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Saturday, July 31, 2010

  • Fuel Efficiency / EVs > Hybrids >
    Porsche Gets the Go-Ahead for the Sexiest Hybrid Ever - Porsche’s first ever plug-in hybrid, the 918 Spyder, goes from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, gets 94 miles per gallon. The car’s major zip comes from a 3.4L mid-mounted V8 hitting 500-hp, and the engine is coupled with two electric motors that give it an extra 218-hp. Only US $630,000! (Inhabitat; July 30, 2010)

Friday, July 30, 2010

  • Nuclear > Cold Fusion > New Energy Times >
    New Energy Times, Issue 35: NULM Neutron - The core of this issue is the special report "Cold Fusion Is Neither," reviewing technical aspects of low-energy nuclear reactions. Readers who are less interested in the technical details may wish to jump directly to, "Two Decades of 'Cold Fusion.'” (New Energy Times; July 30, 2010)
  • Tools > Communications >
    YouTube ups video limit to 15 minutes - YouTube gave its users five more minutes on Thursday, increasing the upload limit for videos to the site to 15 minutes from 10 minutes, that having been the "number one requested feature" by contributors. (PhysOrg; July 29, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Humor >
    BP's Live Hayward Cam - Fireworks not recommended for celebrating leak cap in the Gulf. After stoic CEO Tony Hayward refuses to take a pink slip from a robotic arm; then fails to respond to a barrage of golf balls, tennis shoes and other junk shot items; BP must strategically set parts of him on fire. (Colbert Nation; July 27, 2010)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

  • Electric Vehicles >
    PopSci Archive Gallery: The Electric Car, 1916-Present - Starting with August of 1916, which was their first issue to cover a hybrid gasoline-electric automobile; then passing through 1920, when electric cars were preferred because of the high price of gas, dropping in interest as gas dropped in price; then through several iterations in between including a 1968 GM stirling engine hybrid and their 1990 EV1; ending with the rebirth in 2008; PopSci gives 17 snapshots through EV history. (Popular Science; July 23, 2010)
  • Weather Control / Nature >
    Atmosphere Under Assault; The Plot Against Hurricanes - Joel Carlinsky makes a case for the rights of hurricanes in the natural flow of cosmic energy, performing an ecological function. He considers any attempts to mitigate or deflect the paths of hurricanes to be sinister plots against nature and survival on the planet. Though extreme, he does make some interesting points. (Changing Power; July 27, 2010)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

  • Feature: Anti-Gravity > John Hutchison >
    Hutchison Effect Lab Sold - On the 11th we reported that John Hutchison was putting all the components needed to produce anti-gravity up for sale on eBay. Though that bid period ended without a sale, John says a couple of German groups have subsequently come forward to salvage what is left, even though it isn't likely to result in anti-gravity. "I'm not an inventor", John says. (PESN; July 28, 2010)
  • Wind > VAWT / Largest / Offshore >
    Massive Aerogenerator Turbine is 3X More Powerful - A new design called the Aerogenerator X would have a massive span of 275 meters and would produce a whopping ten megawatts of electricity — that’s three times the production capacity of typical modern commercial horizontal axis turbines, making it more viable for off-shore applications. (Inhabitat; July 26, 2010)
  • Magnetism > Earth's Magnetic Field >
    Spacequakes Rumble Near Earth - Researchers using NASA's fleet of five THEMIS spacecraft have discovered a form of space weather that is a temblor in Earth's magnetic field that packs the punch of an earthquake and plays a key role in sparking bright Northern Lights. (NASA Science; July 27, 2010)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

  • Fuel Efficiency / Alt Fuels / Trends >
    Honda: Racing Against Time - In their Dream the Impossible promotional video series (advertised on our site), Honda talks about the "racing spirit" and how it brings out the best in people to accomplish phenomenal things. The ultimate race, they point out, is to find an alternative to oil for propelling our transportation -- long before we run out of oil. (Honda; July, 2010)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

  • Biomimicry >
    Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet - From buildings and bridges to materials and medicine – examining the design of nature has aided in the development of almost every aspect of our lives, and most of us – often without realizing – benefit from these inspired revelations several times a day. A overview, including energy applications. (Inhabitat; July 16, 2010)
  • Pollution / Health >
    The Story of Cosmetics: Simple, Serious, Scary - Annie Leonard, maker of Story of Stuff, has produced another simplistic hit, this time spurring us to think about the cumulative effect what we put on our bodies via the myriad of cosmetic products available, calling for more oversight on what is able to make it into the marketplace. (TreeHugger; July 21, 2010)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Conspiracy >
    BP accused of trying to silence science on spill - The head of the American Association of Professors accused BP Friday of trying to buy the silence of scientists and academics to protect itself after the Gulf oil spill, in a BBC interview. A copy of a contract offered to scientists by BP, which the BBC said it had obtained, said scientists are not allowed to publish the research they do for the oil giant. (PhysOrg; July 23, 2010)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

  • Piezoelectric >
    Quick jolt of energy could improve energy harvesting by a factor of 40 - Researchers from the LGEF Laboratory at the University of Lyon have proposed that an initial energy injection extracted from the harvested energy itself could greatly increase the total piezoelectric energy output. This method could generate 20 times more energy than normal when using off-the-shelf components, and up to 40 times more when using low-loss devices. (PhysOrg; July 21, 2010)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

  • Human-Powered >
    Can The Human Body Be Used As A Power Plant? - A brief review of various methods for using the human body as a power plant, or even as a battery. Methods include harnessing human heat from crowds, electricity from typing, knee dynamos, glucose-powered implants. (Energy Daily; July 20, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Clean-up Ideas >
    BP to trial underwater voraxial separator in Gulf - Mounted on a skimmer vessel, the machine takes oil-laden water from the sea and spins it at high speed in a central cylindrical chamber. The resulting centrifugal force pulls the water to the outer edges of the chamber, leaving the oil in the middle. Once separated, that oil is then captured and stored in onboard holding tanks, while the water flows back into the ocean. (GizMag; July 19, 2010)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

  • ZPE > Wingate Lambertson >
    ‘Zero-point energy’ came through for Win L. - In Sept. 2004, the late Wingate Lambertson, Ph.D. wrote: "My certifier, known as John-2, has measured a yield of 153 percent on a recent E-dam. It should be possible to increase this substantially in the expansion of my research by others.” (Changing Power; July 17, 2010)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

  • Solar / Tools >
    'Tissue Paper' Could Stop Bullets, Harness Solar Energy - A soft "tissue paper" made from normally brittle germanium and silicon contains individual fibers as strong as bulletproof Kevlar. Woven into traditional fabric or embedded in hard plastics, the new nanowires could stop bullets, harvest solar energy or perform dozens of other tasks. (Discovery; Apr. 27, 2010)
  • Superconductors >
    Superconductor breakthrough could power new advances - Engineers at the University of Cambridge have announced their first batch of a new range of powerful superconductors which could revolutionise the production of machines like hospital MRI scanners and protect the national grid. The breakthrough has improved the effectiveness of yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) and a related family of superconducting materials. (PhysOrg; July 9, 2010)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

  • Feature: Grid / EMP / U.S._Govt. and_Energy >
    Remedies for Grid Vulnerabilities to Solar Flares - If a blast like the Carrington Event of 1859 occurred again, we could see 100 million people out of electricity for a couple years. However, installing 'surge protection' for the power grid would not be that expensive or difficult – especially when contrasted with the expense of unprotected components failing. A call to action. (PESWiki; July 16, 2010)
  • Hydrogen / Flight >
    Long-endurance, hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye UAV unveiled - Unveiled earlier this week in St. Louis, Boeing's Phantom Eye will set a new benchmark in long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology when it takes to the skies in 2011. With a wing-span of 150-feet, the hydrogen-powered aircraft will cruise at 150 knots, carry up to 450-pounds and stay aloft at 65,000 feet for up to four days. (GizMag; July 13, 2010)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

  • Nuclear / ZPE > Wingate Lambertson >
    Remembering energy inventor Dr. Lambertson - The late Wingate Lambertson, Ph.D., a nuclear scientist of Florida, was able to light a row of lamps in his garage using what he says is electricity taken from the energy of space, via his "cermet" material arranged in an "E-dam" through a process he called World Into Neutrinos (WIN). A dream he was given said the technology would emerge to the world in 2018. (Changing Power; July 13, 2010)
  • Conspiracy / Trends >
    Upcoming False Flag? Put Options Placed On Energy Companies - Just as the three days befor 9/11 there was unusual amounts of trading going on with American Airlines (via Goldman Sachs), we are presently seeing similar action, this time with power companies. This as Obama suporters say an act of terrorism is the only thing that will save him. (PrisonPlanet; July 15, 2010)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    Britain prepares for the collapse of BP - Amid mounting fears that the oil giant could be broken up or taken over in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, the British government is drawing up contingency plans for a possible collapse of BP. Besides employing thousands of Britains, BP also owns much of Britain's most critical energy infrastructure, and it controls vital strategic assets overseas. ( The Australian; July 7, 2010)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

  • Solar > Concentrated > PV >
    Truly Amazing Advanced Solar Cell from Israel - Prof David Faiman of Zenith Solar says: "When we collect the light, instead of using a huge area of solar cells, we use an equal area of cheap glass mirrors and they are curved in such a way as to concentrate the light onto a very small solar cell, the size of just one cell, and in this way you concentrate the light a thousand times and you can get a thousand times more power out of a small cell." (iPlanet Energy News; Apr. 26, 2010)

Monday, July 12, 2010

  • Solar > Solar Hydrogen / Photosynthesis Imitation >
    Breakthrough in using sunlight to split water - A team of MIT researchers has managed to mimic the photosynthetic process in plants by engineering M13, a simple and harmless virus, to help splitting water into its two atomic components - hydrogen and oxygen - using sunlight. The virus acts as the chlorophyl by capturing light, then transfers the energy down its length, acting like a wire. (GizMag; Apr. 16, 2010)
  • Alt Fuels > Biofuel > Algae >
    A New Bloom for Algae - A U.S. DOE roadmap marks a return to research on a source of fuel that was once thought too costly. "With a dedicated research and development program, we can bring the economics to a suitable place within a 10-year time frame". (MIT Technology Review; July 2, 2010)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

  • Feature: Anti-Gravity > John Hutchison >
    John Hutchison is selling his anti-gravity lab on eBay - Starting at a minimum bid of $50,000 USD, "this lab includes ALL OF THE COMPONENTS that I have used to produce anti-gravity, including many pieces of equipment that I built with my own hands. If you want me to come and set up the lab and show you how to operate the anti-gravity, there is an additional fee of $10,000". (PESN; July 11, 2010)
  • Health / Bio-Energetics > Environmental EM Concerns >
    Left-sided Cancer: Blame your bed and TV? - In the U.S. bed frames and box springs are made of metal, and the length of a bed is exactly half the wavelength of FM and TV transmissions that have been broadcasting since the late 1940s. In Japan most beds are not made of metal, and the TV broadcast system does not use the 87- to 108-megahertz frequency used in Western countries. (Scientific American; July 2, 2010) (Thanks Adrian Akau)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

  • Feature: Tesla / Donate to PES Network >
    Passing the hat on Tesla's B-day - On the 154th anniversary of the birth of the father of free energy, we honor the memory of the man who is finally beginning to get the attention he deserves in the mainstream; and we pass the hat to keep the news, directory, and networking service we provide going. (PESN; July 10, 2010)
  • EVs > Contests >
    Around the world in 80 days race for zero emission electric cars - Louis Palmer is hoping a race to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days in zero emission, electric powered cars will harness public interest and inspire new ways of thinking about mobility, cars and renewable energy solutions. Starting Aug. 15, 2010 in Geneva, contestants will travel 30,000 km through 20 countries. (GizMag; June 16, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact >
    27,000 Abandoned Gulf Oil Wells May Be Leaking - More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one - not industry, not government - is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows. (CBS News; July 7, 2010)

Friday, July 9, 2010

  • Feature / OS: Gravity Motors >
    Chalkalis gives his Gravity Wheel design to the world - Greek inventor, F. M. Chalkalis, after 28 years of development, says he is now giving away his design for a gravity motor that he says generates ten times more power than is required to maintain it; or is that a math error? Several people look interested in replicating the design, which looks relatively simple, but won't be cheap. (PESWiki; July 9, 2010)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

  • Conventional Renewable Energy >
    Ten PowerPoint Slides That Shook the Earth - If you attend enough cleantech events or are pitched by enough startups, you start to see the same few PowerPoint slides over and over again. Here is a collection of the best or at least the most notorious and historically significant slides in our industry. (GreenTechMedia; July 8, 2010)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

  • Refrigeration / Magnetism >
    The future of refrigeration could be magnetic - Scientists at U.C. Berkeley are seeking to utilize the magnetocaloric effect in which a changing magnetic field within a material causes it to get colder, in order to create a magnet-based refrigerator. Not only would it use less power and run quieter than your current fridge, but it also wouldn’t contain any hydrofluorocarbons, gases which can add tremendously to the greenhouse effect if not properly disposed of. (GizMag; July 5, 2010)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

  • Storage >
    'Never-before-seen material' can store vast amounts of energy - Using super-high pressures similar to those found deep in the Earth or on a giant planet, researchers from Washington State University have created a compact, never-before-seen material capable of storing vast amounts of energy. Described by one of the researchers as “the most condensed form of energy storage outside of nuclear energy,” the material holds potential for creating a new class of energetic materials... (GizMag; July 4, 2010)
  • Storage > Batteries > Capacitors >
    Khosla-backed Recapping – An EEStor Competitor? - Recapping is described as “a novel energy storage device – a high energy density capacitor – based on a 3D nanocomposite structure,” that can deliver “high cycling ability, high power density, and low cost.” They will be shooting to have energy densities in the range of 400Wh/kg and a target cost of around $250/kWh, which would be a similar range to EEStor. (Earth2Tech; June 6, 2010) (Thanks Mark Dansie)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

  • Feature: News > Raw Hopper >
    Raw Free Energy News Hopper: McGlenn - Items I placed in my news hopper, intending to format them for inclusion in the news, but limitations of having only so many hours in a day prevented it. Rather than have them go unannounced altogether, I present them here in a raw format. (FreeEnergyNews; July 3, 2010)
  • Feature: Electromagnetic > Kapanadze > Replications >
    Kapagen power output measurements by JL Naudin - Using a luxmeter and calibrating the lumens generated versus the watts required, French replicator, JL Naudin estimates the net output of 14 halogen bulbs to be around 1017 Watts for his 3.3 version replication of the Kapadnaze generator, while the input was measured at 1089 Watts, for a total efficiency of 98%. (JNaudin; July 1, 2010) (Thanks Mark Spowage)

Friday, July 2, 2010

  • Suppression / Videos > Energy from the Vacuum series >
    Cold Heat from Canada (Trailer) - In 1968, Designex Inc. in Toronto, Canada, was powering the refrigerator, lights, radio and other appliances in their offices with a device of their own design that was self powered by cold negative radiant energy. Toronto Hydro, the local power company, sent a crew out, who removed all Toronto Hydro power meters, fuse boxes, and wiring in an attempt to shut the power off, but to no avail. (Energy from the Vacuum; Disc. 19; July, 2010)
  • Conservation >
    Astounding Phase-Change Windows - A new glazing system available in Europe for several years and is now being brought to the N. American market. The GlassX window is an insulated glass assembly that incorporates a phase-change material (PCM) between two of the glass panes in the window. At lower temperatures, the PCM is a translucent solid. But, as it heats, the PCM melts and becomes transparent. (EcoGeek; June 22, 2010)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

  • Solar / Trends >
    Solar's Great Leap Forward - Suntech CEO Zhengrong Shi made China a powerhouse in photovoltaic technology--and became a billionaire in the process. His next ambition: to make solar power as cheap as conventional electricity. (MIT Technology Review; July/Aug 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact >
    UK firm Octel bribed Iraqis to keep buying toxic fuel additive - The company admitted that in a deliberate policy to maximize profits, they bribed officials in Iraq and Indonesia with millions of dollars to carry on using tetra ethyl lead (TEL), despite its health hazards, is banned from cars in western countries because of links with brain damage to children. (Guardian; UK; June 30, 2010)

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