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Feb. 29, 2008

  • Biofuels / Concentrated Solar / Clean Coal > GreenShift's CO2 Bioreactor - Patented process uses algae to consume greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fueled power plants, giving off pure oxygen and water vapor. Light from concentrated solar panels is conducted into the algae chambers via fiber optics. Once the algae grows to maturity, it is harvested for conversion into ethanol and biodiesel fuels.
  • Ocean Current / Tidal > Hydro-Gen - Hydro-Gen is a big floating paddle wheel included in a catamaran type turbine, for marine currents where a huge quantity of sea water must go through a bottle neck. The efficiency/cost ratio seems better with a paddle-wheel, because it is at the surface. Underwater projects are three to five times more costly.
  • EV > Londoner tries out the new Th!nk city EV - Th!nk is type approved in Europe as an actual car, has been crash tested and meets safety requirements. The lithium polymer battery will provide a range of 125 miles on a charge and the top speed is 65mph. It's fitted with air bags, seat belts and even ABS. Th!nk will be selling the car in the UK for £14,000. (AutoblogGreen; Feb. 29, 2008)

Feb. 28, 2008

  • Biofuels > Cannabis Hemp as a Global Warming Solution - Proponents argue that easily grown and robust Cannabis Hemp is one of the best if not the very best plants overall for fuel, building supplies, medicine, fiber, food, paper, and substitute for wood. Some go so far as to argue that it could be the best solution to global warming.
  • Thin-Film Thermoelectrics >
    • Micropelt - Solid state thin film Peltier cooler and thermogenerator devices build on a scalable semiconductor platform technology. Heating and cooling energy density of > 100 W per cm2.
    • Nanocoolers - These are ideal for use in a range of applications that require cooling, heating and/or temperature stabilization, including: Electronics Cooling / Thermal Management, Lasers and Optical Communications, Aerospace / Military / Defense, Micro-refrigeration, Medical / Bio-medical, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning.
    • RTI International - Thin-Film Superlattice Technology- A thermoelectric module with just one square centimeter of RTI's new material can provide 700 watts of cooling under a nominal temperature gradient.
  • Tidal > Ocean Flow Energy - Evopod uses a simple but effective mooring system that allows the free floating device to maintain optimum heading into the tidal stream. It can operate in exposed deep water sites and uses established technologies from the offshore oil and gas and wind turbine industries.

Feb. 27, 2008

  • Electromagnetic > GMC Holding > SEC Files Action On Fuelless Motor Fraud - The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed an action against GMC Holding Corporation (GMC) and its CEO, Richard Brace, for defrauding investors by issuing false press releases touting the company's development of a motor technology device capable of generating unlimited energy. (PESN; Feb. 27, 2008)
  • Propulsion / Ocean Wave > Wave Powered Boat - A Japanese sailor is planning a solo trip from Hawaii to Japan using the most advanced wave powered boat on the planet. The Suntory Mermaid II turns wave energy into thrust using two fins mounted beneath the bow. They move up and down with the waves to generate ‘kicks’ that propel the boat forward. (EcoFriend; Feb. 23, 2008)

Feb. 26, 2008

  • Largest > Tidal > Largest Tidal Power Installations Worldwide - Index page created to track who is presently the largest, and whose claims to be the largest in the future are actually the biggest claims. The current largest is the Rance tidal plant in France with a capacity of 240 MW. The Ganghwa island plant, slated to be completed in 2015, will be the largest at 812 MW.
  • Wind > Offshore / Deep-Water Wind: Out of Sight - Sway is developing a deepwater system that will allow turbines to be situated farther out to sea where winds can be steadier and stronger, hidden from all save a few passing ships. It is based on a floating elongated pole extending far below the water surface with ballast at the bottom part. (EcoGeek; Feb. 25, 2008)
  • Solar > Solar Cooking > Sun Oven > Learning to cook without electricity - When the power goes out, it's good to know how to make dinner without electricity, and without endangering the family or the home. Utah couple are teaching people how to do that — using everything from an apple box to a solar sun box oven and fuels that can be used safely indoors as well as out. (Deseret News; Feb. 21, 2008)
  • Biofuels > Virgin Flies Biofueled Jet - Virgin Atlantic carried out the world's first flight of a commercial aircraft powered with biofuel on Sunday in an effort to show it can produce less carbon dioxide than normal jet fuels. (PhysOrg; Feb. 24, 2008)

Feb. 25, 2008

  • Storage > Energy Storage Nears Its Day in the Sun - Energy storage is an unglamorous pillar of an expected revolution to clean up the world's energy supply but will soon vie for investors attention with more alluring sources of energy like solar panels, manufacturers say. (Reuters; Feb. 25, 2008)
  • Showcase Homes > Angel's Nest at WorldsNest - 10,000-square-foot home is completely self-sufficient, including grey water recycling and food production and hydrogen production for vehicles from wind power.
  • Showcase Homes > David Allan's Solar Home - Located in the cooler central Utah climate at 6,000 ft. elevation, the Allan's Solar home integrates seven different forms of collection: trombe wall, solarium convection, photo-voltaic cells, propylene-glycol heat exchange, eutectic salt chamber, berm-insulation, black chimneys for passive solar air conditioning.
  • EV / Hybrids > Milner to Introduce E-REV Prototype - Milner Motors ElectriCar is an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle, based on the design of the flying AirCar. It is a lightweight vehicle designed to cruise 100 miles on battery power at speeds up to 85 mph, after which the batteries will be charged by a gasoline-powered generator, achieving 100 mpg. (Green Car Congress; Feb. 24, 2008)

Feb. 24, 2008

  • Propulsion - Directory of methods of increasing propulsion efficiency, and new methods of producing propulsion that are clean, renewable and potentially feasible.

Feb. 23, 2008

Feb. 22, 2008

  • River Energy / Ocean Current > Ing Arvid Nesheim - The MultiEnergy Device with waterturbine captures the kinetic energy in waves, ocean currents, rivers and streams and converts the energy into electricity. Moreover, the device can be equipped with a heat pump to convert the thermal energy in the ocean into useful energy.
  • Ocean Wave > Ing Arvid Nesheim - The Oscillating Device converts the kinetic energy in wave motion into electricity by utilising the relative motion between the annual shaped floater and the floating column to drive electrical generators. The device can capture energy from vertical, pivotal, horizontal backwards and forwards (to-and-fro) movement.
  • ZENN / EEStor > Zenn Still Planning on EEStor - ZENN anticipates EEStor capacitor based energy storage systems will be commercialized and is making plans to incorporate it into its low speed electric car. ZENN is investigating longer-range highway capable electric vehicles that have a top speed of 65 to 75 mph and a single-charge range of 200 to 400 miles. (The Energy Blog; Feb. 21, 2008)

Feb. 21, 2008

  • Efficient Vehicles > MDI Air Car > Air Car coming to America - The Air Car will arrive in the US by 2009 or 2010, courtesy of Zero Pollution Motors. The quirky alt-propulsion vehicle's anticipated $17,800 price tag includes standard safety equipment like airbags and ABS, along with the 75-horsepower compressed-air six-cylinder that gives the car its name. (AutoblogGreen; Feb. 21, 2008)
  • Biodiesel from Algae Oil > US Algae Association Hosts Forum - The US National Algae Association is hosting a business plan and networking forum on 10 April in The Woodlands, Texas, at which early stage algae production companies will showcase their ventures in front of an audience of algae researchers, entrepreneurs, investors and lenders. (Green Car Congress; Feb. 21, 2008)

Feb. 20, 2008

  • Wireless > MIT's Wireless Power - In the spirit of Tesla's dream of wireless power, MIT physicist Marin Soljacic is working on a way to transmit power wirelessly, both efficiently and safely. Now his work has made MIT Technology Review's TR10 list for 2008. (MIT Technology Review; March/April 2008)
  • Storage / Tidal > Neptune Systems - Developing tidal energy converter systems based upon magneto hydro dynamic (MHD) concepts that can convert tidal motion directly into power using no moving parts. This device can simultaneously store the electricity it produces or that is produced by other generators (like offshore wind turbines) with a high storing capacity.
  • Solar > Concentrated > SVV Technology Innovations - SVVTI has introduced cost effective "Reflective Lens" solar concentrating collectors featuring high single-stage concentration ability. The reflective array design is free from the light-dispersion effects of conventional refractive lenses, which allows for obtaining much higher efficiencies.

Feb. 19, 2008

  • Lighting / Human Power / Gravity Motors > Lamp Lit by Gravity Wins Greener Gadget Award - A Virginia Tech student has created a floor LED lamp that is powered by gravity, using a weight slide similar to the concept of a grandfather clock. The lamp was originally calcualted to put out the equivalent of a 40-Watt bulb, and lasts four hours per cycle; and the mechanism was expected to last 200 years; however, these calculations were in error. (PESN; Feb. 18, 2008)
  • Solar > Concentrated > Cool Earth Solar > Solar Bubbles Get Funding - Cool Earth Solar has received $21M in funding to build a pilot plant. The company is developing inexpensive solar concentrating mirrors in transparent balloons to lower the cost of solar photovoltaics. (EcoGeek; Feb. 19, 2008)
  • Solar > Concentrated > Cost-effective solar - Pythagoras Solar is focused on changing the economics of photovoltaic technology through innovation of the basic technical principles. The company is working to combine software models, optic design, semiconductor processes, materials science, and mass manufacturing techniques to build highly durable, cost effective solar energy products. (CNET News; Feb. 19, 2008)

Feb. 18, 2008

  • Communities > Rise of the Carbon-Neutral City - Several ambitious plans around the world envision green cities, but such projects raise as many questions as they promise to answer. Perhaps the mother of all sustainable architecture projects, Dongtan on Chongming Island in China will be powered by wind, biofuels, and solar energy. (BusinessWeek; Feb. 11, 2008)

Feb. 17, 2008

Feb. 16, 2008

  • Cold Fusion > Cold Fusion Oral History to be Housed at the U of U - The University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library will be the repository for New Energy Foundation's Cold Fusion Oral History Collection upon its completion. This important oral record of the major researchers, theorists, journalists and administrators will complement other collections that the Library has related to cold fusion history. (PESN; Feb. 16, 2008)

Feb. 15, 2008

  • Electric Vehicles > Solar charging station for electric vehicles - Alpha Energy's EV-500 solar charging station for electric vehicles would make it easy for car-owners to tap solar energy and use it for recharging their vehicles. It has the capacity to use one, two or three 170 Watt PV modules, thereby satisfying the diverse geographical and solar intensity requirements. (EcoFriend; Feb. 14, 2008)
  • Efficient Vehicles > Flight > 35% More Efficient Flight - Bauhaus Luftfahrt is promising emissions cuts of 35% by 2035, to meet the European Union’s Clean Skies initiative. They propose adoption of geared turbofans in conventional engines for 15%, then counter fans for 5%, and waste recuperation for another 15% efficiency. Bauhaus is also working on a box-winged aircraft for further reductions. (EcoGeek; Feb. 14, 2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

  • Nanotech / Piezoelectric > Power from Fabrics - Researchers at Georgia Tech have made a flexible fiber coated with zinc oxide nanowires that can convert mechanical energy into electricity. The fibers, the researchers say, should be able to harvest any kind of vibration or motion for electric current. (MIT Technology Review; Feb. 14, 2008)
  • Butanol > DuPont and BP Targeting 16% Butanol Blends - The DuPont and BP partnership to develop and commercialize biobutanol biofuels has demonstrated that a 16% biobutanol blend in gasoline doesn't compromise performance. The program has 60 patent applications and is designed to deliver by 2010 a superior biobutanol manufacturing process with economics equivalent to ethanol. (Green Car Congress; Feb. 14, 2008)
  • Cavitation Heaters > Sonocracking Heavy Oil - SulphCo develops ultrasound technology to desulfurize and hydrogenate heavy crude oil. SonoCracking uses ultrasonic energy to induce cavitations in the processed liquid, creating bubbles which grow, contract and eventually burst, generating excess heat and pressure which disrupt molecular bonds. (Green Car Congress; Feb. 11, 2008)
  • Ocean Current > Oceans Eyed As New Energy Source - Just 15 miles off Florida's coast, the world's most powerful sustained ocean current - the mighty Gulf Stream - rushes by at nearly 8.5 billion gallons per second. And it never stops. To scientists, it represents a tantalizing possibility: a new, plentiful and uninterrupted source of clean energy. (PhysOrg; Feb. 14, 2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

  • Thermal Electric > Belleza Thermoelectric Generator - Paul Bellezza wants to be able to mass produce his "Highly Efficient Thermoelectric Generator," an invention that would produce electricity more efficiently than anything now on the market. He knows the invention works. He hasn’t yet been able come up with a way to reliably reproduce it. (PESWiki; Feb. 13, 2008)
  • Solar > Quantum Dots > Spire patents quantum dot production - Spire Corporation has been granted a U.S. patent for a method that produces quantum dot nanoparticles. The tiny semiconductor structures can excite electrons and generate an electrical current when exposed to light at predetermined wavelengths. The dots can be used for high efficiency, low-cost solar cells. (Cleantech.com; Feb. 13, 2008)
  • Solar > Space > JAXA testing space solar power system - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to have a Space Solar Power System (SSPS) up and running by 2030. On February 20, JAXA will begin testing a microwave power transmission system designed to beam power from satellites to Earth. (Pink Tentacle; Feb. 8, 2008)

Feb. 12, 2008

  • Fusion > Fusion Power in the Next Five Years? - General Fusion hopes to create small fusion reactors that cost around $50 million a piece and generate roughly 100 megawatts allowing for roughly 4 cent / kwh electricity. Magnetized Target Fusion uses lithium as a fuel, which is heated and mixed with intensely pressurized plasma. The only byproduct is helium and other harmless gasses. (PESWiki; Feb. 12, 2008)
  • Solar > Thin Film > Painting solar Bloo - Bloo Solar plans to use billions of nano-structured photovoltaic cells it calls "bristles," to capture light and boost the overall daily power output of solar modules at dramatically lower costs. It claims to not be dependent on any specific material, though the company has picked cadmium telluride (CdTe) to commercialize initially. (Cleantech.com; Feb. 11, 2008)

Feb. 11, 2008

  • Tidal > MCT Releases Plans for SeagGen Project - Marine Current Turbines plans to install one of the word's first commercial scale tidal energy systems in Northern Ireland's Strangford Lough. The company is targeting the installation of its 1.2 megawatt SeaGen tidal system for the end of March. (Renewable Energy Access; Feb. 11, 2008)
  • Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Algae grows in the dark - Solazyme is growing algae in fermentation tanks, sustained by sugar, rather than photosynthetically in the open. Their focus is on large-scale, high-density, cost effective cultivation of algae and production economics. (Green Car Congress; Feb. 11, 2008)

Feb. 10, 2008

  • Batteries > http://www.mpoweruk.com - The site contains a comprehensive knowledge base about battery technology, battery applications, chargers and ancillary equipment.

Feb. 9, 2008

  • Hydrogen from Water > Millenium Cell - Millennium Cell Inc. and Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies announced the completion of their HydroPak(TM) portable power generator. The HydroPak(TM) combines Horizon's fuel cells with Millennium Cell's Hydrogen on Demand(R) storage technology to offer a clean and quiet power generator by providing infinite shelf life and enough energy to recharge an average notebook computer 8 to 10 times. (RP)
  • Ocean Wave > Wave Energy for Maui - Oceanlinx plans to provide electricity to Maui Electric Company from Hawaii's first wave energy project, that will provide up to 2.7 megawatts (MW) of energy. The project will include three wave platforms and could be operational by the end of 2009. (Renewable Energy Access; Feb. 8, 2008)

Feb. 8, 2008

  • Geothermal Oil Wells > Geothermal Power in Alaska - United Technologies received a DOE grant to install a low-temperature water geothermal demonstration plant at an oil or gas well in the United States. The nation’s wells produce at least 40 billion barrels of wastewater per year, much of it low to moderate temperature. That’s another 6,000 to 11,000 megawatts of potential electricity. (Popular Mechanics; Feb. 2008)
  • AC and Refrigeration > Geothermal Cooling in Alaska - Energy Concepts invented a geothermal-water powered three-pressure absorption cycle cooling system for the Chena Hot Springs ice museum. This generates 15 tons of refrigeration at a cost of $12 a day, compared to $200 a day for a traditional system. (Popular Mechanics; Feb. 2008)


  • Solar > Concentrated > eSolar: Utility Scale Solar Power - eSolar heliostats were designed to minimize cost, realizing economy-of-scale benefits at much smaller power plant sizes than traditional solar thermal plants. Mass manufacturing means eSolar power plants are cost competitive with fossil fuels.
  • Solar / Nanotech > Hairy Solar Panels From Nanowire - Researchers have grown light-absorbing nanowires on carbon-nanotube fabric, made from exotic materials that can absorb more energy from the sun than silicon. The aim is to produce flexible, affordable solar cells that will achieve efficiency of 20% within five years, and 40% longer term. (TreeHugger; Feb. 7, 2008)

Feb. 7, 2008

  • Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Biofuel Microalgae Research - Texas AgriLife Research and General Atomics have received a $4 million grant for research aimed at developing microalgae-derived biodiesel fuels to support US domestic and military needs. This includes evaluating algae strains, developing and testing algae production systems and algae/oil separation systems. (Green Car Congress; Feb. 4, 2008)

Feb. 6, 2008

  • Electromagnetic > Perepiteia Generator Aims to Harnesses Back EMF - Thane Heins of Potential Difference Inc stumbled upon a way of making electric induction motors work, at the very least, more efficiently. At most, he may have found a way to manipulate magnetic fields so that instead of slowing down a generator it speeds it up. (PESWiki; Feb. 6, 2008)
  • EV / Hybrids / Batteries > Plug-in Car Tech's Race to Production - Flashy concepts and expensive, limited edition sports cars have made the plug-in car market an attractive one. Now major car companies from Detroit to Japan are outsourcing for chemistry and spending big bucks in-house to put low-cost, high-power packs of lithium-ion in larger production fleets by 2010 or 2011. (Popular Mechanics; Feb. 6, 2008)
  • Solar > Concentrated > Flagsol Develops New Solar Collector - Flagsol has developed a new line of parabolic trough collectors that will reduce the cost by 15%-20%. The company hopes that solar thermal energy will be able to compete without subsidies in a few years. (Renewable Energy Access; Feb. 6, 2008)

Feb. 5, 2008

  • Solar > Thin Film > Solar cells as cheap as conventional electricity - Suniva will commercialize its monocrystalline silicon solar cell technology, which it says will be as cheap as conventional electricity. Suniva will make very thin solar cells--less than 100 microns, with efficiency of 20% and a manufacturing process that is efficient as well. (CNET News; Feb. 5, 2008)
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Feb. 4, 2008

  • Electromagnetic > Harnessing Back EMF to create "free" energy? - Thane Heins of Potential Difference stumbled upon a way of making electric induction motors work, at the very least, more efficiently. At most, he may have found a way to manipulate magnetic fields so that instead of slowing down a generator (according to Lenz's law in physics) it speeds it up.
  • Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Biodiesel algae grows in winter - Green Star Products says it has grown algae in outdoor environments where temperatures dropped to -18 degrees Celsius and that saw plenty of snowfall. This sort of "controlled algae growing environment at an affordable capital and maintenance cost" is something that "has eluded engineers for more than three decades." (AutoblogGreen; Feb. 2, 2008)

Feb. 3, 2008

  • Green Flight - An index of clean or energy-efficient flight concepts, prototypes, and available products relating to human flight.
  • Hydrogen / Flight > Green Skies at Mach 5 - Hydrogen-burning A2 hypersonic airliner by Reaction Engines could fly at Mach-5 (3,400mph)--more than twice as fast as the Concorde--carrying 300 passengers, without producing a trace of carbon emissions. (Popular Science; Jan. 23, 2008)
  • Wireless > Electricity in the Air - If cord-free power delivers on its promise, our "wireless" world will finally live up to the name. Ramifications of MIT's work on WiTricity, bringing Tesla's dream to fruition. (Popular Science; Jan. 23)

Feb. 2, 2008

  • Magnet Motors > MPMM > Replications > Bruce_TPU Replicates Turbinator's Effect - Placing a loose rotor magnet on top of the round stator magnets, and holding the stator magnets stationary, Bruce_TPU is able to achieve temporary acceleration in his magnet motor, and sometimes sustained rotation. Video evidence provided. (PESWiki; Feb. 2, 2008)
  • Magnet Motors > MPMM > Replications > Turbinator Reports Sustained Rotation - "I had a sustained rotor ... while fooling around around with the stators. The stators were not rotating but oscillating slightly (and with a rod mag attached to each stator -- like I said I was tinkering!), the rotor ... held at around 300rpm." (PESWiki; Feb. 1, 2008)

Feb. 1, 2008

  • Wind > Horizontal Axis > Mixer/Ejector Wind Turbine to produce 50% more power! - The FloDesign MEWT is claimed to produce 50% more power in comparison to conventional wind turbines, yet it is 50% smaller in size and would cost 25% to 35% less. Using cambered ringed airfoils or shrouds in a stator-rotor turbine cascade design, it has the potential to deliver power at 25% to 50% of the cost for a 3 bladed turbine. (EcoFriend; Feb. 1, 2008)

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