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PESWiki News -- July 2009 Archive

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Friday, July 31, 2009
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Hydrogen / Directory:Plasma > Directory:Blacklight Power > BlackLight Power signs sixth utility deal to produce power from water - BlackLight has landed a commercial licensing deal with Maryland-based utility Akridge Energy. This is the sixth such contract for the company, which claims to have technology capable of generating energy using only water. (Venture Beat July 30, 2009)

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Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Energy from Sewage > Directory:Energy from Sewage > Your Car and Home Could Soon Be Powered By Urine - The Ohio University scientists who developed the urine technology found that attaching hydrogen to nitrogen in urine allowed it to be stored without the strict requirements of ordinary hydrogen, and allowed it to be released with less electricity (0.037 volts versus 1.23 volts needed for water). (Mercola July 28, 2009)

Thursday, July 30, 2009
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Directory:Biofuel / Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Energy from Sewage > New Microbe Strain Makes More Electricity, Faster - Researchers have coaxed Geobacter, the sediment-loving microbe who produce electric current from mud and wastewater, to evolve a new strain. It dramatically increases power output per cell (8x), overall bulk power, and with a thinner biofilm, cuts the time to produce electricity on the electrode. Now it is plausibe to begin designing microbial fuel cells for a myriad of applications including converting waste water to electricity. (NewsWise July 29, 2009)

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Directory:Jobs / Directory:Solar > Rich Hessler Solar Sales Training - Company provides complete residential solar training for a solar sales process, including how to do solar estimates, solar cost justification and a residential in-home solar sales presentation. Graduates also work with company on solar job searches, solar sales team coaching, solar business development coaching and solar lead generation.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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Directory:Biofuel / Directory:Solar / Directory:CO2 Sequestration > A Biofuel Process to Replace All Fossil Fuels - A startup based in Cambridge, Mass., USA, Joule Biotechnologies has revealed details of a process that it says can make 20,000 gallons of biofuel per acre per year. If this yield proves realistic, it could make it practical to replace all fossil fuels used for transportation with biofuels. The company also claims that the fuel can be sold for prices competitive with fossil fuels. (MIT Technology Review)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Storage > Directory:Capacitors > Directory:EEStor > Who Killed the Electric Gas Tank? - A somewhat skeptical look at EEStor, which says they can make "power storage devices" (not technically batteries, more like peculiar capacitors) that can hold 10x more power than advanced lithium ion cells. These "electrical energy storage units" will be lighter than the most advanced batteries in the world, can charge in minutes and will last forever. (The Oil Drum July 15, 2009)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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Latest: Current events / Directory:Nikola Tesla > REPORT: Nikola Tesla Energy Independence Celebration in Philadelphia - On July 10-12, Tesla enthusiasts, inventors, scientists, and free energy advocates gathered in solidarity, reflection, and exploration at Philadelphia's historic Independence Hall. Lectures, exhibits and demonstrations were given in the spirit of exploring and pioneering free energy systems in honor of the Serbian inventor. (PESN July 28, 2009)
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Latest: Directory:Communities > OS:Utah Safe Haven Village Project - I'm involved with a group of people who are preparing to build an intentional community based on principles of sustainability, healthy living, natural healing, individual responsibility, cooperation, and renewable energy. In short, it is about alternative, enlightened everything. Interested? (PESWiki July 28, 2009)
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Biofuel > Directory:Algae for Oil > Directory:OriginOil > OriginOil announces breakthrough process for live algae oil extraction - OriginOil, Inc. announced that it has succeeded in extracting algae oil on a continuous basis without cell sacrifice. This new ‘milking’ process will join the company’s Cascading Production™ technique to create a combined cycle promising new efficiencies. (BusinessWire July 27, 2009)

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Directory:Water > Directory:Water as Fuel > The Bedol Eco-Friendly Clock - just add water -The clock doesn't need batteries, electricity or even winding up, instead it acts as a kind of fuel cell to create a flow of electrons from liquid. Merely fill the reservoir with water and a dash of lemon juice for acidity and the clock will run for 6-8 weeks, creating zero emissions and no pollution. USD$16.00. (GizMag July 20, 2009)

Monday, July 27, 2009
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Latest: Directory:Radiant Energy > Directory:Power from Ambient Electromagnetic Radiation > Directory:Pyrazo Device - Inventor David Robert Morgan presents plans online for a technology having likeness to Tesla's Directory:Tesla's Pierce-Arrow and Directory:Thomas Henry Moray's devices which harvest radiant or oscillating energy freely from the environment, whether natural or man-made. The circuit also appears to have frequency and/or noise cancellation capabilities. (PESWiki July 27, 2009) (Comment)
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Directory:Trends > Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Electric Bicycles > E-China: The bicycle kingdom is going electric - Workers weary of crammed public transport or pedaling long distances to jobs are upgrading to battery-powered bikes and scooters. Even some who can afford cars are ditching them for electric two-wheelers to avoid traffic jams and expensive gasoline. (Yahoo News July 25, 2009)

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Directory:Oil > Directory:Abiotic Oil > Hydrocarbons in the deep Earth? - Scientists have debated whether some hydrocarbons could have been created deeper in the Earth and formed without organic matter. Now, they have found that ethane and heavier hydrocarbons can be synthesized under the pressure-temperature conditions of the upper mantle -the layer of Earth under the crust and on top of the core. (PhysOrg July 26, 2009)

Sunday, July 26, 2009
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Directory:Bio-Energetics / Directory:Lighting > People emit visible light - The human body literally glows, emitting a visible light in extremely small quantities at levels that rise and fall with the day. In fact, virtually all living creatures emit very weak light, which is thought to be a byproduct of biochemical reactions involving free radicals. Might possibly serve diagnostic purposes. (AOL News July 22, 2009)

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Directory:Flight > Space Hotel 2012 - Start planning that vacation to outer space. The first space hotel is expected to open as soon as 2012, with three-day stay costing ~$4 million. The hotel, "Galactic Suites," will allow adventurous travelers to enjoy a spectacular starry view from their hotel rooms, see the Sun rise 15 times a day and take part in scientific experiments while they're not using Velcro suits to crawl around their pod-room walls. (Facebook group)

Saturday, July 25, 2009
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Latest: Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics > Directory:Kyocera Solar, Inc. - While they might not be on the extreme cutting edge today, for six decades Kyocera has been plodding away in the quest to bring solar power into the mainstream. Now they have thousands of employees worldwide, and some of the largest solar PV installations on the planet. (PESWiki July 25, 2009)
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Directory:Water > Directory:Mixing Sea and River Water > Electricity from salt-fresh water mix - The amount of energy available where fresh water meets salt water is equivalent to a waterfall 225 meters [739 feet] high. An Italian physicist has come up with a 'salination cell' that relies on two chunks of activated carbon, a porous carbon commonly used for water and air filtration. Once jump started with electricity, a continuous flow of water keeps it running. (Physics Central July 23, 2009)

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Directory:Trends > US energy use drops in 2008 - Americans used more solar, nuclear, biomass and wind energy in 2008 than they did in 2007 and the nation used less coal and petroleum during the same time frame and only slightly increased its natural gas consumption. Geothermal energy use remained the same. (LLNL July 20, 2009)

Friday, July 24, 2009
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Latest: Directory:Electromagnetic > Directory:Kapanadze Free Energy Generator > Kapanadze's 100 kW free energy device third-party tested - A video has been posted showing the setup of the one hundred kilowatt free energy generator by Tariel Kapanadze's group as it is being third-party tested, complete with large coils, arcing spark gaps, huge capacitors and mesh screens, set atop a ~one-inch-thick glass. (PESN July 24, 2009) (Comment)
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Directory:Nanotechnology / Directory:Solar > Directory:Thin Film Solar > Project Sage: Bringing Solar Power to the Masses - Nano-scale research at the Univ. of Arizona could one day lead to photovoltaic materials thin enough, flexible enough and inexpensive enough to go not only on rooftops but in windows, outdoor awnings and even clothing. The goal for UA scientists is to understand and control the interfaces in these devices to enable the development of long-lived solar energy conversion devices on tough, flexible and extremely low-cost plastic substrates. (PhysOrg July 23, 2009)

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PowerPedia:Free energy > Free Energy - stuff to think about - Richard Lewis talks about free energy, saying that just because we don't know where the energy is coming from, doesn't mean that it is free or that it breaks laws of physics. What about solar PV panels? If you didn't consider the sun, then they appear magical by creating energy from nothing. (PoorManGuides July 16, 2009)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Latest: Directory:Electromagnetic > Directory:REMGen by REM Source, LLC > REMGen (story removed) - On Sept. 16, 2009, REM Source requested that we remove the contents that appeared on this page. In the future, we anticipate providing updates when they are ready for coverage. (PESN July 23, 2009)

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Directory:Plasma / Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:GEET Reactor by Paul Pantone > Paul Pantone on Coast to Coast AM tonight - Paul told me he's going to be making an announcement on George Noory's show. Something to do with some GEET plans being made available for free. (July 23, 2009)

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Directory:Clean Energy Technologies for the Developing World / Directory:Biomass > Pritchard Powerdrive S5000 - This biomass-fueled, low tech steam engine has a chance of being manufactured for a realistic cost and operates at reasonable pressures to help it last longer. The S5000 was designed to be a small-scale, multi-utility, enterprise energy system, capable of delivering mechanical power and electricity, hot water, space heating and steam all from the lowest grade fuels.

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Directory:Biofuel > Directory:Algae > Big Oil Turns to Algae - ExxonMobil is investing $300 million in Synthetic Genomics to develop algae biofuel. The push is to take advantage of algae's ability to efficiently transform sunlight into lipids that can be relatively easily converted into diesel, gasoline, and possibly even advanced hydrocarbons used to manufacture plastics, chemicals, and other products. (MIT Technology Review July 22, 2009)

Directory:Jobs / Directory:Electrical Grid > Directory:Smart Grid > Smart Grid Careers.com - A resource portal for Smart Grid jobs, news, events, directory and networking opportunities.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Latest: Directory:Plasma / Directory:Anti-Gravity / Directory:Propulsion / Directory:Flight > Directory:Keshe Foundation >Keshe launching energy generation and space exploration plasma technology - An Interview with the inventor of what could be the next generation of commercial space travel and clean energy generation, said to be ready for licensing [in March 2010]. We're talking super fast and cheap travel, and super cheap energy. (PESN July 22, 2009) (Comment)
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Solar > Directory:Concentrated Solar Power / Directory:Stirling Engines > Directory:Stirling Energy Systems SunCatcher Power System Ready For Commercial Production - Stirling Energy Systems (SES) and Tessera Solar worked jointly and have come out with their device called SunCatchers(TM) that will be utilized on commercial-scale by 2010. The SunCatchers have precision mirrors attached to a parabolic dish to focus the sun’s rays onto a receiver. It is lighter and require much less water for cleaning. (Alt. Energy News July 21, 2009)

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Directory:Flight > What Is The Carbon Footprint of The Space Program? - While burning liquid hydrogen, which produces water vapour, is clean the process of creating the liquid hydrogen for one flight consumes about as much electricity as could power 128 average American homes for a year, not to mention the transportation costs for shipping that fuel to the launch site. (TreeHugger July 20, 2009)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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Directory:Electromagnetic > George Mitchell's OU Generator in the News - Enville, TN, USA inventor claims to have a generator that produces more energy than it consumes, drawing free electromagnetic energy from the environment somehow. Though he's not yet gotten it in a practical embodiment, he's been getting encouragement to continue his quest to provide a portable, clean energy source. (Jackson Sun July 18, 2009)

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Directory:Geothermal > Directory:Home Generation:Ground Source Heat Pump > Geothermal Heating & Cooling Information - Website is dedicated to providing information about geothermal heating and cooling systems that use the natural constant ambient temperature of the earth to heat in the winter and cool in the summer. This is accomplished with a compressor or heat pump unit, the liquid heat exchanger medium, and the air delivery system.

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Current events > Alternative Energy Events Calendar - Events page includes a Google calendar to help you all keep up with upcoming conferences, shows and workshops that promote energy alternatives and provide networking opportunities for all of you involved in the industry. If you know of any upcoming events/conferences that are not on the calendar, go ahead and add them. (Alternative Energy News)

Monday, July 20, 2009
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Directory:Flight > The new space race: first courier service to the moon - One of its most promising contenders in Google’s USD$30 million Lunar X Prize is Odyssey Moon, which has announced plans to become the first private company to supply payload delivery services to the Moon. (GizMag July 20, 2009)

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Directory:Electromagnetic > Directory:Bruce DePalma > Bruce DePalma - DVD + collection of correspondence - Get DVD containing a history of DePalma's rediscovery of the Faraday Homopolar motor/generator effect, and the many experiments which led to his building of the "N-machine", co-rotating a magnet and conductor and generating electricity. Also gives an account of some suppression. Mention promotion code "PES" for 10% discount.
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Directory:Batteries > Battery Chemistry FAQ page by PowerStream.com - Besides the common carbon-zinc, alkaline, lead acid, nickle metal hydride, nickle cadmium and lithium ion, there are many other battery chemistries, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Also included are some useful definitions and a list of parameters to guide you in matching your battery requirements to a specific battery design.

Sunday, July 19, 2009
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Latest: Directory:Plasma / Directory:Anti-Gravity / Directory:Propulsion / Directory:Flight > Directory:Keshe Foundation - Apparently having his plasma energy and anti-gravity technology theories being adequately proven, M.T. Keshe said Thursday that he is now ready to announce 1) technology demonstrations being given in major cities in 2010, 2) booking space flights up 60 kilometers in 2014 and 3) booking flights to the moon in 2016. (PESWiki July 19, 2009) (Comment at Examiner.com)
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Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Fuel Cells / Directory:Electric Vehicles > Whatever Happened to Hydrogen Fuel Cells? - I wonder if in 20 years comedians will joke about the coming of the hydrogen economy the way they now joke (in the US) about the coming of the metric system. The electric car seem to be emerging as the better bet. (Neurologica Blog July 17, 2009)

Saturday, July 18, 2009
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Latest: Directory:Engines > Directory:Noble Gas Engines > Directory:Plasma Energy Controls' Plasma Expansion Motor > How the - The PlasmERG noble gas motor is not, just as the original Papp engine was not, a 'pulsed plasma motor'. Plasma is not retained and 'pulsed'. The plasma is recreated with each power stroke and returns to a steady state, a gas, on each return stroke, thus the name Plasmic Transition. (PESN July 18, 2009) (Comment at Examiner.com)
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Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Electric Bicycles > 'E-Rockit' hits German fast lane - A Berlin inventor, Stefan Gulas, has come up with an electric bike which you power by pedaling that can reach speeds of 50 mph. The system allegedly amplifies the effort you put in by a factor of 50, meaning you can accelerate quickly and maintain high speeds with very little effort. [Probably includes plug-in battery as part of augmentation?] (BBC July 13, 2009)
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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Financial and Organizational Analysis for a Space Solar Power System - This ground-breaking paper (225 pages, 3.7 MB PDF) is "the first modern paper to include a stakeholder analysis, an in-depth discussion of international organizational aspects (including intellectual property and separation of manufacture and operator companies)... (NSS.org blog July 16, 2009)

Friday, July 17, 2009
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Latest: Directory:Ocean Wave Energy > Directory:Wave buoys > Directory:Swell Fuel > Swell Fuel selling wave-harnessing test units (Interview) - The 1 kW and 5 kW lever-articulating buoy system is being made available for testing, while providing the testers with power generation capability. (PESN July 17, 2009) (Comment at Examiner.com)
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Directory:Gravity Motors / Directory:Milkovic Two-Stage Mechanical Oscillator >Superiority of Pendulum Drive - A Proof of Energy Excess (YouTube) - Veljko Milkovic demonstrates a simple experiment showing the change of potential energy to kinetic energy and proving the energy excess is possible with the pendulum drive. (VeljkoMilkovic.com July 10, 2009) (Thanks Bobsy)

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Directory:Conventional Renewable Energy > Directory:Geothermal > New Study Finds Geothermal Energy the Most Efficient Renewable Energy Alternative and Improving the Fastest - According to a new study from NYU Stern, geothermal and wind energy are more efficient, and are yielding greater returns on the R&D invested in them, than most other renewable energy alternatives. (BusinessWire July 15, 2009)

Thursday, July 16, 2009
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Directory:Flight > NASA X-43A Flight Makes Aviation History - Compared to a rocket-powered vehicle like the Space Shuttle, air-breathing scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) powered vehicles promise more airplane-like operations for increased affordability, flexibility and safety for ultra high-speed flights within the atmosphere and into Earth orbit. (NASA March 9, 2007)
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Directory:Electrical Grid > Directory:Electrical Grid > Why the Microgrid Could Be the Answer to Our Energy Crisis - The evidence is growing that the privately owned, consumer-driven, small-scale, geographically distributed renewables (=microgrid) could deliver a 100% green-energy future faster and cheaper than big power projects alone. Why the big utilities are fighting it with all they've got. (Fast Company July 1, 2009)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Directory:Cold Fusion > Interview: Fusion in a cold climate - For most researchers, any mention of cold fusion brings back memories of a shameful period in modern science. Now, 20 years after Martin Fleischmann instigated this field, he tells Jon Cartwright that he could not have done anything differently, and that if we cannot get fusion of some sort to work on a large scale soon, we're doomed. (New Scientist July 15, 2009)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics > Diatoms To Make Solar Cells - Engineers in Canada have discovered that instead of using silicon to make solar cells, they can get better results - three times as much electricity - by using diatoms, a type of algae in the oceans. Their hard shells are an ideal substrate, making a better, cheaper way to make energy. (EE Times April 9, 2009)

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Directory:Water > Directory:Desalination > The M3 mobile water desalination system cuts the cost of producing clean water - The M3 system developed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) helps cut both the cost and time of desalination plant design and construction by providing an all-in-one mobile testing plant that can be used to test almost any water source. (GizMag July 15, 2009)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics > Solar Power Tiles for your Rooftop - Solé tiles enable your neighborhood mason to fit your roof tiles and these same tiles can produce dependable solar energy for your house or office. You no longer need to hire scientists and alternative energy nerds for a simple roof job, and the cost is no longer a bottleneck. (Alternative Energy News July 6, 2009)

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Directory:Electrical Grid > A Costly and Unnecessary New Electricity Grid - While the smart grid approach makes sense, plans to string new high-voltage lines to bring wind power via a power interstate from the midsection of the country to the coasts, where most of the demand is, could be expensive and unnecessary, and a distraction from more urgent needs -- a boondogle. (Technology Review July 14, 2009)

Monday, July 13, 2009
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Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Electric Cars CarGo concept beats the hell out of traffic - The compact, battery-powered CarGo goods van that is designed to negotiate the urban jungle, making frequent deliveries without fuss or fouling the air. Adam Schacter’s single-seated design can be changed into different configurations, including compact (compartment upright), narrow (storage laid at an angle), and pick-up truck (compartment laid flat). (GizMag June 7, 2009)

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Directory:Electrical Grid > Directory:Electrical Grid > Meralco says planning broadband via power lines - The top electricity distributor in Manila plans to use its power lines to deliver broadband Internet service. The move is expected to make the Internet more accessible in the country, where only 20 million out of the population of 90 million can go online. (PhysOrg July 13 2009)

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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Directory:Nuclear > Darpa’s Handheld Nuclear Fusion Reactor - The Chip-Scale High Energy Atomic Beams project had a budget of just $3 million, and rather shorter timescales. The plans for fiscal year 2009 include: “Develop 0.5 MeV [mega electron-volt] proton beams and collide onto microscale B-11 target with a fusion Q (energy ratio) > 20, possibly leading to self-sustained fusion. Darpa's objective is to produce “handheld power sources.” (Wired July 6, 2009)

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Directory:Electrical Grid > Directory:Smart Grid > What exactly is a smart grid? - A 5-page primer by Carnagie Mellon University, The Many Meanings of 'Smart Grid' presents an accessible, circumspect explanation of the smart grid concept and all of it's major components. "Some of the things that get talked about are relatively inexpensive and can go a long way toward solving key problems. Others will likely be very expensive, and at this stage may better be left to the realm of research." (Treehugger July 8, 2009)

Saturday, July 11, 2009
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Directory:Electric Vehicles > Directory:Electric Cars > Raptor: An Electric Car Nearly Anyone Would Want to Drive - Using a 3-phase AC induction motor and 290 nickel-hydride batteries, software engineer, Raul Atkinson's "Raptor" kit car reaches 0-60 mph in 8 seconds, with a top speed of 100 mph. Maximum range is about 80 miles, with a full recharge taking just 3 hours. At $85,000, the Electric Raptor costs less than current incarnations of similar cars that are all-electric. (PhysOrg July 9th, 2009)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency > New Tires Made of Oil from Orange Peels - Yokohama is now selling a model made with 80 percent non-petroleum material, substituting orange oil as the primary ingredient to make vulcanized rubber. It also helps consumers save money at the gas pump by improving fuel efficiency via a 20-percent reduction in rolling resistance. (Earth 911 July 9, 2009)

Friday, July 10, 2009 (Happy B-day Tesla)
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Latest: Directory:Electromagnetic > Directory:Magna Coaster Motor Company > Magnacoaster Vorktex nearing commercial rollout (Interview) - Canadian inventor, Richard Willis, claims to have a solid state device that amplifies input power, such as from a solar panel, to produce many more times output -- enough to power a home, for under 20,000 USD. The technology involves pulsing (kHZ) the input power through a coil next to large, permanent magnets. (PESN July 10, 2009) (Comment at Examiner.com)
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Directory:Nikola Tesla > Directory:Tesla coil > Electrum - The world's largest Tesla coil - Tesla coils have always held a special place in denoting the "mad" scientist, beloved by high-voltage hobbyists. However the world's largest existing Tesla coil was commissioned not as a work of science, nor as a movie prop, but as a work of art. Leyh, the co-creator of the Electrum, has plans to resurrect Tesla's original dream of a giant coil--times two. (Atlas Obscura [see links])
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Current events > Directory:Nikola Tesla > Nikola Tesla Inventor's Club sponsors Energy Independence Celebrations - Tesla enthusiasts, inventors, scientists, and free energy advocates will gather together in solidarity, reflection, and exploration July 10-12, 2009 at Philadelphia's historic Independence Hall. Exhibitions and demonstrations will be on display from individuals and organizations across the nation who are dedicated to exploring and pioneering free energy systems. (RSVP at MeetUp)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
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Latest: Directory:Electromagnetic / Directory:Aether >Directory:Kapanadze Free Energy Generator - Georgia Republic inventor, Tariel Kapaladze, claims to have invented a 5 kilowatt free energy generator. In a demonstration video, the device appears to produce copious amounts of energy from no visible source. Though it appears to be extracting energy from the aether, some people think it could be a matter of getting energy from the electrical grid through inductive coupling. (PESWiki July 9, 2009)
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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar Thermal > Solar for Dark Climates - Cool Energy, a startup based in Boulder, CO, USA, is developing a system that produces heat and electricity from the sun. It could help make solar energy competitive with conventional sources of energy in relatively dark and cold climates, such as the northern half of the United States and countries such as Canada and Germany. (MIT Technology Review July 08, 2009)

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Directory:Lighting > Incandescent Bulbs Return To the Cutting Edge - New incandescent technology from Philips seals the traditional filament inside a small capsule, which itself is contained within the familiar bulb. The capsule has a coating that reflects heat back to the filament, where it is partially converted to light. These bulbs ($5.00) are about 30% more efficient than the old-fashioned ($0.25) kind, and should last ~3x as long. (NY Times July 5, 2009)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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Latest: Directory:Nuclear > Directory:Thorium Reactors > Directory:World Thorium Fuel (WTF) Cadillac concept car - For the 100th anniversary of Cadillac, Loren Kulesus designed a car built to last another 100 years on the same fuel source (meaning never stopping for fuel). The proposed design also calls for 24 wheels -- six per "wheel" -- and a flexible frame for better handling. Will we ever see nuclear vehicles, running on the cleaner and safer Thorium fuel? (PESWiki July 8, 2009)
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Solar > Directory:eSolar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics / Directory:Nanotechnology > Nanopillar Solar May Cost 10x Less Than Silicon - A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new kind of flexible solar cell that consist of an array of 500-nanometer-high cadmium sulfide pillars printed on top of an aluminum foil... If this could be done on a roll-to-roll process, the cost could be 10x less than crystalline silicon panels. (MIT Technology Review July 06, 2009)

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Directory:Health > Colloidal silver can be best defense against swine flu - There is, at present, no sure vaccine for swine flu and the fact that the swine flu strain is a hybrid of strains from various species complicates the matter considerably. However, bacteria and viruses cannot develop resistance to colloidal silver and the metal silver in its colloidal state can be safely consumed and used in the body. (Pravda April 30, 2009)

Monday, July 6, 2009
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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Electric Bikes, Motorbikes and Scooters / Directory:Fuel Efficiency Hydrogen Injection > Hydroxy Moped Project at University of Wisconsin-Madison - Some egineering students with faculty supervision undertook some testing of some already-efficient, 90 mpg Vespa scooters, adding an on-board electrolysis system, ducting the hydrogen into the air intake and documented an additional 10% improvement in mileage, attributing it to catalyzing a "more complete combustion". (Perspective, UW-M Spring 2009)
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Directory:Hydrogen / Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Energy from Sewage > Producing hydrogen from urine - You do two things at motorway services: fill up one tank and empty another. US chemists have combined refuelling your car and relieving yourself by creating a new catalyst that can extract hydrogen from urine. (PhysOrg July 3, 2009)

Sunday, July 5, 2009
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Latest / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > OS:Magnet Motor by FM Concepts - On the 4th of July, inventor, F.M., supplied photos and a video showing his all-magnet motor accelerating and he gave permission for us to post a page about this open source project. He's hoping for a lot of replications by others, followed by characterization, improvement, optimization, and commercialization. (PESWiki July 5, 2009)
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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Hydroxy or HHO Injection Systems > Savings or scam? Some say contraption lowers gas use - Ozzie Freedom, real name Eyal Siman-Tov, who sells the Directory:Water4Gas ebook about hydroxy technology, has been charged with violating Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act with his alleged 'bogus' info. Others vouch for the technology. (Sierra Vista Herald, Arizona Jun 22, 2009) [Comment: Scientists should stop looking at the hydroxy systems in terms of adding more fuel, and instead consider it as an exotic catalyst.]
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Directory:Wind / Directory:Environment > Wind power may have its own environmental problems - Wind power generation is expected to be a clean and environmentally friendly natural energy source, but a new kind of environmental problem has surfaced as infrasonic waves (20 Hz sound waves) caused by windmills are suspected of causing health problems for some people. (PhysOrg July 5, 2009)

Saturday, July 4, 2009
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Latest: Directory:Solar > Directory:Space Based Solar Power > Directory:Xenotech Research > First space-to-earth solar power station targeted for Oct. 2010 (Interview) - Sir Charles Shults of Xenotech Research describes their current projects, including assisting deployment of an orbital solar power station ramping up for manufacturing of an affordable, modular 500W Solar Pod for purchase within six months and designing a residential Directory:Wind turbine expected to be 1/3 the cost of others. (PESN June 24, 2009) (Comment at Examiner.com)
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Directory:Flight > Spaceport America breaks ground, flights departing soon - Virgin Galactic may be spending over USD$300 million on a commercial space vehicle, and now it will have a place to land by 2011. Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, broke ground in New Mexico on June 19th. The 110,000 square foot facility will cost around $200m. (GizMag June 25, 2009)

Friday, July 3, 2009
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Template: 43 / Latest: Directory:Solar > Directory:Concentrated Solar Power > Directory:AORA Hybrid Solar - Israeli company combines a modular concentrated solar tower technology with other heat sources to enable its plants to be baseload capable, providing utility power needs 24/7/365. Each 'solar flower' is designed to produce 100 kW of electricity as well as 170kW of thermal power, targeting community-sized production. (PESWiki July 3, 2009)
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Directory:Solar / Directory:Mimicking Living Organisms > Directory:Solar:Photosynthesis Imitation > Converting light into energy with ‘artificial leaf’ one step closer - As an efficient, natural means of capturing solar energy, photosynthesis is hard to beat. But it's also proving extremely difficult to duplicate. Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands have built a light-harvesting antenna using the chlorophyll of the alga Spirulina, bring them half way towards creating an artificial leaf. (GizMag July 1, 2009)

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Directory:Humor > Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Smart Car's impact on cars of the future - See a gallary of what some of your favorite cars might look like if they were minaturized in the spirit of the Smart Car. Maybe you've already seen these, but I thought they were hillarious. Check out the Smorvette, Smaudi, Smamborghini, Smorsche (shown at right), Smerrari (Youtatech June 25, 2009)

Thursday, July 2, 2009
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Directory:Batteries / Directory:Nanotechnology > Printable batteries - For a long time, batteries were bulky and heavy. Now, a new cutting-edge battery by Fraunhofer ENAS is revolutionizing the field. It is thinner than a millimeter, lighter than a gram, and can be produced cost-effectively through a printing process. (PhysOrg July 2, 2009)

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Directory:Water > Directory:Water from Air / Directory:Conservation > The AIR-igator draws water from the air for thirsty gardens - The AIR-igator collects condensate from air conditioners, storing it and then automatically drip-watering. So, the hotter it gets, the more water your garden gets. A fairly efficient three-ton central air conditioning unit will produce as many as 15 gallons of water a day. (GizMag June 29, 2009)

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Directory:Mimicking Living Organisms > Biomimicry: Designing with Nature - People at Natural Logic ask their clients to imitate life as model, mentor, and a measure of what works, and to change the way we conduct business to be more in harmony with nature. (RealitySandwitch June 30, 2009)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Latest: Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Pre-Heating for Mileage Improvement > Directory:Green Mileage Maker by Vapster, Inc. - Patent-pending device uses an electrical heater rather than exhaust to pre-heat the fuel, resulting in improvements in mileage by 20-30%, as well as a reduction in emissions by 80%, confirmed by a Florida university. Combined with Directory:Hydroxy or HHO Injection Systems devices, the improvement in mileage goes as high as 45%. (PESWiki July 1, 2009) (Comment at Examiner.com)

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Directory:Stirling Engines / Directory:Alternative Fuels > Dean Kamen developing eco hybrid that will run on anything that burns - Dean Kamen – the multimillionaire inventor behind the Segway – is well down the road in the development of a new bike that combines electric power and a radical stirling generator which will allow it to burn almost any fuel and is part of a project that also includes a car designed around the same technology. (GizMag June 28, 2009)
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Directory:Solar / Directory:U.S. Government and Energy > Interior Dept Designates Solar Energy Zones - Hoping to speed up the development of renewable energy resources on federal lands, the U.S. Interior Department designated about 670,000 acres of land, divided into 24 solar energy zones spread across six western states that could generate nearly 100,000 megawatts of solar electricity. (Planet Ark July 1, 2009)

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Directory:Conspiracy / Directory:Suppression > History: GM Conspired to Eliminate Mass Transit - The automobile did not end up dominating American transportation by chance -- or by public choice. General Motors led the way to buy up and replace more than 100 electric mass transit systems with their more expensive, less efficient, and much dirtier, diesel-powered buses. (Mercola June 30, 2009)

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