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PESWiki News -- April 2008 Archive






April 30, 2008
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News:FeaturedDirectory:Electromagnetic > Directory:David Bowling's Continuous Charging Device (live interview tonight: 9:00 pm Pacific) - Arizona inventor says he has developed a device that will put out a continuous 12 volt electrical current which he has then been using to run motors, small appliances, and charge batteries. (PESWiki Apr. 30)

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News:FeaturedDirectory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles -- PHEV > Directory:Hybrid Vehicles > Plug In Your Prius - Jonathan Sawyer spent $30,000--and voided the warranty--to add a plug to his Prius hybrid, which can now travel more than 1000 miles on a single 12-gallon tank of gasoline. (PESN Apr. 30, 2008)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Batteries > Directory:A123 Systems > An Electrifying Startup - A new safety-tested lithium-ion battery from A123 Systems could help electric cars and hybrids come to dominate the roads. The company's batteries store more than twice as much energy as nickel-metal hydride batteries, the type used in today's hybrid cars, while delivering the bursts of power necessary for high performance. (MIT Technology Review May/June 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Stringing it out: Innovative solar module assembly technology - Within the framework of CrystalClear, a large European project on the development of low-cost, highly efficient silicon solar modules, a new manufacturing process has been developed that allows modules to be made using very thin solar cells. (Renewable Energy World April 29, 2008)

April 29, 2008
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News:FeaturedDirectory:Anti-Gravity > Review:An Introduction to Gravity Modification:by Benjamin Solomon - Book by Benjamin Solomon provides a daring and courageous rewrite, starting from a clean slate, of the physics of forces in a world where gravity modification is taken for granted. (PESWiki Apr. 29, 2008)

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Directory:Engines > Directory:Revetec Cam-Drive Engine - The Revetec X4v2 cam-drive engine was independently tested at Orbital Australia. During testing, the engine achieved a best Brake Specific Fuel Consumption (BSFC) figure of 207g/(kW-h) or 39.5% engine efficiency on petrol. The efficiency level rivals most diesel engines. (Thanks Brad Howell-Smith, April 27, 2008)

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Directory:Light Emitting Diodes > 13W LED Bulb Replaces 100W Incandescent - Can apparently last as long as 50,000 hours. The price point is still high, coming out at a whopping US$109, but for those early adopters who just hate changing light bulbs, this might be worth a try. You Tube video (TreeHugger April 22, 2008)

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Directory:Oil > Opec says oil could hit $200 - Opec’s president Chakib Khelil as Algeria’s energy minister warned oil prices could hit $200 a barrel and there would be little the cartel could do to help. (The Financial Times April 28, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Solar Thermal Power in North-Africa: How Much Land to Power the World? - Spiegel Online published a series of pictures titled "Desertec: Strom aus der Wüste" (translation: Desertech: Electricity from the desert). It includes this image of how much land would be needed to power the world, Europe or Germany with solar-thermal power. (TreeHugger April 28, 2008)

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Directory:Organizations > The American Energy Security - site was developed to inform us about America's liquid fuels crisis and the tremendous challenges and opportunities ahead and has published the free 248-page (5.89 MB PDF) American Energy Security report from 2006.

April 28, 2008
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News:FeaturedDirectory:Global Warming > Review: The 11th Hour - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's must-see documentary on the global environmental crisis paints a portrait of a planet at risk while also offering some exciting and radical solutions for making life on earth sustainable. Our planet may be in crisis, but that doesn't mean it's too late to change. (PESWiki Apr. 27, 2008)

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Directory > Pinpoint microwave resolution could lead to wireless power transfer - Researchers at the University of Michigan have focused microwaves to specks 20 times smaller than their wavelength and five times smaller than other devices have achieved. (PhysOrg April 25, 2008)

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Directory:Global Warming > Melting Methane - Researchers have found alarming evidence that the frozen Arctic floor has started to thaw and release long-stored methane gas. The negative feedback loop results could be a catastrophic warming of the earth, since methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. ( Apr. 17, 2008)

April 27, 2008
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News:FeaturedDirectory:Fuel Efficiency Hydrogen Injection > Directory:2008 Hydrogen Booster Rally - Event organized by County Commissioner, Larry Jarboe, drew three cars that traveled from St. Mary’s County to the Florida Keys using hydroxy gas generated by on-board electrolysis units. The contestants included a "Smack Booster" and a Prius fitted with Bob Boyce' system that achieved 64 mpg. (PESWiki Apr. 27, 2008)

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Directory:Electromagnetic > Directory:Lutec - Ever since the Sky News Australian TV segment aired last year, we've gotten a couple of emails a week from people alerting us to this video. In case you're wondering, it's Lutec, in Australia and no, we still don't know of any independent validations of their claims. (PESWiki)

Directory:Oil > The Seven Myths of Energy Independence - Paul Roberts articulates a defeatist view that energy independence is not only not possible, but that pursuing it is creating new problems. Do you agree? (Mother Jones May/June 2008 Issue)

April 26, 2008
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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Photosynthesis Imitation > Researchers Find New Details Following the Path of Solar Energy During Photosynthesis - Graham Fleming of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley, is the leader of an ongoing effort to discover how plants are able to transfer energy through a network of pigment-protein complexes with nearly 100-percent efficiency. (PhysOrg Apr. 25, 2008)

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Directory:Solar / Directory:Biofuels > Solar Powered Microbes Manufacture Biofuels - A newly created microbe produces cellulose that can be turned into ethanol and other biofuels, report scientists from The University of Texas at Austin who say the microbe could provide a significant portion of the nation's transportation fuel if production can be scaled up. (U of TX Apr. 23, 2008)

April 25, 2008
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Directory:Ocean Wave Energy > Riding the power of undersea waves - The WaveRoller by AW-Energy is a plate anchored on the sea bottom, whose back and forth movement caused by bottom waves, is collected by a piston pump. Ideally, the 4-meter-high plates will be anchored in water 10 meters to 12 meters deep. Proposed installation method: clear out the water, like when building a bridge. (CNet Apr. 24, 2008)

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Directory:Electrical Grid > Organized Crime Penetrates Energy Sector - International organized crime groups control 'significant positions' in global energy and strategic materials and are expanding holdings in the US materials sector, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday. (TruthOut / Reuters Apr. 23, 2008)

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Directory:Organizations > Time for an International Renewable Energy Agency? - At the invitation of the German Federal Government, representatives from more than 60 countries met in Berlin, April 2008, to discuss the founding of the The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an intergovernmental organization that will exist to exclusively promote the adoption of renewable energy worldwide. (Renewable Energy World April 23, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Geoengineering > Injecting Sulfate Particles into Stratosphere Could Have Drastic Impact on Earth’s Ozone Layer - A much-discussed geoengineering approach to offset global warming by injecting sulfate particles into the stratosphere would have a drastic impact on Earth’s protective ozone layer, according to a new study led by Simone Tilmes of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo. (GreenCar Congress April 25, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

April 24, 2008
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Directory:Tom Bearden > Recent Correspondence from Tom Bearden ( -

:Watergas - how water can be burnt (April 22, 2008)

:More on self-powering asymmetric magnetic motors - DoE suppression? (April 22, 2008)

:Royal Rife, healing, watergas, and precursor engineering (April 16, 2008)

:Do longitudinal waves exceed the speed of light? (April 15, 2008)

:Use of sharp pulsing to cure cancer and disassociate sea water into water gas (April 14, 2008)

:Simple Production of A Self-Powering Permanent Magnet Motor (March 18, 2008)

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Directory:Solar Sails > Finnish Electric Solar Sail Nears Implementation - The Finnish Meteorological Institute has produced plans to build an electric solar sail that will circle the Earth, gaining speed to test its acceleration. One possible flagship mission would be a flight out of the solar system to measure the gas, dust, plasma and magnetic field in the undisturbed interstellar space. (Slashdot Apr. 23, 2008)

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Directory:Hybrid Vehicles > The World's Largest Hybrid - The wheels of this haul truck are bigger than your car. The driver has to climb a flight of stairs to get to his seat. And, if GE has their way, they might soon be painting it (at least metaphorically) green. (EcoGeek Apr. 23, 2008) (Thanks Hank Green)

April 23, 2008
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News:Featured / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Concentrated Solar Power > eSolar Utility-Scale Solar Power - eSolar thermal power systems use reflected sunlight via heliostats as a heat-source to drive electric generators. Using small heliostat size and the advantage of mass production, eSolar systems were designed to minimize cost, realizing economy-of-scale at 33 MW, becoming cost competitive with fossil-fuel-powered plants. (PESWiki Apr. 22, 2008)
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Directory:Hybrid Vehicles > Even with Coal Power, Plug-ins Beat Your Average Car - The graph put together by Tommy McCall and David Talbot MIT Technology Review (reg recd) compares plug-ins with each other, using different power sources. (EcoGeek April 23, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Conservation > Green IT Can Be Virtually Free - Ken Brill, the executive director of the Uptime Institute, spoke with GreenBiz Radio recently about some of the surprisingly easy ways to boost performance and drop IT costs at the same time, and what the Uptime Institute will unveil at its 2008 Symposium in April 2008. (Greener World Media April 23, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Global Warming > Update on State Renewable Portfolio Standards - According to a 36-page PDF report, , 25 U.S. states are supporting renewable electricity through the creation of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). (Renewable Energy World April 22, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Biofuels > $1/Gallon - NSF-funded researchers at UMass Amherst just completed the first direct conversion from cellulose using a new method of hydrocarbon refining, which they claim can be commercialized within 5-10 years and essentially make fuel out of anything that grows. (Popular Mechanics Apr. 22, 2008)

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Directory:Conservation > Biodegradable Picnic Ware - Litter around without any guilt - This biodegradable picnic set is reusable, recycled and easily disintegrates within a week if left standing in water, or decompose in a few months if left on a compost pile. (EcoFriend April 23, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

April 22, 2008 Earth Day
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News:FeaturedVideos:Wind - We have compiled a collection of videos of various types of Wind Turbine technologies.(PESWiki April 22, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)


Directory:Water > Segway creator unveils his next act - Update - Inventor Dean Kamen wants to put entrepreneurs to work by bringing water and electricity to the world's poor. 1 kW generator uses anything that burns, including cow dung. Water purifier makes 1,000 liters of water per day. (CNN Feb. 16, 2006) (See Slashdot discussion) Update: Deka Research Stirling Engine (You Tube Dean Kamen's Water Machine March 21, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Utility Scale Batteries > Nagoya-based NGK's Sodium-Sulfur (NAS) battery units - Sodium-Sulphur ceramic batteries costing about $2.9 million per megawatt, store electricity for sale when demand is greatest and have 4.3 times the capacity of lead-acid devices. NKG Insulators (Next Energy News April 14, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Concentrated Solar Power > Hot kilowatts: Infinia, Stirling Energy Systems, eSolar get money - Directory:Stirling Energy Systems announced a $100 million investment. Directory:InfiniaCorp said it has taken an additional $7 million, part of a total of $57 million in a Series B round. Directory:eSolar said it has raised $130 million from Idealab and (CNET Apr. 22, 2008)
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Directory:Methane Hydrates > Scientists unlock frozen natural gas - For the first time, Canadian and Japanese researchers have managed to efficiently produce a constant stream of natural gas from ice-like gas hydrates that, worldwide, dwarf all known fossil fuel deposits combined. (The Star Toronto April 16, 2008)

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Directory:Oil > Emerging Market Oil Use Exceeds U.S. as Prices Rise - China, India, Russia and the Middle East for the first time will consume more crude oil than the U.S., burning 20.67 million barrels a day this year, an increase of 4.4 percent, according to the International Energy Agency in Paris. U.S. demand will contract 2 percent to 20.38 million barrels daily. (Bloomberg April 21, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Mark Anthony Dansie)

April 21, 2008
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Directory:CO2 Sequestration > Five Ways to turn CO2 into CASH - If we have this CO2, why don't we do something useful with it!? (EcoGeek April 17, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Geothermal > Videos:Geothermal - We have compiled a collection of videos of various types of geothermal energy generation methods and uses.(PESWiki April 21, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Wind:Largest > Texas oil tycoon aims to harness power of the wind - Over the next four years, T. Boone Picken intends to erect 2700 turbines across 80,940 hectares of the Texan panhandle. The scheme is five times bigger than the world's current record-holding wind farm and when finished will supply 4000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 1 million homes. (The Age April 19, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Solar > The future of solar-powered houses is clear - People could live in glass houses and look at the world through rose-tinted windows while reducing their carbon emissions by 50 percent thanks to Queensland University of Technology, which is developing transparent solar cells that act as both windows and energy generators in houses or commercial buildings. The cells are expected to be available in a few years. (PhysOrg April 10. 2008)

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Directory:Engines > Nonelectric Hybrid Engines - A prototype hybrid engine, dubbed 2/4SIGHT, being developed by Ricardo UK, can switch between four- and two-stroke modes, thereby reducing fuel consumption by more than 25 percent. (MIT Technology Review Apr. 1, 2008)

April 20, 2008
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Directory:Propulsion > Ion Engine Enters Space Race - A new ion engine is being developed for use in an ESA spacecraft. Ion engines make use of the fact that a current flowing across a magnetic field creates an electric field directed sideways to the current. This is used to accelerate a beam of ions of xenon away from the spacecraft, thereby providing thrust. (BBC Apr. 17, 2008)

April 19, 2008
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News:FeaturedVideos:Algae as Fuel - We have complied a collection of videos and video links regarding the turning of algae into oil, hydrogen, ethanol and other useful fuels. (PESWiki April 19, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Alternative Fuels > Freedom Fuels - Takes an in-depth look at renewable fuel sources, such as bio-diesel, ethanol and vegetable oil. It explores the interaction of the petroleum industry and alternative fuels over the last 150 years, and examines the global impact that bio-fuels can have on our future. Free Download. (MoFilms 2006) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Brown's Gas > Brown's Gas ( - Water can be cheaply disassociated into Brown's Gas / HHO gas (monatomic and diatomic Hydrogen and Oxygen) using efficient electrolyzing techniques which require very little power to operate, or sophistication to build. (OpEdNews Apr. 18. 2008)

April 18, 2008
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Directory:Solar > Solar Power Boom Continues in Europe - The recent growth of photovoltaic energy in countries like Spain and Germany is triggering a reassessment of incentives in Europe to foster a cost-effective, consumer-friendly approach to solar power. (Energy Tribune April 16, 2008)

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Directory:Biodiesel > Videos:Biodiesel - PESWiki provides a list of online videos relating to biofuel and biodiesel use and production. (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett) (PESWiki April 18, 2008)

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Directory:Solar / Directory:Electrical Grid > Municipal Solar Power Plants - Martin Roscheisen, CEO of Nanosolar, argues that a meaningful scale for solar will come foremost from utility-scale solar power plants, in particular from municipal solar power plants of 2-10MW in size avoiding the building costs associated with residential applications on one end of the size spectrum, and the substation transformer costs of larger plants on the other. (Nanosolar blog Apr. 16, 2008)

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Directory:CO2 Sequestration > Scientists Would Turn Greenhouse Gas into Gasoline - Two scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are proposing a method for removing carbon dioxide from the air and turning it back into gasoline. Air would be blown over a liquid solution of potassium carbonate, which would absorb the carbon dioxide, which would then be extracted and subjected to chemical reactions to turn it into fuel. (NYTimes Feb. 19. 2008)

April 17, 2008
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Directory:Fuel Cells > Millennium Cell's POWERSKIN™ Technology - PowerSkin fuel cells operate on various sources of hydrogen, providing flexibility and realizing the benefits of alternative energy. Sample units for Original Equipment Manufacturers are available. (Millennium Cell April 17, 2008)

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Directory:Refrigeration > Directory:Abba Pot-in-Pot Cooling System - Nigerian inventor, Mohammed Bah Abba's award-winning, simple-to-implement invention of and evaporative cooler, consisting of one pot inside another, with wet river sand in between and a damp cloth on top. When kept in a dry, well-ventilated, and shady location, water evaporates, cooling the inner container. (PESWiki Apr. 15, 2008)

April 16, 2008
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Directory:Lightning Power > Laser Triggers Electrical Activity In Thunderstorm - A team of European scientists has deliberately triggered electrical activity in thunderclouds for the first time by aiming high-power pulses of laser light into a thunderstorm. During two passing thunderstorms, the researchers used laser pulses to create plasma filaments that could conduct electricity. (SoftPedia Apr. 14, 2008)

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Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil > OILGAE TEST DRIVE: Algae Power Hits the Road - Algae produces 30 times more energy per acre than corn or soybeans and can grow in salt water, our worlds most abundant source. There are several startups bringing pond scum to fuel tanks, among them Solazyme who were caught driving around Sundance Film Festival this year with an oilgae-powered car. (Inhabitat April 15, 2008)

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Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil > WMU Researchers Create Biofuels from Waste Oil & Algae - Researchers at Western Michigan University (WMU) are working to develop two biofuel production processes Bronco Biodiesel, is to perfect a process to convert trap grease, used vegetable oil from restaurants and other facilities and the second project will attempt to find a viable algae strain that could be used for both waste treatment and as a feedstock for biodiesel or ethanol production. (Renewable Energy World April 15, 2008)

April 15, 2008
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Directory:High-Efficiency Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines > AeroVironment - AV has developed a small, modular Architectural Wind™ turbine system designed for installation on buildings in urban and suburban areas. The design eliminates the support tower, reduces noise and vibration, and is modular housing that installs quickly and easily without penetrating the roof. (Video) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Vehicles / Directory:Prizes > At Eco-marathon, teen driving team races to 2,843 mpg - The team from Mater Dei High School might be only months (or less) removed from driver's ed, but it pulled off a nifty feat of driving over the weekend. One of its entries in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas won the $10,000 USD grand prize for motoring to a record 2,843.4 miles per gallon. (CNet News April 14, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

April 14, 2008
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Directory:Lithium Ion Batteries > Scientists create non-flammable lithium-ion battery - The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research says it has already created a prototype of a non-flammable lithium-ion battery and will be displaying it at a German trade show, April 2008. (TG Daily April 11, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Global Warming > PowerPedia:Greenhouse gases - Provides graphs, charts and other information on water vapor, CO2 and various other Global Greenhouse Gases. (PESWiki Apr. 14, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Global Warming > Videos:Global Warming - Directory of commercial movies and other videos related to Global Warming and Climate Change. (PESWiki Apr. 14, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Denmark’s electric avenues - Project Better Place is partnering with Renault for the electric vehicles, Nissan Motor for its lithium-ion battery pack, and the Israeli and Danish governments, which are offering tax credits on zero-emissions vehicles. (Plenty March 28, 2008)

April 13, 2008
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Directory:Hydrogen > How sweet it is: 'Revolutionary' process points to sugar-fueled cars - Chemists are describing development of a "revolutionary" process for converting plant sugars into hydrogen, which could be used to cheaply and efficiently power vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells without producing any pollutants. (EurekAlert Apr. 9, 2008) (Thanks RR)

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Directory:Hydrogen > Videos:Hydrogen - Directory of videos of various types of hydrogen generation methods and uses, including from algae, Brown's Gas and for engines, fuel cells, heaters, storage, and vehicles. (PESWiki Apr. 11, 2008) (Thanks tallex2002 and(Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett))

Classifieds:Energy RFPs:NineSigma Requests For Proposals - A fortune 100 company invites proposals for using solar power to recharge an electric vehicle battery system. [NineSigma Deadline: May 9, 2008]

April 12, 2008
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News:Featured / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Ethanol > Directory:Coskata Inc - Coskata, Inc. is a biology-based renewable energy company that has developed a technology that uses proprietary microorganisms and transformative bioreactor designs to produce Ethanol for under US$1.00 per gallon anywhere in the world, from carbon-based feedstock. (PESWiki April 8, 2008)

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Directory:Batteries > Directory:Earth Batteries - Directory of technologies and resources relating to the generation of electricity from earth (dirt, with plants, minerals, moisture, earth's magnetic field, etc.) The Earth Battery technology is actually 150+ years old, and was a major source of power during the 1800s. (PESWiki April 11, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Popcorn-ball design doubles efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells - A new approach being developed by researchers at the University of Washington creates a dramatic improvement in cheap solar cells. (PhysOrg April 10, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels > Directory:Ethanol > Review:Alcohol can be a Gas - Brian Hughes reviews new book by David Blume that argues for alcohol fuel, and what should and should not be used in making it. Also addresses the history, pointing out that alcohol was used as fuel before gasoline, and the politics that hinder it yet today. (PESWiki April 10, 2008)

April 11, 2008
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Directory:Natural Gas > Clean Energy Systems Kimberlina Power Plant Test Facility - Making "Power without Pollution" with zero emission power plants (ZEPP), the system utilizes the oxy-fuel combustion process with existing power turbine technology and provides full CO2 sequestration when using natural gas, syngas from coal, refinery residues, landfill gas, bio-digester gases, and renewable fuels such as glycerin from bio-diesel production facilities. Video (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Solar > SOLAR BALLOONS: SunHope Renewable Energy - A project by Dr. Joseph Cory of Geotectura and Dr. Pini Gurfil of Technion is a low-cost deployable system that would harness solar energy. Awarded for "Forward Thinking" by the Re:Vision competition. (Inhabitat April 10, 2008)

April 10, 2008
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Directory:Hybrid Vehicles > Poulsen Hybrid® Power Assist System - Creates a PHEV by retro-fitting electric motors, DC motor controllers, storage batteries and an on-board charger to a conventional new or used automobile. The PMAF motors specially developed by Alpha-Core, Inc. for Poulsen Hybrid are rated 5kW or 7 horsepower each at 1000 rpm (app. 60 mph). Directory:X Prize:Automotive. (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Biofuels > Green Gasoline Could Power Future Cars and Jets - Researchers have made a breakthrough in the development of "green gasoline," a liquid identical to standard gasoline, yet created from biomass sources like switchgrass and poplar trees. (Renewable Energy World April 10, 2008)

April 9, 2008
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Directory:Wind > Bahrain Launches World's First Commercially Integrated Wind Turbines - These turbines are the first to be integrated on a commercial establishment and are expected to generate 11 to 15 percent of the whole structure's power. Directory:Wind (GoodCleanTech April 8, 2008)

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Directory:Biodiesel > Jatropha is 10x More Efficient at Making Biofuel Than Corn in Florida - My Dream Fuel LLC is cultivating the Jatropha curcas at a nursery in LaBelle, Hendry County in Southwest Florida. Nearly 1 million seedlings are in the ground and promoters are looking for farmers – here and across the country – to raise them as oil-producing plants. (NaplesNews April 5, 2008)

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Advertising > Flogos - Advertising In The Clouds - Francisco Guerra, an Alabama inventor and owner of Flogos, makes clouds into effective advertising of any shape with the SnowMasters cloud machine. Flogo clouds (proprietary surfactant soap-based foam formulations) can hover at various heights, depending on the amount of helium and oxygen mixed into the formula. (RapidPress April 9, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

April 8, 2008
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News:FeaturedDirectory:Fuel Efficiency Hydrogen Injection > Directory:Smack Booster - Another on-board electrolysis system provides hydroxy gas at a rate of 100 liters per hour, to go into the air intake, which is said to improve mileage and decrease emissions. The Smack booster plans are available for free, and it costs very little to build yourself. Also, a kit is available for $200. (PESWiki April 8, 2008)

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Directory:Global Warming > Scientists Unveil High-Res Map of the U.S. Carbon Footprint - The work, known as The Vulcan Project, has already yielded a significant discovery: Previous CO2 estimates that used population as a proxy for emissions overestimated the Northeast's greenhouse-gas generation, while underestimating the coal-heavy Southeast's contribution. Video (Wired April 7, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > 12 New Solar America Cities Chosen - The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 12 new Solar America Cities, bringing the number from 13 to 25 in total, and moving along the $2.4 million initiative to provide up to $200,000 per city to build solid solar infrastructures. (Inhabitat April 7, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:River Energy > Earn Your Keep, Mississippi - Free Flow Power, wants to generate hydropower on the Mississippi seabed without disrupting shipping traffic or, they say, upsetting local ecosystems with possibly 160,000 turbines. (Plenty Mag April 4, 2008)

April 7, 2008
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News:Featured / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Nanotechnology / Directory:Thin Film Solar > Directory:Nanosolar Inc - Nanosolar has developed proprietary technology that makes it possible to simply roll-print solar cells with performance and durability similar to silicon-wafer cells, while cutting the costs, making solar affordable. The long-term limitation will be the growing scarcity of Indium. (PESWiki April 6, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Cells > MTI Micro pushing fuel cells for portables - MTI has come up with a Methanol fuel cell that snaps onto the bottom of an SLR camera and will last twice as long as Li-ion batteries, eventually replacing them. The company is tooling up this year for production in 2009. (CNet News April 7, 2008)

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Directory:Lithium Ion Batteries > Longer-Lasting Batteries for Laptops - Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, IL, have developed composite battery materials that can make such batteries both safer and longer lived, while increasing their capacity to store energy by 30 percent. (MIT Technology Review Aprl 7, 2008)

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Directory:Prizes / Directory:Solar > Nominations Invited for Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Award - The University of Delaware is accepting nominations until Sept. 3, for the 2009 Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit, which carries a cash award of $50,000. It is bestowed for significant pioneering contributions to the promotion of solar energy. (NewsWise Apr. 7, 2008)

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Directory:Nuclear > Nanomaterial turns radiation directly into electricity - It will be at least a decade before final designs of the radiation-to-electricity concept are built, but carbon nanotubes packed with gold and surrounded by lithium hydride are hit with radioactive particles that slam into the gold, pushing out a shower of high-energy electrons, allowing current to flow. (New Scientist March 27, 2008)

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Directory:CO2 Sequestration > Low-Cost Reusable Material Could Facilitate Carbon Dioxide Capture - Researchers have developed a new, low-cost hyperbranched aluminosilica (HAS), material, for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants and other generators of the greenhouse gas.(Georgia Tech March 6, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

April 6, 2008
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Directory:Tidal Power:Largest > Largest Tidal Stream System Installed - Marine Current Turbines, has successfully completed the first installation phase of the 1.2MW SeaGen Tidal System into the fast-flowing waters of Strangford Narrows off the coast of Northern Ireland. (The Energy Blog April 6, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)


Directory:Prizes > $50 million in clean diesel grants up for grabs from EPA - That's the amount that the EPA announced it will spend on clean diesel research, especially on "school or transit buses, medium and heavy-duty trucks, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad engines." (AutoBlog Green April 6, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)


Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Algae: 'The ultimate in renewable energy' - Some types of algae are about 50 percent oil, suitable for biodiesel. The U.S. government has been experimenting with algae off and on for 18 years. There may be hundreds of thousands of species not yet identified. (CNN March 25, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > How to Make a Wind Powered LED Out of a VCR - It is a device that combines the renewable energy of the wind with the amazingly efficient and modern LEDs to make sure that you get spectacularly good lighting. (EcoFriend March 25, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

April 5, 2008
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Directory:Electric Vehicles > Boeing tests battery-powered plane - "For the first time in the history of aviation, Boeing has flown a manned airplane that was powered by a hydrogen battery," Boeing chief technology officer John Tracy told a news conference at the firm's research centre in the central Spanish town of Ocana. (The Age April 4, 2008)

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Directory:Wind > Directory:Wind:Floating > Wind Power that Floats - Several companies are on their way to demonstrating off-shore, floating platform wind power systems by borrowing heavily from oil and gas offshore platform technology. (MIT Technology Review April 2, 2008)

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Directory:Abiotic Oil > “Fossil?? Fuel and Abiotic Oil - Who came up with the theory/concept/idea that petroleum-based products came from the dead remains of dinosaurs (dino-juice)? (MacCompanion Apr. 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

April 4, 2008
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Directory:Weather Control > Weather Engineering in China - How the Chinese plan to modify the weather in Beijing during the Olympics, using supercomputers, airplanes, and artillery to prevent rain over the roofless 91,000-seat Olympic stadium that Beijing natives have nicknamed the Bird's Nest. (MIT Technology Review March 25, 2008)

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Directory:Microwave-Based Energy Technologies / Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Hydrogen from Water > Wireless Headset Causes Fire from Water in Microwave - Retired university professor, Teresa Audesirk, reports seeing flames shoot out of a container with green beans in salted water in her microwave as she walked by it wearing a wireless headset, which operates in the VHF range. (PESN April 4, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Vehicles / Directory:Natural Gas > Fill Up Civic GX at Home - Honda Civic GX, awarded "America's Greenest Car", runs on clean, domestic natural gas. The Phill home refueling unit hooks into the home natural gas supply, and pressurizes it for fuelling the vehicle, taking 16 hours when empty, giving a 220-250 mile range. (Honda)

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Directory:Hydrogen Storage > More Solid than Solid: A Potential Hydrogen-storage Compound - Researchers at NIST have demonstrated that a novel class of materials potentially could enable a practical hydrogen fuel tank for cars. Heavy hydrogen molecules adsorbed in MOF-74 pack into the tubes more densely than they would in solid form.. (NewsWise Apr. 2, 2008)

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Directory:Prizes > The Saltire Prize - The Scottish Government has created the opportunity to award one of the biggest international innovation prizes in history through its plans for the Saltire Prize - a £10 million ($20 million) challenge prize for advances in clean energy. Details to be released November 30, 2008 on St. Andrew's Day at Edinburgh Castle. (April 3, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

April 3, 2008
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News:FeaturedDirectory:Nuclear > Directory:Large Hadron Collider - The particle accelerator set to begin experimentation this summer is now the subject of a lawsuit that alleges that "compression of the two atoms colliding together at nearly light speed will cause an irreversible implosion, forming a miniature version of a giant black hole." (PESWiki April 3, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Hydrogen > Hydrogen B.C. projects benefit environment, bottom line - Sacré-Davey, a North Vancouver, BC engineering and consulting firm, managed to attract some high-rolling partners to the idea, which it named the Integrated Waste Hydrogen Utilization Project (IWHUP Video). ( March 27, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Prizes > ConocoPhillips, Penn State partner on nationwide energy prize program - The program will award up to $300,000 in cash prizes through the EMS Energy Institute and focus on generating innovative ideas and solutions that help in three areas developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency and climate change. Rules (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

April 2, 2008
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News:FeaturedDirectory:Magnet Motors > OS:Mike x Magnet Motor - On March 30, Mike x posted a video to YouTube showing a CD with magnets attached on its surface, spinning with just one rotating stator magnet to keep it going. This is an all-magnet motor, with no electrical input. He's presently working on repeating the effect. (PESWiki April 2, 2008)

Directory:Ethanol > A Research Report on Cellulosic Ethanol Investment (PDF) - Report says that cellulosic ethanol promises to be superior to corn-based ethanol in every way, to make renewable transportation fuels more widespread and more affordable. Provides data regarding future growth, supply and demand, and contains profiles of the significant companies participating in the industry. (AltENews 2008)


There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2] > Kicking The Gasoline & Petro-Diesel Habit - ?A Business Manager's Blueprint For Action - Robert Pritchett reviews the book by Charles C. Wood, that provides business managers templates for transitioning transportation to non-petroleum-based alternatives. (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Hydrogen Production > Algae could one day be major hydrogen fuel source - Scientists at U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are exploring ways to chemically manipulate algae for high production of hydrogen gas via photosynthesis. (PhysOrg April 1, 2008)

April 1, 2008
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News:FeaturedDirectory:Zero Point Energy > Zero Point Energy Inventor Self-Destructs - Oregon Vortex resident, Tniop Orez, nearly solved the riddle of harnessing zero point energy when on midnight of Friday 13, he successfully divided by zero, only to realize he did not have a control mechanism in place. (SpaceTimes April 1, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels > Biofuel On-the-Go - Indian taxi driver grows his own biofuel on the fly. Clippings-catcher on lawn mower in the trunk is directed to an on-board biodiesel maker. Between passengers, driver cuts enough genetically-modified super-fast-growing grass to fuel the next stint. (HempNext April 1, 2008)

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DIY > DIY Automobile Kit Announced - IKEA is thinking about selling cars, but only to advanced IKEA customers. Some assembly required. (MakeGeek April 1, 2008)

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Directory:Human-Powered > Asian Child Mimics Hydro Plant - Energy savant child, Kazuo Hydrohuko, has discovered how to harness the power of municipal water fountains. The method doubles as an effective enema. (Josu Kideng April 1, 2008)

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Directory:Communities > Google Gives Up On Earth: Will Colonize Mars - While Google and Virgin have both been outspoken and dedicated supports of the Environment, it looks as if their founders are just sick of dealing with this mess. (EcoGeek April 1, 2008)



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