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Jan. 31, 2008

  • Directory:Microwave-based Oil Extraction - Methods of using microwave frequencies to extract oil and gas in seconds from shale, coal, and tar sands. The microwaves are tuned to an optimum frequency to separate the component parts which can be burned or condensed into liquid fuel, using only a small portion of the energy produced.
  • Solar Hydrogen > Cheap Hydrogen from Solar Energy - Nanoptek, a startup based in Maynard, MA, has developed a new way to make hydrogen from water using solar energy. The company says that its process is cheap enough to compete with the cheapest approaches used now, which strip hydrogen from natural gas, and it has the further advantage of releasing no carbon dioxide. (MIT Technology Review; Jan. 31, 2008)
  • Storage > Storing energy in magnetic fields - Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage System or SMES is a way of storing electrical energy in magnetic fields. Chubu Electric Power and Furukawa Electric are creating an SMES not for long term storage, which SMES are not great at right now, but for quick energy bursts. SMES can store and release lots of energy very quickly like a capacitor. (AutoblogGreen; Jan. 31, 2008)
  • Alt Fuels > Butanol > Biofuel Centre Focusing on Biobutanol - The Biofuel Research Centre at Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland is focusing on developing biobutanol as a second-generation biofuel. Butanol is a fuel that potentially can be produced by fermentation from a diversity of organic material, including waste products from industrial processes. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 31, 2008)

Jan. 30, 2008

  • Waste-to-Energy > WasteReports.com - Independent, up-to-date reviews of novel waste processing technologies covering operational reliability, economics and environmental performance. Reviews of individual proprietary processes, Executive Briefings that consider the role for the new technology families, and Information Sheets.
  • Engines > Scuderi > Study of Scuderi Engine Indicates Higher Efficiency - The first independent laboratory study indicates that a gasoline-fueled version of the engine will have higher power, torque and efficiency ratings than turbocharged gasoline engines. Predicted NOx emissions are 50% to 80% less than that of a conventional engine. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 30, 2008)
  • Solar > Screen-printed solar cells - The Fraunhofer ISE semi-transparent modules are made of an organic dye which in combination with nanoparticles converts sunlight into electricity. A glass facade made of this material can be given a decorative and promotionally effective design and delivers electricity into the bargain. (PhysOrg; Jan. 29, 2008)

Jan. 29, 2008

  • High Altitude Wind Power > Makani Aims to Harvest High Altitude Wind - "Makani Power is seeking to harness high-altitude wind energy to produce energy at an unsubsidized real cost significantly below that of the least expensive coal-fired power plants, the current benchmark of the lowest cost source of power." (PESWiki; Jan. 29, 2008)
  • News Sources > Cheaper Greener Energy UK - A blog bringing you information on cheaper and greener energy in the UK. Offers information on energy providers, green electricity and dual energy.

Jan. 28, 2008

  • Concentrated Solar > Shults' 6 kW Concentrated Solar System - Technology combines solar hot water panels with one large fresnel lens to flash the hot water to steam for running a turbine to generate 6 kW of electricity, all for around $6,000, with an ROI of 3-5 years. (PESWiki; Jan. 28, 2008)
  • MDI Air Car > The Air Car Preps for Market - A French-designed car that's propelled by compressed air and claims speeds of more than 60 miles per hour is expected to go into commercial production as early as this summer, although skeptics of the technology aren't holding their breath. (MIT Technology Review; Jan. 16, 2008)
  • Solar > Thin Film > 10% efficient CIGS thin-film - Global Solar Energy announced that its copper indium gallium diselenide thin-film solar cells reached an average of 10 percent efficiency. The company started production of its CIGS thin-film solar cells on a flexible substrate in 2004 and manufactured and shipped 4 megawatts of photovoltaic material last year. (Cleantech.com; Jan. 28, 2008)

Jan. 27, 2008

  • Heat Pumps - Air-source heat pumps typically deliver 1 1/2 to three times more heating energy to a home than the electric energy they consume. This is possible because heat pumps move heat rather than convert it from a fuel (as combustion heating systems do).
  • Magnet Motors > MPMM > Slow-Motion Strobe Video of MPMM Magnet Motor - Third video from Alsetalokin enables visualization of the attraction and repulsion cycles as the rotor magnets spin anti-gear-wise to the rotation of the stator magnets, and why the ratio of rotor:stator speed is 1:4. (PESWiki; Jan. 24, 2008)

Jan. 25, 2008

  • Hydro / Piezoelectric > Harvesting Rain Power Via Piezoelectric Landing Pads - Scientists from CEA/Leti-Minatec in France have developed a system that recovers the vibration energy from raindrops falling on a piezoelectric structure. The system works with raindrops ranging in diameter from 1 to 5 mm. Simulations show that it's possible to recover up to 12 milliwatts from one of the larger "downpour" drops.
  • Batteries > Firefly's Oasis batteries getting some EV fans excited - Firefly's newest deep-discharge battery, called the Oasis Group 31, is on target for a summer release date. It promises to double EV range, quadruple battery life, and weigh less too. Microcell™ foam technology resists sulfation and corrosion, increases energy capacity, recharges faster, and has deeper discharge capability. (AutoblogGreen; Jan. 25, 2008)
  • Ocean Wave > Ocean Energy - The Oscillating Water Column duct pumps air through an air tubine. The whole power take-off system contains only one moving part and is above the waterline for reliabilty. Efficiency is high in normal wave conditions but reduces in extreme waves, making the device self limiting with good survivability.


  • Thermal Electric > High Merit Thermoelectrics - Thermoelectric device manufacturing company that offers devices that include an innovative material called YMS, that out-performs competing materials, nearly quadrupling device efficiency. The devices are long-lasting, compact, environmentally benign power sources that directly convert heat into electrical energy.

Jan. 23, 2008

  • Grid / Hydraulics > Hydristor > Transmission of Grid Power Using Pressurized Air - Instead of transmitting electricity over high-voltage cables, Kasmer suggests transmitting power via high-pressure air, which would be pressurized and depressurized via his infinitely variable pneumatic conversion technology, which would serve as the transformers in the system. (PESN; Jan. 23, 2008)
  • Solar > A Solar Grand Plan - A massive switch to solar power plants in the Southwest could supply 69% of the U.S.’s electricity by 2050. Excess daytime energy would be stored as compressed air in underground caverns. A new DC power transmission backbone would deliver solar electricity across the country. $420 billion in subsidies would make it cost-competitive. (Scientific American; Jan. 2008)
  • Batteries / Electric Cars > Electrovaya Launches Maya-300 - Electrovaya is launching the Maya-300 low-speed electric vehicle with a 120 mile range on a single charge. It is powered by Electrovaya’s lithiated manganese oxide battery that offers 40-60% higher energy density with comparable safety to its Phosphate-Series offerings, incorporating battery separator films from ExxonMobil. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 23, 2008)

Jan. 22, 2008

  • Tidal / River > Venturi System Optimizes Water Flow Harnessing - Patented venturi containment system increases turbine efficiency 3.85 times what the turbine would produce without the system, making this a world leading design. The company is now commencing the commercialization stage, with an expected price that competes with coal in the range of 3.5 to 6 cents per kw-h.
  • Biodiesel from Algae Oil > First Algal Biodiesel Tested - Solazyme has road tested Soladiesel, its first algal biodiesel, and is currently producing thousands of gallons of algal oil. Solazyme also has signed a feedstock agreement with Chevron and is researching production of algal biocrude oil designed to match light sweet crude oil. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 22, 2008)
  • Solar Vehicles > E-Bike - Just solar energy is enough - In the recent Trade Fair held in China a solar powered E-Bike was spotted. The pinion seat has been replaced by a Solar Panel Array and the two panels fold down once the carrier comes into motion. (EcoFriend; Jan. 22, 2008)

Jan. 21, 2008

  • Tidal > Swanturbines - The most economically reliable tidal turbine is a simple, robust, gearless axial flow turbine. The design allows simple installation and maintenance retrieval in both shallow and deep water and minimises vibrations and maintenance. A gearless low speed generator offers a high efficiency over a range of speeds.
  • Inverters > New inverter advances solar industry - 1-Solar won the Renewables Award at the 2007 California Clean Tech Open for its breakthrough inverter technology that doubles or triples the life of current inverters yet costs 25% to 50% less. It uses less than half the components of traditional systems and weighs 20 to 30 pounds instead of traditional inverters' 100 to 150 pounds. (North Bay Business Journal; Nov. 12, 2007)

Jan. 20, 2008

Jan. 19, 2008

  • Magnet Motors > MPMM > Trailer: MPMM Tossed in Trash - Professionally rendered spoof dramatizes the MPMM being thrown in the trash. It is based on actual footage of a second video, made yesterday, of the MPMM magnet motor that has spurred so many people to try to replicate the effect seen in the first video posted two weeks ago. (PESWiki; Jan. 19, 2008)

Jan. 18, 2008

Jan. 17, 2008

  • Batteries > UltraBattery Passes Testing - A hybrid electric test vehicle equipped with a CSIRO UltraBattery system recently passed 100,000 miles (161,000 km) on the test track. The UltraBattery combines an asymmetric supercapacitor and a lead acid battery in a single unit, creating a hybrid battery that lasts 4x longer, produces 50% more power and is 70% cheaper. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 17, 2007)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Engines > 100 MPG Car Demo in Q3 2008 - Transonic Combustion is developing an advanced fuel injection system that operates conventional gasoline engines at ultra-high compression ratios and incorporates very precise ignition timing to dramatically increase fuel efficiency. A 100 mpg demonstrator sports car is targeted to be on the road by the third quarter of 2008. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 17, 2008)

Jan. 16, 2008

  • Waste to Energy > Video: Waste to Energy -- an Overview (3:01 minutes) - A brief video by PES Network introduces the concept of cost-effectively turning garbage and sewage into energy, either as electricity or as fuel. Addresses methane harvesting, plasma, solar, and catalytic pressureless depolymerization. (PESWiki; Jan. 16, 2008)
  • Gravity Motors > G Force Rotational machine demo video posted - Since 1993, an Armenian inventor has been demonstrating his patented machine that harnesses static gravitational energy to turn a 3 meter diameter wheel that turns a 300KVA electric generator. Just release the brake, and off it goes. Commercial version expected in about a year. (PESWiki; Jan. 4, 2008)
  • Magnet Motors > MPMM > Replications > Hydrocontro's Replication of the MPMM magnet motor - User "hydrocontro" proposes that this counter-rotating stator design accomplishes what he observed in another magnet motor design he built which only worked if the stator were held by hand. He also observes that his MPMM replica "spins better one direction (CCW) then the other (CW)". (PESWiki; Jan. 15, 2008)
  • Waste to Energy > Download (13 mb; mp3) - Interview - Paul Pabor, VP of Renewable Energy, Waste Management, the company that comes around to haul off garbage, is increasingly turning some of that garbage into energy -- enough to power over one million homes -- the equivalent of 14 million barrels of oil per year or 3.6 million tons of coal. And the company has a goal to double that amount to 2 million homes by 2020. (PESN; Dec. 10, 2007)
  • Open Sourcing > Revenue > Open Source Software Development Tracking: Model for OS Energy? - One of the difficulties in open sourcing energy technologies seems to be that there is no mechanism to provide compensation for the array of inventors who contribute. Here is an example from the world of software, which is still under development but promises to point out a smart way to pay developers a fair share if their ideas are being used. (P2P Foundation; Jan. 15, 2008)
  • Solar > Hydrogen > Solar Hydrogen Photocatalyst - Nanoptek’s Solar Hydrogen Generator (SHG) produces hydrogen directly from water using only sunlight and a titania photocatalyst in a process known as photoelectrochemical (PEC) water dissociation, or photolysis. The manufacturing process is scalable, low cost, and requires less energy than other processes. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 16, 2008)

Jan. 15, 2008

  • Alt Fuels > Butanol > Researchers Investingating Production of Cellulosic Bio-Butanol - Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are working to produce bio-butanol from a variety of lignocellulosic materials. The process consists of physical and thermal pre-treatment, digestion by a mixed culture of microbes into butyrate, then fermentiation into bio-butanol. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 15, 2007)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Vehicles > Air powered perpetual car engine - A 15-year-old student in Uzbekistan claims to have invented a car that can perpetually run on compressed air. The air enters the engine from special high pressure tanks that automatically refuel themselves as the car moves. The car was driven for several hundred meters, though the speed is very slow. (Ecofriend; Jan. 15, 2008)

Jan. 14, 2008

  • Magnet Motors > MPMM > Sean CLaNZeR's replication of the OC MPMM Magnet Motor - Using a temporary stator magnet configuration, awaiting arrival of the proper stator magnets, Sean CLaNZeR showed brief acceleration in his replication of "Overconfident's" all-magnet motor built by Al... As far as we can tell, this marks the first successful replication of the effect to any extent. (PESWiki; Jan 14, 2008)
  • Solar > Thin Film > NanoGram - NanoGram Solar is developing low cost thin solar modules with the efficiency and reliability of crystalline silicon. With successful development, combined performance and cost (<$1/Wp in modules) could beat other emerging technologies.
  • Biodiesel from Algae Oil > 30M Gallon Algal Biodiesel Plant - PetroSun BioFuels Refining has entered into a joint venture to construct and operate a biodiesel plant in Arizona using algal oil feedstock produced by PetroSun BioFuels. The residual algae biomass will be processed into ethanol. Construction should commence during the third quarter of 2008. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 10, 2008)

January 11, 2008

  • Fuel Efficiency > Spark Plugs > Laser Spark Plug for Lean Burn Gas Engines - NETL demonstrated their laser spark plug designed for lean burn gas (natural gas and hythane) reciprocating engines. Leaner air-fuel conditions deliver higher engine efficiency and lower emissions, but require increased spark energy. In laser-spark ignition, high-energy photons are focused to create a plasma breakdown. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 11, 2008)
  • Methane Hydrates > NETL Researchers Pursue Gas Hydrates Across the Globe - Gas hydrates are solid combinations of natural gas and water that are found in environments of high pressure and/or extremely low temperatures such as the Arctic regions and and within shallow sediments of deep-water continental shelves. They have immense potential as a future energy resource. (Netlog; Jan. 2008)
  • Solar > Thin Film > SCHOTT Sends Thin Film Shipments - SCHOTT Solar opened its new manufacturing facility last November and is has already started shipping. The new factory in Jena produces the SCHOTT ASI thin film module. Production began on schedule and the first palettes of product have been shipped to the company's sales partners. (Renewable Energy Access; Jan. 11, 2008)
  • Ethanol > Switchgrass shows promise for ethanol production - A large-scale trial of switchgrass suggests that prairie grasses grown using only moderate amounts of fertilizer on marginal land can produce significant amounts of ethanol, making the crop a more viable plant source of biofuel than previously thought. (PhysOrg; Jan. 7, 2008) (CBS News) (Slashdot)

January 10, 2008

  • Batteries > EEStor > Lockheed Martin to use EEStor's ultracapacitors - Lockheed Martin plans to integrate and market EEStor's units for military and homeland security applications. The company said EEStor is developing a ceramic battery chemistry that could provide 10 times the energy density of lead acid batteries at one tenth the weight and volume. (Cleantech.com; Jan. 10, 2008)
  • Radiant > Floppy disk inventor's house powered by cosmic energy - Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu claims his house is powered by "cosmic energy", whose source is charged particles (such as the nuclei of atoms) arriving from outer space in rays at roughly the speed of light. A black "antenna" that covers most of one exterior wall collects this prolific energy and the excess is sold to Tokyo Electric Power. (The Japan Times; Jan. 9, 2008)

January 9, 2008

  • Methane Hydrates > China and India Exploit Icy Energy Reserves - China and India have reported massive finds of frozen methane gas off their coasts, which they hope will satisfy their energy needs. But environmentalists fear that tapping these resources could have adverse effects on the world climate. (Speigel; Dec. 13, 2007) (Thanks Jim Dunn)

January 8, 2008

  • Engines > Ambient Air > Johnson Electro Mechanical Systems - The Johnson Ambient Heat Engine (JAHE) generates power from the daily ambient temperature fluctuations and uses a thermal mass as a stabilizing heat sink/source. The Johnson Ambient Environment Engine (JAEE) operates in a manner similar to a fuel cell, generating power from daily temperature, barometric pressure and humidity changes.
  • Fuel Efficiency > Air propelled train - Aeromovel is a train that is driven by compressed air and which has no on-board motor. It uses a sail-like propulsion device on what looks like traditional train tracks. Stationary electrical blowers, located close to the passenger stations produce the necessary pressurized air. (AutoblogGreen; Jan. 7, 2008)

January 7, 2008

  • Suppression / Organizations > PES Interview with Steve Greer Transcribed - One of the most knowledgeable and best people to coordinate the funding, promotion and release of zero-point energy, Dr. Steven Greer discusses free energy suppression and his personal effort to bring forth the technology, including his plan to spearhead the massive public disclosure of a key technology, to help ignite the new clean energy revolution poised to begin. (PESWiki; Jan. 7, 2008)
  • Organizations / Awards > Advanced Energy Research Organization (AERO) - Steven Greer, founder of the Disclosure Project, is a leading expert on UFO suppression and associated advanced, clean energy technology sequestration. AERO was established to protect and launch a revolutionary energy technology that meets the screening criteria of 'self-running with at least 1 kW of usable electricity.' (PESN; Nov. 11, 2007)
  • Organizations > Advanced Energy Research Organization (AERO), LLC is a new research and development group formed to develop and strategically protect new energy and propulsion technologies. It is our goal, utilizing a unique strategic approach, to bring forth these new environmentally sound technologies to replace virtually all fossil fuel, internal combustion and ionizing nuclear technologies within 20-30 years.
  • Cold Fusion > G.E.M. Technologies "Omega Energy Cell" - Recent tests by Princeton Electrochemical Engineer confirm significant overunity in what is alleged to be a cold fusion reaction, capable of powering all modern machines. Allegedly, a device the size of a cantaloupe could power a vehicle. (PESWiki; Jan. 7, 2008)
  • Engines > Turbocharged, Gasoline Direct Injection “EcoBoost�? Engine - Ford Motor Company is introducing a new 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engine it calls EcoBoost that features turbocharging and gasoline direct injection, with approximately 20% better fuel economy. Ford is positioning the EcoBoost engines as a more cost-effective fuel-efficient alternative to hybrids and diesels. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 5, 2008)

January 6, 2008

January 5, 2008

January 4, 2008

  • Thermal Electric / Thin Film Solar > Solar technology that works at night - INL and MicroContinuum are developing cheap solar technology that could absorb energy from both sunlight and the earth's heat, with 80% efficiency compared to 20% for conventional solar cells. Tiny square metal spirals, or “nanoantennas�?, are stamped onto a sheet of plastic and can be made of a number of different conducting metals. (GizMag; Jan. 4, 2008)
  • Batteries > Lithium-Ion Battery Contract for PHEV10s - USABC has awarded Compact Power a contract to develop lithium-ion battery technology for 10-mile all-electric range PHEVs using CPI’s high energy and high power manganese-spinel (LiMn2O4) cathode chemistry. The cells have improved life under high temperature conditions and less risk of explosions. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 3, 2008)

January 3, 2008

  • Jobs > NEC > New Energy Congress Scouting for Key Leadership - In expanding from a volunteer organization to a due diligence corporation supporting the financing and business development of the most promising clean energy technologies, the NEC is looking for individuals to fill the primary leadership roles. (PESN; Jan. 3, 2008)
  • Alt Fuels > Butanol > Modifying E. Coli to Produce Advanced Biofuels - Researchers at UCLA have genetically modified E. coli bacteria to efficiently produce higher-chain alcohols such as butanol from glucose. Without relying on fermentation, the UCLA approach offers the promise of much higher yields and is licensed to Gevo, a biofuel company. (Green Car Congress; Jan. 2, 2008)
  • Solar > Pavement > Siphoning Heat from Asphalt - Ooms Avenhorn Holding, a Dutch civil engineering company, developed Road Energy Systems; a technology that siphons heat from roads and parking lots to heat offices and homes. The system can also pump cold water from a reservoir to cool buildings in the summer. The energy required is only about half of what would otherwise be needed. (TreeHugger; Jan. 3, 2008)

January 2, 2008

  • Solar > Vehicles > Solar car could hit market soon - A compact solar-powered vehicle developed in Taiwan could be on the market within a year. The 250kg two-seater travels at up to 70kph, can be charged with just a few hours sunlight and can power the car for three hours. It is half the weight and costs half the price of solar-powered city roamers on some European markets. (Taipei Times; Dec. 30, 2007)
  • Ocean Wave > AFA testing ocean waves for energy - Researchers at the Air Force Academy are developing an idea that could use ocean waves to meet much of the nation’s energy needs. The devices look like the paddle wheels on river steamships of old, but with some new twists. They envision submersible barges lined with the wheels that would generate electricity and transmit it to shore over submerged cables. (gazette.com; Dec. 31, 2007)

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