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Monday, August 31, 2009

  • Featured / OS: Solar > Cooking >
    Satellite Dish Solar Cooker - When you finally get sick of mainstream media, don't ditch your dish, convert it to a solar cooker and let it pay you back with free cooking power of the sun. These are also available commercially. A collection of instructional videos. (PESWiki; August 31, 2009)
  • Wind > High-Altitude >
    Ampyx PowerPlane pulls 10 kW from High-Altitude Wind - Ampyx is developing the PowerPlane, a machine that can extract energy from high-altitude wind much more economically than wind turbines. Ampyx has built a 10 kW PowerPlane which has been tested successfully. They're now looking for an investment for full automation and scale up.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

  • Storage / Contests: Hydrogen > Storage >
    DOE launches $1 million Hydrogen Storage Prize - After trying to cut research funding by hundreds of millions for hydrogen technology (most of which was restored by Congress), the Department of Energy has announced a $1 million prize for a hydrogen technology breakthrough. The contest seeks an entry that will improve current hydrogen storage issues, involving highly-pressurized tanks. (AutoBlog; August 26, 2009)

Friday, August 28, 2009

  • Solar Hydrogen >
    How a Solar-Hydrogen Economy Could Supply the World's Energy Needs - In an invited opinion piece to be published in the Proceedings of the IEEE, Professor Abbott at the University of Adelaide in Australia, argues that a solar-hydrogen economy is more sustainable and provides a vastly higher total power output potential than any other alternative and should be the final goal of current energy policy. (PhysOrg; Aug. 24, 2009)
  • Conspiracy >
    Aaron Russo:Reflections and Warnings (9-part video) - The late filmmaker and music promoter Aaron Russo goes in depth on the insider-knowledge given to him by a member of the Rockefeller family. Russo was told-- prior to 9/11-- of plans to stage terror attacks, invade foreign nations, and kickstart a high-tech police state control grid that would track the populations' every move. (Infowars; August 24, 2009)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

  • Solar > Thin Film >
    Not your average solar panel: The SRS solar roof tile - The Solé Power Tile system is the first building-integrated photovoltaic roofing product designed to blend in with curved roof tiles and is offered exclusively as an upgrade option to customers of US Tile. The triple-junction amorphous silicon thin-film technology incorporated within the Solé Power Tile is manufactured by United Solar Ovonic. (GizMag; August 23, 2009)
  • Global Warming > Government & Politics >
    Global Warming To Be Put On Trial? - Trying to ward off potentially sweeping federal emissions regulations, the nation's largest business lobby, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to hold a rare 'Scopes'-like public hearing on the scientific evidence for man-made climate change. (LA Times; August 25, 2009)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

  • Solar > Paint >
    Plan to turn rooftops, walls and windows into cheap solar cells - Cheaper solar cells – roughly one-tenth the cost of current day prices – could be available within three to five years thanks to a manufacturing procedure that uses nanoparticle ‘inks’ to print them like newspaper or to spray-paint them onto the sides of buildings or rooftops. Even windows could become solar cells thanks to the semi-transparent inks. (GizMag; August 25, 2009)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

  • Biodisel > from Algae >
    Making Algae Photobioreactors at Home - A free download with step-by-step instructions on making an algae test bioreactor. You can easily test 10 different algal strains, or 10 different variables at the same time. "When I went looking for a algae photobioreactor for my own studies, I saw similar PBR’s selling for $10,000 -$20,000 USD or more. So I built one."

Monday, August 24, 2009

  • Biomass >
    Wood Gas Generator: Run Your Truck on Firewood - The wood gassification process, called pyrolysis, is accomplished by cooking the wood under low oxygen conditions in a wood-gas generator and collecting the vapors, which are then directed to the vehicle's (ideally a truck or SUV with room to carry the gas generator) carburetor to be burned instead of gasoline. (Mother Earth News; April 6, 2009) (Thanks Daniel Bowers)
  • Biofuels >
    Ignition for Colombian yucca car - After a three-year slog Colombian scientists have revved up a car that runs on yucca-derived ethanol, spurring hopes that the Latin American staple could be transformed into an abundant fuel. Cars can be adopted to use the fuel with a 120 dollar kit. (EarthAlternate; Aug. 22, 2009)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

  • Alt Fuels >
    US Navy Tries To Turn Seawater Into Jet Fuel - Navy chemists have processed seawater into unsaturated short-chain hydrocarbons that with further refining could be made into kerosene-based jet fuel. The process involves extracting carbon dioxide dissolved in the water and combining it with hydrogen to make a hydrocarbon fuel. (New Scientist; Aug. 18, 2009)
  • Lightning >
    "Gigantic Jets" Blast Electricity Into the Ionosphere - These lightning bolts that reach from cloud tops upward into the ionosphere, as high as 90 kilometers, have been measured by researches at Duke University to carry as much energy skyward as ordinary lightning strikes carry to the ground. (New Scientist; Aug. 23, 2009)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

  • Featured: Biomass >
    Rocket Stoves Rock - I went camping last night and was very impressed with the Grover Rocket Stove my dad brought along. While our traditional camping methods consumed copious amounts of firewood, the Rocket Stove used just a small amount to produce focused heat more reliably and with very little smoke. (PESWiki; August 22, 2009) (Comment)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Hydroxy > Ronn Motors >
    The Scorpion: Ronn Motor Company Hydrogen-Exotic - Here is the first production vehicle that will use the hydrogen boost technology in which an on-board electrolysis unit produces Brown’s gas which is then ducted into the air intake to effect a more efficient burn of the fuel, achieving 40 mpg in a muscle car. They call it the "H2GO hydrogen injection system". (Gas2; Aug. 18, 2009)
  • Evaporative Cooling > Coolerado >
    Coolerado Wins UC Davis Air Conditioning Prize - The Coolerado system uses a form of indirect evaporative cooling that relies on the Maisotsenko Cycle in which outside air is humidified and then de-humidified through a series of plastic plates. Expecting to ship later this year, the unit could cut the power consumed by air conditioners on top of big box retailers by over 50 percent. (Green Tech Media; August 17, 2009)

Friday, August 21, 2009

  • Electric Vehicles >
    Korean electric vehicle solution - Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed an electric transport system where the vehicles get their power needs from cables underneath the surface of the road via non-contact magnetic charging. (GizMag; August 20, 2009)
  • Hydrogen >
    First Hydrogen Power Plant in Italy - The world’s first hydrogen power plant is being constructed by ENEL, which has 50,000,000 power and gas customers. The H is being procured from Polimeri Europa’s petrochemical plant, which has an ethylene-cracking process, and will be brought to the establishment by especially built pipelines, providing power to 20,000 households. (Alt. Energy News; Aug 21, 2009)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

  • Storage > Capacitors / Plug-ins >
    Ultracaps Could Boost Hybrid Efficiency - Energy storage devices called ultracapacitors could lower the cost of the battery packs in plug-in hybrid vehicles by hundreds or even thousands of dollars by cutting the size of the packs in half, made more feasible by advances being made in the industry. (MIT Technology Review; August 20, 2009)
  • Quotes >
    "If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." - Frank A. Clark (Thanks Ewok)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

  • Hydro > High-Impact >
    Massive Explosion at Russian Hydroelectric Dam - An oil-filled transformer exploded at the Sayano-Shushenskaya power plant in Siberia, destroying three turbines and bringing down the ceiling of the turbine hall, which then violently flooded. The dam itself did not sustain any damage. 76 possible deaths. The dam produces a quarter of the total energy of RusHydro and also feeds the world's largest aluminum smelter. The damages will take years to repair." (Slashdot; Augl 18, 2009)
  • Wind > High-Altitude > Magenn >
    Magenn Wind Power; Turbine In The Sky - Called the MARS (Magenn Air Rotor System), Magenn's system utilizes an inflatible rotor that floats high above the air without requiring a tower, just a tether. The horizontally-rotating turbine uses large scoops that rotate around an axis, with generators on either end that send power back to earth via a tether. (Gas2; August 18, 2009)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

  • Solar > Plastic >
    Plastics That Convert Light To Electricity - A research team at the University of Washington has found a way to make images of tiny bubbles and channels, roughly 10,000 times smaller than a human hair, inside plastic solar cells. These bubbles and channels form within the polymers as they are being created in a baking process, called annealing, that is used to improve the materials' performance. (Sceince Daily; Aug. 5, 2009)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

  • Featured / Polls: Electromagnetic > Magniwork >
    Poll regarding the Magniwork power generator - We've been calling it a scam, but is it? What's your experience? Haven't bought the plans. • Won't get plans; a scam. • Got the plans; looks bogus. • Got the plans; haven't tried building. • Plans not clear enough. • Built it; doesn't tap free energy. • It's powering stuff, but not house. • It's powering my house completely. (PES Network; Aug. 16, 2009)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

  • Featured: Electromagnetic / Solid State >
    ERR Fluxgenerator by Noah's Ark Research Foundation - Inventor, James B. Schwartz of the Philippines, has come up with a device that allegedly puts out six kilowatts of electricity from the surroundings, using a solid state arrangement in a panel made from "left-handed material" -- Aluminum and Bismuth interwoven with coils -- tying into the Earth's frequencies. (PESWiki; Aug. 15, 2009)
  • Environment >
    EarthTurf - Eco-friendly lawn seed breakthrough. Combines eco-grasses with nitrogen fixing microclover. Stays attractive without fertilizer or chemicals. Grows low and requires minimal water. Also earth worm friendly, wallet friendly, and attractive.

Friday, August 14, 2009

  • Biomass / Tools >
    Basscam Biomass Camera - BassCam has developed an economical, durable, easy to use camera package for viewing combustion chambers in operating biomass applications, up to 4000°F/2204°C, so you can detect early signs of trouble before they become a problem in your furnace.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

  • Featured / Events: Alt Fuels > Ethanol > Cellulosic >
    Cellulosic Ethanol Summit 2009 - The 4th Annual Cellulosic Biofuels Summit, November 16-19, 2009 in Washington, DC, USA, where leaders from the agricultural, biotech, technology, developer, oil, auto and financial communities will again gather to report on their activities, consider the next steps forward, and share their perspectives on the progress in reaching the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol. (PESWiki; Aug. 12, 2009) (Comment)
  • Geothermal / Nanotech >
    Cheaper Geothermal - Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, say they've developed a superior type of heat-extracting fluid using nanomaterials that could dramatically improve the economics ( of producing renewable power from low-temperature geothermal resources. The proprietary liquid can potentially boost the rate of heat capture by 20 to 30 percent. (MIT Technology Review; July 24, 2009)
  • Batteries > Li-on >
    New Sony rechargeable battery charges faster and lasts longer - Sony's new rechargeable batteries use Olivine-type Lithium Iron Phosphate as the cathode material. The commercially available batteries promise an extended life span of more than four times that of existing Li-ion batteries and can be charged to 99 percent of their full capacity in 30 minutes. (GizMag; August 12, 2009)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

  • Human-Powered / Kinetic >
    In a twirl with the Chukka Kinetic Music Player - The Chukka Kinetic Music Player combines electromagnetic induction with a unique design that encourages the user to twirl it around the fingers, throw it about and otherwise toy with it. The result - an eco-friendly personal media player that also gives you the stress relieving benefits of tactile interaction and repetitive physical motion (GizMag; August 11, 2009)
  • Waste to Energy > GPI >
    Green Power Inc CEO under investigation - Green Power CEO Michael Spitzauer is the subject of an investigation by the Securities Division of Washington state's Department of Financial Institutions. He also has been sued by business partners..., and he's been sued at least three times in the last year in Franklin County Superior Court for failure to pay bills. (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA; August 11, 2009)

Monday, August 10, 2009

  • Biodiesel > Hydraulics >
    100 MPG Lightning Hybrids - Lightning Hybrids is an automotive research and manufacturing company based out of Loveland, Colorado, that has designed two 100 MPG hydraulic-biodiesel hybrid cars with sports sedan performance (0-60 in 5.9 seconds) and visual appeal. The cars are slated to be available in 2010 and will sell for $39,000-$59,000. (EngineeringTV) (Thanks Curtis Ellzey)
  • Wind / Water > from Air >
    Windmill turns air into water (video) - A system designed by the French company, Eole Tech, uses wind energy to condense water from air. It's still too expensive to be practical for most areas, but may be feasible in some extreme situations. (Yahoo; Aug. 8, 2009)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

  • Fuel Efficiency > GEET >
    GEET on Albuquerque TV; other updates - Paul Pantone presents the GEET reactor for local television news, KASA-13 (FOX), in Albuquerque, New Mexico U.S.A. during the TeslaTech conference. He demonstrates running an engine on Mountain Dew, pointing out that the beverage is turned to plasma, which is what the engine sees, not the beverage. (PESWiki; August 08, 2009)
  • Health >
    Codex Threatens Health of Billions - Your right to eat healthy food and use supplements of your choice is rapidly vanishing, but every effort has been made to keep you in the dark about the coming nutricide. Codex Alimentarius is scheduled for full global implementation on December 31, 2009, and not a word has been spoken in main stream media about this threat to humanity. (Natural News; July 30, 2009)
  • Conspiracy >
    Cash for Clunkers -- Beyond Blatant Orwellian Terms of Service - "When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the U.S. Government. Any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT, and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign." (Fox News; Glenn Beck; July 2009) That wording (now changed) was for dealers. (Snopes)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

  • Obituaries / Anti-Gravity >
    Mark Tomion (Stardrive device) passed away in June - Hal Ade writes: "Mark was working on a capacitive-type device, the StarDrive Electrodynamic Field Generator (EDF), and was, in a step-by-step manner of sequential development, coming very, very close to what most New Energy types have termed a working 'overunity' electrical generator." (ZPEnergy; August 06, 2009)

Friday, August 7, 2009

  • Flight > Jetpacks >
    Jetpack Allows Solo Air Travel - A New Zealand company, Martin Aircraft, has unveiled a mini helicopter that can transport a passenger at a speed of 62mph for around 31 miles. A smaller version of the vehicle that travels at 6 mph is set up in a controlled outdoor space for people who want to try out the technology. The Jetpack costs around $150,000 USD and is only available in New Zealand. (Fox News; Aug. 4, 2009)
  • Magnet Motors > Cycclone >
    Supreme Court issues final orders on Cycclone Magnetic Engines (ruling) - The Supreme Court of Queensland has made final orders in relation to unlawful conduct by Cycclone Magnetic Engines Inc (CME) and its chairman Micheal (sic) Peter Nugent of the Gold Coast. US-based CME claimed it had developed an engine that produced power through the use of magnets and required no fuel. The Court found that the engine could not work. (ASIC.org; Aug. 4, 2009)
  • Humor >
    U.S. Govt. stages fake coup to wipe out national debt - Congress says that with no way to actually pay back our debts, so faking a coup to eliminate financial obligations is the best plan for the U.S. economy. Dressed as one of the attackers, Deputy Sec. of Agriculture, Charles Conner said, "You know, when someone dies and all their debts go away? Well, this is like that, except with countries." (Onion; Aug. 5, 2009)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

  • Fuel Efficiency > GEET >
    Your Engine Can Do The Dew Too! - Wired magazine pokes fun at Paul Pantone's GEET Plasma Reactor. Take a moment to add your knowledge in the comments section, especially the many among you who have successfully replicated the GEET on your own vehicle. Help turn this coverage into a turning point for the many people who read this magazine. (Wired; August 6, 2009)
  • EVs > Electric Cars >
    10 Minute Charge for Student-Built Electric Car - Some MIT students are working on an EV prototype called the elEVen that could be charged in just 10 minutes, but would require 350 kW of power, so special charging stations would also have to be built. The lithium iron-phosphate batteries aren't cheap either, bringing the vehicle's sticker price to the range of $80,000 USD. (Alt. Energy News; July 30, 2009)
  • Prizes / Flight > Flying Cars >
    NASA competition offers green challenge for air travel - In the spirit of the X-Prize and the Lunar X Prize, NASA's Green Flight Challenge is enticing creative types with a USD$1.5 million prize in which designers need to create an aircraft that is low cost, quiet, has a short take-off, is 'road worthy' and gets excellent passenger-miles per gallon. (GizMag; August 4, 2009)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

  • Recuperated Energy >
    MotionPower energy system testing expanded - Generating electricity from vehicles driving over small plates, MotionPower can be put to use anywhere that traffic flows. The company behind the MotionPower system, New Energy Technologies, has taken the next step toward real world implementation by expanding durability field tests of the device to include the Holiday Inn Express in Baltimore. (GizMag; August 3, 2009)
  • EVs > Electric Cars >
    Nissan Unveils All-Electric LEAF - Nissan's all-electric LEAF, slated to launch in late 2010 in Japan, the US, and Europe, will have a 100-mile range, seat 5, have an advanced computer system with remote control by IPhone, and promises to be competitively priced. Recharge time is 8 hours with a 200-volt power source, and just under 30 minutes with a quick charger to charge to 80% of capacity. (Reuters; Aug. 3, 2009)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

  • Wind > Horizontal Axis >
    Less May Be More for Wind Turbines - The $16 million loan guarantee offered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to Berkeley, CA-based Nordic Windpower will accelerate commercialization of the company's Swedish-designed, two-bladed wind turbines, marking the first utility-scale alternative to the industry's dominant three-bladed design in over a decade. (MIT Technology Review; Aug. 3, 2009)

Monday, August 3, 2009

  • Solar > U.S. Government and Energy >
    Solar Industry: No Breakthroughs Needed - In a recent conference in D.C., solar industry leaders agreed that the U.S. federal government has a misplaced emphasis on research into futuristic new technologies, rather than support for scaling up existing ones, pointing out that new technologies will take decades to come to market. One company, First Solar, has already brought the cost of solar power to under $1 per watt. (MIT Technology Review; August 3, 2009)
  • Conservation > Meters >
    Going Green: Monitoring energy consumption in the home - A review of the range of devices available to monitor the energy consumption of various devices around the home as well as to estimate CO2 emissions, power consumption and historical data that can be used to identify hogs and recommend what to cut down during periods of excessive consumption. (GizMag; August 2, 2009)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

  • Events >
    EarthMysteries Conference - A conference to be held Nov. 20-23, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona, USA. Speakers, including Steven Greer, Tom Valone, and Jeane Manning will be covering topics such as government coverups, clean energy technologies, UFO secrets, crop circles, 2012, sound energy & healing, ancient and modern mysteries, and harmonics secrets. (Chet Snow)
  • Health / Environment / Conspiracy >
    Don't worry, be happy! (even when you know what's coming) - In the face of dark news about the coming meltdown, Mike Adams points to ten reasons for a positive outlook, including that people will turn to alternatives because status quo remedies won't be available; the FDA, big pharma, and other corrupt institutions will go down with the govt.; complacency will come to an end; mother nature will prevail. (Natural News; July 25, 2009) (Subscribe)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

  • Featured: Events >
    'Wish you were here at the TeslaTech conference - A few video interviews with speakers and participants at the ExtraOrdinary Technology conference presently under way in Albuquerque, NM, USA. Interviews include: Paul Pantone on GEET's progress, Jarome Lee of HydrogenJunike.com, Chris Eckman on his university studies on Brown's gas, and Lee Walstad on his weather modifying 1/0 magnet device. (PESWiki; Aug. 1, 2009)
  • Nanotechnology / Piezoelectric >
    Secrets Of Electricity-Producing Materials - A team of University of Houston scientists has set out to both amplify and provoke the potential in materials known as piezoelectrics, which naturally produce electricity when subjected to strain, such as mechanical movement or jostling. The objective is to create nanodevices that can power electronics, such as cell phones, MP3 players and even biomedical implants. (Energy Daily; July 29, 2009) (Thanks Jim Dunn)

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