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PESWiki News -- September 2008 Archive

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News:Archive:2008:October - Going forward in time


Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008
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Latest / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] >OS:Achilles Ligeras' Magnetic Engine (ALME) - After building a working prototype, "Archie" is now open sourcing the design here at PESWiki. He claims that his prototype (now broken) reached upwards of 1500 rpm for 45 minutes, and ran continuously at a lower speed for 48 hours. (PESWiki Sept. 29, 2008)
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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics >Efficient, Cheap Solar Cells - Suniva, an Atlanta startup, has made solar cells that convert about 20 percent of the energy in the sunlight that falls on them into electricity. That's up from 17 percent for its previous solar cells and close to the efficiency of the best solar cells on the market. (MIT Technology Review Sept, 23, 2008)

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Directory:Ocean > Directory:Tidal Power >Tidal power scheme to launch in Scotland - ScottishPower Renewables has identified the Pentland Firth, the Sound of Islay, and the North Antrim coast off Northern Ireland - as the most suitable for the underwater Lànstrøm tidal turbines to be built by Strom UK. ( Sept. 29, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels >Biofuel Market Set To Grow 1,000% - “Agro-fuel" has suddenly become competitive with oil, catapulting it from a backyard business into a global economic phenomenon. Bio-fuels are capturing about $23 billion of the $1.3 trillion spent each year to power vehicles. That’s just two percent of the market, with an astounding 98 percent upside. (EarthToys October issue, 2008)

Monday, Sept. 29, 2008
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Store: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Making Algae Biodiesel at Home - Downloadable 650-page book provides detailed instructions on how to sustainably produce clean oil from algae -- in your back yard -- enough to supply your transportation and home power needs. This is not a simple, afternoon venture, but a serious, long-term commitment.
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Directory:Casimir Effect >Nanotechnology, the mysterious Casimir Force, and interstellar spaceships - Scientists have suggested that the quantum mechanics of something called the Casimir effect can be used to produce a locally mass-negative region of space-time, a phenomenon that theoretically could be used to stabilize a wormhole to allow faster than light travel. (Nanowerk Sept. 23, 2008)

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Directory:Ocean Wave Energy > Directory:Wave buoys >Portugal opens pioneer commercial wave power plant - The world's first commercial power plant converting the energy of sea waves into electricity started working off Portugal's coast on Tuesday (Sept. 23) in a project that should be expanded nearly 10-fold over the next few years. (Video) (Reuters Sept. 23, 2008)

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Directory:Solar >Solar Panels Are Vanishing, Only to Reappear on the Internet - Solar power, with its promise of emissions-free renewable energy, boasts a growing number of fans. Some of them, it turns out, are thieves. (New York Times Sept. 23, 2008)

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Electromagnetic / Directory:Propulsion >Directory:Emdrive (Electromagnetic Space Drive) - Chinese researchers are proceeding to build a demonstration version of a technology developed by Satellite Propulsion Research Ltd (SPR Ltd) of the UK, who have tested both an experimental propellant-less thruster and a demonstrator engine that use patented microwave technology to convert electrical energy directly into thrust. (PESWiki Sept. 27, 2008)
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Directory:Aether >Fermilab Looks for Visitors from Another Dimension - Scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., are designing a new experiment that would investigate tantalizing hints that extra dimensions may indeed exist. (Scientific American Sept. 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Adrian Akau)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Vehicles >UN chief commutes to work aboard solar-powered taxi -The Solartaxi, the brainchild of 37-year-old Swiss engineer Louis Palmer, is currently in New York as part of a worldwide tour that included a stop in Bali, Indonesia, last December for the landmark climate change conference. (Yahoo News Sept 1, 2008)

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Directory:Building / Academy >Green California Academy of Sciences Unveiled! - The Academy is the only institution in the world so far to feature an aquarium, a natural history museum, a living rainforest, a planetarium, and world-class research and education programs - all housed under a 2.5 acre green roof home to 38,000 live animals. (Inhabitat Sept. 22, 2008)

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Directory:Oil > Directory:North American Oil Fields >CRUDE How Wall Street Is Screwing America - While it is clear that our economy is in deep trouble, there's one part of the puzzle that still lies in a place as murky as the water surrounding the refineries in the Gulf of Mexico: the Wall Street-Oil connection. (Long Island Press Sept. 24, 2008)

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Prizes >Directory:Google's 10 to the 100th Project - Google is marking its 10th anniversary by offering 10 million dollars for five of the best world changing ideas. After the submission deadline October 20th, 2008, a Google panel will announce 100 nominees on Jan. 27, 2009, to then be narrowed to 20 via Google user input, then to 5 by a Google board. (PESWiki Sept. 26, 2008)
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Directory:Energy Efficiency >A Quest for an Energy-Efficient House - Preventing energy waste has become a household preoccupation in the era of nearly $4-a-gallon gas and rising prices for everything from airline tickets to milk. Whether motivated by environmental impulses or a desire to reduce utility bills, many Americans are researching ways to create a more energy-efficient home. (Wall Street Journal Sept. 18, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Vehicles >Samsung Solorean Solar Car (2-part video) - The University of Texas' solar "raycer" features National Instruments' CompactRIO real-time programmable automation controller, making the Samsung Solorean one of the most sophisticated electrical systems in solar car "raycing". (Engineering TV Sept. 9, 2008)

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Directory:Electric Vehicles >Swedish Green Train Project Breaks Speed Barrier - The Swedish Railway Industry Group is counting on a two-car electric-driven train type called Regina (from Canadian company Bombardier) retroffited with better bogies (wheel-carrying chassis) and noise-proofing to be faster, energy-efficient and comfy. (TreeHugger Sept. 15, 2008)


There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] Solar Power International 08 - Solar Power International, Oct. 13-16, San Diego, CA, has established itself as the only "must attend" solar event in the US. It is the largest solar conference and expo in the US, currently by a factor of more than 5, and attracts the widest range of professional attendees. The event also educates consumers through a one-night public opening of the expo hall.

Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD / Latest: Directory:Wind > Directory:High-Efficiency Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines >Directory:WARP ENECO - One-hour interview regarding the WARP design that speeds up the wind with a velocity amplification factor in excess of 1.5 over free wind, resulting in a 4.5-fold increase in power, while not being nearly so visually obtrusive, and having much lower vibration and noise, making it suitable for topping buildings. Projected energy generation cost: $.02 to $.04/kW-h or lower. (FreeEnergyNow Sept. 22, 2008)
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Directory:Suppression / Directory:Cold Fusion > Directory:Eugene Mallove >Forensic lab mix-up could sink Eugene Mallove murder case - A mix-up at the State Police forensic lab may jeopardize the state’s case against two men charged with murder in the 2004 beating death of Eugene Mallove, according to an attorney for one of the suspects. (Norwich Bulletin Sept. 25, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Cells / Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Hydrogen Storage >Ammonia Borane Could Store Hydrogen for Fuel Cell Vehicles - Tom Autrey from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been experimenting with a compound called ammonia borane (AB), which consists of hydrogen, nitrogen and boron – all relatively light elements. When AB is heated, it releases hydrogen gas for use in the fuel cell. When all the AB is “spent”, hydrogen gas can be pumped in to regenerate more. (EcoGeek Sept. 25, 2008)

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Directory:Flight >Pilot postpones jetpack adventure - Yves Rossy, the "Fusionman", attempting to become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing, has been delayed. (Videos) (BBC News Sept. 25, 2008) (Slashdot)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Solar Hydrogen / Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Solar Hydrogen Energy Corporation (SHEC) Labs >SHEC LABS has moved up to the #2 position of the New Energy Congress Top 100 Clean Energy Technologies - The Top 100 is a prioritized listing by the New Energy Congress of the very best clean energy technologies according to ten criteria including: renewable, environmentally friendly, affordable, credible, reliable, developed, safe and not encumbered by politics of science. (BusinessWire SHEC PR Sept. 24, 2008)

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008
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Latest: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] - A much contested energy bill that would offer the Solar Industry a major boost is closer to being passed into law now that the Senate has made some concessions. H.R. 6049 calls for approximately $18 billion of tax incentives for investment in renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration demonstration projects, energy efficiency and conservation. (PESWiki Sept. 25, 2008)
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Directory:Wireless Transmission of Electricity / Directory:Concentrated Solar Power / Directory:Solar:Photosynthesis Imitation / Directory:Magnets > Classifieds:Energy RFPs:NineSigma Requests For Proposals - 1) Wireless Power Transfer Technology 2) Improved Efficiency of Luminescent Solar Concentrators 3) Artificial Photosynthesis Technologies Using Catalysts 4) Magnetic Materials with Extremely High Magnetic Flux Densities. [Deadline: +/- October 24, 2008]

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Directory:Biofuels >E85 Boondoggle of the Day: EU Cuts Biofuel Goals, Blocks U.S. Corn juice - Foodstock-based, first-gen biofuels are becoming increasingly unpopular, spurring the European Union to modify its biofuel milestone objectives. (The Truth About Cars Sept. 13, 2008)

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Directory:Energy Usage Monitoring Devices >Smart grid company GridPoint heaps on $120M and buys electric vehicle startup V2Green - GridPoint, one of the largest of the smart grid startups, who aim to more intelligently distribute energy across the electrical grid, has more than doubled up on its prior funding with $120 million. It also acquired V2Green, which makes software for electric vehicles to efficiently plug into the grid. (VentureBeat Sept. 23. 2008)

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Ocean > Directory:Tidal Power >Directory:Atlantis Resources Corporation -- Nereus and Solon Tidal Turbines - Atlantis has developed two families of sub-sea turbines, extensively tested over a decade of field trials. Nereus™ is a shallow water turbine which has been extensively tested, and grid connected in Australia. Solon™ is a deep water turbine for installation in some of the fastest flowing currents in the world. (PESWiki Sept. 23, 2008)
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Directory:Wind > Directory:High-Efficiency Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines >Loopwing Personal Wind Turbine - Because there are no blade tips, the Loopwing doesn't have tip vortex effects, and is therefore much quieter. This also reduces vibration, which helps with both noise and extending the life of the turbine and generator. The blade configuration is also responsible for its low start speed. (EcoGeek April 30, 2007)

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Directory:Solar >Slicing Solar Power Costs with New Wafer-Cutting Method - University of Utah engineers devised a new way to slice thin wafers of the chemical element germanium for use in the most efficient type of solar power cells. They say the new method should lower the cost of such cells by reducing the waste and breakage of the brittle semiconductor. (NewsWise Sept. 14, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels / Directory:Waste to Energy >San Francisco Announces 10 Million Gallon Biodiesel Plant! - San Francisco’s proposed biodiesel plant would be situated within on old rendering facility in the Hunter’s Point district owned by Darling International. Under the plan, the facility will be renovated to turn grease waste into useable, sustainable energy. (Inhabitat Sept. 10, 2008)

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Electromagnetic >Directory:Keppean Scalar Motor - The Keppe Motor allegedly requires a quarter as much electricity to generate power as a normal motor -- by capturing scalar energy from the "vacuum" of space. It is named for Brazilian scientist, Norberto Keppe, Ph.D., whose book The New Physics Derived from A Disinverted Metaphysics proposes a spiritual-based direction for our planet's technological philosophy. (PESWIki Sept. 23, 2008)
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Directory:Cold Fusion >The 14th International Conference on Cold Fusion - Experimental evidence was presented that shows conclusively that excess heat can be reproduced on demand. (9-page PDF August 10-15, 2008)

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Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Electric Cars >Green Eco Mobility - Clean and green transportation gets a new look and feel as GEM, a Chrysler LLC company, introduces the next generation of clean, gas-free and emission-free, battery electric vehicles -- Peapod. Top speed, 25 MPH, 30 mile range, street legal. (YouTube) (PR Newswire for Journalists Sept. 23, 2008)

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Directory:Solar >Oerlikon expects grid parity by 2010 - Oerlikon Solar has said its facilities will achieve grid parity by 2010 in connection with the opening of the company’s new fully-automated thin-film pilot line at Trübbach, Switzerland. (Video) (Renewable Energy Focus Sept. 8, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels >New Route to Hydrocarbon Biofuels - Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a simple, two-step chemical process to convert plant sugars into hydrocarbon fuels. The compounds created during the process could also be used to make other industrial chemicals and plastics. (MIT Technology Review Sept. 22, 2008)

Monday, Sept. 22, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Solar > Directory:Inverters >Directory:Micro-Inverter System by Enphase Energy - Enphase Micro-Inverters turn solar panels into modular systems, increasing the energy harvest by 13 to 15 percent. The system includes the micro-inverter, embedded powerline communications and Enlighten — a web-based performance monitoring and analysis tool. (PESWiki Sept. 22, 2008)
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Directory:Solar >12 year old Oregon student develops 3-D solar cell - William Yuan earned the Davidson Fellow award and is going to Washington D.C. to accept a $25,000 scholarship for his 3D Solar Cell research. (NECN Sept. 16, 2008) (See also CleanTechnica)

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Directory:Wind >Want Your Own Wind Turbine? EcoGeek's Guide - Wind is part of the renewable energy mix, and there certainly are many homes where is is a viable option. For those, the range of options is growing. Besides the propeller turbine, there are a number of other options that are being developed and coming into availability that offer different features and performance that can make them appealing alternatives for some. (EcoGeek Sept. 11, 2008)

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Directory:Ethanol >Beets could produce trifold crop of biofuel, food and cash - Atlantec BioEnergy Corporation (ABC) has contracts in place for 520 acres of sugar beets for ethanol production across Nova Scotia this year and has been hosting field days with growers to demonstrate the merits of the crop. (NovaNews Now Sept. 16, 2008)

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Directory:Water >Water Companies Taking Cue From Nature - When it comes to water technology, nature appears poised to become a major player. Aquaporins sit inside channels in biological cells where water, salts and solids pour in, the aquaporin flips over, ejecting the impurities and allowing fresh water to pass through the cell. (GreenTech Media Sept. 10, 2008)

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008
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Directory:Solar >Researchers Beam 'Space' Solar Power in Hawaii - Former NASA executive and physicist John Mankins captured solar energy from a mountain top in Maui and beamed it 92 miles to the main island of Hawaii. (Wired Sept. 12, 2008)

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Directory:Wind >Windfarms: One of the great deceptions of our time? - The total power generated by all the 2,300 turbines so far built in Britain, is less than that contributed by a single medium-size conventional power station. ( Sept. 13, 2008)

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Directory:Emergency Preparedness / Directory > Directory:Home Generation:Solar PV>The Solar Stik Portable Power Generator - The Solar Stik™ is a small-scale energy generator that is capable of providing clean, green energy wherever it is needed most. The versatile system takes advantage of both solar and wind turbine technology and is quick to set up, making it perfect for applications ranging from boating and recreation to providing emergency relief and humanitarian aid. (Video) (Inhabitat Sept. 16, 2008)

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Directory:Communities >Greensburg: Rebuilding Better, Stronger, Greener! - A 157-page Sustainable Master Plan (PDF) is being used to rebuild Greensburg, Kansas after a tornado wiped it off the map on May 4, 2007, with the goal to become the "Greenest city in the USA". (Planet Green Videos) (Renewable Energy World Sept. 3, 2008)

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Fuel Efficiency Vehicles > Directory:Hybrid Vehicles > Directory:XR3 Hybrid by Robert Q. Riley Enterprises, LLC - The XR3 Hybrid is a super-fuel-efficient, two-passenger, plug-in hybrid that achieves 125 mpg on diesel power alone, 225 mpg on combined diesel and electric power, with performance like a conventional automobile, focusing on existing technologies that make conserving energy a fun driving experience. (PESWiki Sept. 20, 2008)
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Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Electric Cars >Electric cars wait in the wings - Dr. Mike Duke outlines the future of the the UltraCommuter electric car designed and developed at Waikato University that defies all weaknesses previously associated with electric vehicles. It is capable of running on batteries for up to 200km before it requires recharging and reaches speeds between 120kmh and 170kmh. (Manawatu Standard Sept. 17, 2008)

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Directory:Human-Powered > Current events >World's Fastest Human propelled by their own power - On Sept. 15-20, cyclists from around the world gather on SR305 outside of Battle Mountain, Nevada for the 9th consecutive year to race on one of the straightest, flattest, and smoothest surfaces in the world.

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Directory:Global Warming >A Strategy for Coping with Climate Change - A new multidisciplinary modeling effort concludes that certain tracts of land in California's Sacramento Delta should be abandoned the next time they flood, and that major California water-supply inlets in the area should be rerouted. The study indicates the kind of land-preservation and infrastructure triage that will become increasingly necessary in the face of rising sea levels and climate change. (MI Technology Review Sept 11, 2008)

Friday, Sept. 19, 2008
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Directory:Biodiesel / Directory:Biofuels>Flower Power: Run Your Ride on a Wild Weed - What makes stinkweed different than the plethora of other world-saving, game-changing biofuels that came before it, is farmers can't help but grow it. When executives from Innovation Fuels asked farmer Brian Ziehm about growing an acre of stinkweed on his property, he was dumbfounded. "It was like, 'What the heck? I've been trying to get rid of these things for 30 years. Now you want me to plant them?" (Wired Sept. 16, 2008)

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Directory:Storage > Directory:Capacitors >Researchers Develop Graphene-Based Ultracapacitors Potential for Doubling Storage Capacity of Current Materials - University of Texas at Austin developed a new class of carbon materia -- chemically modified graphene (CMG) -- that is made from a 1-atom thick sheet of carbon, and can be functionalized as needed. The researchers demonstrated their performance in an ultracapacitor cell. (GreenCar Congress Sept 16, 2008)

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Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles -- PHEV >Is GM's Volt Ready to Roll? - General Motors (GM) unveiled the production design of its Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. But significant hurdles remain before the car can start rolling off assembly lines, chief among them the need for continued development of the car's main battery pack. (MIT Technology Review Sept. 18, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Vehicles >Alaskan Police Pull Over Solar “UFO??? Car - It was just Marcelo da Luz in his Xof1 taking a jaunt across the state to try and set a world record. A citizen dialed 911 upon seeing the vehicle, and police chased it down but didn’t do more than ask him what was up with the crazy car. (Video) (EcoGeek Sept 10, 2008)

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Wind > Directory:High-Efficiency Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines >Directory:Home Energy Energy Ball -The Energy Ball designed and built by Home Energy in the Netherlands, breaks from most wind turbine design by using a spherical structure. They say that by using such a design, significantly higher aerodynamic efficiency can be achieved (40% better efficiency), as compared to traditional designs. (PESWiki Sept. 17, 2008)
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Directory:Gravity Motors / Directory:Milkovic Two-Stage Mechanical Oscillator >Pendulum-Lever System Different from Simple Machines, Better than Transmissions (35 min, Google Video) - In a new video presentation, Veljko Milkovic, presents great advantages of using pendulum-lever system and ultra efficiency of two-stage mechanical oscillator experimentally demonstrating how it is many times better and effective than the simple machines and transmission systems. ( September 11, 2008) (Thanks Bobsy)

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Directory:Human-Powered >Designtrepreneur Turns the Alternative Energy Paradigm on its Head! - POWERleap is in its third generation prototyping stage and gaining funding to push the product into its next stage of development as a flooring system destined for high foot-traffic urban areas that generates electricity via human footfall. (Changents June 2008)(Thanks Susan)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Lighting > Directory:Light Emitting Diodes / Directory:Energy Usage Monitoring Devices >Spark Lamp Increases Domestic Energy Awareness - A wi-fi module in the Spark Lamp developed in Sweden reads computer data about your home power usage and turns on red, yellow, or green, depending on whether you are behind, at, or ahead of your consumption goals. The lamp itself collects solar energy during the day and emit light during the night. (DesignZen Sept. 3, 2008)

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008
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Directory:Storage > Directory:Capacitors >Nanoflowers Improve Ultracapacitors - Imagine a cell-phone battery that recharges in a few seconds and that you would never have to replace. Ultracapacitors can store only about 5 percent as much energy as lithium-ion batteries. An advance by researchers at the Research Institute of Chemical Defense, in China, could boost ultracapacitors' ability to store energy. (MIT Technology Review Sept. 16, 2008)

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Directory:Plastic and Energy >Genomatica develops novel bioplastic - San Diego-based Genomatica said it has developed genetically engineered E.Coli bacteria that could replace the need for petroleum in the process to make some plastics. (CleanTech Sept. 16, 2008)

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Directory:Electric Cars > Directory:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles -- PHEV >High-tech vehicles growing more common - "This is really happening -- now. Electric vehicles are finally hitting the mainstream," said Dan Davids, who owns a modified Prius and became the first person in the state of Washington with a hybrid Prius, so the car runs on electricity only. (Seattle PI Sept. 9, 2008)

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Magnet Motors / Directory:Gravity Motors / Directory:Electromagnetic > PowerPedia:Lee-Tseung Lead Out Theory - Theory predicts that both gravitational and electron motion energy can be lead out via pulse force at resonance on oscillating, vibrating, rotating or flux change systems. The ideal pulse force for a simple pendulum can be thought of as the pull applied perpendicular to the arc of motion when the pendulum bob is at the maximum displaced position. (PESWiki Sept. 16, 2008)
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Directory:Vortex Technologies / Directory:Water >Watreco Vortex Generator - Building on nature’s own principles, Vortex Process Technology (VPT) used in the Vortex generator, builds on water’s own natural movement. The Vortex generator sets the water in a considerable swirl that changes its internal properties, purifying the water. ("In Harmony with Nature" PDF) (Watreco Sept 14, 2008)

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Directory:Turbines > Directory:River Energy >Oxford Unveils Next-Gen Underwater Turbines - A group of engineers at Oxford have been tinkering away on a design that promises to be even more powerful and efficient and recently introduced an innovative Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine (THAWT) that will not only collect more energy, but require 60% lower manufacturing costs and 40% lower maintenance costs. (Inhabitat Sept. 10, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Cells >EPA Tests Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle under Real World Conditions - "EPA is turning the key on an engine of change, by turning fleet emissions from CO2 to H2O. EPA supports new technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells that are good for our environment and good for our economy." (EPA Sept. 12, 2008)

Monday, Sept. 15, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Magnet Motors > Directory:Linear Magnet Accelerators OS:George Soukup V-Track Rotary Magnet Motor - German inventor presents what appears to embody the V-track magnet accelleration model into rotating motion -- something that many have unsuccessfully attempted. What is not clear is whether his model achieves acceleration, or even constant speed. Can it handle a load? (PESWiki Sept 15, 2008)
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Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Hydrogen Production / Directory:Hydrogen Storage >Nanonets Snare Energy - Researchers at Boston College say a new material could cheaply convert sunlight into hydrogen. Nanonets are two-dimensional branching structures, with materials made of titanium disilicide that split hydrogen and oxygen via visible light, absorbing or releasing hydrogen, depending on the temperature. (MIT Technology Review Sept. 10, 2008)

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Directory:Solar / Directory:Building >Solar Roofing Materials - United Solar Ovonic has teamed with CENTRIA to create a metal roof system that generates electricity from sunlight more cost-effectively. The partnership offers seven different prefabricated systems, ranging in capacity from 3 to 120 kilowatts. Tests show that the solar roof panels are rugged and can withstand winds in excess of 160 miles per hour. (MIT Technology Review Sept. 12, 2008)

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PowerPedia:Hydrogen vehicle >Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Wins 2008 Green Car Vision Award - The Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell has been honored with "Green Car Journal’s" Green Car Vision Award™. Featuring General Motors’ fourth-generation fuel cell propulsion system, the Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell won out over fellow nominees including the BMW Hydrogen 7, Honda FCX Clarity, Phoenix Electric SUT, and Toyota Prius Plug-In. (

Sunday, September 14, 2008
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Directory:Lighting >Directory:Levon Light - Leif Levon's environmentally friendly inductive light. No batteries. It operates on ambient superfluous light during the day and induction technology when the light is too dim. (PESWiki Sept 13, 2008)
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Directory:Superconductors / Directory:Magnets >Superconductivity can induce magnetism - Andrea Bianchi, a professor in the Department of Physics at the Université de Montréal, and his colleagues show that, contrary to previous belief, superconductivity can induce magnetism, which has raised a new quantum conundrum. (PhysOrg Sept, 11, 2008)

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Directory:Conventional Renewable Energy >'African Renewable Energy Gains Attention - Sub-Saharan Africa could provide more than 170 gigawatts of additional power-generation capacity -- more than double the region's current installations -- through 3,200 "low-carbon" energy projects, such as combined heat-and-power, biofuels production, mass transportation, and energy efficiency, according to a World Bank report. (WorldWatch Institute Sept. 10, 2008)

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Directory:Large Hadron Collider >Large Hadron Collider: Best and Worst-Case Scenarios - Wired breaks down how five major physics theories - and the theorists who've spent their lives developing them - may be impacted by the discoveries that could emanate from the LHC. (Wired Sept. 9, 2008)

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Directory:Global Warming >Hurricane Ike - Video of "not quite Category 3" Hurricane Ike from the International Space Station. (NASA space views Tracking Ike) (CNN Sept. 9, 2008)

Saturday, September 13, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD / Latest: &nbspDirectory:Geothermal >Directory:Raser Technologies - Geothermal and Waste Heat Harvesting - Company has a rapid-deployment capability for low-heat geothermal energy. The geothermal pipes are in a closed loop, tied to a heat exchanger that heats a refrigerant which runs a turbine, in a reverse-refrigeration system, generating electricity in a cost-effective manner. (PESN Sept. 4, 2008)
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Directory:Wind > The remarkable first race for wind-powered vehicles - The Dutch town of Den Helder held the “Aeolus Race???, the first for wind-powered vehicles. The winning Ventomobile from Stuttgart University was the clear winner, running at an amazing 64% of wind speed directly into the wind. (GizMag Sept. 7, 2008)

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Directory:Geothermal > 5 Ways Geothermal Power is Heating Up Around the World - Geothermal power is the poor cousin of higher profile renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. It doesn’t seem to be a question of geothermal’s potential, but its amount of publicity. Here’s a roundup of what’s heating up in geothermal power around the world. (TreeHugger Sept. 3, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels >Oil Seed Rape Grown For Biofuel Can Help Clean Up Toxic Soils - Using plants to help clean up heavily polluted soils has been successfully tested for many years and shown to be a cheap and environmentally friendly way to clear heavy metals such as arsenic, copper, zinc and chromium from contaminated land. Researchers in Ireland are combining heavy metal tolerant bacteria with plants used to make biofuels such as oil seed rape. (ScienceDaily Sept. 10, 2008)

Friday, September 12, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Oil / Directory:Conspiracy > Sex, Drugs, and Rockin' Oil - Are we surprised to find out that the U.S. government employees who oversee offshore oil drilling turn out to be literally and figuratively 'in bed' with the oil industry? A compilation of news stories about this scandal. (PESN Sept. 11, 2008)
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Directory:Methane >Chemists create powdered methane - According to a report in Nature News, researchers at the University of Liverpool, UK, have found that they can trap methane in a bizarre material dubbed dry water, a mixture of silica and water that looks and acts like a fine white powder. (Top News Sept. 4, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Adrian Akau)

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Directory:Wind > Five Weird-Ass Wind Turbines - Here are a few of the more radical designs for wind-capturing devices out there. The huge, the odd, and the ingenious. A look at the Directory:MagLev Wind Power Generator, the Aerogenerator, the Directory:Magenn, the Directory:FloDesign Wind Turbine, and a rotating tower. (EcoGeek Sept. 7, 2008)

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Directory:Ethanol >Sweet Potato Out-Yields Corn In Ethanol Production Study - In experiments, sweet potatoes grown in Maryland and Alabama yielded two to three times as much carbohydrate for fuel ethanol production as field corn grown in those states, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists report. (Science Daily Aug. 28, 2008)

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Directory:Humor / Directory:Vertical Axis Wind Turbines >Lizard-Go-Round (YouTube) - This lizard does this every day and really seems to like it. Anolis Carolinensis have been dropping in population. Maybe they are having too much fun riding VAWTs? (GreenPowerScience] Sept. 10, 2008)

Thursday, September 11, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD / Latest: Directory:Wind > Directory:High-Efficiency Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines >Directory:WARP ENECO - The WARP design speeds up the wind with a velocity amplification factor in excess of 1.5 over free wind, resulting in a 4.5-fold increase in power. A WARP wind farm would need on average about 80% less land per kilowatt of energy generated. Projected cost $.02 to $.04/kW-h or lower. (PESWiki Sept. 11, 2008)
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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Vehicles > Directory:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles -- PHEV >100-mpg plug-in hybrids popping up in US - A handful of smaller companies have begun taking the energy crisis into their own hands. By retrofitting hybrids like the Toyota Prius with a second battery pack, they´re converting these cars into hybrid plug-ins that can recharge from a wall outlet and drive a short commute on all electric power. (PhyOrg Sept. 10, 2008)

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Directory:Wind > Aerogenerator turbine sets sail for a greener future - The Aerogenerator is an egg-whisk-shaped Darrieus wind turbine will be built for off-shore installation by aeronautical engineer David Sharpe. It is projected to be capable of generating up to 9 megawatts of electricity. ( Jan. 29, 2008)

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Directory:Ethanol >Spartan Corn III - Cow Stomach Microbe Enables 'Self-Ethanoling' Corn - In the commercial biofuel industry, only the kernels of corn plants can be used to make ethanol, but this new discovery would allow the entire corn plant to be used – so more fuel can be produced with less cost. (Scientific Blogging April 8, 2008)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD / Latest: Directory:Wind > Directory:High-Efficiency Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines >Directory:FloDesign Wind Turbine - FloDesign is working on a wind turbine concept that could potentially be at least twice as efficient as traditional rotor blade turbines, which force air around them instead of through them. First prototype will be 12 feet in diameter and produce 108 kW power. (PESWiki Sept. 9, 2008)
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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Vehicles / Directory:Electric Vehicles > SUNN Solar Electric Car Kit - Art Haines, mechanical designer of Maine, built a solar car kit called the SUNN Electric Vehicle, with the help of high school students. (YouTube Video Sept. 6, 2008)

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Directory:Ethanol > Better Bug to Make Cellulosic Ethanol -New genetically modified bacteria could slash the costs of producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass. The microbes produce ethanol at higher temperatures than are possible using yeast, which is currently employed to ferment sugar into the biofuel. (MIT Technology Review Sept . 9, 2008)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD / Latest: Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics > Directory:Plastic Solar Cells >Directory:Konarka's PowerPlastic Photovoltaic Solar - Konarka is an advanced R&D company, dedicated to the commercialization of power solutions based on a proprietary, solid-state, flexible, low-cost photovoltaics platform that can convert sunlight and even indoor light into electricity. (PESWiki Sept. 8, 2008)
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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Engines > 'Omnivorous engine' hopes to run on many fuels - "The ultimate goal is not to know what's in the tank, but to have it run as efficiently as possible on whatever comes down the fuel line. This engine can run on pretty much any liquid fuel that can be ignited with a spark." (PhysOrg Sept. 8. 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Cells > Acumentrics Fuel Cell for Distributed Power Generation - Acumentrics Corporation 5kW tubular fuel cell system (Model 5000) has exceeded 10,500 hours of operation to become the longest-running small scale solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system, and has received a $15.6 million DOE award to continue advancement of the technology. (Acumentrics Sept. 8, 2008)

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Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Biomass > Dutch Biomass Plant to Use Chicken Poop to Power 90,000 Homes - In the latest development of large-scale biomass energy production, the Netherlands is now home to the world’s largest biomass power plant running only on – yep, you got it – chicken manure. (Treehugger Sept. 8 2008)

Monday, September 8, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Non-Fossil Oil >Directory:Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation -- Fast Pyrolysis - Carbon/greenhouse-gas-neutral, fast pyrolysis technology uses medium temperatures and oxygen-free conditions to turn dry waste biomass and non-food crops into BioOil® for power and heat generation. (PESWiki Sept. 5, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Vehicles > The 65 mpg Ford the U.S. Can't Have - Ford's 2009 Fiesta ECOnetic goes on sale in November, but the company will sell the little fuel sipper only in Europe. "We know it's an awesome vehicle," says Ford America President Mark Fields. "But there are business reasons why we can't sell it in the U.S." (BusinessWeek Sept 4, 2008)

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Directory:Home Generation:Solar Heating >Solar Thermal and Evacuated Tube Technology - Apricus - Despite the fact evacuated tubes (e.g. Apricus) have better performance and are more economical, are easier to install and are capable of reaching higher temperatures, the technology coverage gets overshadowed by PV. (EarthToys Aug. 2008)

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Directory:Wind > Directory:Wind:Offshore >Wind Power May Gain Footing Off Coast of U.S. - The offshore-wind race is centered on the Northeast. In June, an electricity producer and a wind-energy developer in Delaware signed a contract for a project of some 67 turbines to be built about 11.5 miles off the state's coast. (Wall Street Journal Sept. 3, 2008)

Sunday, September 7, 2008
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Latest: OS:Elementary School Projects / Directory:Solar >Directory:One Laptop Per Child - With the solar-rechargeable XO laptop, children aren’t just learning about the world around them. They are actively learning about learning. Knowledge becomes a part of the journey instead of being simply the end goal. (PESWIKI Sept. 6, 2008)

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Directory:Conventional Renewable Energy >The Elephant Under the Rug: Denial and Failed Energy Projects - U.S. energy policy has developed delusions where people are still getting rich pursuing failed projects that should have been abandoned years ago. Saving face and saving contracts has made denial the order of the day. (Renewable Energy World Sept. 2, 2008)

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Directory:Water / Directory:Solar / Directory:Communities >Incredible Sahara Forest Project to Generate Fresh Water, Solar Power and Crops in African Desert - The Sahara Forest Project works on many levels. By combining the benefits of Concentrated Solar Power and Seawater Greenhouses, the design team has vastly scaled up the positive outputs of renewable energy, food production and fresh water supply. (TreeHugger Sept. 2, 2008)

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Directory:Nuclear > Directory:Large Hadron Collider >This ain't no jive, Particle Physics Rap is a hit - Who says science doesn't turn people on? Kate McAlpine is a rising star on YouTube for her rap performance - about high-energy particle physics. (YouTube) (Wired Sept. 1, 2008)

Saturday, September 6, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Suppression / Directory:Ocean Wave Energy > Article:WaveReaper and Stefan Nystrom - On Wednesday, an article at stating that Stefan Nystrom, who was involved in an ocean wave energy technology that allegedly could have provided electricity cleanly at 5% the cost of fossil-based power, appears to have disappeared suddenly under suspicious circumstances, and may even have been killed. (PESWiki Sept. 5, 2008)

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Directory:Gravity Motors / Directory:Milkovic Two-Stage Mechanical Oscillator >Energy Excess In Large Milkovic 2 Stage Oscillator Replication? (YouTube) - Raymond L. Head of Dallas demonstrates what appears to be excess energy -- or at least super leverage -- in his replica of Veljko Milkovic’s two-stage mechanical oscillator. (August 29, 2008) (Thanks Bobsy)

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Videos:Solar >The Solar Decathlon: A video interview with the Department of Energy's Richard King - The Director of the Solar Decathlon has been working in the DOE Buildings Program to work more closely with professional builders to develop cost-effective zero-net energy homes powered by solar energy. (SPIE Aug. 11, 2008)

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Current events >Austin Energy AltCar Expo & Conference - On October 17 to 18, 2008, in Austin, TX, will be held a gathering of experts and exhibits promoting eco-friendly automotive technology, where Seminars will address topics ranging from exploring cleaner fuel technologies to reducing air pollution.

Friday, September 5, 2008
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Directory:Magnet Motors > Directory:Steorn Free Energy >'Free energy' firm generated €8m in funding - Steorn, the controversial Irish company which claims to have defied the basic laws of physics by developing "free energy" technology, secured over €8m in funding from a range of investors to continue its research in 2006, the Sunday Tribune has learned. (Sunday tribune Aug. 10, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Concentrated Solar Power >Intensifying the Sun - Marc Baldo's glass sheets act as waveguides, channeling light in the same way that fiber-optic cables transmit optical signals over long distances. [This concentrator technology is very early in its development. Adding this extra layer results in lower total output, not more.] (Video (MIT Technology Review Sept. - Oct. 2008)

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Directory:Wind > Directory:Wind Farms >Videos:Wind - The braking system failed in the Vesta Wind Turbine, while 2 technicians worked in the turret in the top of the 10-year old fiberglass tower and were able to get out before the collapse near Hornslet, Denmark in February 2008. (PESWiki)

Thursday, September 4, 2008
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Latest / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: &nbspDirectory:Geothermal > Directory:Raser Technologies - Geothermal and Waste Heat Harvesting >Raser is Rapidly Deploying Cost-Effective Geothermal Power - Instead of using electricity to turn a heat pump to cool a liquid, Raser runs a warmed liquid through a heat pump to generate electricity. With their rapid, low-cost deployment capability, they could maximize the U.S. geothermal capacity within ten years. (PESN Sept. 4, 2008)

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Directory:Methanol >Gas Technologies LLC - Company converts methane into methanol in a single step with the GasTechno® process, obtaining higher efficiencies through an integrated recycle and an innovative reactor design. (GasTechno Sept. 1, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Inverters >Satcon Introduces 1 Megawatt Photovoltaic Inverter - Satcon, a leading provider of utility scale distributed power solutions for the renewable energy market, announced that they are taking orders for their PowerGate™Plus 1 megawatt (MW) commercial PV inverter system, designed with advanced features for large scale utility installations. (BusinessWire Sept, 3, 2008)

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Directory:Solar / Directory:Batteries / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2] - 1) Low Solar Heat Gain Treatment for Polycarbonate, can be effected by either a coating, film, integral additive, or surface treatment to polycarbonate 2) Modeling Heat Generation in Li-Ion Battery Packs 3) Thermal Management of Li-Ion Batteries. [Deadline: October 03, 2008]

Wednesday, September 3, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Batteries > Directory:A123 Systems >Ric Fulop, 33 Wins TR35 2008 Young Innovator Award - Ric Fulop helped negotiate a deal with Black and Decker to supply batteries for the power-tool market. In 2006, partly on the strength of the com pany's success in reliably producing millions of battery cells a year for power tools, Fulop and his partners persuaded GM to give A123 a chance. (MIT Technology Review Sept. 1, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Vehicles Joe Blake's Solar Trike - "On the flat with no wind, the motor will drive the outfit to 24 km/h. The motor has sufficient capacity to enable me to ride up the hill one or even two gears higher than I normally do". (Wired Sept. 1, 2008)

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Directory:Waste to Energy / Directory:Biomass >US $2.3B Biomass Energy Contract Approved for Austin Energy - Austin Energy is entering into a US $2.3 billion contract to purchase all power produced over a 20-year period by a proposed 100-megawatt wood-waste-fueled biomass power plant to be built by Nacogdoches Power. (Renewable Energy World Aug. 29, 2008)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Hydrogen Storage / Directory:Fuel Efficiency Hydrogen Injection >Directory:Hrein Energy - Hrein Energy Inc. is striving for commercialization of a storage system for wind power-derived hydrogen -- a method utilizing organic hydride as a high-efficiency high-density storage media for hydrogen obtained from renewable energies (such as wind power generation) through water electrolysis equipment. (PESWiki Aug,27, 2008)

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Directory:Storage >New Jersey Utility Invests $20 Million Into Compressed Air Energy Storage - PSEG announced that it would be investing $20 million over the next three years into developing underground compressed-air storage systems for wind turbines joining two other such projects in the world: one in Alabama and the other in Huntorf, Germany. (TreeHugger Aug. 29, 2008)

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Directory:Solar >Solar Bric to Light Your Path (or Runway) - Product includes advanced solar cells, storage capability, and a crystal lighting system. The bricks can be imbedded in construction materials. The light is automatically activated after dark. (Sunrise Solar)

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Directory:Advanced Power Generation >Das Regenerative Kombikraftwerk - The Combined Power Plant optimally combines the advantages of various renewable energy sources such as wind turbines and solar modules with Biogas and hydropower making up the difference. (YouTube Dec. 18, 2007) (BioPact Dec 18, 2007)

Monday, September 1, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Thermionic Generators / PowerPedia:Homopolar generator >PowerPedia:Rotating Thermionic Generator - Rotating Thermionic Generators rely upon centrifugal force to create a biased electron flow by lowering the work function of the Emitter to a fraction of a volt. Philip Hardcastle believes that this design could provide all the energy needs of the World, just from the heat in ambient air. (PESWiki Aug. 28, 2008)

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Directory:Solar >Could Solar Highways Power our Cities? - Australian renewable energy retailer Going Solar has conceived of a clever strategy that infuses urban transit systems with energy producing potential - install solar panels in highways as sound barriers! (Inhabitat Aug. 30. 2008)

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Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Biomass >Nexterra raises C$3.8M for biomass gasification - Nexterra claims their biomass gasification syngas can displace at least 60 percent of fossil fuel use in lime kilns an even greater share of fossil fuels — 95 percent and, in some cases, up to 100 percent — could be displaced in pulp mills and many types of boilers, depending on the biomass feedstocks and system configurations. VentureBeat Aug. 30, 2008)

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Directory:Nuclear / Directory:Suppression >The 1 and only solution to America's energy problem - Author asserts that there are no resource limitations, technological limitations or geopolitical reasons for the current energy shortages and high prices. These shortages and prices are solely the result of taxation, regulation and litigation that have stifled American energy-producing industries. (Thanks Susan Carter) (WorldNetDaily Aug. 27, 2008)


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