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Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

  • Hydro > Ocean Current >
    Finding Nemo in a cruel sea - For 10 days, Nemo, the robot submarine, was, like its animated namesake, swept helplessly along by the East Australian Current until it was recovered. Dr. David Griffin hopes Nemo's findings will help unravel the secrets of the current. (Sydney Morning Herald; Dec. 28, 2008)

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008

  • Featured: Gravity Motors >
    Aldo Costa's Gravity Motor - This French inventor's decades-long approach to the unbalanced wheel has been to go large, building a 56-feet diameter prototype in his back yard, with 9.5 tons of steel parts. Given an initial push, it supposedly can revolve for as long as three hours -- if aided by the wind. (PESWiki; Dec. 30, 2008)
  • Zeitgeist >
    The Top 10 Green-Tech Breakthroughs of 2008 - Green technology was hot in 2008. Investors poured $5 billion into the sector just through the first nine months of the year. And even Texas oilmen like T. Boone Pickens started pushing alternative energy as a replacement for fossil fuels like petroleum, coal and natural gas. (Wired; Dec. 29, 2008)
  • Batteries > Lithium Ion Batteries >
    Nissan, NEC To Spend $1 billion On Battery Output - Nissan, NEC and NEC Tokin Corp have a joint venture to start manufacturing lithium-ion batteries with an initial capacity to supply 13,000 units a year, which will be first be used in forklifts; eventually ramping up annual capacity to supply 65,000 units in 2011 for use in Nissan's in-house hybrid car and electric vehicles due in 2010. (PlanetArk; Dec. 30, 2008) (See also TreeHugger)

Monday, Dec. 29, 2008

  • Zeitgeist >
    Technology Wrap-up: The Most-read Technology Stories of 2008 - It's been another great year for renewable energy and the technology advances that have been made are astounding. More technology news, more cutting edge research on technologies that are approaching commercialization, and more advancements that will bring renewables into the mainstream. (Renewable Energy World; Dec. 24, 2008)

Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008

  • Featured: Videos >
    PESNetwork Videos - An index of videos that have been produced primarily by/for PES Network, Inc., along with other free-energy-related video resources. (PESWiki; Dec. 28, 2008)

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008

Friday, Dec. 26, 2008

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008

  • Magnetic Power, Inc.
    MPI's Perpetual "1 Year to Market Demo" Pushing 15 Years - Mark Goldes asserts that the generators they are developing are expected to produce enough power to replace the plug needed by a plug-in hybrid car, "within a year(tm)", a harbinger of automobiles that need no conventional fuel. If only the projection can actually materialize. (Renewable Energy World press release; Dec. 19, 2008)
  • Cold Electricity >
    Voltree is Tapping Tree Energy to Save Forests - Voltree Power has made solid progress on tree-powered bioenergy converters, designed to be placed in fire-prone national forests, where they’d monitor temperature and humidity and radio the data back to remote automated weather stations. (Xconomy; Nov. 26, 2008) (Coming soon: Tree-powered Christmas lights?)
  • Global Cooling >
    Global cooling is here - "There is no evidence that CO2 drives world temperatures or any consequent climate change," Imperial College London astrophysicist and long-range forecaster Piers Corbyn wrote British Members of Parliament. "According to official data in every year since 1998, world temperatures have been colder than that year, yet CO2 has been rising rapidly." (Seattle PI; Dec. 18, 2008) (See also Slashdot)

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008

  • Newsletters > New Energy Times >
    Latest Cold Fusion Developments at New Energy Times - Issue 31 includes: report on LENR Talk by Steven B. Krivit at Simon Fraser University • When A Good Nanoparticle Goes Bad • Bob Park Brings Attention to "Cold Fusion" Research • Peter Hagelstein Lecture at MIT Energy Club • Bubblegate Saga • Update to The Galileo Project Protocol • LENR News Reported in Japan. (New Energy Times; Dec. 17, 2008)
  • Solar > Largest >
    World’s Most Ambitious Solar Plan in LA - Los Angles, CA is taking up the world’s most ambitious solar power project, Solar LA (26-page PDF). This project will be the largest solar power plan started by any city in the world. They are planning to install 1.3 Giga Watts (GW) of solar power and register their city’s name in the book of green economy. (Alternative Energy; Dec. 19, 2008)

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008

Monday, Dec. 22, 2008

  • Awards >
    Innovators Under 35 - An annual event by MIT's Technology Review generates a list of top innovators under the age of 35, who's science and research they found to be most exciting. JB Straubel, CTO for Tesla Motors, became the top innovator for 2008, despite the company's struggles. (Technology Review; Sept. Oct. 2008)

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008

  • Featured: Oil >
    Saudi Oil Kingdom Resisting Renewables - A review of a recent documentary by 60 Minutes about the Saudi Oil industry, showing their world-preeminent infrastructure, new projects, and projections; but, more significantly, their denial of and resistance to any clean alternatives. (PESN; Dec. 21, 2008)
  • Electrical Grid >
    An Intelligent Electric Grid - In this video, Peter L. Corsell, founder and CEO of GridPoint, talks about the problems inherent in today’s electric grid and describes how GridPoint’s technology improves the system’s efficiency, flexibility, and reliability. (Technology Review; Sept. Oct. 2008)
  • Building >
    MVRDV Designs Gwanggyo Green Power Center - Rotterdam-based architects MVRDV recently won the Gwanggyo City Centre Competition with their design of this incredible new city just south of Seoul, South Korea. Envisioned as a verdant acropolis of organic ‘hill’ structures, the proposed complex is a fully self-sufficient city for up to 77,000 inhabitants. (Inhabitat; Dec. 8, 2008)
  • Global Warming >
    Weather Channel Founder: Sue Al Gore for Fraud - John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel, has filed a class action suit, joined by some 30,000 scientists, against Al Gore and the global warming "scam", alleging that the "fabricated" crisis is being used as a rallying point for political agendas. (RedEye Video) (Fox News; March 14, 2008)

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008

  • Featured: DIY / Plasma / Microwave
    How to Make Plasma in Your Microwave Oven - Perhaps you've seen a video or two at YouTube showing how to generate plasma with a small flame in a microwave oven. We've created a "how to" page, with a collection of some of these demos, scientific theories and studies, and related energy pursuits. (PESWiki; Dec. 20, 2008)
  • Gravity Motors / Milkovic Oscillator >
    Mechanical Feedback Loop (pdf) - Jovan Marjanovic analytically describes his experimental work on Milkovic’s Pendulum-Lever System and shares his findings and problems in an attempt to close the loop giving possible solutions for the two-stage oscillator. (VeljkoMilkovic.com; December 18, 2008) (Thanks Bobsy)

Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

  • Refrigeration >
    $25 Fridge Powered By Cooking Fire - Along the lines of one laptop per child comes the idea of an inexpensive refrigerator that could help more than a billion people who have no access to electricity. The 8-pound prototype fridge doesn't need gas, propane or kerosene and is powered by regular fire. TED Video (EcoGeek; Dec. 12, 2008)
  • Galactic Sea of Energy >
    A Giant Breach in Earth's Magnetic Field - NASA has discovered a breach in Earth's magnetic field ten times larger than anything previously thought to exist. Solar wind can flow in through the opening to "load up" the magnetosphere for powerful geomagnetic storms. Researchers are even more amazed at the strange and unexpected way it forms. (Science & NASA; Dec. 16, 2008)

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008

  • Wind > Offshore >
    Shell to quit wind projects - Royal Dutch Shell has become the second big energy company to abandon the UK wind-energy sector in the last month, cancelling the £800m Cirrus Array project after five years and millions of pounds in investment. Radar interference and wildlife impact are cited reasons, but the real reason is there is still money to be made in the Americas. (Times Online; Dec. 7, 2008)

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

  • Directory:Algae for Oil >
    Origin Oil Announces Successful Automation of its Helix BioReactor - The design of the Helix BioReactor™ utilizes low-energy lights arranged in a helix pattern and a rotating vertical shaft design, which allows algae culture to replicate exponentially within a smaller installation footprint. Automation of this system is a key step towards low-cost, efficient, continuous algae production. (Renewable Wire; Dec. 16, 2008)

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008

  • Wireless Transmission / Tesla coil >
    Pushing 800W of Wireless Power at 5 Meters - Nevada Lightning Lab has proposed a research facility for generating controlled lightning discharges using a matched set of 12-story Tesla Coil towers, with discharges over 300 feet in length, delivering a peak output of over 18 million volts. Located 35 miles outside Las Vegas, Nevada, this facility will support new industrial and scientific research. The 1:12 scale model twin tower prototypes are completed in San Francisco, CA. (Slashdot; Dec. 10, 2008)
  • Fuel Cells >
    Platinum-Free Fuel Cell - Researchers from Wuhan University are using a new membrane that conducts alkaline ions called hydroxyl groups instead of the traditional acidic hydrogen ions, and created an anode coated with nickel nanoparticles decorated with chromium that is more tolerant to oxidation than previous nickel catalysts. (Technology Review; Dec. 16, 2008)

Monday, Dec. 15, 2008

  • Nuclear >
    Reactors for the Middle East - Novel designs for nuclear reactors, being drawn up by researchers at MIT and a new research institute in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), could decrease the risk that nuclear fuel could be diverted for use in nuclear weapons. (Technology Review; Oct. 22, 2008)
  • Toilet-Sink Combos >
    Dual System Toilets - The Caroma Profile Smart Dual Flush Toilet has a built in sink behind the cistern which is useful for when space is at a premium, although it may take some adjusting to get used to straddling the seat in order to wash your hands. (Video) (EcoGeek; Nov. 23, 2008)

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008

  • Nuclear Remediation >
    LENRs for Nuclear Waste Disposal - Compact LENR ULM neutron generator systems could be developed and deployed for cost-effective on-site treatment of nuclear wastes presently stored in cooling ponds next to reactors that produced them. Spent fuel rod assemblies could be processed into particulates in on-site containment facilities and injected into co-located LENR-based transmutation reactors.(Institute of Science in Society; Nov. 12, 2008) (Thanks Sepp)

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008

  • Fusion >
    Better Control for Fusion Power - Physicists at MIT have addressed one of the many technological challenges involved in harnessing nuclear fusion as a viable energy source. They've demonstrated that pulses of radio frequency waves can be used to propel and heat plasma inside a reactor. (Technology Review; Dec. 10, 2008)

Friday, Dec. 12, 2008

  • Events / 2008 >
    Power-Gen: Energy Diversity Is Key to Success- At the Power-Gen International conference -- an event with over 1,200 exhibitors in the coal, oil and natural gas industries -- you might not expect renewables to play an important role in the conversation around energy, but Renewables are here to stay. (Has video links.) (Renewable Energy World; Dec. 8, 2008)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Alternative Fuels >
    Bacteria Make Better Alcohol Fuels - By engineering the metabolic process of the common E. coli bacteria, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have coaxed the microorganism into churning out useful long-chain alcohols that have potential as new biofuels. (Technology Review; Dec, 9, 2008)

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008

  • Solar > Chargers
    7 Portable Solar Laptop Chargers Worth Considering - The options are getting better, but that doesn’t mean choosing the right solar charger has gotten much easier. So TreeHugger scoured the market for the best choices in solar chargers, trying to make sure each option is reasonable regarding the three key elements, and put them here for you to make shopping around a little easier. (TreeHugger; Oct. 15, 2008)

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

  • Featured: Batteries >
    Infinite Power Solutions, Inc - Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. is a global leader in developing and manufacturing solid-state, rechargeable thin-film micro-energy storage devices (commonly known as thin-film batteries) for a variety of micro-electronic applications. (PESWiki; Dec. 5, 2008)

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008

  • Alt Fuels > Algae >
    Algae: The Biofuel Revolution - Green Flight International (GFI) has completed the world's first jet-aircraft flight powered by 100% biofuel. GFI believes that algae-based biofuel could replace petroleum without alterations to engines or infrastructure, and could be used for all sorts of transportation. (Sustainable World; Nov. 30, 2008) (Thanks Janet Lee Meisinger)

Monday, Dec. 8, 2008

  • Recycling >
    Rotten Lemon, Waste Paper Help Recover Precious Metals - Hidetaka Kawakita developed a technique to selectively recover precious metals from the fluid of melted electric/electronic parts by using adsorbent made from biomass waste. The new method can reduce the environmental load because it does not use any harmful organic solvents. (Tech-On!; Nov. 19, 2008)

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008

  • Featured: DIY > Wind > Plans >
    Downwind Faster than the Wind - Is it possible to build a device in which the forward motion turns a wheel that turns a propeller which provides enough wind propulsion to accelerate the device forward faster than the air around it? You would think not, but some investigators appear to have accomplished just that. Plans included. (PESWiki; Dec. 2, 2008)
  • Home Generation >
    How to unplug from the grid - There are 200,000 off-grid households in the US, increasing by a third every year for the past decade. In addition, nearly 30,000 grid-connected US households supplement their supply with renewables, according to the non-profit Interstate Renewable Energy Council. In the UK there are around 40,000 off-grid homes. (New Scientist; Dec. 3, 2008)

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008

Friday, Dec. 5, 2008

  • Hydro >
    Mandates driving surge to the river for hydropower - There is mounting political pressure to get more energy from alternative sources and developers are pushing ambitious projects to exploit America's biggest rivers for power. Jeff Hawk, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Pittsburgh district said; "We've seen a spurt of applications; we're busier now than ever." (PhysOrg; Dec. 1, 2008)

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008

  • Piezoelectric >
    Talk-powered cell phones? - A team of Texas researchers, who appear to have discovered that by building a certain type of piezoelectric material to a specific thickness (about 21 nanometers, compared to a typical human hair of 100,000 nanometers), you can boost its energy production by 100 percent. (NetworkWorld; Dec. 2, 2008)
  • Ethanol >
    Barry County VeraSun plant, area farmers caught up as ethanol loses its spark - The collapse of this once-promising ethanol industry and VeraSun Energy Corp. having filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, has rippled not only through the 40-employee plant along a rural highway halfway between Grand Rapids and Lansing, but the hundreds of corn growers whose farms surround it. (MLive.com; Nov. 16, 2008)

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

  • Electrical Grid >
    Europe Backs Supergrids - Brussels-based environmental consulting firm 3E mapped out 3,500 miles of underwater HVDC cables crisscrossing the North Sea, forming a network capable of hooking up 68,000 megawatts' worth of new offshore wind farms - enough generating capacity to meet 13 percent of the region's power consumption. (MIT Technology Review; Dec. 2, 2008)

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008

  • Featured: Electromagnetic > Zero Amp Tech >
    Zero Amp Tech demonstration video - Video footage from a demonstration by Peter Sumaruck of his "Zero Amp" technology which allegedly puts out far more energy than it consumes. The video also shows Pete flipping through his photo album of the self-looped 36 kW set-up he allegedly built for the Army. (PESN; Dec. 2, 2008) (See also PES Saga)
  • Biodiesel >
    Biodiesel tax break backfires - "This $1-per-gallon subsidy, known as the "blender's tax credit", is a government boondoggle financed by the taxpayers," said Tom Elam, an agricultural economist with FarmEcon in Carmel, Ind., who estimates biodiesel exports could be costing American taxpayers several hundred million dollars a year. (Chron.com; Nov.29, 2008)

Monday, Dec. 1, 2008

  • Biodiesel >
    Oil Plays a Cheap Trick on Biofuel Plans - Agri-Source's investment earned it an Industry of the Year award. Two months later, though, Agri-Source has slashed its production by half as plummeting oil prices and its fixed cost for raw materials have turned the company's bottom line from black to red. (Tampa Bay Online; Nov. 29, 2008)
  • Wind / Ten-Year Renewable Energy Plan >
    Wind Energy Multiyear Program Plan for 2007 - 2012 - The Wind Energy Program is one element of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Hydropower Technology Program under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which leads the Federal government’s research, development, and deployment efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy. 115-page PDF. 2.2 MB. (PDAFku.com; Nov. 29, 2008)

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