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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD
Top 5 Exotic Free Energy Technologies
Since April, 2006, the New Energy Congress has been systematically voting on the following energy technologies, reviewing a new technology every few days, and weighing it against the criteria they established. Last update - Nov. 17, 2008. (Present focus is on Top 5 Exotic Free Energy Technologies).
- Directory:Solar >
Stirling Energy Systems utility solar - 20-year purchase agreement between Southern California Edison and Stirling Energy Systems, Inc. will result in 20,000+ dish array covering 4,500 acres capable of generating 500 MW, at a cost competitive to grid power. (http://stirlingenergy.com)
- Engines >
Cyclone Technologies Schoell Cycle Engine - The Cyclone Engine is designed around the principles of an external combustion engine, to efficiently use any liquid or gaseous fuel and create more power and significantly less emissions than current gasoline or diesel powered internal combustion engines. (http://cyclonepower.com)
- Directory:Hydrogen from Water / Solar Hydrogen / Waste to Energy >
Solar Hydrogen Energy Corporation (SHEC) - Has developed a process that will convert landfill and other waste methane into clean hydrogen, using the power of the Sun for the reformation, at a price comparable to traditional hydrogen production methods. (http://www.shec-labs.com/) (NEC Specialist: Tai Robinson)
- Geothermal >
Raser is Rapidly Deploying Cost-Effective Geothermal Power - Instead of using electricity to turn a heat pump to cool a liquid, Raser runs a warmed liquid through a heat pump to generate electricity. With their rapid, low-cost deployment capability, they could maximize the U.S. geothermal capacity within ten years. (http://rasertech.com)
- Directory:Nuclear >
Colliding Plasma Toroid Fusion - Electron Power Systems Ltd. is developing a process that remains stable without magnetic confinement, by using background gas pressure for confinement instead, could provide clean, non-polluting energy technology at one-tenth the cost of present energy generation. (http://electronpowersystems.com)
- Directory:Batteries >
Nanotube Super Capacitor Battery - MIT researchers are developing a battery based on capacitors that utilize nanotubes for high surface area, enabling near instantaneous charging and no degradation. Estimating ~5 years to commercialization.
- Nanotech / Thin Film Solar >
Nanosolar a leader in the drive to make solar affordable - Nanosolar has developed proprietary technology that makes it possible to simply roll-print solar cells with performance and durability similar to silicon-wafer cells, while cutting the costs, making solar affordable. The long-term limitation will be the growing scarcity of Indium. (http://nanosolar.com)
- Directory:Nuclear >
Focus Fusion - Purports to be a far more feasible and profoundly less expensive approach to hot fusion, in contrast to ITER. Lawrenceville Plasma Physics' is developing the Plasma Focus Device for hydrogen-boron nuclear fusion. 4-7 years to commercial. 1 cent / kWh anticipated energy generation cost. (http://www.focusfusion.org) (NEC Specialists: Thomas Valone)
- Directory:Solar >
Enviromission Solar Tower - Enviromission Solar Towers are like an inverted funnel, with a wide skirt to collect air to then turn a turbine in the tower. (http://www.enviromission.com.au/) (http://www.solarmissiontechnologies.com)
- Engines >
Quasiturbine Engine - This four-chamber Wankel-like engine is capable of burning fuel using photo-detonation, an optimal combustion type. The design can also be used as an air motor, steam engine, gas compressor, hot air engine, or pump. (http://quasiturbine.com)
- Directory:Solar >
International Automated Systems - Utility scale solar presently in process of being commercially installed for first time; alleged to produce electricity at 3-5 cents per kilowatt-hour. Highly-efficient bladeless turbine has wide range of waste-heat-harnessing applications. Methanol production technique will draw CO2 out of the environment, reversing global warming. (http://IAUS.com)
- Thermal Electric / Solar >
Johnson Electro Mechanical Systems - Thermal energy system invented by the person who came up with the Super Soaker can achieve a conversion efficiency rate that tops 60 percent with a new solid-state heat engine. It uses temperature differences to create pressure gradients that are used to force ions through a membrane, instead of moving an axle or wheel. Inventor has also come up with an ambient energy conversion system as well as an electric heat pump.
- Waste-to-Energy / Plasma >
StarTech Environmental Corp Plasma Tech - Startech is a publicly traded waste-to-energy plasma arc technology company. They presently have three 5 ton/day installations in operation, with a number of other plants in various stages of implementation. A 200 ton/day plant being scheduled for Panama will be the largest such plant in the world.
- Solar > Silicon >
RSI's Solar Silicon Solution Wins MIT Energy Plan Contest - RSI Silicon debuts a far more inexpensive method of producing solar grade Silicon, winning "People's Choice" award and first place in the Energy Business Plan contest held by MIT. (NEC Specialist: Jim Dunn)
- Concentrated Solar / Stirling Engines >
Infinia Corp's Stirling Solar Technology - Infinia's solar technology entails a parabolic dish that focuses the sun's energy onto their stirling engine that uses helium in a hermetically sealed system, requiring no lubrication inside the machine, nor maintenance.
- Directory:Solar >
Johanna Solar Technology thin film solar eclipses others - South African solar panels consist of a thin layer approximately five microns thick (a human hair is 20 microns thick) of a unique metal alloy that converts light into energy at a fraction of the cost. The photo-responsive alloy can operate on virtually all flexible surfaces. Expected in market in 2007. (http://www.johanna-solar.com/)
- Solar > Concentrated >
Cool Earth Solar - Company has developed an inflatable solar concentrator technology that slashes materials costs, making solar farms competitive with commercial electricity generation systems within three years. (http://www.coolearthsolar.com) (NEC Specialist: Jon Bonanno, investor, board member)
- Solar / Thermal Electric / Nanotech >
Advanced Diamond Solutions' amorphous nanostructures - Semiconductor industry company serendipitously developed thermionic solar cells using amorphous diamond nanostructures that offer potential efficiencies of 50% at half the cost of silicon solar cells. Also has good promise as a thermal electric generator. (http://www.advanceddiamond.com)
- Directory:Storage > Directory:Batteries >
EEStor Ceramic "Battery" - Texas company is working on an "energy storage" ultra-capacitor device made from ceramics. It's not technically a battery because it doesn't use chemicals. It can allegedly charge within 5 minutes (from a substation) with enough energy to move a car 500 miles on about $9 worth of electricity -- about 45 cents a gallon.
- Concentrated Solar Power| >
SolarCube™ by Green and Gold Energy - Award-winning solar technology uses Fresnel lenses to focus sun's energy onto photovoltaic cells. 5.8 cents per kWh. (http://www.greenandgoldenergy.com.au) (NEC Specialist: Richard P. George)
- Featured: Generators / Wind >
ExRo Technologies' Variable Input Electrical Generator (VIEG) - ExRo's patented technology designed for widely variable speeds of wind, wave, run-of-river, and tidal turbines; takes the place of traditional generators that are limited in operating activity; and could lower the cost of wind turbines, while significantly increasing their power output. (PESWiki; Nov. 21, 2008)
- Featured: Hydro > Tide / Ocean Current >
Marine Current Turbines' 1 MW SeaGen - SeaGen, designed and developed by Marine Current Turbines Ltd. of Britain, works in principle much like an “underwater windmill”, with the rotors driven by the power of the tidal currents rather than the wind, and has now generated at its maximum capacity of 1.2MW. (PESWiki; Jan. 7, 2009)
- Featured: Ocean Wave Energy > Buoys >
Oceanlinx Converts Wave action to Air Action - Oceanlinx is a leading international company in the field of wave energy conversion. It has developed technology for extracting energy from ocean waves by converting them into air flow that turns a turbine to produce electricity, or to provide desalinated industrial or potable grade water from sea water. (PESWiki; Jan. 19, 2009)
- Noble Gas Engines >
PlasmERG's Plasma Expansion Motor - PlasmERG Inc, who is developing a noble gas plasma expansion motor providing clean, cheap, and reliable power has been selected as a top five finalist among the "Most Promising Renewable Energy Technologies" category for EE Times' prestigious Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards.
- Feature: Hydro > Ocean Wave > Buoys >
Spindrift Hydrokinetic Energy Device - This ocean wave harnessing technology takes advantage of the difference between wave height on the surface versus water stability deeper down. It is a buoy system that locates the alternator in the surface buoy, with a turbine down deep, by which water is accelerated via a venture shape through which the water flows. (PESWiki; Sept. 13, 2010)
- Featured: Vortex / Hydro > Low Impact >
Vortex-Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy (VIVACE) - Inspired by the ability of fish to propel upstream with relative ease, VIVACE is ideal for converting natural vibrations in slow-moving ocean, river, and tidal currents into affordable and reliable energy. It is highly scalable and affordable, estimated at 5.5 cents/kw-h. (PESWiki; Dec 31, 2008)
- Featured: Wind > Vertical Axis >
Enviro Energies' magnetically levitated Mag-Wind™ system - Affordable wind turbine design by this North American company reduces friction, noise, vibration and energy losses, and generates power in low wind environments; is now going into production. (PESWiki; Jan. 23, 2009)
- Featured: Fuel Cells / Hydrogen >
PowerAvenue is Revolutionizing Hydrogen Production and Fuel Cell Technology - PowerAvenue Corp has patented a way to create from sand a form of silicon that reacts with water to generate hydrogen at the point of use, making silicon the energy carrier. Their fuel cells operate at low pressure and temperatures, have a high power-to-weight ratio, and are reliable and efficient. (PESWiki; Jan. 8, 2009)
- Featured: Solar > Concentrated >
AORA hybrid solar provides baseload, community power - Israeli company combines a modular concentrated solar tower technology with other heat sources to enable its plants to be baseload capable, providing utility power needs 24/7/365. Each 'solar flower' is designed to produce 100 kW of electricity as well as 170kW of thermal power, targeting community-sized production. (PESWiki; July 3, 2009)
- Featured: Engines > Wankel >
Regi Technologies' RadMax rotary engine - The Radmax direct-charge engine with few moving parts is based on the Wankel rotary design, but is claimed to deliver up to three times the power, with half the weight of a true Wankel engine of the same size. It is virtually vibration free and very quiet. (PESWiki; Jan. 27, 2009)
- Featured: Solar > Thin Film >
First Solar Breaks $1/Watt Manufacturing Barrier - Though this Arizona company is to be congratulated on reducing manufacturing costs for solar modules to 98 cents per watt, breaking the $1 per watt price barrier, the environmental downside of the use of highly toxic cadmium can't be overlooked. (PESWiki; March 16, 2009)
- Featured / Top 100: Storage > Batteries > Sodium Sulfur >
Ceramatec Revolutionizing Energy Storage Technology - A company in Salt Lake City is receiving widespread coverage for developing a battery system based on sodium sulfur for residential and commercial applications that may make energy storage much easier and more economical providing the tipping point to make renewables feasible. (PESWiki; August 25, 2009)
- Waste-to-Energy / Alt. Fuels > Diesel >
CPD Process Turns Trash into Diesel Fuel - Green Power Inc has developed a catalytic pressureless depolymerization (CPD) process they call "NanoDiesel" that inexpensively converts biomass and municipal waste into high quality diesel fuel, which could solve the world's energy and waste problems at the same time, without upsetting the CO2 balance.
Top 100 -- Complete List
See Congress:Top 100:Complete List - The entire Top 100 Clean Energy Technologies listing.
Top 100 by Category
See Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- Categorized - e.g. Solar, Wind
See Congress:T100:Sterling's List - Partitioned first by extent of commercial readiness and second by price point and other NEC criteria
See Congress:T100:About - A brief description and history of this Top 100 listing, as well as guidelines and suggested bullet format.
- Featured: Newsletters / Investment Resources >
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- Main T100 Page - lists the Top 20
- Top 100 - Complete T100 list
- Top 100 Techs in the News
- Commercially Ready
- Sterling's List - partitioned first by extent of commercial readiness and second by price point and other NEC criteria
- T100 Listing by Category
- Related Lists
- Best Exotic Clean Energy Technologies
- Congress:T100:Hopper - awaiting evaluation for inclusion in the T100 list.
- Congress:T100:Former - bumped off the T100 island.
- Congress:T100:Not - The NEC voting never put it in the T100.
- Tally | Report | Polls (NEC)
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- Congress:Technology Criteria - renewable, environmentally safe, affordable, credible, reliable, feasible, safe, good team, developed
- About - A brief description and history of the Top 100 listing, as well as guidelines and suggested bullet format.
- T100 see also