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Saturday, May 31, 2008
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Directory:Non-Fossil Oil / Directory:Algae Oil > Sapphire Energy turns algae into 'green crude' for fuel - Sapphire Energy uses algae, sunlight, carbon dioxide and non-potable water to make "green crude" that it contends is chemically equivalent to the light, sweet crude oil. They call it "the world's first renewable gasoline". (Los Angeles Times May 29, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Additives > Liquid boosts mileage, reduces pollution - Fuel Science E3 Research inventor claims his E3 ultra clean fuel catalyst changes the way gasoline is used in the engine, making it burn more efficiently. Diesel engines saw fuel efficiency increase up to 45% and emissions drop 98%, he said. (KATU.com May 21, 2008) (Thanks JQP)

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Directory:Global Warming > Innovations Review 2008: Making Green the New Business - In this 36-page PDF inaugural review, the Environmental Defense Fund showcases more than 20 processes, products and technologies across a range of sectors of some of the latest, proven green business practice examples of the "new business as usual". (GreenBiz.com May 20, 2008)

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Current events / Directory:Electric Vehicles / Directory:Hybrid Vehicles > Power of DC May 31 - June 1 - The 8th Annual Power of DC Electric Vehicle and hybrid competition will be held in Hagerstown, Maryland, featuring intense EV racing, including an EV AutoCross, drag racing and a Show-n-Shine event.

Friday, May 30, 2008
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Latest / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Home Generation:Air Conditioning > Directory:Zeolite > Directory:Zeo-Tech GmbH - Zeo-Tech has developed a new energy conversion process for the efficient generation and storage of heat and/or cooling power. Driven by a heat source, this process is solely based on the material zeolite and water and is therefore fully compatible with the most stringent environmental regulations. (PESWiki)

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Directory:Electromagnetic > Energy efficient drive may produce 120% more electricity - Prototype developer, Zhaan Jordaan, speculates about possible combinations that might equate to a drive unit that is 300% more efficient then a conventional drive. (EcoFuss May 26, 2008) (Thanks JQP)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Retrofits / Directory:Hybrid Vehicles / Directory:Hydraulics > Fuel-saving find - Ernie Brookins’ hybrid hydraulic transmission drive system captures, compresses, and stores “wasted" drive-train energy produced when a vehicle’s engine is running. (In-Forum May 24, 2008)

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Directory:Ethanol > Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Opens - A 1.4 million gallon demonstration-scale plant in Jennings, LA will make biofuel from agricultural waste left over from processing sugarcane. (MIT Technology Review May 28, 2008)

Thursday, May 29, 2008
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Latest / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Hydrogen / Directory:Plasma > Directory:Blacklight Power > BlackLight's Hydrino Going Commercial - The BlackLight Process is said to generate enormous amounts of cheap, non-polluting heat that will replace the thermal power in coal, oil, gas and nuclear power plants that is then converted to electricity. (PESN May 29, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:PhotoVoltaics > Energy Innovations' Raytracker GC Single-Axis Solar Tracker - RayTracker supports a wide range of available PV panel types. PV panels mounted on a RayTracker system can yield an up to 38% increase in annual energy production compared to stationary PV panels, according to the company. (Renewable Energy Worldwide May 23, 2008)

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Directory:Flight / Directory:Fuel Cells > DLR and Airbus Testing Hydrogen PEM Fuel Cell Auxiliary Power System - A German Aerospace group has equipped and flown the Airbus A320 ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft), testing a 20 kW Michelin PEM hydrogen fuel cell system for use in auxiliary power applications, which has held up below 3G, with enough in store for a standby system. (GreenCar Congress May 26, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels > Classifieds:Energy RFPs:NineSigma Requests For Proposals - Aqualon Division of Hercules Incorporated, a $2.1 Billion Company with plants located worldwide, is seeking suppliers of purified cellulose. Opportunity Type: Rapid evaluation and commercialization of materials. [Deadline: June 06, 2008]

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Water / Directory:Hydro > Directory:River Energy > There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] - Company has a floating barge river energy turbine technology, in which they use the electricity to generate other usable products such as hydrogen, to get around the high cost of becoming a utility. (Free Energy Now May 25, 2008)

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Radio > Vortex Network News - William Alek presents Progressive Technology Hour each Saturdays at 10am Pacific. Not very rigorous in requirement for proof.

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Directory:Hybrid Vehicles > Axon eco-car: 100mpg and 90mph - Launched recently at the Sexy Green Car Show at the Eden Project in Cornwall, the car is the work of Northamptonshire-based company Axon Automotive. BBC Video (Sky Motoring May 22, 2008)

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Directory:Biomass > Rice in your gas tank: Boosting biofuel production from rice straw - A research group at Beijing University of Chemical Technology treated rice straw with sodium hydroxide (NaOH) before allowing bacteria to ferment and increased biogas production by making more cellulose and other compositions in straw available for digestion by the bacteria. (Physorg May 26, 2008)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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Directory:Nuclear / Directory:Fusion > Scientists to ‘recreate sun’ in hunt for energy - The nuclear fusion, high power laser programme (HiPER) at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, designed to recreate the temperatures and pressures inside the sun could be built in Oxfordshire under plans being drawn up by British scientists. The aim is to build the world’s most powerful lasers and use them to blast tiny pellets of hydrogen fuel to create energy. (Times Online May 8, 2008)

Directory:Waste to Energy > Modern-Day Alchemy: Turning Trash Into Power - GE, which aims to make $25 billion in annual sales from green businesses by 2010, is working to adapt its gasification technology, used to burn coal more cleanly, to turn municipal waste into a relatively clean-burning gas. They are about five to ten years away from making garbage gasification a paying business. (Planet Ark May 22, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Tips for Green Lawn Care - That's right, you can take your lawn mowing completely off the grid. For a slightly less cool, but still extremely green option, there are battery-powered hand mowers like a model from Solaris available with solar charging stations. (Wired How-To Wiki May 2008)

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Directory:Nanotechnology > Some Nanotubes Could Cause Cancer - New studies suggest that some, not all long carbon nanotubes behave like cancer-causing asbestos. Short nanotubes (those less than 15 micrometers long) and long nanotubes that have become very tangled do not cause inflammation and lesions. (MIT Technology review May 22, 2008)

Monday, May 26, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Solar > Directory:Silicon > Directory:1366 Technologies - An MIT researcher has found a way efficiently of an important type of silicon solar cells by 27% while keeping costs about the same. The technology has received its first round of funding at $12.4 million dollars. (PESWiki Mar. 27, 2008)

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Directory:Solar:Vehicles > World's first solar speedboat: 30-knot, 80kw Czeers Mk1 - The Delft Technical University Solarboat Team built the original platform for the 2006 Nuon Frisian Solar challenge, which it easily won and in the process, attracted serious investment from Rabobank to get a full scale test boat built. (YouTube) (GizMag May 23, 2008)

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Directory:Batteries / Directory:Hybrid Vehicles > Toyota To Build Green-Car Battery Plants - Joining a growing parade of Japanese automakers ramping up production of batteries, Toyota is teaming with Matsushita Electric to invest nearly $700 million to expand production of nickel metal hydride batteries and to begin production of more advanced lithium-ion batteries. (Edmunds May 23, 2008)

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Directory:Batteries > Nissan, NEC To Invest $115 Million in Battery Plant - Nissan and Japanese electronics giant NEC said they will invest $115 million over the next three years to make advanced lithium-ion batteries for Nissan's future electric vehicles. (Edmunds May 19, 2008)

Sunday, May 25, 2008
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Latest / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil / Directory:CO2 Sequestration > Directory:A2BE Carbon Capture LLC - A2BE Carbon Capture is developing bio-secure, scalable, climate adaptive, and highly cost-effective technology for producing valuable fuel and food from CO2 using algal photosynthesis and bio-harvesting in a system they call Algae@Work. (PESWiki May 23, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Vehicles > Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility - For the second consecutive year, Mississippi State University wins General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Challenge X student engineering competition, producing a vehicle that has improved fuel economy and lower emissions, while maintaining driver comfort and vehicle performance. The next challenge will be the EcoCar. MediaSeed Video(Press Release May 23, 2008)

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Directory:Methane Hydrates / Directory:Fuel Cells > More-Powerful Fuel Cells - A cheap polymer material increases the power output of methanol fuel cells by 50 percent. Paula Hammond, a chemical engineer at MIT, has made a fuel-cell membrane out of layers of polymers whose electrochemical properties can be precisely tuned to prevent fuel waste. (MIT Technology Review'' May 22, 2008)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Solar > Directory:Concentrated Solar Power > Directory:Sunrgi LLC Solar Energy Systems - On Monday, May 26, the most watched entertainment news program in the world, will broadcast a feature story about SUNRGI, which recently announced its breakthrough solar energy system that makes it possible to produce wholesale electricity at a cost competitive with fossil fuels. Check your local television listings.

May 24, 2008
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LatestDirectory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Hydrogen Injection > Report:Robert Pritchett's Mileage Results from Hydroxy Boost Addition - Robert Pritchett reports on experimentation with a Ford E350 Cargo Van dubbed the "Hindenburg II" as he transforms it from an ugly duckling fuel liability to a smooth-gliding fuel-efficient goose. (PESWiki May 23, 2008)

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Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Green Star Announces Algae Breakthrough - Biotech Research, Inc., a consortium partner of Green Star, has confirmed a daily growth rate increase of 34% using the “Montana Micronutrient Booster (MMB)" formula for a micronutrient formula to effectively double the growth rate of algae biomass. (Business Wire May 22, 2008)

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Directory:Waste to Energy / Directory:Methane > Landfill Gas: A Growing Fuel Source for Distributed Energy Applications and the Grid - Owned by Allied Waste Inc., the Valley Landfill Inc. uses methane created by the landfill to power advanced generator set technology. (Distributed Power May/June 2008)

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Directory:Wind > Cost Of Wind Power Turbines Is SkyRocketing - The price of offshore turbines rose 48 percent to 2.23 million euros ($3.45 million) per megawatt in the past three years, according to a Danish wind power consultant. By comparison, land-based rotors cost 1.38 million euros per megawatt after rising 74 percent in the same period. (TreeHugger May 21, 2008)

May 23, 2008
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Latest / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Refinery Flaring Recovery > Directory:Capstone Turbine Corporation - Have you ever driven past a refinery and seen the large flare towers and thought, "Why don't they harness that energy?" Capstone's microturbines are ideally suited for that task, among other applications. (PESWiki May 21, 2008)

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Directory:Nuclear > Directory:Fusion > Directory:Cold Fusion > Arata-Zhang Low Energy Nuclear Reaction Demonstration - Against a monumental backdrop of bad publicity for cold fusion since 1989, researchers in Japan on May 22 demonstrated the production of excess heat and helium-4, the results of an historic low-energy nuclear reaction experiment. (New Energy Times May 22, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels > Invasive Species: Another Reason to Worry about Biofuels - A new report, entitled A Risk Assessment of Invasive Alien Species Promoted for Biofuels, is calling on governments to carefully weigh the risks posed by biofuel crops that stand a chance of becoming invasive species against the perceived benefits. (TreeHugger May 21, 2008)

May 22, 2008
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Latest:Directory:Humor > Directory:Rube Goldberg Samples - Examples of cause-effect, transfer of energy from one form into another. Some of the effects might at first seem magical, but upon closer inspection, each can be explained. So it is with "free energy". In addition to gravitational pull and kinetic induction, transference methods illustrated also include wind, flywheels, and magnets. (PESWiki May 20, 2008)

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Directory:Wind > Directory:Wind:Offshore > Technip wins contract to build world's first full-scale bobbing wind turbine - Technip has been awarded by StatoilHydro an engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract for the Hywind project substructure wind turbine which will be located offshore Karmøy, Norway, at a water depth of 200-220 meter, with peak production capacity of 2.3 MW. (Forbes May 22, 2008) (Press Release)

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Directory:Geothermal > A Groundswell for Geothermal - Though the US is the world’s largest producer of geothermal electricity, generating an average of 16-billion kWh of energy per year, this is still only a fraction of what it could be producing. There is virtually no area of the country where geothermal cannot be used. (Distributed Energy May/June 2008)

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Directory:Prizes > ConocoPhillips Energy Prize entry deadline looms - May 30, 2008 is the deadline for applying to be considered by the joint initiative by ConocoPhillips and Penn State, which is "designed to recognize new ideas and original, actionable solutions that can help improve the way the United States develops and uses energy."

May 21, 2008
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Latest / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:River Energy / Directory:Tidal Power / Directory:Ocean Current / Directory:Water >Directory:Bourne Energy - Bourne’s Kinetic Energy Systems entail floating turbines for river, tidal and ocean currents, and have numerous environmental advantages over conventional hydropower dams, Run-of-River and other hydropower systems. The latest is in developing potable water. (PESWiki May 20, 2008)

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Directory:Waste to Energy / Directory:Oil > Making Sour Gas Into Sweet Energy - Microturbines can be used to capture the energy from the 27% of gas consumption that is presently lost to flaring at refineries. The small engines boast a higher sulfur tolerance than do reciprocating engines and reduced total emissions from flaring operations at the field by an average of 75%. (Distributed Energy May/June 2008)

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Current events > Virtual Energy Forum - A first of its kind, online only event will connect thousands of corporate executives with sustainability experts in energy efficiency and conservation, as well as providers of alternative energy products and services. Access the free event from your computer June 10th and 11th - online - from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM, Eastern US.

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Tools > The Ten Biggest Hurdles to Innovation - Today's innovators need to be highly intelligent, motivated and creative to come up with solutions to some of the biggest technological problems. But adding to these difficulties is a whole host of hurdles that can make it tough for even the best and most innovative technologies to survive. (Ziff Davis Enterprise May 20, 2008)

May 20, 2008
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Latest / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Ocean Wave Energy > Directory:S.D.E. Energy Ltd. - Sterling Allan conducts a 1-hour, live interview with the inventor, Shmuel Ovadia, and three other executives from SDE Wave Power, a Tel Aviv, manufacturer and marketer of Sea Wave Power Plants, which are ready for commercial rollout at a cost of 2 cents per kWh -- half of conventional power. (PESWiki May 19, 2008)

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Directory:Waste to Energy / Directory:Biomass > Powering Villages from Rice Husks - Charles "Chip" Ransler and Manoj Sinha, two students from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, recently started Husk Power Systems, a business that supplies electricity to rural villages in India by gasifying the rice husks that are a waste product of rice milling. (Renewable Energy World May 19, 2008)

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Current events / Directory:Solar > The SolaRola Adventure Wednesday 21st May to Wednesday 28th May 2008 - A fleet of solar powered vehicles will set out from the Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster in London arriving on the 28th May at the Royal Bath and West Show in Somerset. Each vehicle will be powered by solar energy and largely driven by disabled drivers. (PESWiki)

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Directory:Lighting / Directory:Home Generation:Solar PV > Directory:Light Emitting Diodes > GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing - Skyscraper wall has the world’s largest color LED display, and has a self sustaining energy life-cycle. Harvesting sunlight collected during the day via photovoltaic solar cells, the wall uses stored solar energy to light up the LED’s for a spectacular nighttime show. (Inhabitat May 19, 2008)

May 19 2008
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Directory:Nanotechnology / Directory:Solar > Harvesting the sun's energy with antennas - Nanoantennas absorb energy in the infrared part of the spectrum and can take in energy from both sunlight and the earth's heat, with higher efficiency than conventional solar cells. Individual nanoantennas can absorb close to 80 percent of the available energy. (Idaho National Lab Jan. 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Hydrogen Injection > Local Man Claims to Develop Fuel-Saving System For Cars - Larry Thrasher from Alabama has created a system to assist car mileage with water. He claims he gets 53 miles a gallon in his 1996 Cadillac. "It uses an ounce and a half of water every 60 miles." (KHNT Newschannel 19 May 12, 2008)

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Directory:Wireless Transmission of Electricity / Directory:Microwave-Based Energy Technologies > Analyzing Microwave Power Transmission & Solar Power Satellite Systems - Microwave power transmission involves the usage of microwaves to transmit power through outer space or the atmosphere without the need for wires. Microwave devices offer the highest efficiency of conversion between DC-electricity and microwave radiative power. (Research and Markets 2008)

May 18, 2008
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Latest / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Global Warming > Five Ways to Reduce Global Warming - New Energy Congress founder and director, Sterling Allan gives a statement in preparation for the first Environmental Hall of Fame ceremony to be held in Los Angeles in June 5-6, 2008. (PESN May 18, 2008)

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Directory:Flight / Directory:Solar > Power Generating Blimp for Disasters - When disaster strikes, why not fly in your power, which can float overhead. These 20 m airships hold about 120 square meters of CIGS solar cells, which produce enough energy to power 25 shallow water pumps, providing clean water for up to 12,000 people. (EcoGeek May 14, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Concentrated Solar Power > BrightSource Energy lands $115 million for solar 'power tower' - BrightSource Energy has raised $115 million, a hefty vote of confidence for its solar power tower technology that converts heat to electricity. (CNet May 13, 2008)

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Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Electric Trucks > Port of LA is putting electric big rig to work - After two months of intense testing, port officials are officially rolling out the Nautilus E30, a new electric short-haul truck developed by Santa Ana-based Balqon Corp. YouTube (Daily Breeze May 15, 2008)

May 17, 2008
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News:Featured:Directory:Hydro > Directory:River Energy > Directory:Slow Moving Water, Inc - Slow Moving Water, Inc presents a floating barge with turbines around the perimeter to harness the energy of the water flowing by. Rather than try to enter the electricity utility business, they produce electricity by-products, such as hydrogen and distilled water. (PESWiki May 16, 2008)

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Directory:Nuclear > Directory:Fusion > National Ignition Facility, LLNL Super Laser for Fusion Ignition - An 11-minute video by KQED about the largest laser beam bank in the world to be used to create Fusion. (The Energy Blog April 19, 2008) (Thanks Directory:James Dunn)

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Directory:Recycling / Directory:Waste to Energy > Junk Computers Could Fuel Cars - Scientists in Romania and Turkey employ a special combination of catalysts, high temperatures and chemical filtration to destroy flame-retardant additives, so these electronic scrap materials can be safely recycled, resulting in oils that could be safely used as fuel and also recycling rare metals. (Live Science May 14, 2008)

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Directory:Liquid Metals / Directory:Solar > A Cool Trick for Solar Cells - IBM researchers have shown that it is possible to increase the concentration of light on photovoltaic cells by about ten times without causing them to melt by using an ultrathin layer of liquid metal, a compound of gallium and indium, between two surfaces. (MIT Technology Review May 16, 2008)

May 16, 2008
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News:Featured:Directory:Nuclear > Directory:Thorium Reactors > Directory:White Whale Productions, LLC:Thorium Power Pack - Bob Dratch of White Whale Productions, LLC proposes using Thorium as a clean, non-polluting, non-nuclear-weapons-creation source and replacement for Uranium in power reactors. (PESWiki) (Thanks Congress:Member:Sepp Hasslberger)

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Directory:Ocean Current > BIOWAVE: Biomimicry Solution for Ocean Power - BioPower Systems is currently testing a bioWAVE™ prototype off the coast of Tasmania. A prototype unit of 250kw will inform the company on how to best deploy a larger scale system. Windfarm video (Inhabitat May 15, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Thin Film Solar > Nanostructures Will Raise Thin-Film Solar Cell Efficiency - Thanks to nanostructures that scatter and channel light, University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are working toward thin-film “single junction" solar cells with the potential for nearly 45 percent sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies. (NewsWise May 15, 2008)

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Directory:Hydrogen Production > Hydrogen Fuel from Formic Acid - Formic acid could be used as a safe, easy-to-transport source of hydrogen for fuel cells. Tekion, based in Burnaby, Canada, is working with Germany-based chemical giant BASF, the largest producer of formic acid, to commercialize a fuel cell that uses formic acid directly. (MIT Technology Review May 15, 2008)

May 15, 2008
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News:Featured:Videos:Solar - Compilation of videos related to Solar technology, including collectors, heaters, photovoltaics, flight, etc. (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Biofuels > Biofuel Comparison Chart: The - The article implies that biofuels can be part of the solution if their production is cost/energy-efficient and doesn't displace food crops or native habitats. (Treehugger May 10, 2008)

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Directory:Recycling > The Promise and Pitfalls of E-Waste Takeback - The challenges of funding, developing and ingraining extended producer responsibility (EPR) into a corporate structure are daunting. And in the U.S. especially, states have addressed a failure to map an e-waste solution on the federal level with a patchwork of varying laws, making the process all the more difficult. (Greener Computing May 14, 2008)

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Directory:Biomass > PNNL & WSU Open Biomass Research Lab - At the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL), WSU and PNNL plan to work together to develop new solutions to commercialize new technology and provide students with a hands-on educational experience. The new US $24.8 million facility is located on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland, WA. (Renewable Energy World May 12, 2008)

May 14, 2008
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News:Featured / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Thermal Electric > Directory:Fellows Thermoacoustic Cycle (TAC) Generator - Texas inventor's technology uses heat to amplify acoustic waves (sound waves) in a high pressure gas, which drive a linear generator and produce electric power. The system can allegedly be built at a very low cost. (PESWiki)

Directory:Brown's Gas > Brown's Gas in Political Blog - There is no need for HHO to be used only as a mileage booster, or even only as a single-fuel for vehicle. It could be used to power home generators feeding banks of batteries and inverters (perhaps along with Wind and Solar), allowing the homeowner to "move off the grid" and gain energy independence. (OEN April 18, 2008)

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Directory:Flight > Solar Aircraft Begins Virtual Flight Today – Check It Out Live - Solar Impulse hopes to send its HB-SIA prototype on its first test flight next year, and in preparation is conducting a virtual flight in its new cockpit simulator. The cool part is that they've wired the simulator up with webcams so people can watch the test live. (Thanks Directory:James Dunn)

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Directory:Biofuels > Sweet sorghum, clean miracle crop for feed and fuel - The hardy sweet sorghum plant could be the miracle crop that provides cheap animal feed and fuel without straining the world's food supply or harming the environment, said scientists working on a pilot farming project in India. (Physorg May 13, 2008)

May 13, 2008
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News:Featured:Directory:Ethanol > Directory:E-Fuel Corporation - E-Fuel Corporation's EFuel100 MicroFueler™ is the world's first portable ethanol micro-refinery system. It replaces the traditional ethanol reflux column system with a solid state distillation technology, making it possible for homeowners and small businesses to safely and cost-effectively create their own fuel, on-site. Available 4th Quarter, 2008. (PESWiki May 12) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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How to Make Super-Strong, Super-Flexible Metals - Researchers at Caltech are pioneering new ways to make superstrong metals that are twice as tough as titanium, and twice as elastic. These "metallic glass" composites are so strong a 3mm rod can support a 2-ton truck and they bend instead of snapping like most other metals of their kind, which are called "glass metals." (Wired May 12, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

Comment: There is a company, Liquid Metal, which already has these types of alloys in the market. They have been around for years. (Daniel Bowers)

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Directory:Communities > Building the Zero-Emissions City - Recently, in the harsh desert climate of Abu Dhabi, construction started on a city that will house 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses but use extremely little energy, and what it does use will come from renewable sources. (MIT Technology Review May 08, 2008)

Directory:BioElectricity > Small bioelectricity plants dirtier than large ones, says study - Small-scale community based bio-power plants produce higher levels of emissions per unit of electrical output than large facilities, according to new research presented at a major sustainable energy conference today (Physorg May 13, 2008)

May 12, 2008
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News:Featured:Directory:Suppression > Premature Greed Syndrome as Detrimental as Men in Black - The problem with some inventors is not only are they years ahead in their visioning of the technology, but they are also years ahead in expectation of rewards for their efforts. (PESN May 12, 2008)

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Directory:Home Generation:Solar PV > Lumeta Makes Peel-and-Stick Solar Panel Installations a Breeze - DRI Solar rooftop installations just got a lot easier: Lumeta, a subsidiary of construction heavyweight DRI, has developed a solar panel sticker -- the Power-Ply 380. The company says its convenient peel-and-stick solar technology allows it to be installed almost twice as fast as regular rack-mounted pane. (YouTube) (Treehugger May 11, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels > Grease Bandits Strike As Biofuel Demand Rises - Grease is a traded commodity like gold or pork bellies, and its price has tripled in the past two years – leading to increased theft. The reason: Grease can be used to make bio-diesel and has seen the same price spike as corn and other biofuel inputs. (Christian Science Monitor May 6, 2008)

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Directory:Communities > South Korean Solar System Community on Jeju Island a Brilliant Idea - On the roof of each of the 40 houses in Donggwang lies a large beds of solar panels. Even the small, local elementary school runs on free electric energy from the sun. The photovoltaic panels produce enough energy to power the entire area. Amidst cattle and fields, Donggwang is a state-of-the-art renewable energy village. (EcoWorld May 9, 2008)

May 11, 2008
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News:Featured: Directory:Biomass / Directory:Alternative Fuels / Directory:Non-Fossil Oil / Directory:Plastic and Energy > There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2] - A Georgia company has announced that they have devised a simple, natural way to convert anything that grows out of the Earth into oil. The inventor's formula is simple. Basically, biomass (such as grass clippings or wood chips) plus the right bacteria equals hydrocarbons, which make not just fuel but plastics and other petroleum products. (PESWiki May 10, 2008)

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Directory:Batteries / Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles -- PHEV > 'Plugless' Plug-In Hybrid Car - A British automotive design, development and certification consultancy, has come up with removable battery packs that can be swapped for full batteries that have been charged from the grid. The prototype achieve 53 mpg (4.4 L/100km), with a charge time of 30 minutes, and range of 15 miles (25 kilometers) in electric-only mode. (TreeHugger Apr. 24, 2008)

Directory:Batteries / Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles -- PHEV > Renault seen investing up to $1 bln in electric car - The head of an Israeli-backed electric car project estimated on Sunday that its partner, the Renault-Nissan alliance, would likely invest $500 million to $1 billion in the swappable-battery electric cars. (Reuters May 12, 2008)

May 10, 2008
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News:Featured:Directory:UFOs / Directory:Plasma > Directory:Magnetohydrodynamics:Plasma-Powered Flying Saucers - With a span of less than 15 centimetres, Subrata Roy's aircraft qualifies as a micro air vehicle (MAV), but it has an unconventional design to say the least. It is a saucer shape covered with electrodes that ionise air to create a plasma. (PESWiki May 10, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Model of Efficiency - PBS/Nova has a "Car of the Future" feature addressing the question, Why haven't cars improved more in fuel efficiency over the decades? View the brief 5-part Nova video with Amory Lovins and Rocky Mountains Institutes' new hyper car presentation. (Thanks Wesleybruce)

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Directory:Trends / Directory:Investment Resources > Only Greentech Can Save U.S. Economy, Says Über-Investor - Ultra-rich American, Michael Novogratz, president of the Fortress Investment Group, said we need another wealth-generating economic bubble. And that, must come -- can only come -- from new energy sources and green technology. (Wired May 09, 2008)(Thanks Tedd St. Rain)

May 9, 2008
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News:Featured:Directory:Oil > Directory:North American Oil Fields - While our coverage is usually on alternatives to oil, the purpose of this page is to illustrate that there is no non-greed-based reason why the price of oil should be reaching as high as it is in North America, when the continent is awash in petroleum.(PESWiki May 9, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Flying Cars > It's Not a Flying Car - It's a Drivable Airplane - A team of MIT aero/astro grads are building what could be the first practical airplane that's also certified for highway driving. Terrafugia hopes to have its first full-scale proof-of-concept vehicle ready to show off at July's AirVenture aviation festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. (XConomy May 8, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Aerocivic and its aesthetically-challenged modifications strikes again! - When Mike Turner designed his Honda Civic into the Aerocivic, the homemade body kit extends the nose and tail of the vehicle in an airfoil shape of sorts and adds hinged wheel skirts around the previously exposed tires. He doubled fuel mileage on the highway. (AutoBlog Green May 9, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

Directory:Trends > Data Centers Expected to Pollute More Than Airlines by 2020 - In the next dozen years, the carbon dioxide emissions attributable to the electricity consumed by fast-expanding data centers is projected to rise fourfold. Efficiency standards are recommended. (Slashdot May 3, 2008)

May 8, 2008
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News:Featured:Directory:Electromagnetic > Directory:Wilt's Clean Energy, Inc - Patented motor allegedly puts out more energy than is required to run it, implying that it is somehow harnessing unseen energy from the environment. Recent measurements showed around 3/4 horsepower being produced via 1/2 HP in. (PESWiki May 8, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Concentrated Solar Power > Harnessing sunlight on the cheap- A team of students, led by mechanical engineering graduate student Spencer Ahrens, are assembling a prototype for a concentrating solar power system they think could revolutionize the field. It's a 12-foot-square mirrored dish capable of concentrating sunlight by a factor of 1,000, built from simple, inexpensive industrial materials selected for price, durability and ease of assembly rather than for optimum performance. (Physorg May 7, 2008)

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Directory:Animal-Powered - We have had the Directory:Human-Powered page for some time. Now we have established the Animal-Powered page on PESWiki. Farmers and others are rediscovering animal power, as fuel prices continue to increase. (PESWiki May 8, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

May 7, 2008
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News:Featured / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Nanotechnology / Directory:Thermal Electric > Directory:Industrial Nanotech Inc:Nansulate - Industrial Nanotech, Inc has a line of non-toxic paint products that integrate nanotechnology to provide insulative properties, corrosion resistance, mold resistance. They are also engineering a method to generate electricity from the thermal gradient to which the coating is exposed. (PESWiki May 7, 2008)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Wind / Directory:High Altitude Wind Power > Directory:Magenn > Magenn Air Rotor System Finally Floats - Over-budget and two years behind schedule, Magenn has announced: "This is a world's first, there has never been a rotating airship test done before." The prototype will be moved to an outdoor location for further testing, followed by four demonstration projects. (TreeHugger May 5, 2008)

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Directory:Animal-Powered > Naturmobil: Cart runs on ‘horse power’ - Abdolhadi Mirhejazi plans on building the Naturmobil, designed to put the cart before the horse. (''XPRESS" May 6, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

May 6, 2008
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Directory:Grand Unified Theories > Quantum Resonant Engine Cycles - Alan Cresswell presents A Unified Quantum Resonant Theory of Everything and a Naturally Selected Perpetual Motion Frequency Mechanism. Though error prone, it provides some interesting tidbits that challenge the present laws of physics.

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Directory:Water > METROPOLIS NEXT GENERATION 2008 Winner Announced! - This year’s $10,000 prize was awarded to San Francisco-based architect and CCA professor Eric Olsen for a "Solar Water Disinfecting Tarpaulin" that promises to provide portable and potable water anywhere that it is needed. (Inhabitat May 5, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

Directory:Algae > Micro-Algae In CARS Will Clean Up Tar Sands, Suck CO2, Make Biofuel, Save World - Welcome CARS, the humorous abbreviation for a Carbon Algae Recycling System, being developed by the Alberta Research Council and nine other research corporations. Video (Treehugger May 5, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Waste to Energy > In Search of New Fertilizer Tech (No, Really) - Learning how to make ammonia fertilizer from natural gas and air has changed the face of the earth as much as any technology, including the internal combustion engine, transistor, and antibiotics. (Wired May 2, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

May 5 2008

Directory:Radiant Energy / Directory:Propulsion > Directory:EV Gray - Video footage of EV Gray and his Technology. Footage proposes, Plastics as Magnetic Cores for greater Efficiency, and Propulsion systems for space travel, among many others. (YouTube April 21, 2008) (Thanks ImZane)

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Directory:Ocean Current / Directory:Tidal Power > US Researchers Hope to Tap Ocean Flows for Electricity - Researchers in Florida say even gentle flows of two or three knots of ocean or tidal currents could provide a cheap source of clean energy and help replace oil or coal-based systems. (Voice of America Mar. 6, 2008)

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PowerPedia:Hydrogen vehicle > Daimler fuel cell buses turn over 2 millionth kilometer - Daimler's 36 hydrogen fuel cell buses, including some that were used in the 2006 World Cup in Germany and since then used as public transportation vehicles in Berlin, have now driven more than two million kilometers (about 1.24m miles) in daily driving. (Autoblog Green May 5, 2008) Also, check out the Fuel Cell Bus Club. (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Natural Gas > Natural-gas vehicles hot in Utah, where the fuel is cheap - Troy Anderson was at the gas pump and couldn't have been happier, filling up at a rate of $5 per tank. Anderson was paying 63.8 cents per gallon equivalent for compressed natural gas, making Utah a hot market for vehicles that run on the fuel. (Physorg April 25, 2008)

Directory:Global Warming > A Breath of Fresh Air at a Climate Change Conference - At the First International Conference on Climate Change, Joe Bast addressed questions such as: How reliable are the data used to document the recent warming trend? How much of the modern warming is natural, and how much is likely the result of human activities? How reliable are the computer models used to forecast future climate conditions? Is reducing emissions the best or only response to possible climate change? (Energy Tribune May 2, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

May 4, 2008
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Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Hybrid Vehicles > 100 MPG Prius Coming in July (Just 10K Extra) - Hymotion, a division of advanced battery maker A123Systems, is commercializing their plug-in Prius conversion module. The Hymotion L5 battery pack can be installed into any 2004-2008 Prius for just $10,000, giving it a fuel economy of more than 100 miles per gallon while the charge lasts (30 to 40 miles). (Ecogeek Apr. 27, 2008)

Directory:Lighting > Directory:Light Emitting Diodes > BlueStar Lighting - Utah company is producing an incandescent-replacement bulb that will cost around $50.00. With energy savings, the ROI is around five years. (Deseret News May 4, 2008)

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Directory:Global Warming > Global Warming, the Cult of Gaia and “Evidence - compiled by Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett, discusses why pushing Global Warming(tm) hot buttons are being used as the catalyst for global domination and control. Also shows evidentially and empirically how Global Warming is Globalony(tm). (macCompanion Magazine May 4, 2008) ((Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Trends > Robotic Environmental Risk Assessment Rover by EcoArtTech - Solar powered and GPS-oriented, the ERAR analyzes data from its surroundings, including air quality, local traffic accidents, and current terrorist warning levels. The rover breaks its findings down into fourteen unique categories. (Inhabitat May 3, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

May 3, 2008
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Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Hybrid Vehicles > Remote Hybrid Helper Could Turn Any Car into a Hybrid - With its own batteries and electric motors, the semi truck trailer pusher would assist the trailer up the hill and then use massive battery packs to capture breaking energy generated going down the hill. (EcoGeek Apr. 28, 2008)

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Directory:Clean Coal > UCG Engineering Ltd's Undergroung Coal Gassification - Company is improving in-situ gasification of coal in underground seams by injecting oxidants, gasifying the coal and bringing the product gas to surface through boreholes drilled from the surface.

May 2, 2008
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News:Featured / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Solar > Directory:Concentrated Solar Power > Directory:Sunrgi LLC Solar Energy Systems - Focusing the sun's rays 2000x and pulling the heat away from the photovoltaic cells, combined with a method of low-cost mass production, the Xtreme concentrated photovoltaics by SUNRGI are expected to produce in the range of 5-7 cents per kilowatt hour. (PESWiki May 2, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels > Biofuels: the Good, the Bad and the Unusual - The Sustainable Biofuels Consensus (9-page PDF) highlights the opportunities that sustainably produced biofuels could bring, if managed carefully. (Renewable Energy World May 1, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Light Emitting Diodes / DIY > DIY Solar Lantern - A step-by-step walkthrough on creating a Solar Lantern using LEDs and a solar cell. (Unplugged Living May 1, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Wind / DIY > Build a Wind Generator - Bill Temple decided to learn how to build a wind generator and you may want to build your own wind generator too. (Ezine Articles May 2008)

May 1, 2008
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News:Featured / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Directory:Plastic and Energy / Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Polymer Energy LLC - The Polymer Energy™ system uses catalytic pyrolysis to efficiently convert plastics (primarily polyolefins) into crude oil. The system can handle as high as 30% impurities such as metals, glass, dirt, water, etc. in the feedstock, making pre-sorting, cleaning, or drying unnecessary, reducing overall operational costs. (PESWiki May 1, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Electrolysis > Directory:Hydrogen from Water > QSI-Nano® NiFe Product Profile Hydrogen Generation Electrodes - (36-page PDF) QSI has demonstrated that by using its nano nickel and iron particles it is possible to exceed the Department of Energy’s target with 85% energy efficiency by increasing the surface area of the active components of the hydrogen electrolyzer, without any CO2. (Quantum Sphere May 1, 2008)

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