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September 30, 2007

September 29, 2007

  • 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.
  • Piezoelectric > Wind > "Wind Tree" Electrical Generator - Imagine harnessing the power of hundreds of leaves fluttering in the wind. Richard Dickson is developing a passive wind harvesting technology that uses piezoelectric materials woven into textile-like material to form artificial leaves for a bio-mimicking "tree".
  • Nanotech > Nanowire generates power by harvesting energy from the environment - As the sizes of sensor networks and mobile devices shrink toward the microscale, and even nanoscale, there is a growing need for suitable power sources. Because even the tiniest battery is too big to be used in nanoscale devices, scientists are exploring nanosize systems that can salvage energy from the environment. (PhysOrg; Sept. 27, 2007)
  • Polls > ZPEnergy Surveys - A good page to bookmark is Vlad's archive of polls he has run at ZPEnergy, including the most recent, active survey. He asks about specific cutting-edge technologies as well as general principles relevant to the advancement of new energy solutions.

September 28, 2007

  • Magnet Motors > Running Magnet Motors Witnessed - Four of twenty New Energy Congress members who responded to a week-long poll said they had personally witnessed a magnet motor in operation in which magnets were the only motive force. A follow-up poll is being prepared for the general public. (PESN; Sept. 28, 2007)
  • Electromagnetic > Pensioner Invents Car of the Future - Willie Gallacher created an electro-magnetic drive motor which he believes could replace the combustion engine. With the UK patent now confirmed, Willie has been in touch with engineers and car companies across the globe in the hope one will be able to help finance the creation of a full working model. (Dumbarton Reporter; Sep. 26, 2007)
  • Fuel Cells > Micro Fuel Cell Technology - Micro fuel cell power output is generally less than 5W. Although energy density levels of micro fuel cells have been on the rise even as their size continues to shrink, certain technological challenges remain, including heat removal, further miniaturization, efficiency, product issues, and methanol crossover. (Energy Business Reports; Sept. 28, 2007)
  • Bio-Energetics > Germany Warns Citizens to Avoid Using Wi-Fi - This becomes the most damning ruling made by any government on the fast-growing technology. The German official radiation protection body also advises its citizens to use landlines instead of mobile phones, and warns of "electrosmog" from a wide range of other everyday products, from baby monitors to electric blankets. (TruthOut / Independent; UK; Sept. 9, 2007)

September 27, 2007

  • Electromagnetic > Lindemann Rotary Attraction Motor - Peter Lindemann has been coaching a forum in replicating a modified off-the-shelf motor, adding a Bedini-like circuit for improved efficiency, smoother running, and possible over-unity performance.
  • AC & Refrigeration / Stirling Engines > Global Cooling - The Free-Piston Stirling Cooler has a high energy efficiency and uses earth friendly cooling substances. It has long life through the use of non-contact running surfaces, high efficiency over a wide temperature range, is light weight and uses environmentally safe helium as the working fluid.

September 26, 2007

  • Ocean Wave > Neptune Renewable Energy - The Neptune Triton near shore wave energy converter is a seabed mounted, resonant point absorber utilising an axi-asymmetric buoy driving water hydraulic cylinders. Off the shelf water based hydraulic systems, accumulators and turbines keeps costs low. Planned for 2008/9.
  • Batteries > Active Grid Technology - AGT has developed a technology that uses ultrasonic energy to increase battery performance by altering the electrochemical conversion process. AGT batteries could be 1/3 to 1/2 the size, not lose efficiency over time, not be as susceptible to cold environments and charge faster at much lower voltages.

September 25, 2007

  • Tidal > Tidal Power River Testing in 2008 - Neptune Renewable Energy has been working on a tidal power device that uses a vertical axis Savonius turbine mounted in an accelerator duct. It has a theoretical efficiency of 60-80% and manufacturing costs are minimal, which could result in commercially competitive tidal electricity. (Green Car Congress; Sep. 22, 2007)
  • Solar Hydrogen > Splitting Water with Sunlight - Researchers from the German Max Planck Institute have developed a catalyst that utilizes light to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. It also stores the gases which can later be released separately. (PhysOrg; Sept. 25, 2007)
  • Biodiesel from Algae Oil > 2nd generation algae bioreactors - AlgaeLink will intoduce their latest photo-bioreactors designed to grow algae for biodiesel production at Biodiesel Expo in England in October. The company claims its equipment can produce 6x more algae than other systems and its algae culture can grow in cold water. (AutoblogGreen; Sep. 23, 2007)

September 24, 2007

  • Solar > Thin Film > AVA Solar to Mass Produce Low Cost Solar Panels - AVA Solar will start production next year on cadmium telluride thin film solar PV modules developed at Colorado State University. Produced at less than $1 per watt, the panels will reduce the cost of generating solar electricity to roughly the same as the conventional grid.
  • Engines > Cyclone > Cyclone Develops Waste Heat Engine - Cyclone Power Technologies has developed an external combustion Waste Heat Engine that operates in a low-pressure, low-temperature range, allowing it to run on exhaust from a combustion engine, or solar heat. By attaching inexpensive poly-carbonate panels to a roof, enough heat can be produced to run the WHE, at 1/5 the price of comparable PV systems. (Green Car Congress; Sep. 24, 2007)

September 23, 2007

  • Solar / Nanotech > Nanotech could make solar energy as easy and cheap as growing grass - Scientists are working to produce cheap, sustainable solar energy by imitating nature. Nanotechnology researchers like California Institute of Technology professor Nate Lewis are exploring nanoscale materials that mimic the architecture of grass and photosynthesis to capture and store the sun's energy. (PhysOrg; Sept. 17, 2007)

September 21, 2007

  • Electrostatic > Testatika > Testatika Machine Video - The Methernitha commune claims to have invented a machine that produces three to four kilowatts of DC continuously from the static electricity in the air, depending on its dryness. Sepp Hasslberger provides an English transcription for their video.
  • Nuclear > Is Nuclear Power Safe? - The Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant in Japan discharged approximately 350 gallons of radioactive water into the sea Wednesday after an earthquake shook the Japanese town, 160 miles northwest of Tokyo. 355-page report reviews global nuclear power outlook and opportunities. (Energy Business Reports; July 18, 2007)
  • Tidal > Tidal Generation - Developing deep water tidal turbines to generate electricity from tidal flows, fully submerged out of the wave zone for reliability and low visibility. Currently working on a prototype, to be installed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.
  • Solar > Solar-Powered Laser - Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology are developing powerful laser capable of combusting the magnesium content of seawater. In the process, large amounts of heat and hydrogen are given off. (MIT Technology Review; Sept. 19, 2007)
  • Solar > Bhalla Universal Fuel Cell (UFC) - Professor Anil Bhalla from India has a renewable energy concept with a rudimentary prototype that he would like to get patented and developed into market readiness. The technology involves a solar panel and a fuel cell. He believes it will compete price-wise with conventional energy as well as in 24-7 reliability.

September 20, 2007

  • Solar > Concentrated > Los Alamos Renewable Energy - Solar Reduction of Carbon Dioxide (SOLAREC™) produces fuel while simultaneously producing electricity, at a cost competitive with fossil fuel generated power. The fuel can be burned at night to produce power 24/7 with no environmentally harmful by-products. The process has an over-all efficiency of nearly 48%.
  • Plasma / Algae Oil > Algae Feedstock in Plasma Reactor - W2 Energy will test various algae products in its biomass plasma reactor (BPR), for plasma assisted conversion of biomass to liquid fuel. It efficiently produces green energy, both fuel (sulfur free diesel) and electricity, using the plasma as a high temperature catalyst. (Yahoo! Finance; Sep. 13, 2007)

September 19, 2007

  • Space Heating > Energy Smart Heating - Energy Cabins are self contained heating systems that combine solar energy with wood pellet technology for total central heating for any building. They are fully automatic in operation and can slash your heating bills by up to 50%. (EcoGeek; Sep. 14, 2007)
  • Engines > Stirling > TIAX - MicroPower platform uses a free-piston Stirling engine that operates on a wide variety of common fuels for clean, quiet, and reliable small-scale power. Its emissions are so low that indoor operation is completely safe and non-obtrusive.

September 18, 2007

  • Solar > Water Heaters > New Solar Water Heater - The Willis SolaSyphon is a plug-in solar system which can be installed in homes without the need to rip out existing oil or natural gas systems, to reduce home water heating bills by up to 50%. It starts producing usable hot water within minutes even in marginal or intermittent conditions. (News Letter; Sep. 14, 2007)
  • Wind > Vertical Axis > Helix Wind - The Savonius turbine based design catches wind from all directions, is self-starting, nearly silent and does not need over speed control. Mounted up to 35 feet high, in winds as low as 10 mph the Helix system creates electricity to power your home or business. (Thanks Heather Wells)

September 17, 2007

  • Wind > Vertical Axis > Windspire: 1 kW Wind Turbine for Your Backyard - At 30 feet tall and 2 feet wide, the propeller-less Windspire design produces 2000 kilowatt-hours per year, is bird-safe, relatively quiet, and begins turning at 8 mph, and is rated to survive 100 mph gusts. At a price of ~$4,000, the return on investment will take about 20 years. (TreeHugger; Sept. 8, 2007)

September 15, 2007

  • BlackLight > Power - Lunch Presentation.wmv Introduction to BlackLight Power - Video (5:19 min; 16 MB, wmv) - Randall Mills summarizes BlackLight technology, which relies on a new chemical process of releasing the latent energy of the hydrogen atom, the BlackLight Process. In this process, the electron in an ordinary hydrogen atom is induced to move closer to the proton, below the prior-known ground state. Hydrogen gas derived from water serves as the fuel.

September 14, 2007

  • Solar > Concentrated > Shrinking solar thermal power - Sopogy has taken the basic design of large solar thermal power plants and shrunk it down so it can fit on a building's roof, to generate electricity on-site rather than in giant power plants. Each MicroCSP collector produces 500 watts, roughly what a house consumes, but can be strung together for a commercial building's needs. (CNET News; Sep. 14, 2007)

September 13, 2007

  • Fuel Efficiency > Retrofits / Additives > HAFC: Hydro Assist Fuel Cell kit - The HAFC kit presently for sale combines three fuel saving technologies along with a sophisticated computerized emission system optimizer. It includes 1) an electrolysis unit for on-board hydrogen injection; 2) a vaporizer/ionizer using magnets; and 3) additives that include acetone and xylene.
  • Human-Powered / Piezoelectric > Backpack straps harvest energy to power electronics - All that rubbing of your backpack straps on your shoulders may be put to good use, now that researchers have designed a novel type of energy harvesting backpack with straps made of a piezoelectric material that can convert the mechanical strain on the straps into electrical energy. (PhysOrg'; Sept. 13, 2007)
  • Solar / Air Conditioning > Keeping Cool with the Sun - Solarsa has just launched one of the first pre-assembled solar cooling systems targeted specifically for commercial businesses. Its reduced operating and maintenance costs make it a viable alternative to natural gas and electricity over the long-term. (TreeHugger; Sep. 13, 2007)

September 12, 2007

  • Art / Wind > Theo Jansen's StrandBeest Kinetic Sculptures - Modern-day DaVinci-like genius has been building various contraptions that walk along via the power of the wind. Made from commonly available tools like plastic tubing, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, hose, and tape, they combine engineering with art.
  • Solar > Concentrated > 400 MW Solar Thermal Plant Planned - BrightSource Energy plans to develop a solar thermal power complex in California, utilizing Distributed Power Tower (DPT) technology developed by Luz II. It consists of mirrors called heliostats, which reflect the sun's light to a central tower to heat water and run a steam turbine to create electricity. (Renewable Energy Access; Sep. 10, 2007)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Automotive X PRIZE Teams - The Automotive X PRIZE (AXP) announced a list of 30 teams competing to build and bring to market 100 MPG or higher fuel economy vehicles that people want to buy. Those that qualify will race their vehicles in rigorous crosscountry stages that combine speed, distance, urban driving and overall performance. (Aug. 1, 2007)
  • Solar > Kyocera announces 13.8-Megawatt Solar Electric Plant in Salamanca, Spain - One of the largest PV systems in the world will be commissioned September 18. It is comprised of ~ 70,000 Kyocera PV modules on a 36-hectares (89-acres), powering about 5,000 homes in a central distribution model. Kyocera plans to have capacity to produce 500 megawatts of PV modules per year by March 2011. (BusinessWire; Sept. 11, 2007)

September 11, 2007

  • Hybrids > Hydraulic > Are hydraulic hybrids more efficient? - Hybra-Drive is a regenerative braking system that uses pressurized fluid to store the braking energy. It "improves fuel economy by upwards of 60% and reduces emissions by upwards of 90% while maintaining a platform that costs the same, weighs the same, and has the same cargo capacity." (AutoblogGreen; Sep. 9, 2007)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Vehicles > Advanced Technologies Group - The SkyCat hybrid air vehicles combine lighter-than-air airship technology with air-cushioned hovercraft technology. The SkyCat 1000 ultra heavy lift air vehicle has a maximum payload capacity of one million kg, 10x the capacity of a Boeing 747-200 freighter aircraft.
  • Investment Resources > - Was one of the first online investor resources providing in-depth information on renewable energy, environment and water investing! Green companies are encouraged to submit content.

September 10, 2007

  • EV > DIY Electric Car Forums - EV Conversion Community - A new grassroots forum of do-it-yourself electric vehicle conversion enthusiasts.
  • Ocean Wave > AquaBuOY > AquaBuOY 2.0 Successfully Deployed - Finavera Renewables has deployed and commissioned the AquaBuOY 2.0 wave energy converter off the coast of Newport, Oregon. This marks the first installation of a wave energy converter of this scale off the west coast of North America. (Green Car Congress; Sep. 8, 2007)
  • Electric Vehicles > Lithium-Powered Electric Car Now Available In U.K. - Elettrica is the first production electric car on the UK market with the option of a lithium power supply. The car is said to provide almost twice the range of other small electric cars at 70 miles. It has an aluminium safety cage, disc brakes, front and rear impact bars and has undergone front and side crash-testing. (MetaEfficient)

September 8, 2007

September 7, 2007

  • Gravity Motors > Canadian's Machine Turns Gravity into Power - Bob Kostoff has created a self-sustaining engine that says would cost less than half of a small wind turbine. The machine works much like a teeter-totter, using a series of sliding weights that, with the help of the earths gravitational pull, force the unit to continue spinning around in a circle.
  • Solar > Sunlight into Laser Beams - Japanese scientists have developed a new technology for converting sunlight into laser beams that could form the basis for JAXA's Space Solar Power Systems (SSPS) project. The project seeks to put a space-based power system in orbit above the equator — with the goal of harnessing the sun's energy to generate electricity or hydrogen on Earth. (TreeHugger; Sep. 7, 2007)

September 6, 2007

  • Ocean Wave > CETO Zero Emission Power and Fresh Water - CETO, a technology patented by an Australian company, is the only wave energy technology that pumps high pressure seawater ashore making it the most efficient and cost effective way to desalinate freshwater from wave energy.

September 5, 2007

  • Electrolysis > Water Fuel Cell > Overview Video: Water as Fuel (via ZPE) (3 min) - While academia has been spurning the topic, hundreds, if not thousands of hobbyists and independent investigators worldwide are working on various electrolysis-like projects which put out more energy than was required to run the electrolysis unit. (PES Network Video; Aug. 31, 2007)
  • Scott F. Hall / Gravity Motors > Old Indian Gravity Wheel Demonstrated - This gravity wheel is composed of metal balls inside slants within wood, which keep the wheel off-balance, apparently resulting in rotation on its axle. The rotation speed is said to fluctuate up and down, as the motion switches back and forth from kinetic to overbalance.
  • Fuel Efficiency > Engines > Thermafficient™ thermal engine - reXorce Thermionics said its thermal engine can recover thermal energy from waste, solar thermal and geothermal sources to be transformed into useable electricity, cooling, and heating. Its Thermafficient pump uses supercritical carbon dioxide and other working fluids to reduce energy costs significantly. (Inside Greentech; Sep. 5, 2007)

  • Batteries > EEStor > Is EEStor delaying its power system for cars? - EEStor CEO Richard Weir said that commercial production of its energy storage system--a device that holds electricity and functions somewhat like a battery--will be sometime in the next 10 months or so. The unit is also referred to as an "ultracapacitor." "We intend to be in production on or before the middle of next year," he said. (CNET News; Sep. 4, 2007)

September 4, 2007

  • Solar > Solar Energy in Voice Recording - Using Li-Pol batteries combined with a solar collector, a Russian group has made a professional voice recorder that can meet the demands of the workaholic. (Open PR; Aug. 21, 2007)
  • Batteries > EEStor > See You Later, Batteries! - EEStor promised a battery replacement technology that would enable a motorist to plug in a car for five minutes and drive 500 miles roundtrip without gasoline. The technology could provide efficient, lightning-fast storage for solar power. Skeptics fear the claims stretch the bounds of existing technology to the point of alchemy. (ABC News; Aug. 31, 2007)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Engines > MUSIC Engine - The Merritt Unthrottled Spark Ignition Combustion gasoline engine promises to provide a 20% increase in fuel economy. MUSIC is an un-throttled, high thermal efficiency, lean-burn, spark ignition system that uses an indirect combustion chamber to produce charge stratification by means of controlled air management. (Green Car Congress; Sep. 2, 2007)

September 3, 2007


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