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Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004

Green and European - "Europe, with its high fossil fuel costs and generous government subsidies of 'green power,' is the epicenter of renewable energy growth." (MIT Technology Review Sept.)

Quantum Entanglement and Deep-Space Propulsion - Scientists speculate based on preliminary experimental results that transferring the quantum state of one set of atoms to a twin set elsewhere could provide a mechanism for remotely powering space craft. (Astrobiology Magazine) (referred by ZPEnergy)

Study Finds Electricity Beats Hydrogen for Power Storage/Delivery - Key roles envisioned for hydrogen as an energy carrier -- transmission of remote renewable resources, storage of intermittent renewables or for use in vehicles -- are more efficiently accomplished by electricity. (Fuel Cell Works Aug. 31)

[Note: Point is negated by hydrogen-on-demand systems]

Monday, Aug. 30, 2004

Electromagnetic Suspension System - Electromagnetic motors, power amplifiers, and computer control algorithms used to even out the road, while still feeling connected to it. (Slashdot Aug. 27)

Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004

Opinion > Nuclear power helps environment - An important carbon-free energy source. (Denver Post Aug. 28)

Directory:Hydrogen > Engineers clear bottleneck in hydrogen production - Carbon monoxide has long been a major technical barrier to the efficient operation of fuel cells. Now, chemical and biological engineers have not only cleared that barrier - they also have discovered a method to capture carbon monoxide's energy. (ScienceBlog Aug. 28)

Honda FCX Fuel Cell Car Powered by the Sun - Hydrogen produced from a 700 square foot solar array at a custom filling station is capable of supporting 200 miles per week -- the national average. Range 170 miles. Prototypes: $2 mil each. (LA Times Aug. 29)

Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004

Bananas could power Aussie homes - At present, much of Australia's annual banana crop goes to waste, because the fruit are too bruised or small. Bill Clarke, from the University of Queensland, predicts that an excess banana-fuelled power plant could power 500 homes. No prototype, early theoretical. (BBC, Australia Aug. 27)

World's Largest Photovoltaic Project Nears Completion - 10-MW Solarpark in Bavaria, Germany uses 57,600 photovoltaic panels. (Consulting Specific Engineer Aug. 27)

Friday, Aug. 27, 2004

Chemical Compound Turns Water to Hydrogen Gas - Supramolecular complexes created by Karen Brewer of Virginia Tech can convert solar energy into a fuel, such as hydrogen gas in a process has been called artificial photosynthesis. (Solar Access Aug. 26)

First Room Temp. Plastic Magnets - University of Durham team in the UK has demonstrated the magnets to pick up iron filings from a laboratory bench. Accomplished by the alignment of free radicals in the material. (New Scientist Aug. 25)

Silk Soy Milk Powered by Wind - "The amount of wind energy we're purchasing will prevent 16,000 tons of greenhouse gasses from entering our atmosphere. Our purchase has the same effect as eliminating the emissions of 3,200 cars, or planting more than 4,400 acres of trees."

Directory:Tidal Power > Tidal Power Delayed for Whale - Annapolis Tidal Generating Station temporarily shuts down as young humpback whale explores the River off of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. (Solar Access Aug. 26, 2004)

Ford Reconsidering - Responding to recent protests of its plan to crush the TH!NK EV line set to respond by Sept. 15. (PESN Aug. 26)

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004

Lutec Site updated Aug. 19 - Patent developments visits from scientists from around the world shares update.

Directory:Rhino Hydro - Ontario Canada company plans to manufacture a 4' X 4' X 7' home electricity generating plant. Estimated cost for 200 amp service unit ~ $8000.00 virtually maintenance free, with just two mechanical parts. Waiting for patents. (PESWiki Aug. 25)

Molecular Stand-in for Solar's Polymer Wires - Scientists from U.S. DOE and the University of Florida are working on a process that uses polymer molecule chains (molecular wires) to replace the silicon conventionally used in components of solar photovoltaic cells. (SolarAccess Aug. 24)

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004

Offshore Wave Power Enters UK Grid - Pelamis Wave Energy Converter has just completed its first week of electricity generation into the UK grid. (SolarAccess Aug. 24)

Canola, seeds to fuel bio-diesel unit - Australian Department of Agriculture will use the unit to replace 25,000 litres of biodiesel at the Avondale, Newdegate and Merredin research stations. (ABC Regional Online, Australia Aug. 25)

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004

Directory:Ram Implosion Wing:Data - Jim Reeves builds RIW from photo on Patterson's site, gets 28 mpg on first test drive. Vehicle usually gets 20 mpg.

Wikipedia featuring 'cold fusion' on their home page today (PowerPedia:Cold fusion:Wikipedia Aug. 23 Home Page Feature)

Peak Oil > Precedent in Somerset? -- Qausi Return to Dark Ages - For 10 years the Somerset commune has lived without oil. Article mentions cold fusion among alternatives available but not feasible for quite some time. (Guardian.uk Aug. 24)

[Comment: Author says that is the answer, but maybe it should be seen as 1) an omen for things to come on the world, 2) motivation for those with viable energy alternatives to bring forth their solutions.]

Directory:Wind Power > Vertical Axis Wind Turbine for Condominiums - Eight agreements in place to evaluate WindStor Power units capable of 200 kW, to be installed on up to 600 rooftops in U.S. and Canada. (SolarAccess Aug. 23)

Hybrid Buses Enhance National Park - Tourists visiting Yosemite National Park will get a hybrid experience starting in 2005 when the park will start using 18 General Motors (GM) 40-foot diesel-electric buses. (SolarAccess Aug. 23)

Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engines to Provide Alternative to Gasoline - Clean Energy, Inc. has licensed a turnkey hydrogen delivery system for existing internal combustion engines by an innovative hydrogen injector system. Compressed hydrogen stored onboard. (Fuel Cell Works Aug. 23)

Monday, Aug. 23, 2004

US Dept. of Energy Gets Budget Boost - DOE is supporting efforts to develop economical fusion power and discover "dark energy" [aka ZPE] -- the possible key to why the universe is expanding. (TechNewsWorld Aug. 22)

Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004

My Implosion Wing - Robert Patterson tells his story of how he came to invent his fixed shape wing technology that he says can triple mileage by creating a vortex ahead of the vehicle, creating a teardrop shape, blunt end first, as well as actually helping to propel the vehicle. (Electrifying Times Aug. 19, 2004)

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - Electron clusters, or EVOs, are shown to be ideal candidates for electrical power generation using easily available methods for manipulation of electronic charge. The gravity of their potential misuse suggests, "do not disturb." Paper by Ken Shoulders (PDF). (ZPEnergy Aug. 21)

Directory:Tidal Power > Counter Argument > Warning over tidal energy impact - Wave energy projects could adversely affect marine life and tidal environments. (BBC Aug. 20)

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004

Project to Produce Hydrogen from Wind Power - Corporacion Energia Hidroelectrica de Navarra (EHN) of Spain is investigating ways of obtaining hydrogen from water through electricity generated from wind power. (Solar Access Aug. 20)

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Ridgestock 2004 Music and Sustainability Expo] - Sat. Aug. 21, Grass Valley, CA, USA, will include lecture at 12:45 pm by Brian O'Leary on "the 'Free Energy Movement,' to inspire people to become more proactive and educated about alternative energy sources such as cold fusion." (The Union Aug. 20, 2004)

An invisible hand? Gravitational anomalies - Allais effect during solar eclipses casts doubt on General Relativity. Review of evidence. (Economist Aug. 19)

Friday, Aug. 20, 2004

Russians Claim Discovery of Alien Spacecraft Parts - "...It's how cold fusion works..." (NPR audio Aug. 19)

Toronto uses Lake Ontario Lake water temperature for air conditioning - Cool lake water to be used to cool down other water that will then be used to lower the temperature in approximately 100 offices in downtown buildings. (The Globe and Mail Aug. 17)

Directory:Wind Energy > Counter Argument > Lightning at wind farms 'could start fires' - Direct lightning strikes on wind farms could create power surges that damage the electricity network and start forest fires, according to campaigners against the proliferation of turbines in Scotland. (Scotsman Aug. 20)

Directory:Waste-to-Energy > Microgy Signs First Farm for Digester-Based Feed Production System - Proprietary systems transform organic waste into biogas that can be used to generate electricity or thermal energy, as well as useful by-products (EnergyInfoSource Aug. 17)

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004

PES Lab > Quartz Melting Properties in Brown's/Rhode's Gas - Observation: quartz fractures when first subjected, then turns to a glowing glob, then nearby fractured pieces fly into main glob. Effect not yet replicated. (PES Aug. 18, 2004)

PlasmaKing Coats Synthetic Diamond on Steel - Diamond-like carbon coatings will allow the ultimate in energy efficiency when used on moving parts, because of its high lubricity. (ZPEnergy Aug. 17)

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004

Open Sourcing > Ed Gray Variant Prelim Data Report - "The motor consumes 42 watts. The alternator is designed to produce 750 watts at 500 RPMs." Final engineering report due after independent tests have been run.

Cold Weld™ Magnetic Pulse Welding - Process developed by Pulsar Ltd., Israel, does not use heat but uses a ultra short magnetic pulses. Advantages: Can weld aluminum to steel, nickel to titanium. "Cold fusion between metals." Takes 1/100,000ths of a second to weld. Single micron precision possible. Single system capable of welding one million parts per year. (Pulsar Welding Talks to BMW Haaretz Aug. 18)

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004

Hydrogen car heralds new eco era > Dolphin-shaped BOC Gh2ost, whose only emission is water, is expected to need the equivalent of just two gallons of petrol to navigate the globe using 25 watts of power, setting a world record for efficiency. (Fuel Cell Works, UK, Aug. 16)

Winery Dedicates Half-MW Solar Project - 457 kW solar electric system in California is one of the largest in U.S. covering 80,000 square feet, generating over 40 percent of the winery's energy needs. (SolarAccess Aug. 15)

What is the best biomass fuel source? (PDF) - Canadian report analyzes many biomass options and shows which are better for converting into fuels and diesel substitutes.

U.S. Cancels Fusion Program - US halting its national nuclear fusion energy project, FIRE, and pinning its hopes on the international fusion research program ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). (New Scientist July 30)

Monday, Aug. 16, 2004

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Directory:Tidal Power > UK gets 50 Million boost to wave and tidal energy - Biggest award ever for harnessing sea power for UK. (GNN.gov.uk Aug. 2)

How Wireless Meshing Could Save Energy - "It is the holy grail of the factory floor: hundreds of sensors wirelessly connected, monitoring motors for problems and drastically reducing energy consumption." (Slashdot Aug. 9)

Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004

Latest from Ultraconductors on ZPE tapping devices - Mark Goldes reports on the progress toward market readiness of their ultraconductors as well as magnetic motor devices. Cites growing mainstream interest in ZPE. (ZPEnergy Aug. 14)

Blackout's 1-Year Anniversary (Aug. 14 Eastern U.S./Canada) > Archive of News Coverage for Aug. 14, 2004 - 3,150 articles come up on Google News for search on "blackout". Chronicled for historic purposes. Articles range from political to discussions of cause and prevention, to prognostications of future repeats on a larger scale. (GTFE)

Politics > Biking for Billions - Kansas man is riding homemade solar powered bike 500 miles to the office of the U.S. Energy Department to ask them where they spent the 281 Billion dollars they got to reduce the nation's need for foreign oil. (KCTV Aug. 15, 2004)

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004

Tidal flow to power New York City - Verdant Power planning to install turbines in the East River. $4.5-million project may form the first farm of tide-powered turbines in the world. Starting at 6 turbines generating a total of 200kw they plan to implement 200 - 300 turbines. (Nature Aug. 13) (Directory:Tidal Power)

Unfortunate First > Student Killed Driving Solar Car - 21-year old student Andrew From from the University of Toronto's Blue Sky Solar Racing Team was killed Thursday when he lost control of the low-riding experimental car and was struck by a minivan head-on. (Slashdot Aug. 13, 2004)

Friday, Aug. 13, 2004

First > Stirling Engine Ready for Production for Home Use - Whisper Tech has received a $300 million contract to supply tens of thousands of its WhisperGen units to homes in the UK. Powered by natural gas, it provides electricity and heat at a cost savings and cut in CO2 emissions. (National Business Review Aug. 13, 2004)

(See also PowerPedia:Stirling Engine}

Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004

Valone Interviews with Washington Post - The topics are DOE, cold fusion, alternative energy.

OS > Pulsed Electromagnetic Motor by G.M. -- Prototype 3 - Gary Magratten able to resume his open sourcing. Posts four photos of his most recent prototype.

ExtraOrdinary Conference Report > Quantum Technologies (PDF) - Kiril Chukanov's 55-page document supplement to his presentation on Ball Lightning, July 30, 2004, SLC.

Classifieds > John Hutchison Soliciting Funds - Looking for small capital loans from friends to prepare technology for upcoming media appearances including the Discovery Channel and ABC on "levitation".

HoverCopter - Vertical Lifting System (US Patent Pending) uses vertical airfoils to control the reverse torque created by spinning the horizontal rotor blades. Uses the down draft to achieve reverse torque and rotational control. Site mentions Perendev Magnetic Motor as ideal for the design.

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004

Trends > Will Coloradans Choose Renewable? - Groundbreaking ballot initiative beginning today will be U.S.' first statewide vote on renewable energy and would require the state’s major utility companies to obtain 10% of their energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and hydroelectric power by 2015. (Common Dreams Aug. 11, 2004)

ExtraOrdinary Conference Reports > Glen A. Gordon, MD, Speaks on Pulsed Electromagnetic Healing Developments - Reviewed scientific literature that proves that the mode of action of PEMF devices is to align anti-oxidants with free radicals, which are the primary culprit in disease and injury. (July 30, 2004)

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004

ExtraOrdinary Conference Reports > Larry Oja Discusses - Perhaps the most well-presented paper at the conference, on a technology that is probably furthest along in the R&D and commercial sales and applications behind it.

Monday, Aug. 9, 2004

High School Students Replicate Cold Fusion - While the dangers posed by cold fusion experimentation should be taken carefully into consideration, there are some helpful scientific papers available for those interested. One college professor reports that materials for an experiment can cost as little as $500 USD. (GTFE, Aug. 8)

Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004

Solar > Direct Energy Conversion Device (DEC) - ITN's developing device that efficiently absorbs free-space electromagnetic radiation (EM) using a broadband, 2-D grid antenna array that couples to essentially any polarized wave form (e.g. elliptically polarized solar radiation). (ZPEnergy Aug. 7, 2004)

July 2004 GTFE News Archived - by Greater Things Free Energy News service.

Current events > International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference - August 16-19 Providence, RI, USA. Speakers from around the world on stirling engines, nanomaterial for aerospace power, and challenges facing future power conversion.

(PESWiki commenced Aug. 5, 2004)

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