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2009

March

February

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009

  • Gravity Motors / Milkovic Pendulum >
    Double Solenoid Pendulum - A Canadian engineer, Ron Pugh, demonstrates his automatic double solenoid pendulum driving system for the Milkovic's two-stage oscillator using a quadrature shaft encoder to provide the logic to fire the main solenoid and the ratchet solenoid. (YouTube; Jan. 28, 2009) (Thanks Bobsy)
  • Automotive X Prize >
    Consumer Reports to Test Auto X Prize Cars - Consumer Reports, famed for its painstaking evaluations of mundane items like toasters and vacuum cleaners, will test the safety of vehicles competing in the Progressive Automotive X Prize and adopt the competition's MPGe standard of measuring fuel efficiency in its tests of cars the rest of us drive.(Wired; Feb. 20, 2009)

Friday, Feb. 27, 2009

  • Tide >
    Swanturbines direct drive increases reliability by 33% - The Swanturbines Cygnet device will begin assembly in South Wales after the completion of its marinised gearless generator. The system removes the need for gearing or hydraulics in the drive train and is expected to increase turbine reliability by 33%. (Video) (Tidal Today; Feb. 24, 2009)

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009

  • Events >
    Global New Energy Summit - March 22-24, 2009, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Rocky Mountain Technology Alliance is hosting the inaugural Global New Energy Summit which will bring together world renowned panelists and showcase the latest innovation and applications in nuclear, solar, wind, water and bio-fuels along with energy storage and security.
  • OT / PAC >
    The Health Revolution Petition - Petition drive is the friend of those who take preventative health seriously, calling for an end of FDA tyranny and oppression of natural product companies, an end to the persecution of alternative medicine and healing arts practitioners, an end Big Pharma's bribery of doctors.... (Health Revolution Petition; Feb. 24, 2009)

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

  • Featured: Suppression / Electromagnetic >
    Lester Hendershot's Fuelless Motor - In the 1920's Lester Hendershot was working on a new type of aviation compass and found a method of generating energy. He is reported to have accepted an offer he couldn't refuse being paid never to work on his device again and "committed suicide" in 1960 the same year the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research began looking at his work. (PESWIki; Feb. 25, 2009)
  • Hydrogen Vehicles >
    NH² Hydrogen Powered Tractor - The concept behind the New Holland NH2 is to build a zero-emissions tractor with a 106-horsepower electric motor sending power to the four wheels. It might look hot, but its expensive, has a relatively small range, and it isn't going into production until 2013. (YouTube) (Autoblog.nl; Feb. 23, 2009)

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009

  • Alternative Fuels >
    Got Manure? These Trucks Run on It - Hilarides Dairy will use manure produced by 10,000 cows to generate 226,000 cubic feet of biomethane daily — enough to reduce the Central Valley farm's diesel fuel consumption by 650 gallons a day. Biomethane is the only vehicle fuel that is carbon negative." (YouTube) (Wired; Feb, 19, 2009)
  • Hydrogen >
    Hydrogen Fuel From Non-food Sources - Tomorrow our vehicles may derive power by enzymes. These enzymes may originate from the cellulose of woodchips or grass; and instead of emitting poisonous gases, they will exhale hydrogen. (Alternative Energy; Feb. 21, 2009)

Monday, Feb. 23, 2009

  • Solar > Solar Innovations >
    A Cheaper Solar Concentrator - The acrylic component from Morgan Solar called a Light-Guide Solar Optic (LSO), is a new type of solar concentrator that could significantly lower the cost of generating electricity from the sun and they expect commercial production to begin in 2010. (Slashdot) (MIT Technology Review; Feb. 20, 2009)
  • Events >
    Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America - March 10 – 12, 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada. A worldwide audience will hear papers, panel discussions and presentations during technical sessions related to technology, markets, business strategies and policy covering the wind, solar, biomass, hydro, geothermal, ocean/tidal/wave, bio-power, bio-fuels hydrogen sectors.

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009

  • "Clean" Coal >
    Coal Ash: The Hidden Story - In many states — at ponds, landfills, and pits where coal ash gets dumped — a slow seepage of the ash’s metals has poisoned water supplies, damaged ecosystems, and jeopardized citizens’ health. The U.S. EPA identified 63 “proven or potential damage cases” in 23 states. (Public Integrity; Feb. 19, 2009)

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009

  • Events >
    Green IT Virtual Event: Corporate Responsibility and the Bottom Line - This virtual event on Feb. 26, 2009 will feature experts in green IT, from the data center, the network, business strategy, and the vendor community; discussing best practices for continuing a path toward a more environmentally equitable computing environment that improves the bottom line.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2009

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009

  • Biofuels > R&D >
    Biofuel from Forestry Waste Is Close - "We believe there are large volumes of residues that could be used for biofuel production in Europe and elsewhere," Hans Sohlstrom, VP of UPM-Kymmene said. "Around half of a tree's biomass is currently left as residue which cannot be used for timber or paper production." (PlanetArk; Feb. 0 2009)
  • Events >
    Cleantech Forum XXI - From February 23-25, 2009, more than 800 of the world’s clean technology sector leaders—representing over $3 trillion in capital—together with entrepreneurs, scientists and policy-makers, will convene in San Francisco for Cleantech Forum XXI.

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

  • Solar >
    Samsung Releases Solar Powered Phone - Samsung has finally delivered on this promise with their brand new Blue Earth phone. Blue Earth is a gorgeous green touch phone that has a full solar panel on its back which can generate enough power to charge the phone. (Inhabitat; Feb. 13, 2009) (See: Slashdot)
  • UFOs >
    UFO Wars - George Noorey had Ed Grimsely on talking about how it is possible to see a whole bunch of UFOs using military grade night vision glasses. No wonder soldiers are instructed to never, ever "look up" at night with the night goggles. (Coast to Coast AM; Feb. 12, 2009)

Monday, Feb. 16, 2009

  • Propulsion / Fusion >
    A Workable Fusion Starship? - Friedwardt Winterberg's innovative propulsion concept now weds magnetic mirror technologies with fusion. The interplanetary vehicle has an exhaust velocity of 100 km/s, while the launcher vehicle gets 10 km/s. (Centauri Dream; Jan. 23, 2009)
  • Conservation >
    Report: Recession Won't Slow Green IT Initiatives - "The slowing economy will not derail efforts to make IT operations more efficient and less environmentally harmful. In fact, of responding companies that are changing the pace of their green IT activities in response to the economic outlook, those going faster outnumber those slowing down by two to one." (Greener Computing; Dec. 17, 2008)

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009

  • Solar Innovations >
    Spray-on Solar Panels - A new Australian solar company Spark Solar and Finnish materials company Braggone Oy are working with Australian National University (ANU) on the spray-on method. This new technique can be commercially available by 2011. (Alternative Energy; Feb. 12, 2009)
  • Conventional Renewable Energy >
    Why sustainable power is unsustainable - Based on recurring themes at the FT Energy Conference, renewable energy technologies remain the great hope for the future, and are guaranteed research funds in the short term. But unless a second generation of sustainable energy ideas based on truly sustainable resources is established, the renewable light could be in danger of dimming. (New Scientist; Feb. 6, 2009)

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009

  • Books / Store >
    The Quantum Key by Aaron Murakami - Peter Lindemann says, "While this e-book is probably too simple for a PhD physicist, it is perfect for young people or anybody else just becoming interested in Free Energy. Expand your frame of reference and transform your entire paradigm of the universe into something that shines light into your blind spots.
  • Featured: Store > sEnergy > Conservation >
    Plug Power Saver - The Plug Power Saver is designed to give the motor only as much power as is needs at any given moment, not more or less, thus saving on up to 30% of the energy otherwise used. Also provides soft start to the motor, further extending its life. (PES Store)

Friday, Feb. 13, 2009

  • Cold Fusion > Eugene Mallove >
    Reward Offered in Mallove Killing - Police announced they are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the 2004 killing of cold fusion physicist Eugene Mallove in Norwich. Some credible information has been uncovered by investigators, but they need more information to move the case forward. (The Day; Feb. 12, 2009)

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009

  • Power-Generating Shock Absorbers >
    Regenerative shock absorbers developed by team at MIT - A team of undergrads at MIT has produced a prototype of a shock absorber for vehicles which can harness and generate electricity back into the vehicle. The team claims that their prototype increases a vehicle's fuel-efficiency by up to 10 percent by using a "hydraulic system that forces fluid through a turbine attached to a generator." (Engadget; Feb. 10, 2009)

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

  • Fuel Cells >
    Cheaper Fuel Cells - Carbon nanotubes could replace expensive platinum catalysts and help finally make fuel cells economical. (Technology Review; Feb. 5, 2009)
  • Solar >
    The US Utility-scale Solar Picture - While the pace of installations of distributed solar systems for homes and businesses has steadily risen over the past few years, utilities have mostly stayed out of the picture. However that appears to be changing. (Renewable Energy World; Feb. 10, 2009)

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009

Monday, Feb. 9, 2009

  • Lighting > Light Emitting Diodes >
    Philips Lighting rides analog-to-digital wave - Philips is pushing hard into solid-state lighting, having spent about $4 billion acquiring LED (light-emitting diode) lighting companies over the past two years, recognizing that LED lighting is far more efficient than alternatives - five times more than incandescent and halogen lights and at least as efficient as fluorescents - and they last longer than others. (CNet News; Feb. 5, 2009)

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009

  • Books >
    Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air - 382-page PDF - free download. This is an excellent straight-talking book about the numbers. The aim is to guide the reader around the claptrap (twaddle) to actions that really make a difference and to new energy policies that add up for the UK. (UIT Cambridge"; May 1, 2009)

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009

  • Jobs >
    State of Green Business 2009 - Discusses the big trends that are shaping the future of the greening (environmental thinking) of mainstream business in a green economy in the "GreenBiz Index". (Download 62-page PDF). (Greenbiz; Feb. 5, 2009)

Friday, Feb. 6, 2009

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009

  • Featured: Zero Point Energy >
    Jovion Corporation Pursues Zero Point Energy - University-based Jovion Corporation of Boulder, CO, USA aims to develop and commercialize a device that would involve solar cells for harnessing energy from electromagnetic radiation. They received a patent last May for quantum vacuum energy extraction using Casimir cavities. (PESWiki; Feb. 5, 2009)

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

  • Featured: Magnet Motors > Steorn >
    Steorn Raises the Curtains - The company that stirred the planet in 2003 with their claim of a magnet motor technology, today posted two videos, announcing that are soliciting teams of engineers and commercial interests to become part of a developer group of 300 to prepare the technology for market rollout. (PESN; Feb. 4, 2009)
  • Nuclear > Thorium Reactors >
    The Ultimate Alternative Energy - Thorium is not only far more abundant than uranium-235, but thorium reactors do not produce waste materials useful in nuclear weapons. In fact, the waste is far less hazardous and much cheaper to deal with. Thorium reactors are safer in general to operate, producing little radioactive threat outside their shielding; and cannot experience a catastrophic meltdown. (Daily Reckoning; Jan. 28, 2009)

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009

  • Top 100 / Featured: Engines > Wankel >
    Regi Technologies' RadMax rotary engine - The Radmax direct-charge engine with few moving parts is based on the Wankel rotary design, but is claimed to deliver up to three times the power, with half the weight of a true Wankel engine of the same size. It is virtually vibration free and very quiet. (PESWiki; Jan. 27, 2009)

Monday, Feb. 2, 2009

  • Flying Cars >
    Skycar Expedition 2009 - The Parajet Skycar is the first two seater, high performance, road legal, bio-fuelled flying car; capable of providing rally car performance on and off road, and light aircraft performance after just a few minutes of wing preparation. (Skycar Expedition; Jan 22. 2009)
  • Biomass >
    Whisky Power! Distillery Unveils Scotch Green Power - We're pretty sure that the expression “drunk on power” was never meant to be taken this literally. The Combination of Rothes Distillers Limited (CoRD) announced that they have partnered with Helius Energy to install a power plant fueled by none other than whisky by-products! (Inhabitat; Jan. 28, 2009)

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009

  • Featured: Electromagnetic / Magnet Motors >
    The Magnevex Research Project - Based on the research and writings of Ernest L. Norman, the Magnevex magnet motor / generator uses neodymium magnets passing coils of wire to generate electricity. The goal is to do away with the battery that is presently used to run the motor side of the magnetic vortex. (PESWiki; Feb. 1, 2009)
  • Zero Point Energy >
    Quantum Blurring - Using quantum field theory, researchers derived the probability for light to be deflected by density fluctuations associated with zero point motion in a fluid. Their results show that zero-point scattering increases as the fifth power of the light frequency, called acoustic Cassimir effect. (Physical Review Focus; Jan. 23, 2009)

January

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