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Saturday, October 31, 2009

  • Funding >
    How to Compare Power Generation Choices - People like to compare the cost to generate electricity from various renewable resources, like wind or solar, to the cost to generate electricity from coal, nuclear and natural gas. Comparing these costs is like comparing apples to oranges. Understanding a few basic factors will help make an informed comparison. (Renewable Energy World; Oct. 29, 2009)
  • Bio-Energetics > Environmental Electromagnetic Concerns >
    How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA - A team led by Los Alamos National Labs has presented a new model of the way the THz waves (used in airport and hospital scanners) interact with DNA, explaining how the damage is done and why evidence has been so hard to gather. They say that although the forces that terahertz waves exert on double-stranded DNA are tiny, in certain circumstances resonant effects can unzip the DNA strands, tearing them apart. (MIT Technology Review; Oct. 30, 2009)

Friday, October 30, 2009

  • Solar Thermal / Building / ZPE / Methane >
    A few free energy developments in Romania - A Russian news agency reports on several interesting systems being developed, including an efficient solar water heating design, a composite building materials having strength and a high R value, a magnetic fertilizer, and a system that allegedly loads methane molecules with the vacuum zero point energy increasing the methane’s heating power by 40 percent. (Financiarul; Oct. 30, 2009)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

  • Water / Conservation >
    Stop Using Toilet Paper: Get a Blue Bidet - You might find the idea of going without toilet paper a bit shocking, but lots of people around the world do it, and there are good technologies available now to replace your toilet or add on to it. It is cleaner and healthier, and saves a lot of water. (Dr. Mercola; Oct. 27, 2009)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

  • EVs > Plug-ins >
    3Prong Power Upgrades Any Prius to Plug-in Status - Toyota is leasing 500 prototype plug-in hybrid Prius’s to lucky recipients next year, but what about other Prius owners who want to plug in? Enter 3Prong Power, a Berkeley, California startup that offers plug-in hybrid conversions for first, second and third generation Prius’s as well as the Ford Escape Hybrid. (Inhabitat; Oct. 27, 2009)

Monday, October 26, 2009

  • Featured: Building > Safe Haven Villages >
    A bit distracted while we move to Tolbert's solar guest house - You'll have to excuse the sparsness of our news recently as I'm in the middle of a move to a solar guest house we'll be staying at while planning then building our own renewable/sustainable home. We've found the radiant floor heat from the solar thermal panels to be pleasant and preferred to forced air heating. Now we need to par down all the unnecessary stuff we've accumulated. (PESWiki; Oct. 27, 2009)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

  • ZPE / Cold Fusion / Fusion / Ocean Power >
    5 big alt-energy letdowns: Ideas that sounded good but... - As the call for a clean-energy savior—to wash away our fossil-fuel sins—grows louder, the number of questionable candidates swells. Should we be looking to photovoltaic or fusion? Turbines or tides? The five "duds" include Zero-point energy; cold fusion, passive collection, hot fusion, sea movement. (Scientific American; Mar 18, 2009) [Let 'em know what YOU think.]

Saturday, October 24, 2009

  • Storage > Capacitors >
    Electric Ultracapacitor Buses Becoming More Feasible - China and Sinautec have been testing a fleet of electric buses equipped with ultracapacitors for quick recharging and zero emissions… and so far it works. Though having a quick charge time (~ 5 min.), these ultracapacitors need to be recharged (every 3.5 miles with air conditioning; 5.5 miles without a/c), requiring numerous charging stations; and the bus only goes 30 mph. (Gas 2.0; Oct. 21, 2009)

Friday, October 23, 2009

  • Kinetic >
    Promising tests for MotionPower system to generate electricity from traffic - The ongoing testing of the MotionPower system for generating electricity from the movement of cars and light trucks is paying dividends. New Energy, the company developing the technology, reports it can produce a 25-fold increase in the system’s capacity to capture kinetic energy from moving vehicles. (GizMag; Oct. 21, 2009)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

  • Featured: Geothermal >
    Marshall Hydrothermal System for Harnessing Deep Sea Vents (Interview) - Bruce Marshall has filed a patent for a hydrothermal system that would harness the vast energy available from deep sea hydrothermal vents in which water seeps into near-surface magma, where it is continuously heated and ejected through vents at around 750 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot water and minerals would be brought to the surface to turn turbines. (PESWiki; Oct. 22, 2009) (Comment)
  • Fuel Cells / BioElectricity >
    Dirt-Powered Bacteria Batteries - Overview article describes the general process whereby a battery can be made which runs on bacteria -- also called a microbial fuels cell or MFC. A quick look at recent developments as well as a peek into the future of bacteria-powered batteries. (Alt Energy News; Oct. 21, 2009)
  • Building >
    China boasts 'world's greenest tower' - The Pearl River Tower, rising to its 71-story design in Guangzhou City is expected to pay for its added costs through energy savings over five years. Its windows double as solar collectors, and wind power is captured on around the 40th floor. The designer anticipates a net zero energy profile. (BBC; Oct. 21, 2009)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

  • Electromagnetic >
    LEGO electromagnetic motor hoax by Tom A - In February of 2009, Tom Altman(?) posted a video on YouTube showing magnets around a wheel with an inductive coil supposedly firing from the incoming magnetic flux to kick the magnet along. It turns out, though, that a hidden capacitor, pre-charged-was assisting the kick. (PESWiki; Sept. 19, 2009)
  • Waste to Energy / Alt Fuels > Ethanol > Cellulosic >
    Turning Wastewater into Ethanol - In a two-step process, Israel-based Applied Clean Tech start by removing cellulose (the part of the plant we can’t digest) from both the sludge and agricultural liquid waste, then Massachusetts-based Qteros ferments this treated material into cellulosic ethanol using a fast-acting microbe, solving the headache of sewage sludge disposal, providing a solution for wastewater treatment plants. (Alt Energy News; Oct. 19, 2009)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

  • Alt Fuel > Water as Fuel >
    Water (H20) is our 21st Century fuel - Hollywood films such as "Chain Reaction" and "The Saint" have depicted story lines built around the idea of a revolutionary power source arrived at through water H20, becoming freely available for all to use around the Globe. What if that Hollywood story line turned out to be closer to the truth and rather than being a work of fiction it would change the real world we live in forever. (Carbon Good Guys)
  • Hydrogen / Superconductors >
    For Future Superconductors, A Little Bit Of Lithium May Do Hydrogen A Lot Of Good - Scientists have long believeed that metallic hydrogen may prove to be a high temperature superconductor, but have been unsuccessful in achieving that state. A team from Cornell and NY State University at Stony Brook have announced a theoretical study that predicts the metallization of hydrogen-rich mixtures at significantly lower pressures by adding small amounts of lithium to hydrogen. (Science Daily; October 8, 2009)
  • Conspiracy >
    Pocket spy: Will your smartphone rat you out? - Many cell phones nowadays record text messages, photos, travel routes, and other private information, even if you "delete" it -- all retrievable by police forensic machines with plug-and-play capabilities. (New Scientist; Oct. 14, 2009) [Orwell told you so.]

Saturday, October 17, 2009

  • Conspiracy / U.S. Government and Energy >
    The U.S. military’s battle to wean itself off oil - Increasingly, the military it seeking out self-sustainable energy solutions to solve their supply line problems. For them, renewable energy is not an environmental consideration but a tactical necessity—a matter of life and death, of victory or defeat. (Grist; Oct. 14, 2009) [Politicizing and sequestering renewable energy to maintain tactical advantage of one side is not a good thing for the people and gives an advantage to the police state. Open source, guys.]

Friday, October 16, 2009

  • Magnetism > Monopoles >
    'Magnetic electricity' discovered - Researchers have discovered a magnetic equivalent to electricity: single magnetic charges that can behave and interact like electrical ones. The work is the first to make use of the magnetic monopoles that exist in special crystals known as spin ice. The phenomenon, dubbed "magnetricity", could be used in magnetic storage or in computing. (BBC News; Oct. 14, 2009)
  • Conspiracy / Gird > Smart >
    From Smart Grid to Big Brother? - The main stated benefits are: A more efficient use of energy, and a higher capacity to handle intermittent renewable power sources. But there is another important issue that gets shoved under the rug: Privacy. These smart meters and appliances will be sending lots of data to power companies. (TreeHugger; Oct. 14, 2009)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

  • Storage > Compressed Air >
    Hydraulic Storage using Coastal Salt Domes - Hydraulic and air-pressure based power stations respond more easily to sudden and extreme fluctuations in demand for power. Salt domes that are located very deep in the earth's bedrock and that measure several miles in vertical height by up to a mile in diameter would be suitable to store pressurized natural gas or compressed air. (Energy Pulse; Oct. 9, 2009)
  • Alt Fuels > Biofuel > Biodiesel >
    Breakthrough Biodiesel Process Now Running At Commercial Scale - Ever Cat opened the doors to it’s new biodiesel facility in rural Minesota on Sept. 28, capable of making biodiesel in mere seconds from start to finish, reducing costs by half the price of other biodiesel, producing no waste, using no chemical reactants, and using any animal fat or vegetable oil as a feedstock. (Gas 2.0; Sept. 30, 2009)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

  • Magnetism >
    Scientist Develops Programmable Magnets - Researcher and inventor Larry Fullerton of Correlated Magnetics has developed a process to "program" magnets so that they will attract or repel only another specifically programmed magnet. The process works by changing materials at the molecular level. Many potentially useful applications never before possible with conventional magnets. (Huntsville Times; Oct. 5, 2009 )
  • Alt Fuels > Biofuel > Algae >
    Commercial green fuel from algae still as much as a decade away - Breakthroughs are still needed in finding the right strain of algae among thousands of species that will produce high yields; designing systems where the desired algae can multiply and other species don't invade and disrupt the process; and extracting its oils without degrading other parts of the algae that can be made into side products and sold as well. (Reuters; Oct. 8, 2009)

Monday, October 12, 2009

  • Featured: Biomass / Biofuel Sources >
    Junipers are great for renewable biomass - You can selectively and sustainably harvest some of a Juniper via the ancient practice of 'decoupage' in which the major part of a tree is removed while leaving one major, healthy limb coming from near the base of the tree, which will grow into a new trunk. Juniper biomass is rich in oil and can be 'slow roasted' by pyrolysis into syngas and biochar. (PESWiki; Oct. 12, 2009)
  • EVs > Trains >
    All-Electric Freight Train Makes Debut in Pennsylvania - Norfolk Southern unveiled a prototype all-electric, 1,500 horsepower locomotive that gets its power from 1,080 12-volt lead-acid batteries, the same kind found under the hoods of most cars. It includes a brake regeneration system. 'Doesn't say what it does for a jump start. (Gas 2.0; Oct. 8, 2009)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

  • Natural Gas >
    New Way to Tap Natural Gas May Expand Global Supplies - A new technique that taps previously inaccessible supplies of natural gas from shale in the United States is spreading to the rest of the world, raising hopes of a huge expansion in global reserves of the cleanest fossil fuel. (NY Times; Oct. 9, 2009)
  • Vibrations >
    Austrian composer simulates speech using... A piano? - Austrian composer Peter Ablinger has programmed a mechanically-actuated piano to reproduce recorded human speech. (GizMag; Oct. 7, 2009) [I share this perhaps to spur some thoughts about possible energy applications relating to vibrations and frequencies used in unexpected ways.]

Saturday, October 10, 2009

  • Featured: Electromagnetic > TWM Technology >
    TWM provides demo videos - A demonstration video set by TWM Technology LLC shows two of their motor-generators in operation, though not showing convincing overunity. The company claims that the system can provide enough power from its secondary coil to both keep the battery source replenished and to provide extra energy for practical use. (PESN; Oct. 10, 2009) (Comment)
  • Batteries > BetaVoltaics >
    A nuclear battery the size and thickness of a penny - They might sound dangerous, but nuclear batteries have been safely powering devices such as pace-makers, satellites and underwater systems for years. They have an extremely long life and high energy density compared to chemical batteries. Researchers at the University of Missouri are developing one that is smaller, lighter and more efficient. ('GizMag; Oct. 9, 2009)

Friday, October 9, 2009

  • Buyer Beware / Electromagnetic > Magniwork >
    Magniwork Energy internet scam - Internet fraudsters are raking in thousands of dollars a day with a scam selling plans for what alleges to be an electromagnetic free energy machine capable of powering a house. One estimate puts sales of the guide as high as 5,000 copies a month, making the scam worth up to $3m a year. (Off-Grid; Oct. 8, 2009) [We've not yet received a scrap of evidence supporting the claims.]
  • Piezoelectric >
    Produce Electricity While You Drive - Piezoelectricity can be put to use making electricity from the mechanical stress from vehicles passing over roadways. The concept was originally developed by Innowattech, who plans to lay down a sort of test road in Israel. (Alt Energy News; Oct. 7, 2009)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

  • Biofuels > Consulting >
    Velocity Biofuels . com - In the corporate world's rush to profit in the biofuel industry, often sustainability is not considered. Velocity provides sustainable biodiesel consulting for waste-based fuel production, staying away from crops that can be used for food and other practical uses.
  • Oil >
    Saudis ask for aid if world cuts dependence on oil - Saudi Arabia has led a quiet campaign demanding behind closed doors that oil-producing nations get special financial assistance if a new climate pact calls for substantial reductions in the use of fossil fuels. (Associated Press; Oct. 8, 2009)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

  • Conspiracy >
    Alex Jones' Close Encounter of The Pig Kind! - Alex recounts seeing a homeland security conference in his hotel with girl scouts being trained to spy on citizens; followed by his experience in airport security encountering a Nazi screener; on his way home from reporting on the American Police Force criminality in Hardin Montana. "Total tyranny is here." (YouTube / TheAlexJonesChannel; Oct. 5, 2009)

Monday, October 5, 2009

  • Wave Energy >
    2 New & Innovative Ocean Wave Energy Devices - ANSYS Inc is a global trend setter of simulation software and technologies to assist in converting the persistent forces of ocean waves into electricity. Green Ocean Energy Ltd, an Aberdeen based company, is developing mechanisms to harness energy from the Earth’s oceans, focusing on things such as the economic viability and sustainability of their products. (Alt Energy News; Oct. 5, 2009)
  • Clean Coal >
    Cleaning Up on Dirty Coal - The industrial boomtown of Dongguan in southeast China's Pearl River Delta could soon host one of the country's most sophisticated power plants, one that uses an unconventional coal-gasification technology to make the dirtiest coal behave like clean-burning natural gas. - (MIT Technology Review; Sept. 29, 2009)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

  • Featured: Grand Unified Theories >
    Nassim Haramein's Resonance Project Foundation - Nassim Haramein has been turning heads for years with his very radical yet sensible thoughts on the grand unified field theory, seamlessly tying the macrocosm to the microcosm. Haramein's recent paper, "The Schwarzschild Proton" received the "Best Paper Award" at the University of Liege, Belgium during the CASYS'09 conference. (PESWiki; Oct. 4, 2009)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

  • EVs > Battery Chargers >
    Drawing power from the road - Engineering company Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr (IAV) is looking to embed roads with electrical conductors that would “refuel” the electric cars of the future while they are driving or are parked. Inductive loops buried in the roadway would generate a magnetic field to supply the cars with energy without the need for cables and connectors. (GizMag; October 1, 2009)

Friday, October 2, 2009

  • Gravity Motors / Milkovic Oscillator >
    Energy Surplus Phenomenon (pdf) - Prof. Nebojsa Simin, a Serbian physicist, has addressed the scientific community and public with an open letter and call for official examination of Veljko Milkovic’s oscillating pendulum-lever system and "obviousness" of mechanical energy surplus showing in the work of this mechanical device. (VeljkoMilkovic.com; October 1, 2009)
  • Bioelectricity >
    Mud-Loving Bacteria Increases Fuel Cell Output by 800% - Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst evolved a new strain of the Geobacter microbe that increases power output per cell by 800%. The hairy mud-loving microbe uses its hairlike filaments–called pili–to produce an electric current from both mud and waste water. (Gas 2.0; Sept. 1, 2009)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

  • Biofuel > Sources >
    Seven Weeds That Could Power Your Car - With the attention on first generation corn ethanol fading, the next big thing on the sustainable fuel horizon is nonfood biofuel crops. Within that category, inedible weeds are taking a front-row seat due to their relatively low demands on water, pesticides, and herbicides, and their reduced need for tilling and other mechanized soil prep. (Gas 2.0; Sept. 30, 2009)
  • Magnetism >
    Magnetic Family - The males in this Taiwanese family have something weird about their bodies that attracts metal and glass objects. Watch as the father shows a 6-pound metal iron clinging to his chest. No magnetic fields are dedected. It is not known why this occurs. (YouTube; February 15, 2007)

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