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Friday, July 31, 2009

  • Waste to Energy > Sewage > Urine >
    Your Car and Home Could Soon Be Powered By Urine - The Ohio University scientists who developed the urine technology found that attaching hydrogen to nitrogen in urine allowed it to be stored without the strict requirements of ordinary hydrogen, and allowed it to be released with less electricity (0.037 volts versus 1.23 volts needed for water). (Mercola; July 28, 2009)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

  • Biofuel / Waste to Energy > Sewage >
    New Microbe Strain Makes More Electricity, Faster - Researchers have coaxed Geobacter, the sediment-loving microbe who produce electric current from mud and wastewater, to evolve a new strain. It dramatically increases power output per cell (8x), overall bulk power, and with a thinner biofilm, cuts the time to produce electricity on the electrode. Now it is plausibe to begin designing microbial fuel cells for a myriad of applications including converting waste water to electricity. (NewsWise; July 29, 2009)
  • Jobs / Solar >
    Rich Hessler Solar Sales Training - Company provides complete residential solar training for a solar sales process, including how to do solar estimates, solar cost justification and a residential in-home solar sales presentation. Graduates also work with company on solar job searches, solar sales team coaching, solar business development coaching and solar lead generation.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

  • Biofuel / Solar / CO2 Sequestration >
    A Biofuel Process to Replace All Fossil Fuels - A startup based in Cambridge, Mass., USA, Joule Biotechnologies has revealed details of a process that it says can make 20,000 gallons of biofuel per acre per year. If this yield proves realistic, it could make it practical to replace all fossil fuels used for transportation with biofuels. The company also claims that the fuel can be sold for prices competitive with fossil fuels. (MIT Technology Review)
  • Top 100: Storage > Capacitors > EEStor >
    Who Killed the Electric Gas Tank? - A somewhat skeptical look at EEStor, which says they can make "power storage devices" (not technically batteries, more like peculiar capacitors) that can hold 10x more power than advanced lithium ion cells. These "electrical energy storage units" will be lighter than the most advanced batteries in the world, can charge in minutes and will last forever. (The Oil Drum; July 15, 2009)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

  • Featured: Communities >
    Utah Safe Haven, Sustainable Village Project - I'm involved with a group of people who are preparing to build an intentional community based on principles of sustainability, healthy living, natural healing, individual responsibility, cooperation, and renewable energy. In short, it is about alternative, enlightened everything. Interested? (PESWiki; July 28, 2009)
  • Water > as Fuel >
    The Bedol Eco-Friendly Clock - just add water -The clock doesn't need batteries, electricity or even winding up, instead it acts as a kind of fuel cell to create a flow of electrons from liquid. Merely fill the reservoir with water and a dash of lemon juice for acidity and the clock will run for 6-8 weeks, creating zero emissions and no pollution. USD$16.00. (GizMag; July 20, 2009)

Monday, July 27, 2009

  • Trends > EVs > Electric Bicycles >
    E-China: The bicycle kingdom is going electric - Workers weary of crammed public transport or pedaling long distances to jobs are upgrading to battery-powered bikes and scooters. Even some who can afford cars are ditching them for electric two-wheelers to avoid traffic jams and expensive gasoline. (Yahoo News; July 25, 2009)
  • Oil > Abiotic >
    Hydrocarbons in the deep Earth? - Scientists have debated whether some hydrocarbons could have been created deeper in the Earth and formed without organic matter. Now, they have found that ethane and heavier hydrocarbons can be synthesized under the pressure-temperature conditions of the upper mantle -the layer of Earth under the crust and on top of the core. (PhysOrg; July 26, 2009)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

  • Body Electric / Lights >
    People emit visible light - The human body literally glows, emitting a visible light in extremely small quantities at levels that rise and fall with the day. In fact, virtually all living creatures emit very weak light, which is thought to be a byproduct of biochemical reactions involving free radicals. Might possibly serve diagnostic purposes. (AOL News; July 22, 2009)
  • Flight >
    Space Hotel 2012 - Start planning that vacation to outer space. The first space hotel is expected to open as soon as 2012, with three-day stay costing ~$4 million. The hotel, "Galactic Suites," will allow adventurous travelers to enjoy a spectacular starry view from their hotel rooms, see the Sun rise 15 times a day and take part in scientific experiments while they're not using Velcro suits to crawl around their pod-room walls. (Facebook group)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

  • Featured: Solar > PhotoVoltaics >
    Kyocera -- Tribute to a Solar Pioneer - While they might not be on the extreme cutting edge today, for six decades Kyocera has been plodding away in the quest to bring solar power into the mainstream. Now they have thousands of employees worldwide, and some of the largest solar PV installations on the planet. (PESWiki; July 25, 2009)
  • Water > Mixing Sea and River Water >
    Electricity from salt-fresh water mix - The amount of energy available where fresh water meets salt water is equivalent to a waterfall 225 meters [739 feet] high. An Italian physicist has come up with a 'salination cell' that relies on two chunks of activated carbon, a porous carbon commonly used for water and air filtration. Once jump started with electricity, a continuous flow of water keeps it running. (Physics Central; July 23, 2009)
  • Trends >
    US energy use drops in 2008 - Americans used more solar, nuclear, biomass and wind energy in 2008 than they did in 2007; and the nation used less coal and petroleum during the same time frame and only slightly increased its natural gas consumption. Geothermal energy use remained the same. (LLNL; July 20, 2009)

Friday, July 24, 2009

  • Nanotech / Solar > Thin Film >
    Project Sage: Bringing Solar Power to the Masses - Nano-scale research at the Univ. of Arizona could one day lead to photovoltaic materials thin enough, flexible enough and inexpensive enough to go not only on rooftops but in windows, outdoor awnings and even clothing. The goal for UA scientists is to understand and control the interfaces in these devices to enable the development of long-lived solar energy conversion devices on tough, flexible and extremely low-cost plastic substrates. (PhysOrg; July 23, 2009)
  • Free Energy >
    Free Energy - stuff to think about - Richard Lewis talks about free energy, saying that just because we don't know where the energy is coming from, doesn't mean that it is free or that it breaks laws of physics. What about solar PV panels? If you didn't consider the sun, then they appear magical by creating energy from nothing. (PoorManGuides; July 16, 2009)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

  • 3rd World / Biomass >
    Pritchard Powerdrive S5000 - This biomass-fueled, low tech steam engine has a chance of being manufactured for a realistic cost and operates at reasonable pressures to help it last longer. The S5000 was designed to be a small-scale, multi-utility, enterprise energy system, capable of delivering mechanical power and electricity, hot water, space heating; and steam; all from the lowest grade fuels.
  • Biofuel > Algae >
    Big Oil Turns to Algae - ExxonMobil is investing $300 million in Synthetic Genomics to develop algae biofuel. The push is to take advantage of algae's ability to efficiently transform sunlight into lipids that can be relatively easily converted into diesel, gasoline, and possibly even advanced hydrocarbons used to manufacture plastics, chemicals, and other products. (MIT Technology Review; July 22, 2009)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

  • Flight >
    What Is The Carbon Footprint of The Space Program? - While burning liquid hydrogen, which produces water vapour, is clean; the process of creating the liquid hydrogen for one flight consumes about as much electricity as could power 128 average American homes for a year, not to mention the transportation costs for shipping that fuel to the launch site. (TreeHugger; July 20, 2009)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

  • Electromagnetic >
    George Mitchell's OU Generator in the News - Enville, TN, USA inventor claims to have a generator that produces more energy than it consumes, drawing free electromagnetic energy from the environment somehow. Though he's not yet gotten it in a practical embodiment, he's been getting encouragement to continue his quest to provide a portable, clean energy source. (Jackson Sun; July 18, 2009)
  • Geothermal > Ground Source Heat Pump >
    Geothermal Heating & Cooling Information - Website is dedicated to providing information about geothermal heating and cooling systems that use the natural constant ambient temperature of the earth to heat in the winter and cool in the summer. This is accomplished with a compressor or heat pump unit, the liquid heat exchanger medium, and the air delivery system.
  • Events >
    Alternative Energy Events Calendar - Events page includes a Google calendar to help you all keep up with upcoming conferences, shows and workshops that promote energy alternatives and provide networking opportunities for all of you involved in the industry. If you know of any upcoming events/conferences that are not on the calendar, go ahead and add them. (Alternative Energy News)

Monday, July 20, 2009

  • Electromagnetic > Bruce De Palma >
    Bruce DePalma - DVD + collection of correspondence - Get DVD containing a history of DePalma's rediscovery of the Faraday Homopolar motor/generator effect, and the many experiments which led to his building of the "N-machine", co-rotating a magnet and conductor and generating electricity. Also gives an account of some suppression. Mention promotion code "PES" for 10% discount.
  • Batteries >
    Battery Chemistry FAQ page by PowerStream.com - Besides the common carbon-zinc, alkaline, lead acid, nickle metal hydride, nickle cadmium and lithium ion, there are many other battery chemistries, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Also included are some useful definitions and a list of parameters to guide you in matching your battery requirements to a specific battery design.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

  • Hydrogen > Fuel Cells / EVs >
    Whatever Happened to Hydrogen Fuel Cells? - I wonder if in 20 years comedians will joke about the coming of the hydrogen economy the way they now joke (in the US) about the coming of the metric system. The electric car seem to be emerging as the better bet. (Neurologica Blog; July 17, 2009)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

  • EVs > Electric Bicycles >
    'E-Rockit' hits German fast lane - A Berlin inventor, Stefan Gulas, has come up with an electric bike which you power by pedaling that can reach speeds of 50 mph. The system allegedly amplifies the effort you put in by a factor of 50, meaning you can accelerate quickly and maintain high speeds with very little effort. [Probably includes plug-in battery as part of augmentation?] (BBC; July 13, 2009)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

  • Flight >
    NASA X-43A Flight Makes Aviation History - Compared to a rocket-powered vehicle like the Space Shuttle, air-breathing scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) powered vehicles promise more airplane-like operations for increased affordability, flexibility and safety for ultra high-speed flights within the atmosphere and into Earth orbit. (NASA; March 9, 2007)
  • Grid > Distributed >
    Why the Microgrid Could Be the Answer to Our Energy Crisis - The evidence is growing that the privately owned, consumer-driven, small-scale, geographically distributed renewables (=microgrid) could deliver a 100% green-energy future faster and cheaper than big power projects alone. Why the big utilities are fighting it with all they've got. (Fast Company; July 1, 2009)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

  • Cold Fusion >
    Interview: Fusion in a cold climate - For most researchers, any mention of cold fusion brings back memories of a shameful period in modern science. Now, 20 years after Martin Fleischmann instigated this field, he tells Jon Cartwright that he could not have done anything differently, and that if we cannot get fusion of some sort to work on a large scale soon, we're doomed. (New Scientist; July 15, 2009)
  • Solar > PV >
    Diatoms To Make Solar Cells - Engineers in Canada have discovered that instead of using silicon to make solar cells, they can get better results - three times as much electricity - by using diatoms, a type of algae in the oceans. Their hard shells are an ideal substrate, making a better, cheaper way to make energy. (EE Times; April 9, 2009)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

  • Solar > PV >
    Solar Power Tiles for your Rooftop - Solé tiles enable your neighborhood mason to fit your roof tiles and these same tiles can produce dependable solar energy for your house or office. You no longer need to hire scientists and alternative energy nerds for a simple roof job, and the cost is no longer a bottleneck. (Alternative Energy News; July 6, 2009)
  • Grid >
    A Costly and Unnecessary New Electricity Grid - While the smart grid approach makes sense, plans to string new high-voltage lines to bring wind power via a power interstate from the midsection of the country to the coasts, where most of the demand is, could be expensive and unnecessary, and a distraction from more urgent needs -- a boondogle. (Technology Review; July 14, 2009)

Monday, July 13, 2009

  • EVs > Electric Cars
    CarGo concept beats the hell out of traffic - The compact, battery-powered CarGo goods van that is designed to negotiate the urban jungle, making frequent deliveries without fuss or fouling the air. Adam Schacter’s single-seated design can be changed into different configurations, including compact (compartment upright), narrow (storage laid at an angle), and pick-up truck (compartment laid flat). (GizMag; June 7, 2009)
  • Grid > Broadband Carrier >
    Meralco says planning broadband via power lines - The top electricity distributor in Manila plans to use its power lines to deliver broadband Internet service. The move is expected to make the Internet more accessible in the country, where only 20 million out of the population of 90 million can go online. (PhysOrg; July 13 2009)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

  • Nuclear >
    Darpa’s Handheld Nuclear Fusion Reactor - The Chip-Scale High Energy Atomic Beams project had a budget of just $3 million, and rather shorter timescales. The plans for fiscal year 2009 include: “Develop 0.5 MeV [mega electron-volt] proton beams and collide onto microscale B-11 target with a fusion Q (energy ratio) > 20, possibly leading to self-sustained fusion. Darpa's objective is to produce “handheld power sources.” (Wired; July 6, 2009)
  • Grid > Smart >
    What exactly is a smart grid? - A 5-page primer by Carnagie Mellon University, The Many Meanings of 'Smart Grid' presents an accessible, circumspect explanation of the smart grid concept and all of it's major components. "Some of the things that get talked about are relatively inexpensive and can go a long way toward solving key problems. Others will likely be very expensive, and at this stage may better be left to the realm of research." (Treehugger; July 8, 2009)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

  • EVs > Electric Cars >
    Raptor: An Electric Car Nearly Anyone Would Want to Drive - Using a 3-phase AC induction motor and 290 nickel-hydride batteries, software engineer, Raul Atkinson's "Raptor" kit car reaches 0-60 mph in 8 seconds, with a top speed of 100 mph. Maximum range is about 80 miles, with a full recharge taking just 3 hours. At $85,000, the Electric Raptor costs less than current incarnations of similar cars that are all-electric. (PhysOrg; July 9th, 2009)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Tires >
    New Tires Made of Oil from Orange Peels - Yokohama is now selling a model made with 80 percent non-petroleum material, substituting orange oil as the primary ingredient to make vulcanized rubber. It also helps consumers save money at the gas pump by improving fuel efficiency via a 20-percent reduction in rolling resistance. (Earth 911; July 9, 2009)

Friday, July 10, 2009 (Happy B-day Tesla)

  • Tesla > Coil >
    Electrum - The world's largest Tesla coil - Tesla coils have always held a special place in denoting the "mad" scientist, beloved by high-voltage hobbyists. However the world's largest existing Tesla coil was commissioned not as a work of science, nor as a movie prop, but as a work of art. Leyh, the co-creator of the Electrum, has plans to resurrect Tesla's original dream of a giant coil--times two. (Atlas Obscura [see links])
  • Events > Tesla >
    Nikola Tesla Inventor's Club sponsors Energy Independence Celebrations - Tesla enthusiasts, inventors, scientists, and free energy advocates will gather together in solidarity, reflection, and exploration July 10-12, 2009 at Philadelphia's historic Independence Hall. Exhibitions and demonstrations will be on display from individuals and organizations across the nation who are dedicated to exploring and pioneering free energy systems. (RSVP at MeetUp)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

  • Featured: Electromagnetic / Aether >
    Kapanadze Free Energy Generator - Georgia Republic inventor, Tariel Kapaladze, claims to have invented a 5 kilowatt free energy generator. In a demonstration video, the device appears to produce copious amounts of energy from no visible source. Though it appears to be extracting energy from the aether, some people think it could be a matter of getting energy from the electrical grid through inductive coupling. (PESWiki; July 9, 2009)
  • Solar > Thermal >
    Solar for Dark Climates - Cool Energy, a startup based in Boulder, CO, USA, is developing a system that produces heat and electricity from the sun. It could help make solar energy competitive with conventional sources of energy in relatively dark and cold climates, such as the northern half of the United States and countries such as Canada and Germany. (MIT Technology Review; July 08, 2009)
  • Lighting >
    Incandescent Bulbs Return To the Cutting Edge - New incandescent technology from Philips seals the traditional filament inside a small capsule, which itself is contained within the familiar bulb. The capsule has a coating that reflects heat back to the filament, where it is partially converted to light. These bulbs ($5.00) are about 30% more efficient than the old-fashioned ($0.25) kind, and should last ~3x as long. (NY Times; July 5, 2009)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

  • Featured: Nuclear > Thorium Reactors >
    World Thorium Fuel (WTF) Cadillac concept car - For the 100th anniversary of Cadillac, Loren Kulesus designed a car built to last another 100 years on the same fuel source (meaning never stopping for fuel). The proposed design also calls for 24 wheels -- six per "wheel" -- and a flexible frame for better handling. Will we ever see nuclear vehicles, running on the cleaner and safer Thorium fuel? (PESWiki; July 8, 2009)
  • Top 100: Solar > eSolar >
    ESolar expects to start up its large solar thermal plant soon - Patterned after the software startup model--selling a sophisticated computer program that drives cheap, commodity hardware, eSolar and its power plant operating partner, NRG Energy, have announced agreements with three electric utilities to install 500 megawatts of thermal solar capacity over the next few years. (MIT Technology Review; July 07, 2009)
  • Propulsion / Flight
    Successful test of superconducting plasma rocket engine - Ad Astra Rocket Company has successfully demonstrated operation of its VX-200 plasma engine first stage at full power and under superconducting conditions. VASIMRA engines could enable space operations far more efficiently than today's chemical rockets, and ultimately they could also greatly speed up robotic and human transit times for missions to Mars and beyond. (Space Fellowship; July 6, 2009)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

  • Solar > Photovoltaics / Nanotech >
    Nanopillar Solar May Cost 10x Less Than Silicon - A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new kind of flexible solar cell that consist of an array of 500-nanometer-high cadmium sulfide pillars printed on top of an aluminum foil... If this could be done on a roll-to-roll process, the cost could be 10x less than crystalline silicon panels. (MIT Technology Review; July 06, 2009)
  • Health >
    Colloidal silver can be best defense against swine flu - There is, at present, no sure vaccine for swine flu and the fact that the swine flu strain is a hybrid of strains from various species complicates the matter considerably. However, bacteria and viruses cannot develop resistance to colloidal silver; and the metal silver in its colloidal state can be safely consumed and used in the body. (Pravda; April 30, 2009)

Monday, July 6, 2009

  • Fuel Efficiency > Scooters / H Injection >
    Hydroxy Moped Project at University of Wisconsin-Madison - Some egineering students with faculty supervision undertook some testing of some already-efficient, 90 mpg Vespa scooters, adding an on-board electrolysis system, ducting the hydrogen into the air intake; and documented an additional 10% improvement in mileage, attributing it to catalyzing a "more complete combustion". (Perspective, UW-M; Spring 2009)
  • Hydrogen / Waste to Energy > Sewage >
    Producing hydrogen from urine - You do two things at motorway services: fill up one tank and empty another. US chemists have combined refuelling your car and relieving yourself by creating a new catalyst that can extract hydrogen from urine. (PhysOrg; July 3, 2009)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

  • Featured / OS: Magnet Motors >
    All-magnet motor by FM Concepts -- new open source project - On the 4th of July, inventor, F.M., supplied photos and a video showing his all-magnet motor accelerating; and he gave permission for us to post a page about this open source project. He's hoping for a lot of replications by others, followed by characterization, improvement, optimization, and commercialization. (PESWiki; July 5, 2009)
  • Fuel Efficiency > Hydroxy or HHO >
    Savings or scam? Some say contraption lowers gas use - Ozzie Freedom, real name Eyal Siman-Tov, who sells the Water4Gas ebook about hydroxy technology, has been charged with violating Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act with his alleged 'bogus' info. Others vouch for the technology. (Sierra Vista Herald, Arizona; Jun 22, 2009) [Comment: Scientists should stop looking at the hydroxy systems in terms of adding more fuel, and instead consider it as an exotic catalyst.]

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

  • Top 100 / Featured: Solar > Concentrated >
    AORA hybrid solar provides baseload, community power - Israeli company combines a modular concentrated solar tower technology with other heat sources to enable its plants to be baseload capable, providing utility power needs 24/7/365. Each 'solar flower' is designed to produce 100 kW of electricity as well as 170kW of thermal power, targeting community-sized production. (PESWiki; July 3, 2009)
  • Humor > Fuel Efficiency >
    Smart Car's impact on cars of the future - See a gallary of what some of your favorite cars might look like if they were minaturized in the spirit of the Smart Car. Maybe you've already seen these, but I thought they were hillarious. Check out the Smorvette, Smaudi, Smamborghini, Smorsche (shown at right), Smerrari (Youtatech; June 25, 2009)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

  • Batteries / Nanotechnology >
    Printable batteries - For a long time, batteries were bulky and heavy. Now, a new cutting-edge battery by Fraunhofer ENAS is revolutionizing the field. It is thinner than a millimeter, lighter than a gram, and can be produced cost-effectively through a printing process. (PhysOrg; July 2, 2009)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

  • Solar / U.S. Government and Energy >
    Interior Dept Designates Solar Energy Zones - Hoping to speed up the development of renewable energy resources on federal lands, the U.S. Interior Department designated about 670,000 acres of land, divided into 24 solar energy zones spread across six western states that could generate nearly 100,000 megawatts of solar electricity. (Planet Ark; July 1, 2009)
  • Conspiracy / Suppression >
    History: GM Conspired to Eliminate Mass Transit - The automobile did not end up dominating American transportation by chance -- or by public choice. General Motors led the way to buy up and replace more than 100 electric mass transit systems with their more expensive, less efficient, and much dirtier, diesel-powered buses. (Mercola; June 30, 2009)

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