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August 31, 2007
- Flying Cars > Moller > Flying saucer 'nears US take-off' - The flying car's inventor has been hard at work for more than four decades - and despite frequent assurances that success is just around the corner, the vehicle has yet to get anywhere near the mass market. (BBC; Aug. 31, 2007)
August 30, 2007
- Clean Coal > To clean coal, GreatPoint makes gas - GreatPoint Energy is commercializing a technology to convert coal to natural gas--turning one of the dirtiest fuels into one of the cleanest. The company is resurrecting a technology--catalytic gasification--that was never fully commercialized, claiming it can produce natural gas at about $4 per million BTUs. (CNET News; Aug. 27, 2007)
August 29, 2007
- Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Lower-Cost Algae Production System - Diversified Energy has a license for an algae production system invented by XL Renewables called Simgae (for simple algae), which utilizes common agriculture and irrigation components to keep costs to a minimum. Oil production costs are estimated at $0.08 – $0.12/pound, compared to feedstock oils from $0.25 – $0.44/pound. (Green Car Congress; Aug. 28, 2007)
- Solar > Concentrated > Solar Cube > EMCORE Receives a $24 Million Purchase Order for Concentrator Solar Cells from Green and Gold Energy - EMCORE Corporation has been awarded a follow-on production order from Green and Gold Energy for 3 million solar cells for use in GGE's SunCube™ terrestrial concentrator system. This 105 MW purchase order represents the largest procurement of concentrator solar cells in the industry to date. (Yahoo News; Aug. 29, 2007)
August 28, 2007
- Suppression / Hydrogen > United Nuclear Hydrogen Fuel System Kit - Convert fuel-injected gasoline-engine vehicles to run on hydrogen, while seamlessly allowing the vehicle to still run on gasoline. The kit includes solar or wind-powered hydrogen production, stored in a hydride, and released when heated. Kit release is being suppressed by the U.S. government. (PESWiki)
- Fuel Efficiency > Engines > More Efficient Diesel Engine - Sturman Industries has created a digital control system for diesel engines that improves fuel efficiency by 50% over regular diesel engines, triples power and shaves $2,000 to $12,000 off the engine cost typically spent on meeting government emissions standards. Their engine can run on up to 100% biodiesel fuel or regular diesel. (Colorado Springs Gazette; Aug. 25, 2007)
- Ethanol > Heat-Seeking Bacteria Could Hold Key to Better Cellulosic Ethanol - TMO Renewables believes it has found the silver bullet of cellulosic ethanol production: an organism that eats nearly anything and makes ethanol really quickly. The heat-seeking rod-shaped bacterium thrives in high temperature conditions and is 300 times more effective at making ethanol than its wild strain counterpart. (TreeHugger; Aug. 24, 2007)
August 27, 2007
- Water Fuel Cell / Profiles > David L. Wenbert is heading a Water Fuel Cell open source project. He is also assembling a trade association for the emerging waterfuel industry.
- A/C and Refrigeration > Milestone in magnetic cooling - A project involving magnetic cooling at Risø National Laboratory has achieved the first milestone: between 5 and 10 degrees of cooling. Magnetic refrigeration may be as much as 60% more efficient than compressor based refrigeration systems. The project is aimed at developing a workable prototype by 2011. (PhysOrg; Aug. 24, 2007)
August 25, 2007
- Nuclear > Hot Balls Chemical Nuclear Reaction - "While working as an engineer at the Idaho National Engineering Lab (INEL) for a private contractor, we invented Hot Balls that would heat to 450 degrees." Previous work regarding petroleum cracking with catalysts is listed as well as supply sources for steel balls and the catalysts.
- ZPE > A Second Look at Dielectrics and ZPE - Nature may provide a universal design for tapping zero point energy by utilizing dielectrics. For hundreds of years, inquisitive minds have experimented with storing and discharging electricity with capacitors. One of the first of these capacitors is the now familiar glass Leyden jar. (Randolph Sawyer; ZPEnergy; Aug. 12, 2007)
- Fire from Salt Water > John Kanzius to be on CBS - John Kanzius, who came up with a way to burn salt water using radio frequencies (RF), will be featured on the morning of Aug. 27 on CBS's Morning Show at around 7:40 EDT concerning the cancer applications of his RF technology.
August 24, 2007
- Nuclear > Fusion > Mining the Moon - Future fusion reactors could use helium-3 gathered from the moon. The Fusion Technology Institute has built a small test plant using inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC). He3-He3 fusion is non-radioactive and the protons it produces can be contained using magnetic and electric fields — making direct electricity generation possible. (MIT Technology Review; Aug. 23, 2007)
- News > Free Energy News FeedBox - Do you have a website? You can post the ten most recent PES Network feature stories on your website with a nice-looking FeedBox provided by Alex Ramon of Alternative-Energy-News and AEoogle search.
- Fuel Efficiency > Retrofits > RVS Technology - is a technique that makes it possible to form a ferrosilicate (i.e. metal ceramic) surface structure on friction surfaces. It is possible to restore sliding surfaces up to their original shape without disassembling the equipment being treated, to save fuel and engine maintenance cost.
August 23, 2007
- Vortex > Messias Machine - the Vortex Synergy Model - Model has particular interest inasmuch as it contains some explanation for unusual energy flow (thermal into kinetic), providing justification for Schauberger' s hypothesis of energy from swirling water.
- Engines / Hydraulics > Digital Electro-Hydraulic Systems - Developing a Danzer Cycle linear engine, pump/motor unit and novel hydraulic circuit that should provide better thermal efficiency over a vehicle’s operating range. During the power stroke, water is injected into the combustion chamber shortly after ignition, converting it to a steam engine to utilize the waste heat.
- Solar > Nanoparticles Boost Solar Cell Efficiency by 60% - Octillion announced that the same silicon nanoparticles used in the company's transparent glass window capable of generating electricity, are able to increase the power of conventional silicon solar cells by 60-70% in the ultraviolet-blue (UV) range, and 10% in the visible light range. (Renewable Energy Access; Aug. 22, 2007)
August 22, 2007
- Solar > Citizenre > Is the Sun Rising or Setting on Citizenre Solar? - Company that intends to rent out solar power at rates competitive with local utilities has announced its financial team, though it has not yet secured financing, and may not be able to given the present credit crunch. (PESN; Aug. 22, 2007)
- Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Algae Biodiesel Startup - Inventure has developed technology that it says can process a variety of fresh and salt water algae species and generate biodiesel and ethanol from the same algae mass. The company claims that its process generates near the theoretical maximum triglyceride and fatty acid conversion yields to fatty acid methyl or ethyl esters. (Green Car Congress; Aug. 22, 2007)
August 21, 2007
- Suppression > Zeitgeist - The Movie: Federal Reserve - The rise of the control over modern civilization. An important perspective to bear in mind when asking why revolutionary energy technologies haven't been able to make it into the marketplace.
- Solar Hydrogen > Solar Water Cracker - Clean Hydrogen Producers' system concentrates sunlight to heat a furnace to the point where it splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, which can be used to generate electricity. It combines the cost efficiency of wind farms with the advantage of being both predictable and adjustable thanks to hydrogen storage. (Green Car Congress; Aug. 17, 2007)
- Biodiesel from Algae Oil > OriginOil - Novel technology at the microscopic scale can enhance the efficiency of algae production as a high-yield, cost-competitive replacement for petroleum. In the growth phase, nutrients are fractured and injected into algae culture. In the extraction phase, fracturing breaks the tough outer membrane of the algae in an energy-efficient manner.
August 20, 2007
- Solar > Energy-Generating Solar Roadways - Solar Roadways claims that a series of roads built out of solar panels could supply all of our country's energy needs several times over. The three layer roadways would also contain a revised version of the nation's electric grid and a network of communications cables. (TreeHugger; Aug. 20, 2007)
- Fuel Efficiency > Retrofits > Vacclaisocryptene - The only "undersurface lubricant" known to science. Under heat and pressure, millions of microscopic beads sweat out and this is what the metal is rolling on. It was used on the Lunar Lander & Rover by NASA and was originally developed for the oil and gas refinery industry. This is what the oil companies use to prevent maintenance in their oil refineries.
August 19, 2007
- Store / Solar > Solio -- Portable Hybrid Solar Charger - Device comes with universal adaptors so it can charge most any existing or future cell phone, iPod, PDA, Blackberry, GPS systems, digital cameras, games. Sturdy and reliable design is good for most any climate. Trees planted to offset manufacturing emissions, making Solio a carbon neutral device.
- Thermal Electric / Solar > Closed Loop Ammonia Turbine - The return of Tesla's solar (and other low heat input) design for home and commercial power systems using inexpensive technology discarded last century due to then cheap oil prices.
- Fuel Efficiency > Hybrids > US Army Unveils Hybrid-Electric Propulsion - The U.S. Army recently unveiled a new hybrid-electric propulsion system for use in a new line of manned ground vehicles. The unique feature is that the traditional engine has been decoupled from the drive train and is used only to recharge the battery and power other systems within the vehicle. (New Launches; Aug. 18, 2007) (See Slashdot discussion)
August 18, 2007
- Fuel Efficiency > Vehicles / Hydraulics > Valentin Technologies - The 130 MPG Car is a medium size 5-seat passenger car, driven by a Hydrostatic Powertrain. The free-piston internal combustion engine pumps hydraulic fluid into the accumulator that drives the wheelmotors in each wheel. The wheelmotors are reversed during braking and become pumps to recuperate the entire braking energy.
- Suppression > Bush Administration Spent $1.6 Billion to Spin the News - How much is good press worth? To the Bush administration, about $1.6 billion. That's how much seven federal departments spent from 2003 through the second quarter of 2005 on 343 contracts with public relations firms, advertising agencies, media organizations and individuals. (Washington Post; Feb. 14, 2006)
August 17, 2007
- Tide > FreeFlow 69 > Osprey Ocean Turbine Progresses Toward Commissioning - A small team of engineers in Cornwall has made a breakthrough with the development of a turbine, called the Osprey, that they claim could solve the commercial viability of tidal power. The Osprey turbine can be used to create electricity offshore at sea or in tidal rivers and inland waterways. (PESN; Aug. 17, 2007)
- Electrolysis > Kanzius > Renowned scientist lauds Kanzius’ invention - A materials scientist is heated up over the effect of John Kanzius’ external radio-wave generator on salt water. “It is scientifically a staggeringly important discovery", said Rustum Roy, a leading authority on microwave applications on materials technology. Roy was in Erie to view experiments with the radio-wave generator at Industrial Sales and Manufacturing Inc., the Millcreek company that builds Kanzius’ generator. (Erie Times News; Aug. 11, 2007)
- Solar Hydrogen / Nanotech > Water + Sunlight = Solar Hydrogen - Scientists are developing a cheap, viable photoelectrolytic technology that would split water into hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight. Using thin films of titanium iron oxide nanotube arrays, they reported a photoconversion rate of 1.5%, and are now optimizing to obtain closer to the theoretical maximum around 12.9%. (TreeHugger; Aug. 17, 2007)
August 16, 2007
- Electrolysis / ZPE > Water Disassociation Using Zero Point Energy - Moray King has put forth a scientific model that suggests that the reason so many experimenters are observing more energy emerging from their electrolysis systems than what they put into it, is that the configuration harnesses zero point energy.
- Solar > Silicon Nanocrystals for Superefficient Solar Cells - Silicon nanocrystals, also called quantum dots, could lead to a new type of solar cell that is cheap and twice as efficient, by producing 2 or 3 electrons per photon of high-energy sunlight. They could theoretically be 40% efficient in flat panels or over 60% efficient with concentrated sunlight. (MIT Technology Review; Aug. 15, 2007)
- Fuel Efficiency > 50 MPG Plane Wins PAV Prize - The Pipistrel won NASA's Personal Air Vehicle X-Prize like contest, achieving 50 MPG. The plane is extremely light weight, so it becomes more fuel efficient as it flies and burns fuel, getting lighter. The plane's simple controls and ease of operation also helped it take home the prize. It costs about $70,000. (EcoGeek; Aug. 15, 2007)
August 15, 2007
- Electrostatic > Aluminum, Paper, Steel Electrostatic Energy Generator - YouTube user singerxyz posted videos showing two different set-ups that he came up with that appear to extract energy from the ambient environment. In one, he wrapped an aluminum tube from a lawn chair with paper (insulator), and then wound that with non-galvanized steel wire.
- Alt Fuels > Butanol > RITE Develops Cellulosic Biobutanol - The Research Institute of Innovative Technology has developed technology for producing cellulosic biobutanol for blending with diesel fuel. RITE’s process uses genetically modified microorganisms to ferment sugars resulting from the breakdown of cellulosic biomass. The biofuel is seen as key to cutting greenhouse gases emitted from diesel vehicles. (Green Car Congress; Aug. 13, 2007)
- Fuel Efficiency > Vehicles > 9 Steps to Cheaper Greener Flight - The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first commercial jet produced with efficiency specifically in mind, but the 787 still leaves a lot of room for improvement. Several designs are at various stages of production that could make air travel as efficient, or even more efficient, than automobiles. (EcoGeek; Jul. 26, 2007)
August 14, 2007
- Batteries > A Non-Toxic, Paper Battery / Supercapacitor - Researchers at Rensselaer have developed a new energy storage device that resembles a simple sheet of black paper. The nanoengineered battery is lightweight, ultra thin, completely flexible, and geared toward meeting the trickiest design and energy requirements of tomorrow’s gadgets, implantable medical equipment, and transportation vehicles. (Renssalaer; Aug. 13, 2007) (See Slashdot discussion)
- Engines > Steam > The Last Great Steam Car - The first automobiles were powered by steam, soon to be replaced by the internal combustion engine. Meanwhile, not everyone abandoned the steam engine designs. Read the saga of how this technology evaporated, not because it lacked merit, but because of bad business decisions. (Damn Interesting; Oct. 14, 2006)
- Engines > Steam > BMW Developing a Steam/Gas Hybrid Engine - BMW has announced that it is developing a steam-powered auxiliary drive called the Turbosteamer. Using energy that has traditionally diappeared through the exhaust system as heat to power a steam engine, the concept has the potential to improve fuel efficiency by about 15 percent. (TreeHugger; Dec. 15, 2005)
August 13, 2007
- Gravity Motors > Hall Gravity Wheel B > Douglass K. Furr, Ph.D.'s Replication of Gravity Wheel B Does Not Run - Ultra-precise machining job based on Scott Hall and paddyboytube's wheels, does not self-drive across a flat surface, but decelerates.
- Electrolysis > Water Fuel Cell > Aaron Murakami Replicates Stanley Meyer's Water Fuel Cell - Using a plastic pasta jar with stainless steel concentric tubes filled with tap water from his kitchen sink, and no added electrolytes, with an input power of 36 watts (12 volts at 3 amps) pulsed, Aaron produces enormous amount of "Brown's Gas" Stanely Meyer style. (YouTube; Aug. 10, 2007)
- Batteries / EV > What dangers will Lithium Ion batteries pose in Electric Vehicles - Considering their explosive performance in laptop batteries (see video), multiply that nearly one hundred-fold when applying those batteries to an electric vehicle. What will happen in a collision? What are Li-on battery manufacturers doing to mitigate this?
- Solar > World record organic solar cell efficiency - Plextronics broke a world record for single layer organic solar cell efficiency with 5.4 percent efficiency for its solar cells, up from last year's record of 5.2 percent. The company believes it can reduce the cost of solar cells to below $1 per watt, a reduction of up to five times that of crystalline silicon-based solar energy systems. (Inside Greentech; Aug. 10, 2007)
- Criteria > Do the benefits of renewable energy sources stack up? - Do the overall efficiencies of renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, and geothermal add up in terms of their complete life cycle from materials sourcing, manufacture, running, and decommissioning? Researchers in Greece have carried out a life cycle assessment to find the answer. (PhysOrg; Aug. 13, 2007)
August 10, 2007
- Fuel Efficency > Hybrids > HyKinesys - PowerBeam hybrid systems increase vehicular fuel efficiency by 100%, improve vehicle performance and reduce the cost of hybridizing vehicles. They are applicable to any road vehicle with any type of power train, whether gasoline, diesel, electric or fuel cell.
- Fuel Cells > Premium Power - The Zinc-Flow® 45 regenerative fuel cell provides back-up power for a variety of applications and delivers roughly 10 times the energy capacity of an equivalent bank of lead-acid batteries with 3 times more energy density. It offers 100% deep discharge capability with virtually unlimited cycling and long life.
August 9, 2007
- Bio-Energetics > Radio Frequency Ablasion - Patented technology by Joel Fallik pre-dates John Kanzius' work, and has a wide range of non-invasive, disease-eliminating applications through the targeting of heat to precise points through the interference patterns of two microwave generators. It is being spurned in the market because it would take the huge profits out of disease.
- Tide > Horizontal versus Vertical Axis Ocean Turbines - A review of the leading tidal power technologies and a comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of the horizontal axis design versus the vertical axis design. (PESN; Aug. 7, 2007)
- Tidal > FreeFlow 69 - The Ocean Hydro Electricity Generator Plant uses tidal energy to create electricity 24 hours a day, using both the kinetic energy in tidal flow and the potential energy created by tidal height changes. The O.H.E.G. plant makes an ideal foundation for offshore wind turbines, combining both tidal energy and wind energy.
- Ocean Wave > FreeFlow 69 - The Ocean Energy Rig is a hybrid concept harnessing tidal stream, wave and wind power. The Wave Pump is designed to be as simple as possible, using two automatic non-return valves and a hydraulic cylinder creating a head of water to be drawn through a cross flow turbine.
August 8, 2007
- Hydrogen from Water > AirGen Corporation - AGC’s technology involves a chemical reaction created by the mixture of water, metals and nanosized colloidal metal catalysts to generate hydrogen and oxygen gas using a thermal and/or electric energy source. The low process temperature required can be supplied by renewable sources and the only consumable is water.
- Engines > MAGIC engine - The MAGnesium Injection Cycle engine from Mitsubishi is powered by steam produced from mixing magnesium powder and water, which gives off heat and hydrogen. The hydrogen is burned to provide a second heat source for this emissions-free reaction. The magnesium oxide by-product is renewed using solar-powered lasers. (AutoblogGreen; Aug. 6, 2007)
August 7, 2007
- Wind > Wings for Wind Energy - W2 Energy Development may have a more efficient answer for capturing wind energy, based on up-and-down oscillation of a wing attached to a lever. The WindWing puts more surface area in contact with the wind than a propeller, and the lever magnifies the wind power, providing 40% to 60% efficiency, W2 reports. (VenturaCountyStar; Aug. 5, 2007)
- CO2 Sequestration > Creating A Carbon Economy - Sequestered Carbon Amendment and Fertilization (SCAF0 has developed new systems to make carbon sequestration profitable and create a new carbon economy instead of treating it as waste. They use elemental carbon as a soil amendment for soil recovery and improvement, better water and mineral management in addition to using carbon dioxide as plant food or fertilizer.
- Fuel Efficiency > Aeroscraft > The ultimate corporate aircraft - Aeroscraft ML866 aircraft will be launched at the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in September, 2007 in Atlanta. It offers 120 knots top speed, 5,000 square feet of interior compartment, helicopter like vertical takeoff and landing capability and independence from congested airports. (GizMag; Aug. 7, 2007)
August 6, 2007
- Concentrated Solar Power > Emcore achieves 39% efficiency in high volume production - EMCORE Corporation announced today that it has attained a record 39% conversion efficiency under 1000x concentrated illumination on its multi-junction solar cell products currently in high volume production. These solar cells are for terrestrial Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) applications(biz.yahoo.com; Aug. 6, 2007)
August 3, 2007
- Ocean Wave > Muscling the waves - SRI International is testing a buoy with "artificial muscle" technology in the waters off St. Petersburg, Florida. The wave-powered generator works off a novel electroactive polymer artificial muscle (EPAM), a rubbery material that directly generates electricity from the way it stretches and contracts. (Inside Greentech; Aug. 3, 2007)
- Fuel Cells > Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ship Project - CFC Solutions is providing a “Hot Module" fuel cell stack to the FellowSHIP (Fuel Cells for Low Emissions Ships) consortium, for the demonstration of an offshore supply vessel powered by a molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC). The technology will be up to 50 percent more efficient than today’s diesel power, with lower emissions. (Green Car Congress; Aug. 3, 2007)
August 2, 2007
- Events / Meyl > Konstantin Meyl to Lecture on Scalar Waves and Neutrino Power - Three-day presentation this coming weekend in Carlsbad, California will discuss and demonstrate exotic Tesla technology. Meyl posits an expanding earth theory based on neutrino interactions with the Earth. (PESN; Aug. 1, 2007)
- Organizations > 'Free Energy' Plans by Creative Science and Research - Company sells plans for devices that they say can provide "free power for your home, garage, car or truck". They claim to have heaters, engines, and other devices that are over unity or that require no fuel. A few buyers say the kits do not operate as claimed. Others are satisfied.
- EV > Electric Motorbikes > A motorcycle that's fast, silent and green - The Zero electric motorcycle runs on lithium-ion batteries rather than gas. The Zero X dirt bike can be bought for around $6,900 with perfomance similar to a 250cc gas-burning motorcycle, no noise or pollution, 300 miles per gallon equivalent and less than 1 cent per mile to operate. A street-legal commuter motorcycle is planned. (CNET News; Aug. 2, 2007)
- Fuel Efficiency > Retrofits > New Ultra-Low Emissions Combustion Technology - The low-swirl injector (LSI) imparts a slight spin to the gaseous fuel and air mixture in a natural gas turbine, drastically reducing the level of emissions produced (5x less NOx). It can also burn a variety of other fuels and can easily be fitted into existing gas turbine models without any major redesigns. (TreeHugger; Aug. 2, 2007)
- How to Embed Videos - PESWiki now has the ability to embed YouTube and Google Vidoes on the page.
August 1, 2007
- Magnet Motors / Atmospheric Electrostatic > Scott F. Hall's Magnet Motor from Kitchen Stuff - Video at YouTube shows a continuously-running gizmo composed of a conglomeration of things found in his kitchen, including a can of dog food, tooth picks, refrigerator magnets, a pencil, spring clips, and a small corner cut out of a box.
- Aerielle Louise Has Died - A proponent of new energy and new thinking, involved with several internet radio programs, passed away on July 30 or 31, 2007. The circumstances of her death are tragic, and ironically present us with a personal manifestation of the effects of the warming of our planet.
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