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Monday, May 31, 2010

  • Lighting > LED >
    Affordable, High-Performance LED Bulbs Finally Hitting the Market - Major lighting companies are working tirelessly towards becoming the first to own the LED market. In the next few months, 60-watt equivalent bulbs in the $30 - $40 price range will be hitting the shelves. In comparison, just two years ago, a 60-watt equivalent cost $90 and a 100-watt dimmable bulb went for $360. (EcoGeek; May 18, 2010)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

  • Water / Growing >
    Persian Gulf Harnessing Microbes to Transform Desert into Farmland - The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait are in the midst of a massive project to re-landscape their deserts and transform them into fertile farmland, providing food security for their future. The countries are utilizing a mixture of microbes and soil — called mycorrhiza — that allows plants to absorb more nutrients than they can alone. (Inhabitat; May 18, 2010)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

  • Biofuels / Waste to Energy > Animal >
    Forget Wave Power, Google and Others May Use Poo Power for Data Centers - Hewlett Packard has released a research paper that states that tech companies like themselves, Google and Microsoft could benefit from a partnership with dairy farmers, using the cattle waste for fuel. The research paper says that the dairy farmers could rent out land and power to the tech companies with a return on investment in waste-to-fuel systems in two years, making it a great arrangement for the farmers too. (EcoGeek; May 19, 2010)
  • Building > Cement >
    Student creates cost-effective self-healing concrete? - Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have created a concrete matrix embedded with a micro-encapsulated sodium silicate healing agent via a process that can be done in a cost-effective manner. When cracks form in the concrete, the capsules rupture and release the agent into the adjacent area... (GizMag; May 27, 2010)

Friday, May 28, 2010

  • Solar > PV / Hydrogen > Solar Hydrogen >
    Jack Nicholson's 1978 Hydrogen Car - Step back in time to when solar panels were new and needed to be explained as part of a presentation on how the energy of sunlight could be used to generate electricity to electrolyze water to generate hydrogen which could run a car, using a metal catalyst to stabilize the storage of hydrogen. (GreenEnergyTV; 9/9/9)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

  • EVs > Recharging Stations >
    Nissan EV quick charger to hit the market - In preparation for the December release of its sold-out all-electric LEAF automobile, Nissan said it will be selling in-house-designed EV quick chargers for CHAdeMO plugs. Nissan plans to install 2,200 standard non-quick chargers in dealerships throughout Japan, aiming for one charger within 40 kilometers of any point on the road. (GizMag; May 26, 2010)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

  • Feature: Cold Fusion > Eugene Mallove >
    Eugene Mallove murderers were former renters gone irate - More than 6 years later, we now finally learn that two of the revered Cold Fusion scientists accused murderers had lived with the boyfriend's parents at the Mallove rental home. After being evicted, a phone call from the upset mother who had been told their stuff was being thrown in a dumpster, sent the boyfriend to the scene where the murder resulted. (PESN; May 26, 2010) (Comment)
  • Nuclear > Fusion >
    Nuclear Reactor Aims for Self-Sustaining Fusion - A Italian-Russian team proposes a reactor called Ignitor, which would be a miniature ITER-like tokomak reactor that uses powerful magnetic fields to produce fusion by squeezing superheated plasma of hydrogen isotopes. "Ignitor will give us a quick look at how burning plasma behaves, and that could inform how we proceed with ITER and other reactors." (MIT Technology Review; May 25, 2010)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

  • Building >
    Sustainable Brick Made from Sand, Bacteria and Pee - Architect Ginger Krieg Dosier has designed a way of forming bricks without baking by combining sand, bacteria, calcium chloride and urea, all easy-to-come-by materials. These Better Bricks are created through a chain of chemical reactions known as microbial-induced calcite precipitation. (EcoGeek; May 12, 2010)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

  • EVs > Electric Cars > Tesla Motors >
    Toyota-Tesla Deal Adds Spark to Electric Car Industry - In a move that may provide a spark for the electric automobile industry, Toyota, the world's largest automaker, is teaming up Tesla Motors Inc, the makers of the only highway-legal all-electric car in the United States. The new partnership, including a $50 million investment from Toyata, will allow Tesla to advance its more affordable vehicles like the Model S sedan. (Associated Press; May 21, 2010)

Friday, May 21, 2010

  • Solar > Space-Based / Flight > Propulsion >
    First solar powered spacecraft successfully launched - Today, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation Of the Sun (IKAROS) craft. IKAROS is a space yacht that gathers energy for propulsion from sunlight pressure (photons) by means of a square membrane measuring 20 meters (65.6 ft) diagonally. (GizMag; May 21, 2010)
  • Humor > Fuel Efficiency > Retrofits >
    Emergency Plane Landing - One of the funniest videos I've ever seen explores what happens when a passenger jet has to land on a freeway. Will the SUV hold up as makeshift front gear? Will the granny in the way survive? As for energy, this could go down as an exotic, albeit impractical retrofit for fuel efficiency. Note the mileage boost to the SUV. (YouTube; February 18, 2007)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

  • Hydro / Cold Fusion / Magazines > Infinite Energy Magazine >
    Infinite Energy: Issue 91: The Power of Water - A Heuristic Approach to the Particle Physics Implicit in Theosophical “Occult Chemistry” • ACS Session Summary • A Cold Fusion Fable • Hydroelectric Water Turbine Explosion in Russia • The Pivotal Point of the Science of Physics • Appearance of Potassium in a Li-S Matrix • A Model of Gravity by Stubbs • The Wave Structure of the Electric Field • Hydrogen Bonds at the Bottom of a Waterfall • Ether Space-Time & Cosmology • Eclectic Observer (May/June 2010)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

  • Cold Fusion >
    March 2010 ACS Cold Fusion Session Summary (pdf) - Jan Marwan of the American Chemical Society, who organized the highly successful session on Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (aka cold fusion) at the 239th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, has published a summary of the two-day event. (Infinite Energy; May/June, 2010)
  • Prizes > Auto X Prize >
    Automotive X PRIZE - Shakedown stage results - 27 vehicles survived the first of three on-track testing stages in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, covering efficiency, safety, and performance evaluations including durability, acceleration and braking and avoidance maneuvers. The competitors will now set their sights on the Knockout Qualifying Stage at Michigan International Speedway in June. (GizMag; May 17, 2010)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

  • Top 100: Hydro > Wave >
    Huge swell sinks wave energy generator - A 170-tonne wave energy generator which was launched off the New South Wales south coast in March, has sunk in rough seas. Breaking free from its pylons on Friday afternoon it sank on Saturday. Early efforts to tow the barge to safety were abandoned due to rough conditions. Attempts to retrieve the barge will be made this week. (ABC; AU; May 17, 2010) (Thanks Tedd)
  • Human-Powered / Health >
    Power from Glucose for Medical Devices - Scientists in France have implanted the first functional glucose biofuel cell in a living animal. Unlike batteries that supply power to implants, a power-generating device may not have to be surgically removed and replaced, because glucose is a potentially limitless source of energy. The device uses enzymes to harvest energy from glucose and oxygen found naturally in the body. (MIT Technology Review; May 18, 2010)

Monday, May 17, 2010

  • Sympathetic Vibratory Physics >
    Keely, Tesla, Russell & the creativity of humankind - Dale Pond’s Herculean effort to collect paradigm-shifting scientific and historical data now includes a wiki to correlate and explain the 19th century inventor John W. Keely’s “Sympathetic Vibratory Physics”, as well as the works of the late Walter Russell, Nikola Tesla, Viktor Schauberger and others relevant to the new energy science. (ChangingPower; May 15, 2010)
  • Hydro > Tidal >
    Underwater Ocean kites to harvest tidal energy - A Swedish startup has acquired funding for beginning scale model trials of underwater kites, which would be secured to a turbine to harness tidal energy for power, allegedly at 10 times the speed of the actual tidal current. With a 12-meter wingspan on the kite, the company says one unit could harvest 500 kilowatts while it's operational. (Good; May 13, 2010)
  • Waste to Energy > Plastic and Energy >
    Transforming waste plastic into an alternative fuel - A team of researchers at Northeastern University are developing a double-tank waste combustor for converts plastic waste into energy without creating harmful emissions. Plastic is first processed in an upper tank, which converts the material into gas through pyrolysis. Then, the gas moves to a lower tank, where it’s burned with oxidants, generating heat and steam, which drive combustion and generate electric power. (PhysOrg; May 10, 2010)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

  • Lasers / Nuclear > Fusion >
    Worlds Largest Laser Takes First Steps Toward Nuclear Fusion - When all of its 192 laser beams are operational later this year, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will focus about two million joules of ultraviolet laser energy on a tiny target in the center of its target chamber, generating unprecedented temperatures (100 million degrees) and pressures (100 billion times Earth's atmosphere) in the target materials... (GizMag; May 10, 2010)
  • Weather Control / Lasers >
    Swiss breakthrough could mean rain on demand - Researchers from the University of Geneva have reported laser-powered cloud seeding success, both inside and outside the laboratory. The team fired short 220-millijoule pulses of infrared light from a laser into an illuminated chamber of water-saturated air at minus 24°C and noted the formation of clouds in the laser's wake. (GizMag; May 4, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    Giant Plumes of Oil Found Forming Under Gulf of Mexico - NY Times reports that scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. Scientists studying video of the gushing oil well have tentatively calculated that it could be flowing at a rate of 25,000 to 80,000 barrels of oil a day. (Slashdot; May 16, 2010)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

  • Suppression / Conspiracy / Organizations > Orion Project >
    Orion free energy inventors threatened; pull out - In an update statement, the Orion Project alleges a series of external events that led to their contracted inventor to pull out under pressure from a former CIA director. A couple of other inventors who were likewise threatened and pulled away. Orion announced a database of inventor and suppressor information that will be released in the event that something should happen to one of their directors. (The Orion Project; May 13, 2010)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

  • Featured: Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    A volcano of oil erupting - New video showing largest hole from pipe 21 inches in diameter spewing oil and natural gas, along with analysis of the amount of oil on the surface, supports the estimates closer to 1 million barrels per day erupting from this hole BP popped in the ocean floor that contains trillions of barrels of oil and natural gas. (PESN; May 13, 2010) (Comment)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

  • Featured: Electromagnetic > Toroid > Steorn >
    Orbo and magnetic flux-gating - While the author (Kavee) doesn't know of any bona fide "free energy" proof springing from the Orbo technology, he does think there are several fascinating effects that are worth exploring, which could lead to greater efficiency. Preface rebuttal by Steorn CEO. (PESN; May 12, 2010)
  • Solar > R&D >
    "Light Pipes" Boost Organic Solar Efficiency - Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have developed a way to more than double the performance of organic solar cells by adding a layer of upright optical fibers that act as sunlight traps. "It's the same thing as taking a flat device and pointing it directly at the sun all day long." (MIT Technology Review; May 12, 2010)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

  • Electromagnetic > Electric Motors >
    Washer Dryer electric motors may help in alternative energy - Devices released this year, by Toshiba, for example, use “variable magnet motors”, making it possible to regulate the magnetic force of magnetic fields in the motor. By changing the magnetic force of permanent magnets, they can change the motor’s characteristics between low-speed and high-speed operation. (GreenOptimistic; May 10, 2010)
    Possibly something inventors could incorporate into a Bedini design? -- Craig Stangland

Monday, May 10, 2010

  • Featured: U.S. Govt. and Energy / Awards >
    Proposed: Electromagnetic Energy Grand Challenge - The New Energy Movement has posted an open letter to the White House from Dr. Fred Wood, who proposes a new Grand Challenge focused on extracting energy from the active physical vacuum for use in disruptive, transformational, electromagnetic energy technologies. Wood has both academic and government credentials. (New Energy Movement; Apr. 14, 2010)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

  • ZPE >
    Dirac's Equation and the Sea of Negative Energy - Part III - "If Dirac's equation means what it says--that it describes everything that waves or every possible particle--it arguably provides the first basis, simplicity: the universe must be built of the four kinds of electron which are the roots of the equation." (Hasslberger Blog; May 4, 2010)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

  • Solar > Dye >
    MIT researchers print solar cell on paper - Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a technique in which paper is coated with organic semiconductor material using a process similar to an inkjet printer, which could lower the cost and weight of solar panels. Still in the research phase, they are years from being commercialized. (CNET; May 5, 2010)
  • Featured: Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    Mother gusher danger not passed - With BP applying several fixes to the leaking well and the spreading oil, people might tend to classify this spill as "just another spill" among so many, which will go away after a while. A blowout is still a very real possibility, and the repercussions of the oil spilt are far-reaching. (PESN; May 6, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact >
    5 Innovative Solutions That Clean Up Oil Spills - 1) Contain it with a giant underwater dome [2 weeks]; 2) Sop it up with mushrooms and hair; 3) Utilize bacteria to digest the oil; 4) Soak it up with hyper absorbent peat moss; 5) Make oil-absorbing mats from pet hair and pantyhose. (Inhabitat; May 5, 2010)
  • Secondary Oscillations / Water > Pumps >
    Matos de Matos Pendulum Hydro Pump - Angolan inventor proposes to use the swinging motion of a heavy pendulum to cause cylinders and pistons in the supporting legs to provide pumping action with relatively low energy input to keep the pendulum swinging. (Blogspot; May 6, 2010) SDA Comment: The Milkovic design is probably better suited, creating less of a dampening action of the pendulum swing.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

  • Oil > Ecological Impact >
    Naturally Occuring Bacteria Could Help Clean Oil Spill - Natural microbes present in every ocean are superb cleaners, and with the addition of a bit of fertilizer they could prove successful in removing oil from the Gulf. A quick dusting near shore would help the microbes multiply and then they would dine on oil en masse until it’s gone. The side effect ... (Inhabitat; May 3, 2010)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

  • Solar > PV / Emergency Preparedness > EMP >
    Can solar panels withstand an EMP attack? - Forum responses: Most panels have bypass diodes fitted to the discrete series arrays within the panel. Panels are not normally just a mass of cells. With EMP exposure the inverter is the biggest concern since the PN junction of a microchip/fet/transistor is much much smaller than a PN wafer of a PV panel... (EnergyMatters; May 03, 2010)

Monday, May 3, 2010

  • Oil > Non-Fossil > Algae >
    Making Oil in Minutes, Not Millennia - Chemical engineers at the University of Michigan are applying heat and pressure on microalgae, exploring a method to create affordable biofuel that could replace fossil fuels. They also hope to use the byproducts of bio-oil production as feedstock for more biofuel, combining hydrothermal, catalytic and biological approaches. (Wired; Apr. 30, 2010)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

  • Featured: Communities >
    Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage - Many of them eat vegan to reduce their diet footprint, grow their own food, use mulching toilets, run their gray water into their agriculture, do cob for building, run their cars on veggie oil, and have solar showers – all the things we want to do in our community; but they've been at it for 15 years. (PESWiki; May 2, 2010)
  • Building >
    Mormon Church unveils renewable meetinghouse - The LEED silver-certified meetinghouse's 158 solar panels are expected to provide a net zero grid consumption. Other environment-friendly elements in the prototype include: dual flush toilets, Xeriscaped landscaping, underground soil-moisture sensors, tankless water heaters, recycle bins, motion-sensitive light switches, etc. (Deseret News; April 27, 2010)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

  • Featured: Oil > Ecological Impact >
    Deepwater Horizon debacle pushes alt energy - In addition to devastating ecological despoiling, the oil slick could shut down Mississippi River transport, effecting nearly half of U.S. import/export commerce. The damage to the tourism industry in Alabama and Florida could top $25 Billion a year for several years. Faced with this disaster the Obama Administration has just stopped all off shore drilling. (PESN; May 1, 2010)
  • EVs / Solar > Paint >
    Renault Solar Paint Car - An environmentally friendly design car of the Renault combines electric power and renewable energy from solar energy through nano solar paint on car. Renault 2010 Sand Jumper uses next-gen renewable energy technology and recycled, recyclable ecological materials. (Alt Energy News; Apr. 27, 2010)

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