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PESWiki News -- Dec. 2006 Archive
December 31, 2006
- An Outline of Magnetic Power’s Goals for 2007 - CEO, Mark Goldes anticipates the release of 2 Watt self-sustaining batteries as well as a desktop demonstration device, followed later by a 1 kW module. Lists other companies pursuing similar technologies. (ZPEnergy; Dec. 29, 2006)
December 30, 2006
- Tools > Innovative Technology IP Development Pipeline - In 2001, Primary Technologies (now Nova Institute of Technology, LLC of Salt Lake City, Utah) invested $185,000 hiring three MBA accounting firms, who spent a year to come up with an IP development pipeline, which is a gateway process for taking disruptive technologies from concept stage to market.
December 29, 2006
- Zeitgeist > The Top Stories of 2006 - The year 2006 saw many historic technological, financial and political developments for renewable energy around the world. From the passage of SB1 (million solar roofs) in California to a record year for wind in the U.S., Canada and UK, renewable energy industries made tremendous strides over the past 12 months. (Renewable Energy Access; Dec. 29)
- Ocean Wave > SwellFuel (.com) - Has filed three patent applications for a process that would convert wave energy into hydrogen generation, requiring shipment of hydrogen to land. Seems labor intensive compared to other renewable sea energy approaches.
- Hydrogen Injection > Hy-Drive bridge to hydrogen future - Hy-Drive is used with any internal combustion engine, creating hydrogen gas from water and then injecting it to improve fuel efficiency up to 40% and reduce pollutants up to 80%. Distribution agreements for India, China, Japan and Hong Kong have been signed and Hy-Drive already sells its units in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. (TheStar.com; December 27, 2006)
- Solar > Thin Film > The Building Is the Solar Cell - A new solar panel is 100 times thinner and significantly cheaper than silicon photovoltaics. Building materials such as steel, glass and roofing may soon have embedded solar cells thanks to a thin-film technology that uses copper indium gallium selenide, or CIGS. HelioVolt's manufacturing process is 80 to 98 % faster than other thin-film. (Wired News; December 21, 2006)
- Alternative Fuels > Coal-to-Diesel Breakthrough Could Cut Oil Imports - Researchers have developed a way to convert carbon sources such as coal to diesel fuel, to revamp the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process invented in 1920. The breakthrough technology employs a pair of catalytic chemical reactions that operate in tandem, one of which captured the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. (Rutgers University)
- Electric Vehicles > Think to sell electric car over internet - A new version of the TH!NK, formerly owned by Ford, will be introduced in London this autumn, likely to be sold over the internet from a single site. The two-seater cars are made from a tough thermoplastic and the standard kit includes ABS, power steering and electric windows and manages 80 miles on full batteries. (motortorque; December 19, 2006)
- Engines > RCV Engines - Rotary Cylinder Valve engines provide an alternative to 2-strokes and lower manufacturing costs than 4-strokes, with high fuel economy and low emissions in a smaller package. The cylinder, incorporating the combustion chamber port, is rotated around a conventional piston and crank. Applications include scooters, motorcycles, small cars, lawn mowers and generators.
December 28, 2006
- Zeitgeist > The Year in Energy - Biowaste to fuels, cars that plug in, lithium-ion batteries that don't explode, and cheap energy from the sun. Energy reporter, Kevin Bullis, reviews the milestones of 2006. (MIT Technology Review; Dec. 28, 2006)
- Hybrid Vehicles > Clean Power Technologies - Developing novel power trains for hybrid vehicles using exhaust heat stored in a liquid energy reservoir, offering a potential fuel saving of up to 50%. The energy reservoir provides periods of totally non-polluting power in a closed vapour cycle in urban areas. Unlike a battery, it has a high power availability without fuel consumption for charging.
- Hydrogen from Water > Hydrogen Power, Inc Produces Hydrogen from Water - Hydrogen Now involves a chemical reaction between water, aluminum, and a catalyst to produce hydrogen on-demand. AlumiFuel powder, consisting of aluminum and catalyst can be easily transported and stored. The aluminum “splits" the water freeing the hydrogen and creating a benign byproduct of aluminum hydroxide. (The Energy Blog; December 28, 2006)
- Electric Scooters > Vectrix Electric Maxi-Scooter Review - The new electric scooter by Vectrix draws its energy from NiMH batteries which power a 27 hp motor. It emits no pollutants and operates in almost total silence. Its performance is like a 400 cc petrol-engine scooter - 0 to 50 mph in 6.8 seconds and top speed of 62 mph. Battery range is 62 miles, with a recharge time of two hours (80%). (Thomas Groussin; December 15, 2006)
- Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Want alternative energy? Try pond scum - Algae is much faster than plants in converting inorganic substances into organic matter, and can be continuously harvested using only waste gas from power plants for fuel. A handful of start-up companies and countless academic programs are exploring ways to divert these gases into systems for growing algae, which can then be processed into ethanol and biodiesel. (CNET News; December 27, 2006)
- Electric Vehicles > Marin residents make their own electric vehicles - Scavenging electric forklift motors and trading circuit-board secrets in Internet discussion groups, the E-tinkerers are hot-rodding electric vehicles behind anonymous suburban garage doors. "People who are interested in electric vehicles have had to go the do-it-yourself way for many years now," Ron Gremban says. (Marin Independent Journal; December 26, 2006)
December 27, 2006
- Alt Fuels > Biodiesel > India's Big Plans for Biodiesel - Researchers are developing new methods for cultivating a plant called jatropha, which yields more than four times as much fuel per hectare as soybean, and more than ten times that of corn. (MIT Technology Review; Dec. 27, 2006)
- Home Generation > Zero Energy Homes - Two homes, one the builder's standard model and the other a super-energy-efficient photovoltaic residence (PVRES), were tested by the Florida Solar Energy Center. In one year, the PVRES home used 6960 kWh of electricity and had a PV system production of 5180 kWh, while the Control used 22,600 kWh. This gives a savings due to energy efficiency of 70%, and a 92% savings when the PV system is included.
- EV > Phoenix Motorcars > Phoenix EV Truck Has a Lot to Offer - Using lithium ion batteries, Phoenix has developed two normal-looking, normal-sized electric vehicles that they plan on releasing sometime in 2007. Pheonix's 120 mile range vehicles will be available soon and later a 250 mile range version. They plan on producing at least 500 SUT's in 2007. (TreeHugger; December 26, 2006)
- Aether > From the Aura to the Aether: The Secrets of Energy Dynamics - Aether is part of a form of energy that many cultures were aware of and have given different names to: Taoists called it ‘chi’ and the Babylonians ‘ti’. Those from the Indus valley referred to it as ‘Ódžas’ and the Japanese ‘rei ki’. Likewise, Hebrews referred to it as ‘ruach’, Tibetans as ‘šugs rlung’ and the Vedic religion thought of it as ‘prána’. (Thothweb; Dec. 23, 2006)
- Alternative Fuels > Peat grows as new fuel source - Researchers have identified a cheaper and more Earth-friendly fuel source: peat, that half-rotted vegetation that covers a considerable chunk of Michigan. They are working to develop what they call "pethanol" to run small, fuel-cell-powered vehicles. Peat forms naturally, is cheap to harvest and requires no fertilization. (The Detroit News; December 26, 2006)
- Geothermal > Nevada to quadruple geothermal power - A new report from the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) says Nevada is on track to be producing over 1000 MW of geothermal power - quadrupling its current output - over the next 3 to 5 years. This level of geothermal production could meet roughly 25% of the state's total power needs, according to the authors. (Inside Greentech; December 22, 2006)
- Fuel Efficiency > Car achieves almost 10,000 miles per gallon - A car driven by a 10-year-old and built at a French school has set a world record for fuel efficiency, managing the equivalent of 9,845 miles per gallon while driving for 10 miles around Silverstone race track in the UK. More than 100 teams competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon to see how far they can travel on a minuscule amount of fuel. (BBC News; July 16, 1999) (Thanks Ronald Gillen)
December 26, 2006
- Tools > Cents per Kilowatt-hour: Energy Types Compared - Energy modality comparison based on projected "cents per kilowatt-hour". Ranging from Gas, Coal and Nuclar, to Solar, Wind, Tide, OTEC and other renewables.
December 25, 2006
- Solar > Citizenre Corporation presents solar to residential customers at grid pricing - New company, scheduled to begin installing in Sept. 2007, manufactures, permits, owns, maintains, and operates the residential solar photovoltaic system. Homeowners pay for the electricity generated from these panels at a fixed rate that is at or below their current electricity price, for up to 25 years.
December 24, 2006
- Fuel Cells > Battelle Debutes Multi-Purpose Fuel Cell Generator - Battelle has developed a fuel cell Multipurpose Electric Power System (MEPS) that generates more than five kilowatts of power and is 25 percent more efficient than generators based on internal combustion technology. It runs quietly, generates very little heat, toxic emissions or odor, and can operate on conventional fuels. (FuelCellWorks; December 20, 2006)
- Ocean Wave > Navatek creates electricity from waves - Naval architect Navatek has built a demonstration model of a wave-energy-conversion device which will be tested in Hawai'i waters. It uses a clutch and belt system to convert passing waves into electricity, that can extract power over a wider range of wave sizes and frequencies than other devices. (Honolulu Advertiser; December 20, 2006)
- Solar > Thin Film > The Solar Wall - The Solar Wall at the Welsh Development Agency technology center in St. Asaph, North Wales generates up to 85 kilowatts of electricity from 2,400 Shell Solar CIS thin film modules. Ventilation behind the panels minimizes operating temperatures and thus maximizing output. SolarMount rails were cold-rolled around a 3-meter radius, allowing them to follow the curving facade of the building.
- Electric Vehicles > Gas, Electric and Hybrid Go Head to Head in LCA - A short review of an Life Cycle Analaysis compares the CO2 emissions from the manufacture and use phases of petroleum, electric and hybrid cars. The petroleum car uses less CO2 during manufacture, but the electric and hybrid cars comes out on top when used for transportation. (TreeHugger; December 23, 2006)
- Tesla Turbines > Build a 15,000 rpm Tesla Turbine using hard drive platters - To build a turbine like this, you need some dead hard drives, some stock material (aluminum, acrylic), a milling machine with a rotary table, and a lathe with a 4 jaw chuck. I run my turbine on compressed air (40 psi), and it easily reaches speeds of 10-15,000 rpm. While the speed is high, the torque is low, and it can be stopped with your bare hand.
December 23, 2006
- Joe Cell > European runs engine on Joe Cell - Joe Cell list member, Zsolooo announced yesterday that he was able to get his 1985 Mazda 626 engine to run on nothing but the Joe Cell input for an hour after disconnected his fuel line.
- RenewablePost.com - The new "social bookmarking" site is designed for the renewable energy community, especially professionals and academics. All the content is submitted, rated, and shared by its users. We believe that the more discussion there is on renewables, the better it is for the industry.
December 22, 2006
- EV > Hybrids > PowerPedia:Hybrid Adapter - A hybrid adapter, or HYBRAD, is a device which turns any passenger class vehicle into a multi-fuel / hybrid vehicle. One example is a hybrid adapter that simply plugs into the back of your vehicle and pushes it. Hybrid adapters run simultaneously, or in parallel, with your existing drivetrain.
- Home Solar PV > The Mainstreaming Of Roof-Top Solar Power - BP and Old Country Roofing will offer turnkey solar roofing solutions to more than 100 homebuilding companies and homeowners beginning in January 2007. OCR installed more than 12,000 roofs in 2005, and will work with BP Solar's EnergyTile product, a roof-tile design that blends seamlessly into the design of the roof. (TreeHugger; December 22, 2006)
- Space Heating > Martin Air Systems - Restaurant kitchen exhaust waste heat recovery system is used to heat the restaurant and preheat the hot water. By preheating the air as it comes in, gas consumption will typically decline by 30%-40% and some electrical savings are realized as well.
- Paying to ease global-warming guilt - A growing number of companies and nonprofit groups are offering eco-conscious consumers a chance to compensate the planet for the carbon emissions they generate when they drive, fly, use electricity or heat their homes. Critics say they are just a way to assuage consumer guilt and do little to combat climate change. (Burlington Press; Dec. 22, 2006)
- Hybrid Vehicles > Plug-In Partners - A national grass-roots initiative to demonstrate to automakers that a market for flexible-fuel Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) exists today. Plug-in hybrids can travel up to 60 miles without using any gasoline after an overnight charge from a standard electric socket. "Electric" gas costs less than $1.00/gallon, reduces air pollution and dependence on foreign oil.
- Alternative Fuels > $1,600 for a lifetime of free gas - Chris Phillips, a 39-year-old in Hartford, Connecticut, recently spent $1,600 to convert his 2005 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon into a grease car, using a conversion from greasecar.com. Now that he's running on recycled veggie oil from restaurants, he figures he can pretty much drive for free for the life of the car, which gets 40-45 mpg. (AutoblogGreen; December 22, 2006)
December 21, 2006
- Water as Fuel > The Sandia National Labs Journal Article > A Consolidating Analysis of the Article - Noah Seidman, of the Water/Fuel Converters Project, has analyzed data produced by Sandia National Labs and, has created a consolidated analysis of several equations pertaining to voltage breakdown. The following are capacitor calculations that can be used to create a water fuel cell of any design. Capacitor Calculations. (News From Water Fuel LLC; Dec. 21, 2006)
- Electromagnetic > Nissan Super Motor - One motor provides output through two shafts, enabling it to function as both a motor and a generator, to reduce the size and improve the efficiency of the drive unit compared with two conventional motors. The Super Motor has rotors positioned on both the inside and outside of one stator, enabling power to be delivered through two shafts by applying compound current to the Stator coils.
- Electromagnetic > Copper Motor Rotor Project - Substitution of copper for aluminum in the rotor conductor bars will reduce I2R losses, and increase motor efficiency. If the design of the rotor and stator are re-evaluated to account for the better electrical conductivity of the copper, even greater improvements in efficiency can be obtained.
See also Copper Motor Rotors Boost Performance of Army Trucks (pdf).
- Fuel Efficiency > Shurepower - Truck stop electrification (TSE) technology allows truckers to plug in during rest periods for fuel efficiency, money savings, cleaner air, and a better night's rest. No more idling, noise and vibration during layovers. It delivers power for on board amenities such as heating, cooling and entertainment. Drivers also have access to cable TV, Internet and phone connections.
- Human-Powered > Phones recharge themselves with physical activity - The YoYo will slowly roll up and down in front of you, generating kinetic energy to repower itself. The U-Turn recovers energy from the opening and closing of the keypad to recharge its batteries. The Runaway can capture the kinetic energy you're creating when moving about. ModeLabs Group (Mobile Magazine; December 20, 2006)
December 20, 2006
- OTEC > Schauberger Ocean Power - At a certain depth in the Ocean, the temperature is at the anomaly point of +4 degrees Celsius, where, due to its enormous density, it is not possible to absorb any gases. By lowering a suitably designed length of pipe to the appropriate depth, atmospheric oxygen is delivered through an outer jacket, and the water will rise of its own accord up the center pipe, turning a turbine to produce electricity.
- Wind > Centripetal Dynamics - Developing a two-blade, variable camber rotor with “ALC" (Active Lift Control), Down Wind Turbine technology that will reduce the cost of energy to 3 cents/kW at Class 4 wind sites. It features a reduced drag rotating airfoil tower, flow through-hub-rotor construction, permanent magnet drivetrain and advanced composite construction.
- Engines > Tesla Turbines > Centripetal Dynamics - The TurboFlux™ PGS consists of a series of flat disks mounted on a shaft and rotating within a casing. The steam [or gaseous products of combustion] enters with high velocity at the periphery of the disks, flowing between them before escaping through exhaust ports. Fluiditic properties of adhesion and viscosity literally pull the turbine rotor around.
- Alternative Fuels > ABCesso Technology - AutoFFV™ has been designed to convert gasoline only vehicles to full Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFV’s) capable of automatically running on any mixture of gasoline or ethanol. There is no fuel selection or switch required since the system determines the correct timing for the fuel mix (E85 or lower or all gasoline) and automatically adjusts the injection system accordingly.
December 19, 2006
- Efficient Vehicles > Eco-Fueler - The American Roadster™ CNG is a 70 mile per gallon vehicle that runs on compressed natural gas which costs less than $0.92 per gallon. It has the lowest emissions of any fuel available today. The Home Fueling Appliance lets you fuel the Roadster right in your own garage. Price: $19,900. See also Phill lets you refuel your Natural Gas Vehicle!
- Water Heaters > Quantum Energy Technologies - The Quantum Compact solar unit combines a heat pump with a Fin Coil evaporator thus creating a Solar Heat Pump Water Heater. It can operate in all seasons of the year, making hot water both day and night very efficiently and will save up to 80% of energy used.
- Electric Vehicles > 2007 ZAP! Xebra PK electric truck review - After getting over how small it is, I was struck by the external appearance of good fit and finish, and the lack of it once you get below the surface. The handling of the truck was quite pleasant, and there was no problem associated with driving that I could find. There's no shifting involved with the Xebra PK, as the motor is geared straight to the rear differential. (Ian Johnston; December 16, 2006)
- Bio-Energetics > Orgone Products - Orgone is the universal Life force, the basic building block of all organic and inorganic matter on the material planet. Dr. Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian scientist, developed a technology to tap into the Cosmic Orgone Sea. It is claimed that Orgone applied to electrical devices can reduce energy consumption by as high as 30%.
December 18, 2006
- Electromagnetic > Can the SuperMag Engine/Generator Solve the World's Clean Energy Needs? - Enigma G.C.'s "SuperMag", being marketed by Supervision Entertainment, allegedly uses manipulated magnetic fields to generate electricity sufficient to power the needs of a home or office building and provides clean electrical power for free to the consumer after the initial cost of the purchase and installation of the system.
- Electromagnetic > Gemini Electric Motor - With permanent magnets positioned at BOTH ends of the coils, additional energy is achieved without consuming additional electricity. It is capable of handling twice the power of a conventional motor. Two energy fields contribute to rotational power and torque, while the third produces electricity from normally unused electromagnetic fields within the motor.
- Solid State > Ambient RF Energy Collection Device - Byron Free Energy participant posts a method for harnessing radio frequency energy. The eventual objective would be to discriminate ambient space energy versus man-made radio waves, and to adequately amplify the energy to useful levels.
- Biodiesel from Algae Oil > World first wild algae bio-diesel test drive - The world’s first wild algae bio-diesel, produced in New Zealand by Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation, was successfully test driven in Wellington by the Minister for Energy and Climate Change Issues. “We believe we are the first company in the world to test drive a car powered by wild algae-based bio-diesel", explained an Aquaflow spokesperson. (Scoop; December 15, 2006)
- Solar > Concentrated > SV Solar - Silicon Valley Solar manufactures flat plate, internal concentrator solar modules, that produce 16% more power with half the solar cells. Sol-X modules do not require tracking, use no moving parts, and deliver efficiency, reliability, cost effectiveness and ease of integration.
- Books > Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction - Terry Tamminen suggests that America’s addiction to oil is taking a huge toll on our health, environment, and national security. We spend up to $96 billion per year to secure our global oil supply, and $54.7 billion per year on health care related to petroleum pollution. Diesel exhaust causes 125,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. each year.
- Fuel Efficiency > Dual-mode train-tram-bus systems gain momentum - Japanese rail firm JR Hokkaido is poised to launch its dual-mode bus and rail vehicle, that will run on tram or train tracks and is also capable of driving on the road. Preliminary trials suggest the vehicle’s fuel cost is about a quarter of a diesel vehicle, and maintenance cost about one-eighth, while offering the flexibility to extend railed systems. (Gizmag; December 18, 2006)
December 16, 2006
- Funding > Foundation and LLC launched to nurture new energy technologies - Brooks Agnew, Ph.D., has launched Phoenix Science Foundation to provide funding for energy technology prototype development, and Advanced Scientific Explorations LLC for funding and managing technologies to bring them to market. (PESN; Dec. 16, 2006)
- Transmissions > Chainless Shaft Drive Bicycle Transmissions by Sussex - Aluminium casing hides 35° bevel gears that the pedals spin to rotate an aluminium shaft, which turn turns a gear at the other end connected the Nexus hub. No external crank, no chain, no derailleur, no grease and grunge. (TreeHugger; Dec. 15, 2006)
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December 15, 2006
- Hydrogen from Water > Hydratus - Produces hydrogen on demand using magnesium and water as its "fuel" and emits virtually no exhaust other than steam. Fueling a Hydratus will be easy and very similar to pumping gas, and the travel range will be similar to a tank of gas. Working prototypes are scheduled for completion in 2007 and full scale manufacturing in 2008.
- Electromagnetic > Deal Announced for "SuperMag" Engine/Generator - Supervision Entertainment has entered into an agreement with Enigma G.C. of the UK to acquire the marketing rights for the Company's "SuperMag" electrical generation system in the United Kingdom. It uses manipulated magnetic fields to generate electricity sufficient to power the needs of a home or office building and provides clean electrical power for free to the consumer after the initial cost of the purchase and installation of the system. (Market Wire; December 12, 2006)
- AC & Refrigeration > Magnetic Refrigerator to Cut Power Consumption by 40% - Once Karl Sandeman, a physicist at Cambridge University, has helped resolve the practical issues, the cooling power of the 21st century fridge could come from a 19th century discovery. Camfridge has built two prototype magnetic fridges that promise to cut energy consumption by 40% and save the ozone layer. (Guardian; UK; Dec. 14, 2006)
- Electric Vehicles > American Electric - The Kurrent Coupe seats two passengers, costs less than 2¢ per mile to operate and travels up to 35 miles when fully charged. It charges in 3½ hours and top speed is limited to 25 mph as required for a LSV (low speed vehicle).
- Conservation > Stockton Engineer Creates Energy Saving Device - The Plug Power Saver micro controller drastically cuts your electricity bill by finding the most optimum levels of power consumption. It works on all electric motors from your air conditioner to refrigerators, washing machines to whole house fans. Priced at $49.95 the savings would pay for the Power Saver in under a year. (CBS Broadcasting; Dec 13, 2006)
December 14, 2006
- Wireless > Plastic Sheet of Power - Printing flexible electronics on plastic provides a way to wirelessly power gadgets. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have demonstrated a prototype that consists of plastic and flexible electronics, and can wirelessly supply power to any device that touches its surface. (MIT Technology Review; Dec. 14, 2006)
- Solar > Envision Solar - The Solar Grove is a photovoltaic-integrated carport system originally designed for Kyocera Solar. Eight translucent solar modules allow dappled sunlight to pass through to the ground, and reduce heat by shading the asphalt. Each solar tree provides shade for eight to 10 vehicles and the “tree-like" design means no columns for cars to scrape as they move in and out of the spaces.
- Lighting > Solar Outdoor Lighting - Solar powered lights for streets, parking lots, pathways, transit shelters, billboards and signs and other lighting applications that benefit from being independent from the electric grid. Reliability, security and safety, as well as minimal maintenance are the greatest benefits of SOL solar lighting.
- Human-Powered > Potenco - Has developed a portable power generator that you simply pull a cord for a minute and generate electric power for up to several hours. This portable green power can be used to power mobile phones, PDAs, lighting products, and digital cameras.
- Air Conditioning > Horizontal Opening Solar Solution - HOSS is a light sensitive, dynamically controlled unit that dramatically reduces direct solar heat gain and maximizes available daylight admitted through skylights. Reduced HVAC requirements will pay for the HOSS in less than two years, which is targeted at Big Box retailers by the developer Sol Inc. (BigBuilder online; December 11, 2006)
December 13, 2006
- Hydrogen from Water > HyPower Develops Hydrogen Technology to Power Vehicle from Water - HyPower Fuel Inc. claims to have run a Volkswagen GTi on its H2 Reactor hydrogen system that can allegedly produce sufficient hydrogen on demand, from water, to power the vehicle's internal combustion engine.
- (OT) Wal-Mart:The High Cost of Low Prices - Documentary about how Wal-Mart pays substandard wages and skimps on benefits, encouraging employees to seek government assistance, bullies union attempts, eviscerates communities, allows sweat shop conditions in its source factories, violates environmental standards.
- Ocean Wave > Waveberg - An articulated set of connected floats that flex as the waves pass under them, using this bending motion to pump seawater. The high-pressure water is piped ashore through plastic pipes and translated into power. The projected cost is about $0.02 per kW-hour, half of wind power.
- Solar / Wind > Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency - DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. It lists financial incentives like tax incentives, grants, loans, rebates, industry recruitment, bond programs, and production incentives. It also tracks rules, regulations, & policies.
- Solar > SolarOne Solutions - Harvester™ Micro-Utility System -- platform optimized for remote power includes expandable solar array, inverter and deep cycle battery. It is clean & silent, 100% pollution and noise free, and offers easy plug and play set up.
- Thermal Electric > Amerigon - Developing products based on thermoelectric (TE) technologies for conversion of electrical current to thermal energy (Peltier effect) or heat differentials to electric current (Seebeck effect). The initial product is the Climate Control Seat™ (CCS™) cooled/heated car seat, which provides all-season heating and cooling comfort.
December 12, 2006
- Hydrogen from Water > HyPower Runs Vehicle on Water - HyPower Fuel has equipped a Volkswagen GTi with its H2 Reactor (H2R) hydrogen system that can produce sufficient hydrogen on board to power the vehicle using only water. The H2 Reactor uses electrolysis to convert water into a hydrogen/oxygen gas which powers the internal combustion engine. (Yahoo! Finance; December 12, 2006)
- Fuel Cells > HydroGen Corporation - Developing 400 kilowatt (kW), air-cooled phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) modules, scaled up to 6-30MW power plants. Focused on applications with existing hydrogen infrastructure - by-product hydrogen from industrial production of chlorine, industrial gases, and ammonia.
- Efficient Vehicles > 50 mpg from a medium sized SUV - Adventurer averaged 4.67 litres/100km (50.4 mpg) on a 1400km trip across Australia, in a 1.9 tonne, medium-sized AWD SUV which can seat seven. The Hyundai Santa Fe CRDi Turbo-Diesel demonstrates that high technology diesel engines make more sense than high-priced electric/petrol hybrids which have battery replacement and disposal issues. (gizmag; December 12, 2006)
- Fuel Efficiency > Engines > Valeo - Smart Valve Actuation technology replaces the camshaft, operating each engine valve individually. By controlling residual gases, minimizing pumping losses and deactivating cylinders and valves, fuel consumption and pollutant emissions are reduced by 20%, while increasing low-end engine torque.
- Efficient Vehicles > Skyacht Aircraft - The Personal Blimp is an aircraft capable of quiet, steerable, sustained, and affordable flight. It uses hot air (rather than Helium) for lift and virtually silent electric motors for propulsion. Applications include prospecting, forest canopy research, wetlands survey/management, eco-tourism, and aerial photography and film-making. See also Aeroscraft.
- Directory:Levers - Some energy approaches do not appear to be a primary energy source, such as solar is, but they serve as a lever to amplify an existing energy source many times. These could be electrical or mechanical in nature.
December 11, 2006
- Milkovic Two-Stage Mechanical Oscillator - Serbian inventor, Veljko Milković, shows how leveraged secondary oscillations evince around twelve times more energy than the input energy supplied to the primary pendulum. Highest scientific rating of "original scientific work" granted the patented technology.
- Biodiesel from Algae Oil > CSU Lab Teams With Solix to Mass Produce Oil From Algae - Colorado State University engineers are working with Solix Biofuels to commercialize technology that can cheaply mass produce oil derived from algae and turn it into biodiesel. Solix officials plan to commercialize the technology over the next two years, for growing algae on unused land adjacent to power plants and ethanol plants. (Colorado State University; December 07, 2006)
- Hydrogen > Why a hydrogen economy doesn't make sense - A fuel cell expert explains that a hydrogen economy is wasteful, leaving around 25% available for use after energy conversion. In an electron economy, energy would be distributed with highest efficiency by electricity to provide power for cars, air conditioning, heat, light, communication, etc. (Physorg.com; December 11, 2006)
- Electric Vehicles / Hybrid Vehicles > PHEVs Have Little Impact on Electric Power System - A new study for the Department of Energy finds that idle capacity in the existing electric power system could generate most of the electricity consumed by plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The study presumes that drivers would charge up overnight when demand for electricity is much lower and that the cars would be driven 33 miles per day, the national average. (The Energy Blog; December 11, 2006)
- Ocean Wave > Ocean WaveMaster - Exploits the differential pressures under wave peaks and troughs of large open ocean waves to drive submerged turbines. A WaveMaster consists of two pressure chambers connected via a number of turbines and is located under the surface, away from rocks and breaking waves so that it can withstand the worst conditions.
- Fuel Efficient Vehicles > Volkswagen GX3 - Crossover between sports car and motorcycle only takes 5.7 seconds to go from 0-62.5 mph (100 km/h) and the fuel consumption in the city is estimated to be 46 mpg (5.2 l/100 km). Three wheels, two seats, and off you go in the carpool lane for less than $ 17,000.
- Clean Coal > HTC Purenergy - HTC delivers vast improvements in CO2 capture from coal and natural gas fired flu gases using advanced solvent based separation processes. Its post combustion CO2 capture provides enhanced efficiencies and cost reductions with chemical absorption, the only commercially proven and robust process for CO2 capture from flue gas.
December 08, 2006
- Home Generation > Enertia Building Systems - Enertia® Hybrid Energy Homes heat and cool themselves from the design, the orientation, and the materials of the home, rather than a furnace, heat pump, or air-conditioner. The principles are inertia, thermal currents, and the energy capacity of wood, combined with state-of-the-art windows, radiant coatings, and prefab manufacture.
- Electric Vehicles > Myers Motors - Qui Moto electric vehicle coming summer 2007. Two passenger seating, 60 mile range, 70 mph speed, 110 volt charging, 1000 miles on less than $25 of fuel.
- Space Heating > Big Ass Fans - High-volume/low-speed fans provide 25+ times the airflow of the standard industrial ceiling fan. It's not uncommon for the temperature to differ 20ºF from ceiling to floor. Install a Big Ass Fan® and gently drive that hot ceiling-level air down to the floor, while reducing your heating bills 25% or more.
- Air Conditioning > V-KOOL - Sun barrier clear window coating allows over 70% of visible light to pass while blocking 90% of the infra-red heat that drives up air conditioning costs. It allows home owners to fully enjoy the view without obscuring their ability to see out at night. Windows become shatter resistant and eliminate 99% of the UV rays that can ruin expensive rugs and upholstery.
December 07, 2006
- Ground Source Heat Pump > ECR Technologies - EarthLinked® systems use copper earth loops to directly exchange heat with the earth, thus eliminating the water circulating loop and intermediate heat exchanger. Installation, operating and maintenance costs are thereby reduced. Because of its size, EarthLinked® can be installed in smaller yard space than other systems.
- Home Generation > GibBAR Building Systems - The GibBAR-Wall is an energy-efficient, earthquake-resistant, and easy-to-construct building system that offers up to R-30 protection and energy savings of 30–90 percent. The CAST-TILT system uses expanded polystyrene foam insulation for forms and a steel framing system into which concrete is poured.
- Concentrated Solar > Amonix - High Concentration Photovoltaic (HCPV) power generation systems for large commercial and utility scale applications offer significant cost savings by using inexpensive flat, plastic Fresnel lenses to concentrate sunlight approximately 500 times. The Amonix high-concentration silicon solar cell holds the world record for the performance of a cell manufactured in a commercial environment (26.5% efficiency).
- Ocean Wave > Trident Energy - The Direct Energy Conversion Method uses floats placed in the sea that drive 80% efficient linear generators, resulting in the immediate generation of electricity. The DECM is the simplest marine renewable energy generation system that exists, is self protecting and does not depend on the use of hydraulics.
- Lighting > Lehman's - Olive Oil Lamps Light up the night - Olive oil is 99 pure renewable fuel, so it produces NO smoke or odor and can't aggravate allergies. Safe since it can't catch on fire if tipped over. Use any green, renewable fuel like olive oil, vegetable oil, or liquid fat or grease. Tight-fitting lid for easy storage. Nickel element.
December 06, 2006
- Electric Vehicles / Hybrids > Solar Electrical Vehicles - With the SEV rooftop solar charging system and supplemental battery, the Toyota Prius can operate up to 20 miles per day in electric mode. It provides up to 29% improved fuel economy depending on driving habits, road speed and conditions, and doesn't require plugging in for charging.
- Solar > Terrestrial Solar Cell Surpasses 40 Percent Efficiency - Using concentrated sunlight, Spectrolab has achieved a new world record, demonstrating the ability of a metamorphic multijunction photovoltaic cell to convert 40.7 percent of the sun's energy into electricity. This technology will dramatically reduce the cost of generating electricity from solar energy. (gizmag; December 7, 2006)
- High Altitude Wind > SkySails - Wind propulsion system based on large towing kites reduces a ship‘s fuel costs by 10 - 35%. Now in final development testing, in 2007 pilot systems will propel large cargo ships for the first system purchaser from Germany, and series production will begin in 2008.
- Fuel Efficiency > Aquamist - Water injection system suppresses detonation (knock) caused by high temperature and pressure, allowing greater efficiencies from higher compression ratios in turbocharged or supercharged engines. 99% of production cars keep exhaust temperature below 850°C by fuel-dumping (rich air/fuel ratio). Water is six times more effective, and freely available!
December 05, 2006
- Fuel Efficient Vehicles > Fuel Vapor Technologies - The “alé�? 3-wheeler accelerates from 0-60 in 5 seconds, will pull over 1.7 g’s while cornering, and returns 92 miles per US gallon. It runs on regular gasoline and achieves “super low�? emissions without a catalytic converter, because the engine runs on “fuel vapors�? rather than liquid fuel.
- Home Heating > Hallowell International - Air source All Climate Heat Pump has similar efficiency to a geothermal heat pump but at a fraction of the installed cost, cutting heating and cooling costs up to 60%. It uses a booster compressor and refrigerant subcooling to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures at outdoor temperatures well below zero, without back-up supplemental heat.
- Tidal > Crest Energy - Plans to generate power for 250,000 New Zealand homes, or 200 MW, by harnessing the power of tidal flows in to and out of the Kaipara Harbour. The project should generate about 4% of New Zealand's electricity supply from 200 turbines.
- LED Lighting > Carmanah Technologies Corporation - Solar-powered LED lighting and illumination products can significantly reduce on-grid energy use and operate reliably year round with little or no maintenance. Products available for airfield markers, obstructions, marine navigation, railways, hazard marking, roadway signals, bus stops and shelters.
- Biomass > Lignol Biofuel - Biorefinery technology converts most biomass residues, such as sawmill residues and agricultural residues including straw and bagasse, into a series of valuable organic chemicals and liquid fuels. The estimated cost of ethanol production is U.S. $1.00 per gallon, compared to a corn/ethanol industry standard cost of US $1.15 per gallon.
December 04, 2006
- Energy from the Vacuum - Disc I, two hour DVD now available, featuring Tom Bearden, John Bedini, Walter Rosenthal and Peter Lindemann. First release in a multi-part series.
- Wind > High Altitude > Sequoia Automation - The Kite Wind Generator, or KiteGen, consists of several kites tethered to a central rotor that is turned as the kites are dragged along by the wind. A radar-guided system of winches controls the direction and angle of the kites, the same as the ones used by kitesurfers, at altitudes up to 1,000 meters. Estimated cost is 1.5 euros per MegaWatt Hour ($0.002 US per kWh).
- Electric Vehicles > Universal Electric Vehicle - The Electrum Spyder electric convertible provides a range of up to 150 miles and a top speed of 80 miles an hour. It uses nickel zinc batteries which can be charged from a 220v or 110v outlet in 2-8 hr. Priced at $69,995 - accepting orders December 2006.
- Home Heating > Solar Gard Summer/Winter film - Low-Emissivity window film is ideal for colder climates experiencing more heating system usage than cooling, rejecting 77% of solar energy. It keeps the heat from escaping through the glass when outside temperatures are cold, while keeping the heat from entering your environment during the summer months.
- Fuel Efficiency > Retrofits > EcoTube - Fits inside the radiator hose and preheats the fuel while applying a vortex, which excites the fuel at the molecular level to produce better combustion. Reported gains are from 5% to 48% with the average saving at 20%.
- Fuel Efficiency > Vehicles > N-Motion the Perpetual Motion Vehicle Co. - Claims to be trying to fund the prototype of a new car that doesn't require any fuel, based on the forward momentum of the vehicle. Selling memberships for $200 that entitle the member to vote on the style of car.
- Tesla Motors > California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Inspects a Tesla Roadster Electric Sports Car - photo (Reuters; Nov. 30, 2006)
- Suppression > FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool - The FBI has begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in some criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations. The "roving bug" technique was approved by top U.S. Department of Justice officials. (CNET; Dec. 1) (See Slashdot discussion)
December 02, 2006
- Magnet Motors > Steorn > Steorn Finalizes Contracts with Validation Jury - Twelve qualified scientists have signed contracts to design a test procedure to properly analyze the free energy technology of Steorn, then report the results, laying to rest the controversy. (PESN; Dec. 2, 2006)
- Water as Fuel > Brown's Gas > The Water/Fuel Converters Project > The Water/Fuel Converters Project Website An electrolysis initiative that sets forth to clearly establish the difference between Brown's Gas, Rhodes Gas, Oxy-Hydrogen, HHO, and the production methods thereof. (FEN; Dec. 2, 2006)
December 01, 2006
- Tidal > OpenHydro - The Open-Centre Turbine, with just one moving part and no seals, is a self-contained rotor with a solid state permanent magnet generator encapsulated within the outer rim, minimising maintenance requirements. It is one of the first tidal technologies in the world to reach the stage of permanent grid connected deployment at sea, at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.
- Geothermal > Tesla-Turbines for Geothermal Energy - Former Rockwell Engineer Jeff Hayes discusses how Tesla Turbines can be used to tap geothermal energy from underground salt-brine. The Salton Sea in California contains enough geothermal energy to meet the entire electrical needs of the United States 20 times over. Recent refinements in the Tesla Turbine have given this approach new hope. Video link (American Antigravity; August 17, 2006)
- Biodiesel from Algae Oil > A biodiesel hotbed in Nevada - A tiny company called Infinifuel is about to begin producing biodiesel powered by geothermal energy. The access to unlimited quantities of warm water also makes the site ideal for experimentation with algae production as a biofuel stock. "If this works, it could yield up to 15,000 gallons of biodiesel an acre, much better than the 50 to 150 gallons averaged today." (Inside Greentech; November 13, 2006)
- Fuel Efficiency > Magplane - uses individual passive vehicles, magnetically levitated above a trough of semi-circular cross section, for intracity transportation that will link metropolitan regions. Vehicles are propelled by a linear synchronous motor winding in the magway and controlled by a central computer. They can negotiate horizontal curves of 2 km radius at 360 km/h with airplane comfort.
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