinary solar cells can, in theory, convert at most about 35 percent of the energy in sunlight into electricity, wasting the rest as heat. Making use of hot electrons could result in efficiencies as high as 67 percent. (MIT Technology Review; Dec. 18, 2009)

Friday, December 18, 2009

  • Featured / OS: Magnet Motors >
    Mecsdgp Magnet Motor - A new video has been posted showing a small rotor with square magnets around the perimeter. It starts to turn and then accelerates (supposedly up to 6000 rpm) as a "reactor bar" is brought closer to it. Most likely just an air nozzle making it turn. (PESWiki; Dec. 18, 2009)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

  • Nanotech / Batteries >
    Batteries Made from Regular Paper - A group of Stanford University researchers have shown that ordinary paper can be turned into a battery electrode simply by dipping it into carbon-nanotube inks. The resulting electrodes, which are strong, flexible, and highly conductive, might be used to make cheap energy storage devices to power portable electronics. (MIT Technology Review; Dec. 9, 2009)

Monday, December 14, 2009

  • Featured: Buyer Beware / Suppression > Hydroxy > Boyce >
    Action: Bringing Robert Potchen to Justice - Bob Boyce calls on the dealers and dissatisfied customers of renegade associate Bob Potchen to report their problems to their state attorney generals to bring Potchen to justice, as he has been discrediting the industry with his product that has been shown to actually decrease mileage rather than increase it. (PESWiki; Dec. 14, 2009)
  • Magnet Motors > Steorn >
    Steorn sets up for second bite at perpetual cherry - "Perpetual motion is back. Or it will be when Steorn, the Emerald Isle's leading proponents of the art, shows off working machines and opens the tech up to anyone who wants a licence. This exciting event is due to happen sometime in the next week at the Waterways Building in Dublin." (ZDNet; Dec. 14 2009)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

  • Magnet Motors > Steorn >
    Engineers' View on Steorn's Orbo Technology - Steorn produced this professional segment ten months ago (Feb. '09), featuring three independent engineers who have become convinced of the overunity aspects of the Steorn magnetic motor concept; and the challenge hence presented to engineers to develop a practical embodiment. (YouTube; by Steornofficial; Dec. 10, 2009)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

  • Solar / Alt Fuel > Butanol >
    Scientists Turn CO2 Directly Into Fuel Using The Sun - Researchers at UCLA have engineered a bacteria that can eat carbon dioxide and burp out butanol—a liquid fuel that can be substituted into our existing fuel infrastructure without modification. The reaction the team is harnessing is powered directly by energy from sunlight, through photosynthesis. (Dec. 11, 2009)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

  • Featured: Conspiracy > 9/11 >
    NIST's Role in 9/11 Cover-up - Established to be a pillar of scientific accuracy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has prostituted itself in the case of its role in helping the dark elements of the U.S. Government to cover their tracks of culpability in the 9/11 tragedy. Compilation by Sterling D. Allan, son of NIST atomic clock physicist. (PS; Dec. 10, 2009)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

  • Hydro > Wave > Buoys > Ocean Power Technologies, Inc >
    Oregon Wave Project Under Way - A project to build the US' first wave power station off the coast of Oregon is finally moving forward. Ocean Power Technologies signed a contract with Oregon Iron Works to start building 10 buoys, the first one to be deployed in a year to test the capabilities of the buoys before going forward with a 200-buoy project. (EcoGeek; Dec. 4, 2009)
  • Jobs >
    GreenJobsDatabase.com - A database of jobs from companies and organizations dedicated to a cleaner economy. Listed by topic. Post a job, post a resume.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

  • Fuel Efficiency > Retrofits > Grooves > Singh >
    Another Groovy Invention (video) - Somender Singh describes (in English) his patented technology for a Belgian TV station. Says that by putting three simple grooves going into the combustion chamber that mileage can be increased by as much as 50%, through the properly-placed turbulence. (Canvas.be; Nov. 2, 2009) (See our updated feature page.)
  • Waste to Energy > from Sewage >
    British firm gets taste for 'poo power' - Britain's biggest water company, Thames Water, lifted the lid Monday on how it slashed costs by burning customers' faeces to make electricity.Energy is generated through either "thermal destruction", where dried blocks of "poo cake" are burned, or "anaerobic digestion", where the methane from sewage sludge is burned. (Eergy Daily; Dec. 7, 2009)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

  • Featured: Buyer Beware / Suppression > Electrolysis > Boyce >
    Boyce chip implanter suspect identified - Bob Boyce first noticed what turned out to be the VeriChip implant that caused his malignant tumor when he was working with former associate, Bob Potchen. Having fallen asleep at a desk, when he awoke, his right shoulder felt like it had been numbed; and when he rubbed it, he noticed a small, hard lump there. (PESN; Dec. 6, 2009)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

  • Organizations / Tesla >
    TeslaUniverse.com - The Tesla Universe is a free resource, including community features such as forums, chat, interactive comments and content rating systems. Contents include all 78 issues of the Tesla Coil Builders Association newsletters, interactive Tesla timeline, quote and book databases, and much more.

Friday, December 4, 2009

  • Classifieds: Magnet Motors >
    Detroit Magnet Motor Inventor Seeks Gauss Meter - An inventor in Detroit said that on Dec. 1 an all-magnet motor he's been working on began rapidly spinning by the power of magnetism alone. He is looking for someone in the Detroit area who has a gauss meter he could use to test the magnets to see if they are diminishing in strength. (PESWiki; Dec. 4, 2009)
  • Nanotechnology / Solar / Batteries >
    New nano-material could lead to self-washing windows and solar panels - Researchers from Tel Aviv University have discovered a new nanomaterial that can repel dust and water and could provide a self-cleaning coating for windows or solar panels. The new material is made up of molecules of peptides that “grow” to resemble small forests of grass. The coating also acts as a super-capacitor, thereby possibly providing an energy boost to batteries. (GizMag; December 3, 2009)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

  • Fuel Efficiency > Hydroxy >
    HH2 hydrogen technology purports to turn any gas-guzzler into a hybrid - California-based HydroLectricPower claims its HH2 system ("not HHO") can turn just about any fossil-fuel-powered vehicle into an eco-friendly hybrid with the installation of a book-sized device that uses energy from the vehicle's 12-Volt battery to extract hydrogen and oxygen (separately) from distilled water, which are then blended with the existing fuel source to enhance fuel combustion inside the engine combustion chambers. (GizMag; Dec. 2, 2009)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

  • Hydro > Wave >
    Oyster - the world's largest working hydro-electric wave energy device - Aquamarine Power has launched the world’s largest working hydro-electric wave energy device in Scotland. Per its mode of action, the near-shore "oyster" produces power by pumping high pressure water to its onshore hydro-electric turbine which feeds into the national grid. A potential farm of 20 Oysters provide enough energy to power 9,000 three bedroom family home.s (GizMag; November 26, 2009)
  • Conservation >
    Thermeleon roof tiles make saving energy as clear as black and white - The Thermeleon (as in chameleon) roof tile changes from white to black depending on its temperature. Using phase-change polymer gel-filled tiles, a team at MIT is able to control the light energy transmission properties of the roofing material, meaning that on a hot day the roofing material turns white to reflect heat, but on a cold day the material becomes transparent and absorbs heat back into the home (GizMag; November 29, 2009)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

  • Sorry, no bullet for today. I was gone collecting info on four big stories: 1) waste-to-building materials co; 2) major update on Bob Boyce chip & tech; 3) fuel efficiency groove; 4) recommending 2012 movie. Feature stories on these coming in the next few days. -- Sterling

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