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Compiled by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
September 29, 2010

Beginning July 13, General Electric (GE) has been welcoming ideas for their "Ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid" initiative. As of Sept. 29, with a few hours left for submitting, there have been over 3,000 ideas submitted. The deadline for submissions and voting is midnight Sept. 30, 2010, Mountain time. You may enter as many ideas and vote for as many as you wish.

There are only a few hours left, but we would encourage you to submit your technology or approach if you think it should be included in this contest. We just submitted one for the New Energy Congress, and invite you to vote for it:

As an action item, I would urge all of you to at least vote (upper right hand corner) for our submission and at least one other item that looks of interest to you. Please take a few minutes to do this.

Just a few hundred votes would push our idea right into the top 50. I think we could do that with your help. Vote and tell your friends to vote. Really, it only takes just a minute or so, and it could help bring the needed attention.

I've listed below a few entrants that seemed of particular merit or interest from among the top 100 vote getters so far. This PESWiki site is publicly editable, so feel free to add your listing down below under Other Applicants, unless it is in the top 100, in which you can post it higher, accordingly.

This contest is part of a wider R&D initiative by GE started five years ago as part of a green marketing campaign. [1] They invested $1.5 billion on Ecomagination R&D last year, and have committed to invest an additional $10 billion by 2015. [2]

Oct. 3, 2010 Update

Thanks to your support in voting for our idea, with a little more than 24 hours of voting time left, we were able to make it to around #250 of over 3500 ideas submitted by the time voting stopped on Sept. 30. I should also mention that at Raphial Morgado's request, I submitted the following entry.

  • Submitted to GE's Ecomagination Challenge: Massive Yet Tiny (MYT) Engine for energy generation - The MYT Engine is an internal combustion engine of new design that features multiple firings in one cycle, producing enormous torque in a small area. This enables supper-efficient combustion from fossil fuels as well as biofuels. Applications also include geothermal energy and wind power storage and retrieval. (Sept. 30, 2010) [submitted just before the contest closed, so no one else was able to sign on as a "supporter".]


About the Challenge

Drawing from the Ecomagination website:

The GE Ecomagination Challenge is an innovation experiment where businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and students share their best ideas on how to build the next-generation power grid. $200 million has been set aside to fund the best ideas submitted.

GE has teamed up with some of the best-known venture capital firms, including Emerald Technology Ventures, Foundation Capital, KPCB and Rockport Capital, to help back the most promising ideas.

"Will you join us? Please enter the challenge, submit your ideas, vote for the most promising teams and help us change the way the world uses energy in powerful new ways. Who knows? One of the ideas selected could be yours."

There are three categories for submission:

  • Challenge 1: Create - Renewable
  • Challenge 2: Connect - Grid Efficiency
  • Challenge 3: Use - EcoHomes/EcoBuildings

Selected Ecomagination Challenge entrants will be offered the opportunity to develop a commercial relationship with GE through:

  • Investment: the $200 million capital pledge of GE and its partners will be invested globally into promising start-ups and ideas
  • Validation: evaluation of entrant’s business strategy through in-depth discussions with GE‘s technical and commercial teams
  • Distribution: exploration of partnership opportunities with GE to scale a business and create global reach
  • Development: leveraging of GE‘s technical infrastructure and GE Global Research Centers to accelerate technology and product development
  • Growth: exploration of opportunities for utilizing existing GE customer relationships for your go-to-market strategy


"Representatives of GE and its investment partners will form an evaluation committee to consider possible investments in you or your company. GE has also selected an Ecomagination Challenge panel of judges, including individuals from GE’s business units, representatives from academia, venture capital firms, government research specialists and others.

"The panel of judges will select entries to receive cash awards. The panel will evaluate each entry based on merit; reliance on science and engineering fundamentals; innovative character; potential to create significant societal impact; commercial feasibility in light of applicable market dynamics; and other factors deemed appropriate by the judges.

Round 1: From July 13 – September 30, 2010
The general public will vote on ideas that they consider the most promising smart grid technologies; however, the ultimate decision will rest with GE.

Round 2: From October 1 – November 30, 2010
In late October, GE will announce those entrants with whom GE intends to pursue commercial relationships. In November, GE will announce any business deals with GE that have been formalized.


The entry receiving the most user-submitted votes, will receive, subject to GE’s review for appropriate content, a cash award of $50,000.

GE will present each of five innovation challenge award recipients with $100,000 in cash, for a total of $500,000, to acknowledge these entries as examples of outstanding entrepreneurship and innovation.

Judges may also award one or more entrant:

  • GE Scientific Merit Award to work with the GRC

The evaluation committee will consider one or more of the following for selected entrants:

  • An equity investment by GE or others
  • A cooperative agreement to develop a product or technology
  • A review of your product or service for possible qualification to be a part of the GE Ecomagination program.

Official Website


New Energy Congress


Summary of Idea - Long Form (<500 words)

We are seeking a grant for $150,000/year to finance the technology verification services provided by the New Energy Congress, thereby increasing the speed at which true breakthrough clean energy technologies might get the notice and funding and development they deserve. See attached document for elaboration of this proposal and budget.
The NEC was founded in Nov. 2006 to find and facilitate the best clean energy technologies, but often times we have been limited in our ability to validate some of the amazing claims we encounter due to budget limitations.
By having a technology validated, it helps set it apart from the myriad of claimants who typically end up being bogus or fraudulent -- in a field where such conclusions are the default.

Since May of 2001, Sterling D. Allan, the founder of PES Network, Inc. and of the New Energy Congress, has been reporting on and facilitating clean energy technologies from around the world, developing a network of capable colleagues along the way.
What we call "free energy" does not imply any violation of conservation of energy, but is merely a reference to the fact that the source of energy is free for the taking and ideally inexhaustible from nature. On the conventional end of the spectrum, we include solar, wind, geothermal, tide, wave, and river technologies as "free energy." On the unconventional end of the spectrum, we see great promise in the areas of electromagnetic overunity, cold fusion, magnet motors, zero point energy, water fuel, among others. It is the latter – the "exotic" modalities – that we have made our specialty in reporting and facilitating. The conventional modalities have plenty of advocates, while the later often languish.
Historically, some of the most amazing breakthroughs have not come from the status quo establishment, but have come from mavericks who think "outside the box". Unfortunately, in the region of "outside the box" is also found a lot of bogus and fraudulent claims that make finding the true gem much more difficult.
The reason the New Energy Congress was founded in November of 2005 was to provide a screening service to help review and identify the most promising technologies, both conventional and non-conventional. In the past year, we have realized that our true strength is in the "exotic" realm where few others dare tread. Hence a newer listing along those lines: Our associates in the New Energy Congress are all mavericks, with the bravery to withstand the criticism that often accompanies championing a not-yet-popular modality, especially when it has been politically vilified such as cold fusion has.
Once NEC validation has been achieved, then the probability of qualified capital and business interests getting involved in the technology is greatly enhanced.
With our present budget limitations, we are not able to attend most of the invites that have been extended for validations, except where the company covers the trip expense, and most cutting edge technologies budgets are too slim to accommodate that.

Exotic Free Energy Entrants

Here are some samples of maverick energy technologies presently among the top 100 vote-getters thus far:

  • 63 Per Eliang: GRAVITYMILL - Many attempts have been made to build this so called perpetual motion machine, but up to now, no such useful device have been developed. I strongly believe that PMM is achievable. All is needed is a brilliant idea coupled by a clever design.
  • 76 vmoorthi: GPower - Power for Ever - Swinging magnetic pendulums move through coiled tubes to generate power. Also a friction free rotor connected to the axle generates power. Low powered timer, triggers a piston to keep the pendulums swinging. If this system is done right, it will be power for 24/7 and inexpensive.

Conventional Free / Renewable Energy Entrants

Here are more samples from the top 100 vote-getters thus far:

  • Clarian Power: Plug-n-Play Solar Power - What if you could plug renewable energy into the wall just like a kitchen appliance? Clarian has developed the Sunfish™ solar appliance, a next-generation power module that plugs into an existing outlet without the expense and hassle of larger turn-key systems. Instead of using power, it generates it!

Other Applicants

List yours here, if you think our Free Energy Enthusiasts audience will appreciate it.

In the News

  • Feature: Contests / Grid >
    GE Ecomagination Challenge - In addition to prize money for the best ideas, GE and its funding partners have allocated $200 million to go toward the development of key concepts that will help reshape the grid, whether it be by providing more affordable and stable clean power, or help with the transmission, or help in the efficiency on the consumption end. See the NEC's proposal to fund its vetting of the best Maverick technologies. (PESWiki; Sept. 29, 2010)

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