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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

  • Featured: Building >
    Earth Bag Building Method (Interview) - The Cal-Earth bags enable you to build a home mostly from the dirt under your feet, mixed with ~10% concrete and 10% water, with a great deal of artistic freedom in wall shape; using arch construction, eliminating the need for a separate roof. Makes home building far more affordable and renewable while giving you thermal mass to save on heating/cooling costs. (PESWiki; Sept. 30, 2009) (Comment)
  • Conspiracy >
    Montana Town Occupied By Private Paramilitary Security Force (Video: Red Dawn America) - A private security force whose alleged role is helping the U.S. government to “combat terrorism” is now patrolling the streets of a town in Montana, acting as law enforcement but accountable to nobody and operating completely outside the limitations of the U.S. constitution in a chilling throwback to the brownshirts of Nazi Germany. (PrisonPlanet; September 29, 2009)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

  • Wireless power > eCoupled >
    eCoupled Wireless Power-Simplify Your Life! (2 min. video) - By removing the last restraint of the power cord, eCoupled wireless power will finally allow the lifestyle of freedom while saving energy. Working with industry leading partners to bring the technology into your hands, eCoupled is leading the charge towards a true wireless future. (YouTube / FultonInnovation; September 28, 2009)
  • Biofuels > Sources
    Ugly Watermelons Could Make Good Biofuel - 20 percent of every annual watermelon crop is unused because, well, it's ugly. Misshapen or bruised fruit doesn't sell, so farmers leave them in the field and take a loss. Those extra watermelons could be processed for their juice, which could then be made into biofuel. (EcoGeek; Aug. 28, 2009)

Monday, September 28, 2009

  • Conspiracy >
    Oklahoma City bombing tapes erased - See video with a compilation of statements from April 19, 1995 where a number of witnesses talk about a second and third bomb being discovered -- a fact not even mentioned in the official report. Now, four formerly unavailable security tapes, released through the Freedom of Information act, are all blanked out during the time of the blast, also indicating cover-up and complicity by the Feds. (US Intelligence Examiner; Sept. 28, 2009)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

  • Biofuels > Algae >
    Arizona Project Uses Algae to Turn Coal Pollution Into Biofuel - Arizona Public Service has secured $70.5 million in stimulus funds to expand an innovative project that turns carbon dioxide emissions from a coal power plant into biofuel using algae. While part of the funds will be used to scale up the algae processing portion, some of the funds will also be used to investigate the potential benefits of turning the coal into a gas prior to burning it for power. (Gas 2.0; Sept. 17, 2009)
  • Conspiracy > Health >
    What is wrong with Codex Alimentarius? - Prevention and cure of illness through nutrition are defined as "forbidden". This is all through the texts of Codex and the EU directive, which state that nutritional supplements must not be defined as preventing or curing illness. This is of course in favor of pharmaceutical cures and prevention, which unfortunately have a monopoly in our system. (Sepp Hasslberger, NEC, Sept. 24, 2009)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

  • Grid / EVs > Plug-ins >
    Delaware Paying Electric Car Owners to Power Grid - A newly signed law is said to make Delaware, USA, the first entity in the world to reward owners of electric cars with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, making V2G vehicles work like an electrical sponge, capable of absorbing excess energy when demand for power is low, and returning some back to the electric grid when the demand for power is high, paid/charged at the same rate. (Newswise; Sept. 21, 2009)
  • Conspiracy >
    Vioxx maker Merck and Co drew up doctor hit list - An international drug company made a hit list of doctors who had to be "neutralised" or discredited because they criticised the anti-arthritis drug the pharmaceutical giant produced, which causes heart attacks and strokes. [This same company is presently licensed for vaccine distribution in the U.S.]. (The Australian; Apr. 1, 2009)

Friday, September 25, 2009

  • Solar > PV >
    Color matters: GreenSun Energy colored solar technology - Researchers in Israel have come up with a cell that uses only 20% of the silicon in a standard cell yet yields similar amounts of electricity to a regular silicon cell, by diffusing any light that falls on its surface and sending it off to photovoltaic collector strips on each of its sides. And it doesn't even need bright sunlight to operate. (GizMag; Sept. 24, 2009)
  • Grid > Smart / Conspiracy >
    Get ready! Here come the energy police - Google is developing an Internet-based power monitor designed to monitor energy usage inside homes. As a result, the meter will provide utilities and any government regulators access to data on a household's energy footprint and carbon footprint. Such access will also enable them to bill and/or control any offending appliances. (WorldNetDaily; Sept. 21, 2009)
  • News Sources >
    Industrial Power Generation Blog - "We're interested in just about every facet of power generation: Coal-burning to green power; the political aspects of the world's largest industry; industrial generator repair; news and current events."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

  • Biofuels >
    Growdiesel Products - Growdiesel is a renewable energy exploration and production organization dedicated to the cause of environment, energy & empowerment of masses. The main objective of Growdiesel is establish a value chain for production of sustainable biofuels from non-food feedstocks like Jatropha, algae and biomass. GROWDIESEL MIRACLE™ is India's first bio based fuel additive-range. Miracle range of fuel additives are specially formulated for different kind of fuels like Diesel, Furnace Oil, Kerosene, Petrol, ATF etc.
  • Conspiracy >
    Maximum Alert: U.S. Troops Now Occupying America (Video1) (Video2) - In violation of Posse Comitatus, getting citizens used to military in their presence, under the pretext of helping local communities short of police in difficult economic times, as well as preparations for a potential swine flu pandemic, U.S. troops are now occupying America as the country sinks into a state of de facto martial law. (Infowars.com; Sept. 23, 2009)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

  • Nuclear > Remediation >
    E.Coli Cleans Up Nuclear Waste Cheaply, Efficiently - The research team at Birningham University found that E. Coli bacteria effectively breaks down phytic acid (a phosphate storage material found in seeds) and releases the phosphate molecules, which bind to uranium to create a uranium phosphate precipitate. The precipitate can be harvested to recover uranium, and voila – no more nuclear waste, in a commercially viable process. (Inhabitat; Sept. 22, 3009)
  • Batteries / Nanotech >
    Longer-Running Electric-Car Batteries - In an advance that could help electric vehicles run longer between charges, researchers at Stanford University and Hanyang University in Ansan, Korea, have shown that silicon nanotube electrodes can store 10 times more charge than the conventional graphite electrodes used in lithium-ion batteries. (MIT Technology Review; Sept. 23, 2009)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

  • Suppression >
    The Promise of New Energy (1h video) - In a presentation to the European Exopolitics Summit 2009, Dr. Steven Greer discusses a bit of the history of his organization's quest to find a free energy technology to release to the world, including a recent situation that was squelched. He calls for action via petitions to DC. (YouTube / QuaZarium Productions; August 12, 2009)
  • EVs >
    9 Electric Cars That Were The Buzz of Frankfurt Auto Show - According to the NY Times, the auto show seemed to be a contest between the auto makers to get out their "greener-than-thou" messages. Tree Hugger breaks the presentations down into those that will be built for sure, followed by the maybes, then "for show only". See also their photo gallery. (TreeHugger; Sept. 21, 2009) (Wide array of stories on the electric component of the Frankfurt show)

Monday, September 21, 2009

  • Featured: Engines > Noble Gas > Rohner >
    Noble gas motor update - John Rohner provides an update on their motor, which would cost about as much as a regular motor, but would use virtually no fuel. They're in process of preparing manufacturing lines for when they're ready to begin mass producing, though they're still early in the testing phase. (PESN; Sept. 21, 2009) (Comment)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Engines >
    EcoMotors opoc™ engine design - The greater power density derived from this design provides a range of important attributes, including: lower weight, smaller size, lower material costs, lower friction, greater fuel efficiency, lower emissions, lower heat rejection. For a given power level, the opoc™ engine is 30-percent lighter, one-quarter the size, and achieves 50-percent better fuel economy compared with a state-of-the-art, conventional turbo-diesel engine. (Thanks Miroslav Karas)
  • EVs > Hybrids >
    Caterpillar Builds World’s First Hybrid Bulldozer - The D7E represents a mid-range dozer between Caterpillar’s popular D6 and D8 models, and commands a price premium of 20%, or $100,000, over a standard D7R. But that 20% can be recouped in as little as two years thanks to fuel savings of 10-30%. Plus, the electric-diesel drive system offers better power than its predecessor. (Gas 2.0; Sept. 18, 2009)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

  • Natural Gas / Smart Grid >
    Distributed Natural Gas Power - VW plans to put thousands of workers on the assembly line to make home-sized natural gas furnace/hot water heater/generators. These generators, based on a natural gas engine already used in the Golf, are 92 percent efficient (because they can use the waste heat for heating water or homes) and can either produce electricity for home use or put it out on the grid. (The Atlantic; Sep 17, 2009) (Thanks Phil Vogel) (P2P Comments)
  • Solar > Largest >
    Solar Powered Supertower to Eclipse the Burj Dubai? - Santa Monica building designer Tommy Landau is proposing a super-tall 224 story skyscraper to be located in Abu Dhabi. While the building is years away from being built, Landau is convinced that by that time technology will be advanced enough to coat the building in solar cells and power it completely with the sun. (Inhabitat; Sept. 17, 2009)
  • Conspiracy >
    Genocidal Pandemic Charges Filed with FBI in NYC - Drug-industry investigators have uncovered documents exposing an international drug ring, operating from New York City, is behind the H1N1 swine flu fright and vaccination preparations. Evidence has been released in legal affidavits that leaders of a private global biotechnology trust are behind the pandemic flu, including its origin and alleged prevention via vaccinations. (Rense; Sept. 17, 2009) (See http://fluscam.com)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

  • Featured: Wind > High Altitude >
    Airplane almost hits ship kite - Now that more and more ships are using skysail kites which sometimes fly as high as 300 meters (~1000 feet) to help tow them along to conserve on fuel, a dangerous situation is posed to airplanes by both the kites and the tether. (Examiner/PESN; Sept. 18, 2009)
  • Prizes >
    Call for Nominations for the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize - Oct. 1 is the deadline for submitting nominations for The Millennium Technology Prize, which is awarded every second year to inspire and recognize technological innovations that provide answers to the challenges of our time and improve quality of life. At the one million euro level the Millennium Technology Prize ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious awards.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

  • Oil > Abiotic >
    Fossils From Animals And Plants Are Not Necessary For Crude Oil And Natural Gas - Researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have managed to prove that fossils from animals and plants are not necessary for crude oil and natural gas to be generated. They simulated the process involving pressure and heat that occurs naturally in the inner layers of the earth, showing that the process generates hydrocarbon, the primary component in oil and natural gas. (Science Daily; Sep. 12, 2009)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

  • Batteries >
    A Salt and Paper Battery - Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden have made a flexible battery using two common, cheap ingredients: cellulose and salt. The lightweight, rechargeable battery uses thin pieces of paper--pressed mats of tangled cellulose fibers--for electrodes, while a salt solution acts as the electrolyte. The simple, non-polluting battery could be used in compact devices. (MIT Technology Review; September 15, 2009)
  • Perpetual Motion >
    Could Exotic Matter Provide an Infinite Source of Energy? - Physicist Pavel Ivanov has investigated speculation that an exotic fluid with unusual properties could cause energy to flow continuously between different regions of space, resulting in a runaway transfer of energy. If an advanced civilization were able to construct a device to capture this energy, it might finally possess its own "perpetuum mobile" -- or perpetual motion. (PhysOrg; Sept. 15, 2009)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

  • Solar > PV >
    More Efficient, and Cheaper, Solar Cells - Three improvements by 1366 Technologies of Massachusetts could bring the cost of solar down to about 15-16 cents/kw-h, by cost-effectively improving light trapping and collection. Videos explain how this is done, including how incoming light reflects off grooves in a silver band and is redirected along a glass cover. (MIT Technology Review; September 14, 2009)
  • Conspiracy >
    Explosive Theory - Balanced coverage by Silicon Valley's #1 weekly newspaper points out that a growing organization of building trades professionals suspect that there was more to the 9/11 event than the government will admit. Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, says the World Trade Center couldn't possibly have been brought down by planes. Correction: there is protest from within NIST. (MetroActive; 09/09/09)

Monday, September 14, 2009

  • Featured: Weather Control > Weather Rangers >
    Weather Rangers to the rescue - Who you gonna call when you have a nasty, persistent drought? David Wells' weather modification researchers have been fine tuning their skills. Alberto Feliciano in Puerto Rico appears to have dissolved this season's tropical and hurricane storms, including Ana, Erika and Bill. Their recent focus: restoring rain in Texas, perhaps a bit too much. (PESN; Sept. 14, 2009) (Comments)
  • Batteries > Algae >
    Algae used to create a quick-charge, lightweight battery - A research team from Uppsala University, Sweden, has recently managed to design a record-breaking "green" lightweight battery that is incredibly easy to produce and could even out the environmental consequences of algae blooms. The battery is produced by coating the algae with a thin layer of polypyrrole. (GizMag; September 13, 2009)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

  • Solar > PV >
    SolarMagic Power Optimizer - The power of the solar array is only as strong as the weakest-performing panel, such as from shade from sources like trees, chimneys, power lines or bird droppings. SolarMagic power optimizers by National Semiconductor maximize the energy potential of each individual panel so as much as 50% of the lost energy can be reclaimed. (Engineering TV; September 8, 2009)
  • BioElectricity >
    Electrical circuit runs entirely off power in trees - You've heard about flower power. What about tree power? It turns out that it's there, in small but measurable quantities. There's enough power in trees for University of Washington researchers to run an electronic circuit, according to results to be published in a peer reviewed journal. (PhysOrg; September 8, 2009)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

  • Anti-Gravity >
    Mice Levitated in Lab - Scientists working on behalf of NASA built a device to simulate variable levels of gravity. It consists of a superconducting magnet that generates a field powerful enough to levitate the water inside living animals. Experiments are being run to test how they respond to microgravity, both physically and psychologically. (Slashdot; Sept. 9, 2009)
  • Conspiracy > Sheen v Obama 9/11 >
    Charlie Sheen's Video Message to President Obama (video) - Showing key historic video evidence excerpts, Charlie Sheen addresses the President about the 9/11 coverup. Sheen's message is a call to action for the president and activists everywhere to stand 'on the right side of history' through peaceful revolution and true grassroots dissent. (TheAlexJonesChannel; Sept. 10, 2009)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

  • Trends / EVs > Hybrids >
    Americans Want More Fuel-Efficient Cars, US Hybrids Up 48% - Total US hybrid sales jumped 48.6% in August from last August, buoyed up by Cash for Clunkers. Americans did the patriotic thing with their clunker money, buying more American, and buying more hybrid cars. Ford was the big winner, making a big dent in Toyota’s hybrid sales. (Gas 2.0; September 8, 2009)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

  • Solar > Thermal / Clean Coal >
    Mixing Solar with Coal to Cut Costs - The project by Abengoa Solar and Colorado's largest utility, Xcel Energy, will involve building an array of parabolic mirrors designed to concentrate heat from the sun, and use that heat to help make the steam that drives the coal plant's turbines and generators, making electricity, cutting the cost of solar and reducing plant emissions. (MIT Technology Review; Sept. 4, 2009)
  • Alt Fuels > Biomass >
    Gasoline from Vinegar - Houston-based Terrabon uses a naturally occurring mixture of organisms to convert biomass, not into fuels, but into carboxylic acids. These can be converted into fuel and other chemicals using well-known chemical processes. They recently announced a partnership with Waste Management, also based in Houston. (MIT Technology Review; September 09, 2009)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

  • Solar / Trends >
    Cheaper Solar Power's Time Has Come - Solar power manufacturers in the US are cutting prices to shift their stock, the government is chipping in with tax credits, and innovative leasing or financing arrangements spreading payments over up to 20 years are being introduced. All of which makes solar power much more affordable than before. (PhysOrg; Sept. 7, 2009)
  • Hydrogen > Storage >
    Recyclable Hydrogen Fuel Tanks - Researchers in several U.S. National Laboratories have developed a series of reactions for refueling the high-density hydrogen-storage material ammonia borane at lower temperatures through a process that consumes much less energy. (MIT Technology Review; September 8, 2009)

Monday, September 7, 2009

  • Solar > Applications >
    Solar Roadways Awarded DOT Contract to Pave Roads with Solar Cells - In a first step toward turning highways into energy-generating solar panels, the Idaho-based startup Solar Roadways has recently received a $100,000 grant from the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The company will use the money to build a prototype of its Solar Road Panel, made from solar cells and glass, that is meant to replace petroleum-based asphalt on roads and in parking lots. (PhysOrg; Sept. 7, 2009)
  • EVs > Plug-ins >
    Plug-In vehicle tracker - Virtually every major auto manufacturer in the world, along with several smaller outfits, are developing a plug-in electric vehicle and Plug In America is tracking their progress. Their list is updated monthly. It represents highway-capable cars and trucks, 2- and 3-wheeled and commercial vehicles.
  • Financial Resources > Investment Resources >
    Profiting from the alternative energy revolution - An AltProfits report states that the energy industry constitutes almost 13% of the total world GDP of $ 55 trillion (2007 data, source: CIA); that investment in renewable energy is growing at nearly double every two years; and that we are reaching a tipping point where renewable energy sources will start becoming cost competitive with fossil fuel sources.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

  • UFOs >
    Contact & Disclosure: The Final Sequence (video) - In a presentation at the European Exopolitics Summit 2009 in Spain, Dr. Steven Greer of the Disclosure Project looks toward a time when humans will have free and peaceful intercourse with civilizations elsewhere in the universe. He describes encounters he's had, and initiatives he's taken unilaterally, outside of the perview of status quo governments, to bring about such a time. (YouTube / Quazarium Productions; Aug. 8, 2009)
  • U.S. Government and Energy >
    'Green Jobs Czar' Resigns Amid Furor - President Barack Obama's environmental adviser Van Jones, who became embroiled in a controversy over past inflammatory statements, has resigned his White House job after what he calls a "vicious smear campaign against me." He was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the 2001 terror attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans. (AOL; Sept. 6, 2009)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

  • Solar > Space Based Solar Power >
    Japan Wants to Power 300,000 Homes With Wireless Energy From Space - In three decades, the satellite is slated to have a surface area of four square kilometers, and transmit power via microwave to a base station on Earth. A small test model is scheduled for launch in 2015. The $21 billion project just received major backing from Mitsubishi. Question: what happens when a 1-gigawatt microwave beam aimed at a small spot on Earth misses its target? (Popular Science; Sept. 2, 2009)

Friday, September 4, 2009

  • Magazines > Infinite Energy Magazine >
    Infinite Energy: Issue 88: Proposed New Structure for Hydrogen Atom - Model and Design for CMNS Experiments • Dirac’s Equation and the Sea of Negative Energy • The Music of the Spheres • Method and Apparatus for Direct Energy Conversion • Appearance of Copper on a Stainless Electrode • LENR in D.C. • Hydrogen Bond Energy in Tornadoes • The Rotation of Galaxies • Nuclear Alternative • Cold Fusion Colloquium Held at MIT; University of Missouri (July/August 2009 )
  • Fuel Efficiency > Transmissions >
    Torotrak’s new generation transmission is good gear - The continuously variable transmissions and infinitely variable transmissions by the UK-based engineering company, Torotrak, utilize a traction drive ‘toroidal variator’, which incorporates smooth, saucer-shaped discs and circular rollers. This variator allows the transmission to deliver a stepless range of ratios to meet all driving conditions.. (GizMag; Sept. 3, 2009)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

  • Fuel Cells >
    Mercedes Launches its First Ever Production Fuel Cell Vehicle - The B-Class F-cell is taking on a pioneering role as the world’s first fuel cell powered automobile to be produced under series production conditions. It has performance comparable to a 2.0-litre petrol car, at the equivalent of 87 mpg on the combined cycle, with a range of 20 miles. (Gas 2.0; Sept. 2, 2009)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

  • Conspiracy >
    The Government Can (video) - Watching this hillarious piece makes it seem like Tim Hawkins conveys more truth in three minutes of humor than all the talking heads on TV do in a year. "The government can because they mix it up with lies and make it all taste good." (Brasscheck)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

  • Wireless >
    Eric Giler demonstrates wireless electricity at TEDGlobal 2009 - Eric Giler gives a ten-minute demonstration at this year's TEDGlobal show, demonstrating how wireless power seems very close to breaking through into the mainstream market. He wirelessly powers a TV from a distance of 6.5ft, and then proceeds to charge Nokia, Apple and T-Mobile cell phones. (GizMag; August 30, 2009)
  • News:Sources >
    Energy Business Review - Energy Business Review is a one-stop resource for latest energy industry news and developments. Its network serves the sectors like oil & gas, solar, wind, nuclear, hydro and carbon.

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