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Friday, April 30, 2010

  • Featured: Grid / Emergency Preparedness >
    Zero Hour: The Day The Grid Stood Still - There are several causal factors, natural and manmade, that could bring out modern grid to a stand-still, arguing for the need for distributed, hardened power. Disruption could come from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a military nuclear detonation, or it could come from a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun. (PESN; April 30, 2010)
  • Nuclear > Fusion >
    Can world's largest laser zap Earth's energy woes? - Years behind and far over budget, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory hopes this summer to achieve a fusion instance, creating "star power" in a jar for a trillionth of a second. With "proper funding" (billions more) it might be 20 years before they achieve a commercial version that is continuous and reliable. (CNN; April 28, 2010)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

  • Piezoelectric / Human-Powered > Step Action >
    Shoe Generator Harvests Power from Walking - A researcher at Louisiana Tech University designed a shoe that contains a small generator in its sole that generates a piezoelectric charge, which is then converted into electricity for charging batteries or powering small electronics in real time. Kaajakari employed a low-cost, polymer transducer, a soft, flexible material that replaces the shoe’s heel shock absorber without sacrificing user experience. (Science Daily; Apr. 27, 2010)
  • Wind > Offshore > Floating >
    Researchers study feasibility of giant deep-ocean wind turbines - A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is studying the feasibility of placing large wind turbines on deep-ocean platforms. The research, which combines sophisticated computer simulations and water tank studies using physical models, may point the way toward an environmentally friendly source of energy that could potentially fill a significant portion of the electricity needs of 26 U.S. coastal states. (PhysOrg; April 28, 2010)
  • Trends >
    China Cleans Up - Last year China exceeded U.S. investment in clean energy, with a total of $34.6 billion, to reduce its pollution and increase its domestic capability. Not only is the country adding nuclear, hydroelectric, wind, and solar power at an unrivaled pace, but it's fast becoming a proving ground for next-­generation energy technologies that have stalled elsewhere. (MIT Technology Review; Apr. 29, 2010)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

  • Wave > Buoys // Wind > Offshore > Floating >
    Poseidon: A Power Plant for Wind and Waves - A Danish company says it has designed a platform that can house wind turbines as well as harvest energy from the surrounding waves, having built a small prototype. They are in the midst of completing a larger one, and ultimately hope to build a commercial version that will sport three 1.5-megawatt to 2-megawatt wind turbines or a single 5-megawatt turbine. (Green Tech Media; Apr. 26, 2010)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

  • Featured: Fuel Efficiency > Water as Fuel > Hydroxy >
    Self-Looped Anton HHO Cell System - Some researchers in Germany have excited the forums with their announcement of being able to self-run a 1000-watt generator from the HHO gas generated from the Anton electrolysis process. So the electrolysis unit produces HHO gas which runs a genset, and the electricity produced then runs the electrolysis unit. (PESWiki; April 27, 2010) (Comments)
  • Alt Fuels > Biomass > Biofuels > R&D >
    New Gasification Process More Efficiently Converts Biomass to Biofuels - Researchers at the Universities of Massachusetts and Minnesota have created a gasification process that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and doubles the amount of fuel via a special catalytic reactor that converts all the CO2 and and methane into carbon monoxide, which can be used to create biofuels. The system could be market-ready in as few as two years. (PhysOrg; Apr. 21, 2010)

Monday, April 26, 2010

  • Solar > PV >
    PV Cell Prototype Generates Electricity from IR and UV Light - Scientists at the Kyoto Institute of Technology are developing a way to create a photovoltaic cell that can capture visible, infrared and ultraviolet light of the sun via a nitride semiconductor added with transition metals as a photoelectric conversion material. (Alt Energy News; April 26, 2010)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

  • Events > Radiant Energy > John Bedini > 2010 Conference >
    Bedini conference report - Sanford Staab gives his review of the recent conference in Sandpoint, Idaho announcing the new "Tesla Switch" which is a power amplifier for solar panels, that lets you improve the efficiency of your solar panels by up to 2x; as well as the other inventions of John Bedini, including the 3- and 10-pole monopole motors. (Sanford's Blog; Apr. 14, 2010)
  • Hydro > Tidal >
    Re-Purposing the Netherlands' Dike System for Power Generation - The Dutch system of dikes, sluices, surge barriers, and dams has been dubbed 'one of the seven wonders of the modern world' by the American Society of Engineers. Now there are proposals to use the system differently, e.g. as tidal power plants, by punching holes in them. (NRC Handelsblad; Apr. 21, 2010)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

  • Storage > Capacitors >
    Big Energy Storage in Thin Films - Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia have demonstrated that it's possible to use techniques borrowed from the chip-making industry to make thin-film carbon ultracapacitors that store three times as much energy by volume as conventional ultracapacitor materials; and they could operate without ever being replaced. (MIT Technology Review; April 22, 2010)
  • Flight > Flying Cars >
    DARPA Spills Details on its Plans for the Transformer TX Flying Car - DARPA scientists want a vertical-takeoff vehicle that handles like an off-road-capable SUV on the ground, and can cruise like a light single-engine aircraft at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet. They also wants it to cover 250 miles per fill up, possibly incorporating technologies such as a hybrid electric drive, adaptive wing structures, etc.. (Popular Science; Apr. 14, 2010)

Friday, April 23, 2010

  • Featured: Media Producers / Best Exotics / Top 100 >
    Exotic Free Energy Technologies for TV - A short list of some of the best breakthrough clean energy technologies that merit coverage for a TV type of audience; compiled in response to several related requests. Will any of these emerge this year? Which will arrive in the market next year? How might they transform society? (PESWiki; Apr. 23, 2010)
  • Inventors >
    Garage inventors - In garages, basements and even a Quonset hut, amazing science is happening without institutional or government funding. For example, the Windhexe is a six' metal funnel supported by four legs, and as four jets around the rim of the funnel blow compressed air into it, a high-speed vortex is formed for pulverizing. (Public Radio International; Apr. 22, 2010)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

  • Featured: Magnet Motors > Yildiz >
    Magnet motor demonstrated at Delft University - Turkish inventor, Muammer Yildiz, recently demonstrated his magnet motor that he alleged runs on the power of magnets alone at a University in the Netherlands. The motor is shown turning a fan at a high speed, and no wires can be seen going to the device; then the device is disassembled in front of the group. (PESN; April 21, 2010) (Comments)
  • Fuel Cells > Microbial Fuel Cells >
    Navy's microbial fuel cell generates electricity from mud - Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) convert chemical energy to electrical energy to offer a clean, efficient and reliable alternative to batteries and other environmentally harmful fuels. The U.S. Office of Naval Research has developed an MFC that could revolutionize naval energy use by converting decomposed marine organisms into electricity. (GizMag; April 20, 2010)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

  • Building > Cement >
    Permeable cement-like creation could help the environment - Naji Khoury, an assistant professor at Temple, uses a mixture of recyclable plastic bottles and soil to create “Plastisoil,” a trademarked product, which when mixed with course aggregate and heated, it produces what Khoury calls “porous Plastisoil,” which functions like pervious concrete and porous asphalt. (PhysOrg; April 20, 2010)
  • Solar > PV >
    Carbon-based Solar Cells - Graphene is a single sheet of carbon, one atom thick, which has potential to be utilized as an effective, less toxic and cheaper than other alternatives for solar cells. Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington are trying to develop non-sticky graphene sheets that are stable. (Alt Energy News; April 19, 2010)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

  • Waste to Energy > Sewage >
    UK Prepares to Use Human Poop to Power Homes - This summer British Gas ... will start piping biomethane from the sewage system — which is derived from fecal matter — right back into the homes of 130 customers in Oxfordshire. The new gas will take 23 days to complete its waste treatment cycle and when it enters homes will smell just like natural gas. (Inhabitat; Apr. 19, 2010)

Monday, April 19, 2010

  • Biomass > Stoves >
    Travel Stove Creates Electricity While It Cooks (Video) - The BioLite is a portable and fuel efficient cookstove that uses half as much fuel as a camp fire and heats food and water faster than a petroleum fueled camp stove. But what makes it really stand out is that it is capable of generating electricity, part of which is used to run a fan to fuel the fire. (TreeHugger; Apr. 9, 2010)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

  • Hydrogen > Storage >
    Hydrogen still in the eco-car race - Israeli scientists and entrepreneurs claim to have brought hydrogen energy a step closer by putting it in much smaller, lighter containers, packing hydrogen into glass filaments which will be only slightly thicker than a human hair. 11,000 such arrays will fuel a car for 400 kilometers (240 miles), take less than half the space and weight of tanks currently available (Associated Press; Apr. 18, 2010)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

  • Waste to Energy >
    Europe Finds Clean Energy in Trash, but U.S. Lags - A plant in Horsholm, Denmark, that burns thousands of tons of household garbage and industrial waste, round the clock, uses new technology to convert trash into heat and electricity more cleanly. Why is Europe ahead of the U.S. in embracing clean incinerators that turn garbage into energy? (NY Times; Apr. 12, 2010)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Hybrid Vehicles > Aptera >
    Aptera Unveils 200-mpg 2E Prototype - On Wednesday, Aptera unveiled a design-intent prototype of the Aptera 2E. The all-electric vehicle—which was hours away from being shipped to Detroit to compete for the Automotive X Prize—wears a number of outwardly visible alterations from the earlier Typ-1 e prototype that will make it more suitable for daily use. (Popular Mechanics; ‎Apr 15, 2010‎)

Friday, April 16, 2010

  • Featured: Wind > Vertical Axis >
    Vertical Axis Wind Turbine with Articulating Rotor - The Blackhawk Project's Tilt Rotor technology introduces a highly efficient method for inexpensively harnessing wind power. The blades have a wing shape, so they are propelled by the lift principle rather than push. The rotor angles automatically adjust or tilt to get the best attack. (PESWiki; April 16, 2010)
  • BioElectricity / Lighting >
    Table Lamp Powered Completely by Tomatoes! - Cygalle Shapiro of Israel-based d-VISION has created an incredible LED lamp that is completely powered by real, edible tomatoes. Currently exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair, the design collects energy from a chemical reaction between tomato acids, zinc, and copper. (Inhabitat; Apr. 15, 2010)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

  • Hydro > Wave > Propulsion >
    Homemade wave-powered boat to cross Atlantic - Gus,a traveler and adventurer, is sharing in his blog the device he will use in his homemade boat to cross the Atlantic. This device uses fins to convert the vertical motion of the waves into horizontal propulsion. Gus thinks he'll be able to achieve speeds of 10 knots or more. (See also is donations page description)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

  • Featured: Magnet Motors > Perendev >
    Perendev closes its doors - Over the years, the term "Perendev" has become nearly synonymous with the idea of all-magnet motors. Citing the need for sole director, Michael Brady, to take care of severe legal proceedings abroad against his person, Perendev Power Holding AG is saying that he will not be able to attend to Perendev tasks, which may lead to its insolvency. Their website is gone. (PESN; April 14, 2010) (Comment)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

  • Featured: Wind > Vertical Axis > Ettridge >
    Ettridge Wind Turbine seeks manufacturer - John Patrick Ettridge has had many inquiries about purchasing and marketing his technology, but he's not had success finding a manufacturer for his vertical axis turbine design that could be cheaper than coal power. It's attributes include low visual impact, pollution-free, negligible noise, wider range of operable wind speeds, no bird kill. (PESWiki; April 13, 2010)

Monday, April 12, 2010

  • Solar Hydrogen / Hydrogen > Production / Storage >
    A Virus That Might Make Hydrogen - A team of scientists lead by material science professor Angela Belcher has genetically modified a virus that can exploit sunlight to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. If viable, the process could help solve the vexing problem of energy storage and the equally vexing problem of producing hydrogen in a reasonable and cost-effective way. (Green Tech Media; April 11, 2010)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

  • Nature > Pollution / Recycling >
    The Color Green is Toxic to People, Contaminates Recycling - Ironically, the pigments used to create the color of nature are not all that healthy or environmentally friendly. Many green pigments are actually quite toxic. “The color green can never be green, because of the way it is made. It’s impossible to dye plastic green or to print green ink on paper without contaminating them.” (Inhabitat; April 5, 2010)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

  • Featured: Water / Pollution / Recycling >
    The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water - The Surfrider Foundation has produced an excellent 20-minute video (2-min. trailer) explaining the insanity behind how we've come to handle water in modern society. It addresses such things as our concrete and pavement preventing aquifers from being replenished; and how we spend so much money transporting water great distances when we could do more to conserve and recycle it close to the point of use. (PESWiki; April 10, 2010)

Friday, April 9, 2010

  • Storage > Batteries > Lithium > -Air >
    Lithium-air batteries offer three times the energy density - Lithium-air batteries have the potential of providing energy densities up to three times that of the conventional lithium-ion batteries found in just about every portable consumer electronics device and electric vehicles. Researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough that could help make the commercial development of lightweight rechargeable batteries a reality. (GizMag; Apr. 5, 2010)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

  • Solar / Water > Desalination >
    IBM’s New Solar Desalination Tech Could Create Rivers in the Desert - IBM and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology are teaming up to solve the water problem with solar-powered desalination technology. Eventually, the two organizations hope to construct a desalination plant in Al Khafji, Saudi Arabia that can harness sunlight to generate 7.9 million gallons of water daily — enough for 100,000 people. (Inhabitat; April 7, 2010)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

  • Top 100: Solar > PV / Concentrated > SES >
    Stirling Energy Systems and Boeing cooperate on solar - Stirling Energy Systems (SES) and the Boeing Company are cooperating to complete the commercialisation and deployment of Boeing’s high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar power technology. SES will have exclusive rights to develop, manufacture and deploy Boeing’s XR700 HCPV solar technology, which will be aimed at smaller scale projects of 50MW and below. (Renewable Energy Focus; Apr. 6, 2010)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

  • Featured: Organizations / Inventors >
    Envision Energy Systems LLC - Rockwell (Rocky) Whitham is a prolific inventor in Salt Lake City who has assembled a small team to help find financing for some of his inventions and bring some of them to market, including: No Moving Parts Wind Generator; Solar Powered Hydrogen Production System; Woody-biomass technology; Slow-sand Filtration and Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Project. (PESWiki; April 6, 2010)
  • EVs / Smart Grid >
    Microsoft Hohm Will Allow Electric Vehicles to Power Home Appliances - Ford and Microsoft have announced a partnership to create a computerized link between houses, electric cars and utility companies. The new electric car system will allow drivers to better manage home energy use and save money by telling the consumer the best time for cars to recharge (when demand and electricity rates are low). (MSNBC; March 31, 2010)

Monday, April 5, 2010

  • Water >
    Water Drop at 2000 Frames per Second - Watching water drop into water shows a much different view than seeing it in regular speed. Watch as part of the water droplet bounces back up due to the surface tension of the water. Not sure what this has to do with alt energy research, but perhaps it might resonante with some of you water fuel researchers. (Flixxy)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

  • Top 100: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    A Great Month for Focus Fusion - Brief report of their latest R&D results, and an invited presentation on the process to an audience of physicists and engineers at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the nation's largest fusion lab. Additional evidence shows that "the predicted angular momentum effect is working." (Lawrenceville Plasma Physics; Apr. 2, 2010)
  • Nuclear > Remediation >
    New Nuclear Reactors May Almost Completely Destroy Atomic Waste - A group of French scientists aim to allay the issue of atomic waste by developing a new type of nuclear reactor that burns up nuclear waste, reducing the need for geological repository sites like Yucca Mountain. While the tech wouldn’t completely eliminate waste, it would greatly reduce it. (Inhabitat; March 22, 2010)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

  • Featured: Ocean Wave Energy / Biomimetics >
    Wave Motion of Clouds - As another example of the macrocosm mirroring the microcosm, a 30x timelapse video of clouds around Canary Island in Spain resemble ocean waves crashing into a shore line. Good luck tying this in to practical energy research. (PESWiki; April 3, 2010)
  • Fuel Efficiency / U.S. Govt. & Energy >
    White House Issues New Gas Mileage Standards - The Obama administration has signed off on the nation's first rules on greenhouse gas emissions seting new fuel standards to meet a fleet-wide average of 35.5 mpg that will raise current standards by nearly 10 mpg by the 2016 model year. Though adding nearly $1000 per vehicle by 2016, drivers could save as much as $3,000 over the life of a vehicle through better gas mileage. (Slashdot; Apr. 2, 2010)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

  • Humor >
    Liebherr trackhoe acrobatics - A German trackhoe climbs a specially-made tower. Leave it to German engineering. Boys and their toys... (YouTube; Feb. 02, 2009)

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