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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

  • Storage > Batteries > Utility-Scale >
    Bradwell's cheap, reliable batteries to store renewable energy - A battery designed by MIT grad student, David Bradwell, has active components that are liquid, which enables it to handle high currents without fracturing, and could eventually cost less than $100 per kilowatt-hour. Bradwell's battery is based on an electrolyte that can dissolve a compound consisting of two metals, such as magnesium and antimony ... (MIT Technology Review; Aug., 2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

  • DIY > Anti-Gravity >
    Do-it-yourself antigravity? (Video) - Jeane Manning introduces a video by AlienScientist about the craft of building anti-gravity machines. Jeane says: "If you have a personal cryogenics lab and a team of scientists to call on, this may be of interest." (Changing Power; Aug. 26, 2010)
  • Contests / EVs > Roadster >
    e-miglia rally through the Alps ends in Tesla-Tesla-Think finish - Five Tesla Roadsters recently competed in e-miglia, a 560 km Rally through Germany, Austria, and Italy. e-miglia was designed to raise awareness about EVs, as Targa Florio, the Mille Miglia or the Rally Monte Carlo did for gasoline-powered cars in the 20th century. Twenty-five EVs, capable of traveling 200 km per day, completed the route through the Alps. (Autoblog Green; Aug. 9, 2010)

Friday, August 27, 2010

  • Feature: Electromagnetic >
    The Marko Rodin Coil - Marko Rodin claims to have discovered the source of the non-decaying spin of the electron, and proposes a wide range of applications of this knowledge including energy harnessing. His models fascinated many and could become a cornerstone of future science. (PESWiki; Aug. 28, 2010)
  • Electromagnetic > Rodin Coil >
    Rodin Coil and Lolo Neoball Resonant Spinner (Part I | video) - Jack Scholze demonstates how the coil gets a metal ball spinning (up to 50,000 rpm) and keeps it spinning at a distance (around 7 feet), even nearly 1.5 minutes after being turned off, apparently via unusual magnetic resonances. "There may also be 'radiant' energy coming into the system via the recurrent collapses of the mag fields on each cycle." (YouTube / jacksholze; July 18, 2010)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

  • Atmospheric Electrostatic > Lightning >
    Scientists hope to collect electricity from the air - Imagine devices that capture electricity from the air ― much like solar cells capture sunlight. Imagine using similar panels on the rooftops of buildings to prevent lightning before it forms. Scientists in Brazil are in the early stages of developing such devices, according to a report presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. (GizMag; Aug. 25, 2010) (Also PhysOrg)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

  • Free Energy / Conspiracy > Suppression >
    Alex Jones on Free Energy (video) - Increasingly popular talk show host says that the real free energy solutions that would provide individual energy independence are suppressed, while nominal solutions such as solar and wind, are supported, because they don't compete with the status quo. Upcoming documentary film with interactive website to be premiered at Alex Jones' sites will address these issues. (YouTube / TheAlexJonesChannel; Aug. 24, 2010)
  • Solar > Tools >
    Self-Cleaning Technology from Mars Can Keep Terrestrial Solar Panels Dust Free - In a report at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), scientists described how a self-cleaning coating on the surface of solar cells, based on technology developed for space missions to Mars, could increase the efficiency of producing electricity from sunlight and reduce maintenance costs for large-scale solar installations as well as residential panels. (Solar Daily; Aug. 24, 2010)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

  • Solar > PV > R&D >
    PETE Process adds thermal gain to photovoltaics - Stanford engineers have come up with a new solar energy conversion process that can potentially double the efficiency of solar cells by harvesting the wasted heat energy and keeping up and utilizing the high temperatures which are reached during conversion in a process that is called ‘photon enhanced thermionic emission’ (PETE). (Alt Energy News; August 24, 2010)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

  • EVs > Electric Bicycles >
    30 miles-per-hour battery bike - An inventor in Hawaii has created a design for an electric bicycle that can travel 20 miles at 30 mph; while not requiring special licensing. The downside is that other drivers aren't used to bikes going that fast. (KITV; Aug. 16, 2010)
  • Conspiracy > Big Brother / Orwell >
    Google's Plans to Take Over the Internet Exposed (video) - The Internet as we know it is in process of being dismantled, in the name of Internet II. Google as a NSA- and CIA-launched and supported organization is at the heart of the civilian monitoring operation and is playing a key role in removing net neutrality which would enable Big Brother to be able to say who can and cannot access and post content on the web. (YouTube / TheAlexJonesChannel; Aug. 20, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Cover-up >
    Gulf Oil Spill bound BP, feds together - For months, the U.S. government talked with a boot-on-the-neck toughness about BP. But privately, it worked hand-in-hand with the oil giant to cap the runaway Gulf well and chose to effectively be the company's banker. Now, with a new round of investigative hearings set to begin Monday on BP's home turf, there's worry BP PLC could get a slap on the wrist from its behind-the-scenes partner. (MSNBC; Aug. 22, 2010)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

  • Conventional Renewable Energy >
    11 green inventions that go too far - Some have been quick to capitalize on the green trend, losing practicality in the frenzy to attain another kind of green — the kind that shows up on a balance sheet. Others create extreme concepts that will never become everyday realities, in order to raise awareness. Either way, the results can be just plain nuts. (MSNBC; Aug. 20, 2010)

Friday, August 20, 2010

  • Electromagnetic > Electric Vehicles > eCars > ArcticTek >
    Update from Alaska Star - In March we did an interview with Chris Hunter, who described his ultra-efficient, 800-mile range electromagnetic motor design that he's making for his Alaskan car. Though delayed, the project is still moving forward; and the "Dream Factory" initiative in Fairbanks, which is a place for inventors to go to for taking an idea to reality, is likewise moving forward. (PESWiki; Aug. 19, 2010)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

  • Feature: Global Warming / Earth Changes >
    Extreme Weather a Function of Cosmic Dielectrics? - Paul Noel asserts that severe storms "are an electromagnetic effects of the plasma fields surrounding the solar system. These are what make sun spots as well. The driver is electrical. The mechanism is primarily capacitant and is based on dielectric." This is why opposite extremes appear at the same time on the planet. (PESN; Aug. 19, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Scope >
    Report Finds 79% of Oil Remains In Gulf - Contrary to what the media is saying, a report from the Georgia Sea Grant and the University of Georgia released Monday says that a whopping 79% of the oil from the Gulf oil spill still remains in the waters there. The report concludes that the media is way off in their estimates — they are saying that a mere 25% of the oil remains — and that the effects of this spill will be following us for decades while the oil slowly dissipates. (Inhabitat; Aug. 17, 2010)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

  • Solar > PV > Residential >
    User-Installed Panel Kit Aims to Slow Meter - Clarion Technologies aims to introduce a product next Spring that plugs into a regular outlet as its means of helping supply the home power needs. As a reasonable 'getting your feet wet' approach, the three-panel system, costing around $800, mounted as an awning or on top of a roof, will produce up to 600 Watts which are fed into the home through a microinverter. (CNet; August 16, 2010)
  • Storage > Capacitors >
    International research team develops ultrahigh-power energy storage devices - A team of researchers from the U.S. and France report the development of a mirco-supercapacitor with remarkable properties. The paper will be published in the premier scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology online. These micro-supercapacitors have the potential to power nomad electronics, wireless sensor networks, biomedical implants, active RFID tags... (PhysOrg; August 17, 2010)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

  • Global Warming > Bad Data >
    Top Climate Scientists Speak out on the Satellitegate Scandal - At least 5 NOAA satellites gave incorrect information over the years, with the Global Warming Model based in part on that bogus data. US Government admits global warming satellite sensors “degraded” - temperatures may be out by 10-15 degrees. Top scientists speak out. Further evidence proves NOAA knew of these faults for years. (Canada Free Press, August 16, 2010)
  • Global Warming > Ramifications >
    Errant climate may be sign of breakdown, scientists say - Floods, fires, melting ice, and feverish heat -- from smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked Iowa and the High Arctic -- the planet seems to be having a midsummer breakdown. It is not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign of troubling climate change already under way. The weather-related cataclysms of July and August fit patterns predicted by climate scientists. (Boston Globe/AP; August 13, 2010)

Monday, August 16, 2010

  • Nanotech / Solar > Thin Film >
    Transparent Solar Spray Transforms Windows Into Watts - Norwegian Company EnSol AS has developed a remarkable new spray-on solar film that allows windows to generate solar power without clouding the view. The material consists of metal nanoparticles embedded in a transparent composite matrix that can be easily sprayed on. And the cells don’t just work on glass — they can be used on the rest of the house, too! (Inhabitat; Aug. 10, 2010)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

  • Store / Videos > Peter Lindemann >
    Classic Energy Videos™ - Regarding the five video set, with six bonus videos, Aaron Murakami wrote: "Peter and I just put this up. The Bedini and DePalma films aren't available anywhere else. [Suggesting an interview, pending], Peter can give some * GREAT * history about these films as the first 5 he either starred in, filmed or produced." (Classic Energy Videos; Aug. 15, 2010)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

  • Storage / Grid >
    Cryogen Energy Storage System Could Cut Peak Fuel Use by Half - A new energy storage system being developed by the University of Leeds and the Chinese Academy of Sciences uses excess energy from off peak times to chill a nitrogen-oxygen mixture called cryogen. Then, the next time demand spikes, the mixture can be boiled using waste heat to produce power. (Inhabitat; Aug. 12, 2010)
  • Alt Fuels > Biofuels > Cautions >
    Biofuels emit 400 percent more CO2 than regular fuels - A recent report issued by the European Union has revealed that biofuels, or fuel made from living, renewable sources, is not really all that beneficial to the environment. Rather than reduce the net carbon footprint as intended, biofuels can produce four times more carbon dioxide pollution than conventional fossil fuels do. (Natural News; August 10, 2010)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

  • Events: ZPE / Thermal Electric >
    Society for Scientific Exploration 2010 Annual Meeting - The title of the conference was “Cutting Edge Energy & Advanced Propulsion Research & Anomalous Phenomena.” Unlike most professional scientific organizations, the SSE encourages debates in frontier topics of science, such as zero-point energy and psi phenomena. This one included presentations on violations of the second law of thermodynamics. (Infinite Energy; Sept/Oct 2010)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

  • Feature DIY: Emergency Preparedness / Solar > PV >
    Super cheap DIY solar cells for the common man - Could it be that Solar cells have gotten cheaper than 40 cents per watt if your a DIY guy? Or is that because they are 'seconds' with a lot of downsides that outweigh the advantages of just buying completed units? eBay pioneer seller, Fred480V, says the cells in his 1kW are not seconds but are the best available from Schott Solar. (PESN; Aug. 11, 2010) (Comment)
  • Wind > Humdinger Windbelt >
    Windbelt: Innovative Generator to Bring Cheap Wind Power to Third World - The Windbelt uses the oscillation of a thin strip of material held in tension with a spring to vibrate a magnet that generates electrical power. A 1-meter long frame, called the Windcell, can provide 3 to 5 watts. Arranged into panels a 1 meter square Windcell panel is anticipated to be able to produce up to 100 watts, and have a panel cost of around $1 per watt. (Inhabitat; March 8, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact >
    Fracking for Natural Gas and Oil May Have Broken the Law - More than 25 conservation and community organizations from across the United States asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a congressional committee to investigate whether natural gas and oil companies broke the law by injecting diesel fuel underground in a controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing. (Distributed Energy; August 5, 2010)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

  • Electromagnetic > Lutec >
    Engineers unveil Lutec 1000 free energy machine - The Cairns creators of the Lutec 1000 free energy machine have resurfaced after six years of steering clear of the public spotlight, having been granted patents in at least 60 countries around the world, including the US, China and India. They claim to have had an independent validation recently of their device which "amplifies" input power by as much as ten times. Expected to market in 2 years. (Cairns; Aug. 10, 2010)
  • Human-Powered >
    Human Powered Car Can Go 30 MPH While Driving Uphill - The HumanCar is powered by your very own kinetic force — just hop in, give it a few cranks, and you’re on your way. Developed decades ago, the vehicle is now getting set to hit the market as a road tested — and totally street legal — car. It was recently clocked going 30 miles per hour up a hill, and it will be selling for a mere $15,000. (Inhabitat; Aug. 9, 2010)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

  • Fuel Efficiency >
    China Building 1,000 KPH Super Train - The latest plan from the People’s Republic calls for a high speed train that will combine the maglev system used in Japan and France with vacuum tubes. In theory, this train will be able to go 1,000 kph, or about 620 mph. That is twice as fast as most high speed trains travel today. It's as fast as a jet. (Gas 2.0; Aug. 6, 2010)
  • Alt Fuels > Biofuels > Ethanol >
    World's First Ethanol-Powered Utility Plant - The plant began operating on Jan. 19, 2010 and has installed capacity of 87 MW, enough to power a city of 150,000. The plant, whose ethanol fuel is derived from sugar cane, has lower CO2 emissions and water usage; and has lower Nox emissions. (PowerTechnology)

Friday, August 6, 2010

  • Gravity Motors > Milkovic >
    Theory of Gravity Machines - Gravitational Field As a Fuel (pdf) - This work is a presentation of simple theory of using conservative gravitational field as a fuel. In order to extract energy from conservative field, gravity shield effect is necessary. The logic is used to explain the two-stage mechanical oscillator of Veljko Milkovic and areas of its improvement. (; August 04, 2010)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

  • Feature: > Solar / Lighting >
    Solar Lighting Directory - Here's a compilation of links that we've put in our news over the years, now on one page. If you know of a technology or company that should be listed there, feel free to add it. This is a publicly editable site, after all. (PESWiki; Aug. 5, 2010)
  • Solar > Applications > Freeways >
    Solar Roadways Prototyping Video - The Solar Roadways project is working to pave roads with solar panels that you can drive on. Co-founder Scott Brusaw has made some major steps forward since our first visit back in 2007, so we visited him again earlier this year for an exclusive update on the project, including the first ever video recorded of the Solar Roadways prototype! (ConsciousMedianNetwork; June 18, 2010)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

  • Solar > R&D >
    Fly Eyes Used For Solar Cells - Researchers took corneas from blow flies, fixed them on a glass substrate, added a polymer to protect the shape and then coated nine-eye arrays in nickel within a vacuum chamber. The result was a master template that retained those useful nanoscale features and can be used to make solar cells. (Discovery; July 28, 2010)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

  • Human-Powered > Child's-Play >
    Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play - A round up of amazing designs that do double duty as a fun toy or game and pay back to the grid. While some are humanitarian designs meant to aid areas struggling with limited resources, and others are just for good clean fun, each of these pieces turn all its human powered input into usable energy that, even in a few cases, can be applied to do a little housework! (Inhabitat; July 31, 2010)


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