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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

  • Fuel Efficiency > Hybrids > Series >
    Wheel Motors to Drive Dutch Buses - A Netherland company, e-Traction, has developed a series hybrid bus. A diesel generator charges a battery, which in turn supplies electricity for two motors, one in each rear wheel, yielding a 2x increase in mileage. (MIT Technology Review; March 23, 2009)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

  • Body Electric / Grand Unified Theories >
    If We Have Free Will, Then So Do Electrons - Two Mathematicians believe they have proven that if human experimenters demonstrate 'free will' in choosing what measurements to take on a particle, then the axioms of quantum mechanics require that the free will property be available to the particles measured, or to the universe as a whole. (video) (Slashdot; March 20, 2009)
  • Building >
    Twelve amazing shipping container houses - While a number of resourceful people have converted shipping containers into make-shift shelters at the margin of society for years, architects and green designers are also increasingly turning to the strong, cheap boxes as source building blocks. (Yahoo Green; March 16, 2009)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

  • Magnets > Magnet Motors > Howard Johnson
    Discovering Magnetism - Video by Howard Johnson demonstrates a number of his unique magnetic gates, which accelerate cars on tracks using the little-known ability of magnets to fire bursts of energy like guns. These forces can be up to a thousand times more powerful than the base magnet strength. ( store)
  • EV > Tesla Motors >
    Tesla Model S Electric Sedan Breaks Cover - Tesla Motors, the electric-car maker, unveiled its Model S sedan on Thursday, expected to be delivered to customers in the third quarter of 2011, in three battery ranges: 160-mile, 230-mile and 300-mile. The based model is priced at $49,900 after federal tax credits. (NY Times; March 26, 2009)
  • Fuel Efficient Vehicles >
    Rave reviews for world's cheapest car - Tata Nano, was hailed the world's cheapest car as "one of the greatest bargains of all time" and "a triumph of Indian ingenuity." The tiny car, "as cute as a cartoon caricature," costs just 100,000 rupees (2,000 dollars). (Autoblitz; March 24, 2009)

Friday, March 27, 2009

  • Magnets > Magnet Motors > Howard Johnson
    The Secret World of Magnets - In this 1970 book, Howard Johnson claims that a magnet can fire an energy burst several hundred times stronger than its base strength, again and again…that similar magnetic poles often attract, not repel…or that the patterns of iron filings around a magnet bear little resemblance to the force fields, which are actually spinning vortices. ( store)

Thursday, Mar. 26, 2009

  • Magnet Motors > Howard Johnson
    Howard Johnson Motor Report #203 - 65-page report by Tom Valone includes scientific descriptions with articles and patents, including the only available copy of a Virginia Polytechnic professor's report on the motor and the importance of the unique shape of the arc magnets, Science and Invention article, analysis of the 1979 patented magnetic motor. (Integrity Research Institute store)
  • Magnet Motors > Cycclone
    Qeensland Supreme Court Rules Against Manget Motor Claimant (pdf) - Judgement rules against "deceptive representation where respondents hoped to develop a machine powered entirely by magnets – where a prototype was made - where respondents stated an attempt to run machine was ‘successful’ - where respondents alleged to have represented that their invention/prototype worked..." (; March 24, 2009)

Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2009

  • Featured: Magnet Motors > Mylow >
    Corresepondence with Mylow - A collection of Sterling's reports on his phone conversations with Mylow, who appears to have successfully replicated Howard Johnson's all-magnet motor, and is open sourcing the simple design, making it available to the world. (PESWiki; March 24, 2009)

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2009

  • DIY > Solar > PV > Home >
    Building my own Solar Panel - A Dutch guy was able to build his own solar panel in his garage using materials that were a third as expensive as the mass produced solar panels currently available on the European market. He bought his solar cells on eBay and used them to create his own panel. (Olino Renewable Energy; March 19, 2009) (Also Slashdot)
  • Directories >
    Types of > 'Renewable' - Public interest website provides "expert advice on energy types and consumption." Gives overview information about hydro, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind; as well as more conventional nuclear, fossil and conservation.

Monday, Mar. 23, 2009

  • Hydrogen Production > Desalination >
    Salt Water System Could Generate Hydrogen - Researchers at the University of Salerno in Italy suggest that flowing salt water could generate an electromotive force, which in turn could generate an electric power output. At one electrode, water is split to oxygen and hydrogen gas. At the other electrode, chlorine gas is produced. (PhysOrg; March 18th, 2009)

Sunday, Mar. 22, 2009

  • Free Energy >
    Perpetual Commotion - Mark Goldes says that while free energy skeptics abound, devices like the Mylow magnet motor may open a door to wider appreciation of an extremely important potential for rapidly reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and reviving the automotive industry. (ZPEnergy; March 21, 2009)
  • Suppression >
    Free energy labeled 'economic terrorism' - The widespread adoption of these new, non-polluting energy and propulsion systems will effectively replace the use of oil, gas, coal, nuclear power, impacting 4.5 trillion dollars a year in world economic activity, replace the current geo-political order with one based on decentralized abundance. (Examiner; March 21, 2009)
  • Grid / Bio-Energetics >
    Cattle respond to magnetic fields from power lines - Researchers, who reported last year that most cows and deer tend to orient themselves in a north-south alignment, have now found that power lines can disorient the animals. When the power lines run east-west, that's the way grazing cattle tend to line up. (Salt Lake Tribune / AP; March 16, 2009) (Nature)

Saturday, Mar. 21, 2009

  • Fuel Efficiency > Vehicles
    Most Economic Car in the World? - VW has developed a road-proven, 2-seater car that will apparently get 258 miles/gallon via its small size and aerodynamic tear shape. It is ready to be launched as a single-seater for sale in Shanghai in 2010 for a mere RMB 4,000. It will go 75 MPH, and travel 400+ miles on its 1.7 gallons. (Oneshift; Mar. 19, 2009)
  • Flight > Flying Cars > Terrafugia >
    Terrafugia's Flying Car Successfully Takes Off - Terrafugia’s Transition is a small aircraft that can fold up its wings, drive on the road, fuel up at a normal gas station, and park in a single car garage. It was successfully tested March 8, at Plattsburgh International Airport in New York. The flight lasted less than a minute and was maybe 10 feet in the air. (Video) (Autoblitz; Mar. 19, 2009)

Friday, Mar. 20, 2009

  • Alt. Fuel > Ethanol >
    Honda to sell world's 1st bike with bio-ethanol mixed fuel - Honda Motor Company said on Wednesday it has developed the world's first motorcycle powered by an eco-friendly fuel mixed with bio-ethanol and gasoline, which will be put on sale from mid-March in Brazil, one of the world's largest producers and users of bio-ethanol. (India Times; March 11, 2009)

Thursday, Mar. 19, 2009

  • Alt. Fuel > Ethanol >
    A Better Biofuel Bug - Zymetis has genetically modified a rare, cellulose-eating bacterium to break down and convert cellulose into sugars necessary to make ethanol, and it recently completed its first commercial-scale trial. (MIT Technology Review; March 18, 2009)
  • Electric Cars > Tesla Motors >
    Tesla to unveil electric 5-seat sedan next week - Tesla Motors announced it will unveil a five-seat sedan, to roll off assembly lines by 2011. The zero-emission "Model S" prototype with a lithium-ion battery pack will have a range of 225 miles (360 kilometers) per charge. The car has an anticipated base price of 57,400 dollars. (Yahoo News; March 19, 2009)
  • Events > Ocean Wave Energy >
    Energy Ocean 2009 - World's leading event to be held June 16-18, 2009 in Maine, USA, will focus on renewable and sustainable energy from the oceans and is the primary education platform and networking event for key players in the industry.

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2009

  • Alt Fuels / Photosynthesis Imitation >
    Turning Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel - Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are now in the process of a major breakthrough towards artificial photosynthesis, banking on cobalt oxide that can effectively carry out the crucial photosynthetic reaction of splitting water molecules to develop fuels. (Alt. Energy; Mar. 17, 2009)

Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2009

  • Featured: Building / Tools >
    Barotex Technology Corporation - Company is actively engaged in the innovation and creation of specialty fiber solutions from volcanic rock that will significantly redefine the composite material industry and impact the world. "Just about anything any other composite can do Barotex can do it better, for less money in a sustainable manner." (PESWiki; March 17, 2009)
  • Electric Cars > Plug-in >
    Electric cars charge ahead - At least nine car companies worldwide say that by 2013 they will offer plug-in vehicles that use electric motors as their primary means of propulsion, according to Plug-in America, an activist group. Some will be all-electric drive vehicles (EV). Most will be plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) that use small gasoline engines as a backup. (Christian Science Monitor; March 13, 2009)
  • Conspiracy >
    The Obama Deception (entire film) - This film released March 15 by Alex Jones purports that the Obama phenomenon is a carefully crafted hoax by the captains of the centuries-in-coming New World Order based on world domination and control, not freedom.

Monday, Mar. 16, 2009

  • Flight > Fuel Cells >
    Italian all-fuel cell flight planned - The all-electric Skyspark prototype is designed to demonstrate take-off and cruise flight using only fuel cell power. The June battery-powered flight is to test the aircraft's all-electric systems as a safety precaution before the fuel cell is used in December. (FlightGobal; March 2, 2009)
  • Store > Solar > Cooking > Sun Oven
    Cooking with the power of the sun - LaRue Howells first bought a Global Sun Oven a year ago to be prepared for an emergency, but now she uses it a few times a week, all-year round and shares her knowledge with members of her church. "We baked bread when it was 17 degrees outside." (KSL TV; March 13th, 2009) (PES sale price: $249)

Sunday, Mar. 15, 2009

  • Featured: Videos >
    Energy from the Vacuum series - Parts 1-9, now available, feature Tom Bearden as well as John Bedini, Walter Rosenthal, Deborah Chung, Howard Johnson, Peter Lindemann, Daniel Sheehan, Sparky Sweet, and T Henry Moray. "Even a tiny efficiency of tapping [space energy] could and will extract all the energy anyone could wish." (PESWiki; March 15, 2009)
  • Building / Communities >
    Earthship Biotecture - Earthship is a global company offering proven, totally sustainable design and construction services worldwide. The company is lead by Michael Reynolds, the principle biotect and creator of the Earthship Concept.

Saturday, Mar. 14, 2009

  • Featured: Flight >
    Carter Copter - Carter Aviation Technologies is a research and development company pioneering new aviation concepts, focusing on slow-rotor compound aircraft, VERTOL and using a small efficient wing for high speed flight, up to 500 mph, all with much less complexity than a tilt-rotor or other vectored thrust vehicle. (PESWiki; March 14, 2009)
  • Electric Bikes, Motorbikes and Scooters >
    Top Gear Electric Bikes - Top Gear of the UK is committed to providing only the highest quality electric bike products (including electric mountain bikes and folding electric bikes) and to provide excellent value for money with optimal specification and superior build, as well as warranties, customer service, advice and after-sales service. (Videos)
  • Electric Cars >
    BYD E6 Pure Electric Vehicle (Includes video) - The range per charge will be 249miles, with claimed 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 8 seconds, with a projected top speed of 100 mph. The LiFePO4 (lithium Iron phosphate) battery pack in the E6 can be quick-charged to 50 percent of its capacity in 10 minutes, and 100 percent of its capacity in 60 minutes. (Engineering TV; March 10, 2009)

Friday, Mar. 13, 2009

  • Featured: Alt Fuels > H from H2O using Boron >
    Boron-Powered Vehicles- "An unusual but valid idea with some real prospect, the boron powered car. The main reason for a car fuelled on boron is a safety reason. Boron is very combustible but very difficult to light. This is great for a car because, many accidents are made worse by the flammability of the fuel." (PESWiki; March 13, 2009)
  • Batteries >
    Physicist develops battery using new source of energy - Researchers have been able to prove the existence of a "spin battery," a battery that is "charged" by applying a large magnetic field to nano-magnets in a device called a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ). This could be a step towards the creation of computer hard drives with no moving parts, which would be much faster, less expensive and use less energy than current ones. (PhysOrg; March 11, 2009)
  • Events > Ocean Wave Energy >
    International Wave Energy Summit 2009 - June 30 - July 1, 2009, London, UK. The main objective is to push the Wave technology industry forward by addressing key challenges that hinder rapid development – access to funding, global opportunities, grid connection, environmental permits, maintenance strategies and more.

Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009

  • Featured: U.S. Government and Energy >
    Green U.S. Tax Breaks - The United States government is extending tax breaks to homeowners who have decided to green up their home. Due to Stimulus bill and the forward movement of time, many of the rules governing our tax codes have become outdated. (PESWiki; March 12, 2009)
  • Events: Biofuels >
    The 2nd Biofuels International Expo & Conference - May 27-28, 2009 in central Amsterdam, Netherlands. Bringing together medium to large biofuels producers, investors, regulators, project owners and equipment/service providers to discuss how to fight the critics and drive the European market forward.

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2009

  • Nuclear >
    TR10: Traveling-Wave Reactor - The privately funded reactor technology uses depleted-uranium fuel packed inside hundreds of hexagonal pillars. In a “wave” that moves through the core at only a centimeter per year, this fuel is transformed (or bred) into plutonium, which then undergoes fission. (Technology Review; March/April 2009)
  • Awards >
    Rosenblatt New Energy Awards 2009 - The Rosenblatt New Energy Awards is a spectacular event in the renewable energy sector, recognizing the achievements of management teams, companies and projects that have made a significant contribution to this sector during the past 12 months. Annual event in the UK. (Vitesse Media; Feb. 25, 2009)

Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2009

  • Featured: Events > Financial Resources >
    Events: Cleantech Capital Summit: 2009 - The Cleantech Capital Summit, April 22-24, 2009, San Diego, CA, will bring together decision-makers from across the cleantech and energy technology industry and leading capital providers to delve into the full range of financing the energy and clean technologies industry. (PESWiki; March 10, 2009)
  • Electromagnetic >
    Mathematical Proof of Free Energy (pdf) - Paper alleges that with simple formulas in electromagnetics it can be proven that the Newton's Third Law is not valid in all cases for electrical charges and that an electrical generator with high voltage achieved by high RPM has energy surplus in comparison with another generator with low voltage and high current. (; March 02, 2009) (Thanks Bobsy)
  • Biofuels / Communities >
    Entire Swedish city switches to biofuels to become environmentally friendly - Kalmar Sweden and its surrounding 12-town region, with a quarter-million people, has traded in most of its oil, gas and electric furnaces for community "district heat," produced at plants that burn sawdust and wood waste left by timber companies. Hydropower, nuclear power and windmills now provide more than 90 percent of the region's electricity. (Chicago Tribune; March 9, 2009)
  • Solar Thermal >
    Fair Season in China: Three Major Trends - Paying a visit to these domestic solar regional trade fairs will give you an outlook on the technology trends of China's giant solar thermal industry. The three major ones are: full-glass heat pipe vacuum tubes, tubes with inner silvering for concentration, and balcony collector modules. (Solar Thermal World; March 9, 2009)

Monday, Mar. 9, 2009

  • Featured: Electromagnetic >
    Alan Francoeur Interference Disc Generator - Alan L. Francoeur describes his generator as a multi-phase, interchangeable, ac/dc, variable, frequency dynamo machine of high efficiency. Due to some "prior art" controversy, in the interest of history, we resurrect this information. (PESWiki; March 9, 2009)
  • Electrolysis > Cleaning >
    Simple elixir called a 'miracle liquid' (Includes video) - The stuff is a simple mixture of table salt and tap water whose ions have been scrambled with an electric current. Used as a sanitizer for decades in Russia and Japan, electrolyzed water is slowly winning acceptance in the United States with Proton Labs as one manufacturer. (LA Times; March 6, 2009)

Sunday, Mar. 8, 2009

Saturday, Mar. 7, 2009

  • Biofuels >
    Enkoco Greengold Veggie Fuel - Three decades of research and field innovations supersedes petroleum-based fuels via Garcialen as a gasoline substitute and Medesel as a diesel substitute. Made in the Philippines. (Enkoco; March 4, 2009)

Friday, Mar. 6, 2009

  • Alt Fuels > Biodiesel > - Outstanding site covers what you need to know about making home-made-biodiesel. Page headings include: Conversion Kits; The Process; Raw Materials; Formula; Cost; Safety; Titration; Videos; Equipment; Suppliers; Blog.
  • Solar Thermal >
    Solar Thermal Energy in the Antarctic - Surviving in harsh climate, this vacuum tube collector system has heated the Brandfield House at the Rothera research station in the Antartic since February 2008. (Global Solar Thermal Energy Council; Feb. 23, 2009)

Thursday, Mar. 5, 2009

  • Featured: OS > Magnet Motors > ALME >
    ALME Magnet Motor Plans - The Achilles Ligeras Magnet Engine (ALME) is an all-magnet motor that was claimed to work last Summer. We've posted a page to give access to the files that Archie has made available (for a small fee), which he used to build his second prototype, completed Feb. 19, 2009, which did not work (yet). (PureEnergySystems; March 4, 2009)
  • Solar >
    China's solar boom could dim Oregon's efforts - With cheap labor and rapid production, China's promise of solar rooftops at bargain-basement prices casts a shadow over Oregon's ambition of becoming a world leader in alternative energy. (Oregonian; Feb. 21, 2009)

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2009

  • Hydrogen > Production >
    Cheap Hydrogen from Scraps - Now, with the help of an unassuming stainless-steel brush, microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) have taken another step forward. The steel brush can be used to replace the expensive platinum normally employed in the electrolysis cell's cathode, slashing costs by more than 80 percent. (MIT Technology Review; Feb 23, 2009)

Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2009

  • Hydrogen > Production >
    Hydrogen Produced from Aluminum and Water - Scientists at Pennsylvania State University and Virginia Commonwealth University are producing hydrogen by exposing clusters of aluminum atoms to water. Unlike most hydrogen production processes, this method can be used at room temperature and doesn't require the application of heat or electricity to work. (The Future of Things; Feb. 2, 2009)
  • Solar > Vehicles >
    MIT’s Eleanor solar-powered car does 90 mph - The oldest solar electric student team in America, MIT’s Solar Electric Vehicle Team, has unveiled their next-gen solar car known as the “Eleanor.” Costing a whopping $243,000, the solar car will compete in the tenth World Solar Challenge, an endurance race covering nearly 2000 miles of Australian outback. (EcoGeek; Feb. 28, 2009)

Monday, Mar. 2, 2009

  • Hydrogen >
    Fuel Cell Hydrogen Assisted Sailboat - In 2007 and 2008 Microsec R&D and AGO Environmental Launched Canada's first Hydrogen Assisted Sailboat. In 2008 the University of Victoria's Mechatronics Engineering Program has assisted to increase the fuel cell power to 2000 watts. They are currently working on a solar/fuel cell hybrid design. (Microsec R&D; Feb. 26, 2009)
  • Batteries > Lithium Ion >
    A Giant Leap for Batteries - The new 17-inch MacBook Pro has a breakthrough battery that runs for up to 8 hours on a single charge and can be recharged up to 1000 times — more than three times the lifespan of typical notebook batteries. (Video) (Apple; Feb. 26, 2009)

Sunday, Mar. 1, 2009

  • Solar >
    The Not-So-Sunny Side of Solar Panels - The semiconductor and electronics industry was long perceived as being a "green" industry and many of its more egregious impacts went unaddressed for years. The same precautionary approach should apply when regulating Photovoltaics, due to the toxic chemicals and materials involved in manufacturiing. (Voice of San Diego; Feb. 16, 2009)
  • Conservation >
    Greenest Nation - What big country is greener than Japan and Germany and produces more geothermal energy than all of Europe combined? This nation is also a pioneer in environmental stewardship, having passed many of the world's toughest regulations on vehicle emissions, energy efficiency and nature conservation. (Newsweek; Feb. 21, 2009)


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