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Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009

  • Lighting > Light Emitting Diodes >
    Great bright hope to end battle of the light bulbs - Cambridge University researchers have developed cheap, light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs that produce brilliant light but use very little electricity. They will cost £2 and last up to 60 years and are 12 times more efficient than conventional tungsten bulbs and three times more efficient than the unpopular fluorescent low-energy versions. (Mail Online; Jan. 29, 2009) (Also: Slashdot)
  • Human-Powered >
    150MPG Human Powered Goblin Aero - Goblin Motors’ new line of human powered vehicles are coming online February 2009. These vehicles, known as velomobiles, allow a single occupant to travel faster than a bicycle using their own power. Power assist systems are available as an option. (Alternative Energy News; Jan. 29, 2009)

Friday, Jan. 30, 2009

  • Tidal Power >
    Navy, PUD both hunt for power from tides - The Navy expects to drop tidal turbines into the water off Marrowstone Island in Admiralty Inlet in 2010, not far from where the Snohomish County PUD is studying installing equipment of its own the following year. (Heraldnet; Jan. 28, 2009)

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009

  • Global Warming >
    The Big Energy Gamble - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is leading an aggressive charge against global warming in his state. Will the country follow? 1-hour NOVA program in 6 parts, online. (PBS NOVA; January 2009)

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

  • Solar > Thermal >
    Sunrain defies economic crisis - Despite the global economic crisis, the Chinese vacuum tube collector manufacturer Jiangsu SunRain Solar Water Heater Manufacture Co. LTD grew by 74% last year and presently employs around 2000 people. (Solar Thermal World; Jan. 26, 2009)

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009

  • Solar >
    Energy Companies Competing for Desert Land - The Bureau of Land Management has been swamped with applications for solar projects across millions of acres of desert and has seen a 78% increase in applications, now totaling 223. The applicants are all looking to capitalize on desert land in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. (EcoGeek; Jan. 12, 2009)

Monday, Jan. 26, 2009

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009

  • Featured: Financial Resources >
    Barter: For Hard Times + - With the economy tanking as the good-ol-boy's club passes away and a new society arises that will be far more enlightened, barter is not just for survival, but could be one of those superior elements in the new society. (PESWiki; Jan. 25, 2009)
  • Electromagnetic >
    Solar Panel Powered Keppe Motor - Keppe Motor draws just 6 Watts to run a fan that usually takes 50 Watts. The battery is being replenished by a solar panel at an adequate rate to keep up with the fan. When the standard motor is put on the system, drawing 47 Watts, it rapidly depletes the battery. (PESWiki / Keppe Blog; January 21, 2009)

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009

  • Hydrogen > Production >
    Scientists Find New Way To Produce Hydrogen - Scientists at Penn State University and the Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered a way to produce hydrogen by exposing selected clusters of aluminum atoms to water. The geometries of these aluminum clusters, rather than solely their electronic properties, govern the proximity of the clusters' exposed active sites. (PhysOrg; Jan. 22, 2009)
  • Electric Vehicles > Shelby Supercars >
    World's Fastest Car Goes Electric - Shelby says the Ultimate Aero EV will showcase the company's liquid-cooled, twin-engine, 3-speed, "All-Electric, Scalable Powertrain," which it says can be tailored to suit a wide variety of vehicles, from compact city cars to heavy-duty trucks and even military vehicles. Zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds? 10-minute recharge time? (Wired; Jan. 23, 2009)

Friday, Jan. 23, 2009

  • Ten-Year Renewable Energy Plan >
    Alaska Energy: A First Step Toward Energy Independence - The Alaska Energy Authority has released a comprehensive guide that calls for obtaining half of the state's electricity from renewable resources by 2025. It also identifies and prioritizes energy projects, puts into place legal and government structures needed to allow them to move forward and identifies potential funding sources. (Alaska Energy Authority; Jan. 2009)

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

  • Top 100 / Featured / Videos: River / Water >
    Video: Markovic Self-Propelled (SP) River Pump - We've produced a new video about Vladimir Markovic's Top 100 river pump -- a very clever, simple, robust design now going into production that can be used to pump water, generate electricity, desalinate water, all from slow-moving water without the need to build a dam. (YouTube: PESNetwork; Jan. 22, 2009)
  • Solar >
    Water Heaters Put Solar Energy Within Reach - Andrei Mitran of Cary, NC says he has no desire to live "off the grid." But when choosing a replacement for his 18-year-old hot water heater, the computer programmer says he decided to look into purchasing a Solar H2OT solar unit. (PhysOrg; Jan. 21, 2009)
  • Solar >
    A Solar-powered mobile phone - Add a small solar panel to your cellphone to reduce the "low battery" messages. The objective is to looks great and not get in the way of using the phone normally. (Instructables; Jan. 11, 2009)
  • Electrical Grid >
    Alternative energy faces power line "bottleneck" in U.S. West - How much "green" power will come from the U.S. West is uncertain if the sunny and wind-swept region cannot overcome a shortage of power lines. For years the rule of thumb was $1 million per mile, but a recent project in Southern California cost $16.5 million per mile. The "bottleneck" is Federal land use and bureaucratic delays. (Reuters; Jan. 21, 2009)

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

  • Featured: ZPE / Tom Valone >
    Zero Point Energy devices 5-10 years from market (interview) - Tom Valone, author of several books and tracts on the subject, gives an overview of the ZPE concept and recent developments toward working prototypes. Nanodiodes, already developed, could be the key ingredient for harnessing this energy that is everywhere present and constant. (PESN; Jan. 21, 2009)
  • Refrigeration / Solar >
    Promethean Solar Refrigerator - Promethean Power Systems is developing a clean, quiet, solid-state solar-powered refrigeration system for commercial cold-storage applications in off-grid and partially electrified areas of developing countries, using thermoelectric cooling modules and solar photovoltaic panels. (Video Series link) (Engineering TV; Jan. 6, 2009)
  • Prizes >
    Google Project 10^100 ideas update - Reminder: Google is marking its 10th anniversary by offering 10 million dollars for five of the best world changing ideas. A Google panel will announce 100 nominees on Jan. 27, 2009, to then be narrowed to 20 via Google user input. Sign up for email reminder.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

  • Fuel Efficiency > Retrofits >
    ELC Fuel Saver - A next generation product that provides multi-function microcomputer technology combined with electronic physics, chemistry, engine mechanics and fuel chemistry. Instalation isn't as quick/easy as they say.
  • U.S. Government and Energy >
    Bush Years: 8 in 8 Minutes (video) - Kieth Olbermann of MSNBC gives a scathing recital of George Bush's performance, but doesn't take into consideration the global corporatist/Fascist cabal that is behind him and has pulled his strings from day one. The Beast is still among us, although they will rule now from the shadows of the Democratic party. (Truthout; Jan. 16, 2009)

Monday, Jan. 19, 2009

  • Top 100 / Featured: Ocean Wave Energy > Buoys >
    Oceanlinx Converts Wave action to Air Action - Oceanlinx is a leading international company in the field of wave energy conversion. It has developed technology for extracting energy from ocean waves by converting them into air flow that turns a turbine to produce electricity, or to provide desalinated industrial or potable grade water from sea water. (PESWiki; Jan. 19, 2009)
  • Oil >
    The Costly Compromises of Oil From Sand - The oil that is extracted from Canadian dirt is being portrayed as saving America from energy dependence on the unstable Middle East. Or is it an environmental catastrophe in the making? (Energy Tribune; Jan. 10, 2009)

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009

  • Solar >
    MiniWIZ’s Solarbulb Turns Bottles Into Lamps - The Solarbulb is a brilliant solution that provides light while making use of old plastic bottles. Simply attach it to any ordinary bottle and the 0.18 W solar cells will provide up to 6 hours of continuous night lighting. (Inhabitat; Jan. 8, 2009)

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009

Friday, Jan. 16, 2009

  • Flight > Human-Powered >
    Humans like flying squirrels - Only they fly at 100 MPH off mountains in Norway in windsuits, called "wingsuit basejumping". Not a method likely to come in useful, except maybe from the top of a high-rise to the ground-floor coffee shop a few blocks away. Bring on the squirrels, these guys are nuts! (Vimeo Video; 3.54 minutes, Sept. 2008)

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009

  • New Energy Congress in the News >
    FOLLOW-UP: He made it into the Top 10
    Ideas for Change: A National Strategy for Sustainability - "The New Energy Congress has developed a promising list of 100 new energy technologies which may be key to our future. Many of these technologies could be profitably produced within two or three years with additional funding for marketing, development, production, and distribution." -- Rob Wheeler, Citizens Network for Sustainable Development (; Jan. 12, 2009)

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

  • Lighting > LEDs >
    What Is The State Of Solid State LED Lighting? - Researchers at Purdue University have found one method of significantly reducing the cost of a white LED by eliminating the expensive layer of sapphire. Instead, they used silicon as the substrate (the material the diode is printed on) and zirconium nitride as the reflector. (Scientific Blogging; Dec. 29, 2008)
  • Energy Efficiency >
    Green Is in at CES, but is it Real? - Green has become hip, making the way a product affects the environment a huge consideration in consumer buying habits, at least when it comes to gadgets. A CEA report says that consumers are very skeptical about the green claims made by high-tech firms. (Slashdot; Jan. 7, 2009)

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009

  • Top 100 / Featured: Engines > Retrofits > MYT >
    Massive Yet Tiny (MYT) Engine Going to Production (Interview) - World famous inventor, Raphial Morgado, sets forth a plan for his technology roll-out without requiring auto maker's cooperation. One of Angel Labs' retrofit engines the size of an alternator could replace an SUV engine, increasing performance, and yielding mileage as good as a Prius. (PESN; January 13, 2009)

Monday, Jan. 12, 2009

  • Competitions >
    Greener Gadgets Design Competition 2009 - January 15 is the deadline for this year's event. The Grand Prize: US$3,000; Second and Third Prizes of US$1,000 each. The top 50 entries will be published on the web for voting and commenting, and top finalists will be showcased live at the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City on February 27th for judging by an expert panel. (Greener Gadgets; Jan. 9, 2009)
  • Sustainability >
    Global Footprint Network- How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth.

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009

  • Books > Breakthrough Power >
    Breakthrough Power -- Book Launch - Book launch in October 9, 2008 in Vancouver, BC, featured authors Jeane Manning and Joel Garbon, as well as several individuals mentioned in the book, including Martin Burger, John Hutchison, John Wong, Nassim Haramein, and William Baumgartner. (Google Video, 1.21 hours; Nov. 15, 2008)
  • "Clean" Coal >
    Stores of coal ash piling up - Millions of tons of toxic coal ash are piling up in power plant ponds in 32 U.S. states, a situation the government has long recognized as a risk to human health and the environment, but has done nothing about. (Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 9, 2009)

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009

  • Featured: Grand Unified Theories / Anti Gravity / Magnet Motors >
    Project Home 2010 - The objective of the project is to succeed with an experiment in relativity to prove out the realities of the universe by developing a magnetic propulsion and anti-gravity system, yielding a vehicle that could levitate above the ground on a cushion of self-generated magnetized air. Project to be completed in 2010. (PESWiki; Nov. 10, 2008)
  • Electric Cars >
    The 8-wheeled Electric Eliica - The makers of the Eliica (which stands for Electric Lithium-Ion Car) aim to exceed 250 mph, with a range of 200 miles between charges. Each of 8 wheels house an 80 hp electric motor. (Inhabitat; Jan. 6, 2009)
  • Water >
    A Low-Energy Water Purifier - Oasys estimates that engineered osmosis, will cost just $0.37 to $0.44 per cubic meter -- using one-tenth the energy of conventional systems. A pilot-scale plant is producing one cubic meter of fresh water per day from either sea or brackish water. (MIT Technology Review; Jan. 8, 2009)

Friday, Jan. 9, 2009

  • Nuclear > Hyperion >
    Is small the future of nuclear power generation? - Hyperion, which calls its reactor a "nuclear battery," licensed the technology from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. It plans to sell the reactor for about $30 million (U.S.) and says there's potential to sell 4,000 of them around the world by 2025. (The Star; Jan. 5, 2009)
  • Solar > Vehicles >
    Solar Electric Cars Invade Hollywood - Cruise Car, which bills itself as the only company mass producing solar-electric cars, hopes to change that perception of Tinseltown with some help from Universal Studios, which will convert its entire fleet of 300 fossil-fuel burning, carbon-spewing vehicles to EVs. (Wired; Jan. 7, 2009)

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

  • Fuel Cells >
    Omnivorous Fuel Cells - Superprotonic, a startup company in Pasadena, CA, is developing a fuel cell that can handle dirty hydrogen at relatively low temperatures. It could thus use hydrogen produced from other fuels - such as natural gas or ethanol - by a simple device called a "reformer." (MIT Technology Review; Jan. 6, 2009)
  • Clean Coal >
    Coal in Your Stocking? Fuel Up the Cadillac! - Three decades ago, G.M. developed a prototype powertrain that consumed coal directly. Installed under the hood of a 1978 Cadillac Eldorado, the engine was truly a coal-burner — using the coal in solid form, not converted to a gas or a liquid — though the fuel was in the form of a finely ground powder, not chunks the size of golf balls. (NY Times; Jan. 2, 2009) (Thanks Jim)

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009

  • Top 100 / Featured: Hydro > Tide / Ocean Current >
    Marine Current Turbines' 1 MW SeaGen - SeaGen, designed and developed by Marine Current Turbines Ltd. of Britain, works in principle much like an “underwater windmill”, with the rotors driven by the power of the tidal currents rather than the wind, and has now generated at its maximum capacity of 1.2MW. (PESWiki; Jan. 7, 2009)
  • Algae >
    Trying to Turn San Diego into the Green Houston - San Diego, already home to dozens of companies involved in solar or wind energy, would be a major player in the nation's multi-trillion-dollar energy economy if a group of local researchers succeed in turning algae into a commercially viable transportation fuel, something they think they can do within a decade. (Voice of SanDiego; Jan. 1, 2009)

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009

  • Zeitgeist >
    The Year in Energy - 2008 - Technical advances jump-start electric cars, wind turbines, and solar power. 2008 saw some remarkable advances in energy technology, and many of the innovators in this area remain hopeful that the coming decade won't be like the 1980s, when a drop in oil prices snuffed out interest in alternative energy. (MIT Technology Review; Jan. 5, 2009)
  • Wind >
    SWIFT Wind Turbines - Renewable Devices Swift Turbines Ltd. has developed the SWIFT Wind Turbine, a quiet, building-mountable wind turbine, capable of providing a cost-effective renewable energy source for domestic, community and industrial use. Developed in Scotland and manufactured and distributed in the US by Cascade Engineering.
  • Solar Vehicles >
    Solar Car Finishes Round the World Journey - Louis Palmer, a teacher and "adventurer" has been on the road for 17 months, went through 38 countries and clocked 32,000 miles, all "without a drop of petrol". He's also given rides to over 1,000 people in his quest to familiarize the folk and the famous with the benefits of solar power. (Green Daily; Jan. 4, 2009)

Monday, Jan. 5, 2009

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009

  • Top 100: Fusion > Polywell / EMC2 >
    Fusion we can Believe in? - An $1.8 million experiment, funded by the U.S. Navy, has verified some interesting results that the late physicist Robert Bussard coaxed out of a high-voltage inertial electrostatic contraption known as WB-6. (Cosmic Log; Dec 16, 2008)

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009

  • Biofuels >
    Air New Zealand tests biofuel Boeing - Air New Zealand, along with Boeing, Rolls-Royce, and Honeywell, retooled one of the four Rolls-Royce RB211 engines on a Boeing 747-400 to run on an unusually fruity blend of half Jet A1 fuel and half jatropha oil, according to Air New Zealand. Jatropha has been used in making biodiesel for cars and trucks, but this is one of the first known attempts to use it as a biofuel in a commercial-size airplane. (CNet News; Jan. 2, 2009)

Friday, Jan. 2, 2009

  • Electric Vehicles >
    2009: Year of the Electric Car - Although the electric cars will initially appear in limited numbers and likely in restricted regions of the US; while manufacturers, dealers and customers get comfortable with the technology; here is some of what you can expect to see begin rolling down America roads starting in 2009. (EV World; Dec. 31, 2008)
  • Solar > Largest >
    Portugal's Largest Solar Farm Opens - Portugal's Acciona Energy recently opened the country's largest solar power farm, executing the construction of the project in a record time of 13 months. The solar farm covers an area of 250 hectares, and outputs 48 MW from 2520 solar tracker devices. (EnergyMatters; Jan. 1, 2009)

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009



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