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PESWiki News -- August 2008 Archive

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Sunday, August 31, 2008
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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:VehiclesGrassroots Electric Vehicles - Solar Cycle is licensed as a motorcycle with three wheels. It seats two comfortably and has room in the back for provisions. It uses a 9' pancake motor, ultra light aluminum and plastic frame and body, and goes 0 to 60 in under 10 seconds. (Thanks User talk:John Q. Public)

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Directory:Wind Farms / Directory:Electrical Grid >Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid’s Limits - Maple Ridge Wind farm cost $320 million to put nearly 200 wind turbines in upstate New York, but at times, regional electric lines have been so congested, that Maple Ridge has been forced to shut down, even with a brisk wind blowing. ( (New York Times Aug. 26, 2008)

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Palin on Energy, Public Service and Role of VP - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said “Alaska should be the head, not the tail in Energy Policy. It is time to ramp up American supply of energy up in the arctic in Alaska. We have trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and billions of barrels of oil still sitting underground." (CNBC Aug 29, 2008)

Saturday, August 30, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Fuel CellsDirectory:Formula Zero - Hydrogen Racing - The world's first international fuel-cell powered motor racing series kicked off in Rotterdam over the weekend. The organisers hope that 'Formula Zero,' like Formula 1, can become a forum for competing technology as much as anything else, helping green consumer cars to become better. (PESWiki Aug. 29, 2008)

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Directory:Large Hadron Collider >Large Hadron Collider: The wait is over - At 27 Kilometers long, it is the largest machine in the world. It will accelerate counterrotating beams of protons to within a whisker of the speed of light and smash them head-on 600 million times a second. It will be operational soon. (New Scientist Aug. 27, 2008)

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Directory:Geothermal >New Geothermal Technology Could Tap 120,000MW of Energy - Raser Technologies broke ground on New Mexico’s first geothermal power plant, which will incorporate an innovative binary liquid technology that allows it to make use of the site’s low levels of geothermal energy. (Inhabitat Aug. 28, 2008)

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Directory:Prizes >Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program - Supporting scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national small business at a time. DOE FY 2009 Technical Topic Titles (U.S.Dept. of Energy Aug, 28, 2008)

Friday, August 29, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Building > Directory:Ceratech Inc - Green Cement - CERATECH’s products are compromised of 30 to 95% green sustainable industrial waste stream materials and are manufactured via a simple low energy, powder blending process while the product is a cement with superior strength that can be deployed in a condensed timeframe. (PESWIki Aug. 28, 2008)

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Directory:Refrigeration > Directory:Evaporative Cooling >Evapocooler invention for cooling camels milk in Somalia - Working on a project for VETAID, Dominic Wanjihia invented this gadget which he calls Fine Lined Evaporative Cooler, for rural application in Somalia for the cooling of camels milk for transportation. (AfriGadget Aug. 22, 2008)

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Directory:Stirling Engines / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] - 1) Compact Stirling Engine for Automotive Applications, to serve as a continuous on-board power source for a 10 kW electric generator 2) Self Powered Transmitter 3) Dual Fuel Nozzle. [Deadline: September 26, 2008]

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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2] >It's Time for Some Campaignin'! - A little biting humor never hurt anyone - much. Promises, promises, promises. The US Voting machine at work. Flash animation satire by Jib & Jab.

Thursday, August 28, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Diesel >Directory:Changing World Technology - Thermal Depolymerization Process - Technology claims to have a viable method of reforming organic waste into oil. However, the system has cost far more, and the small issues much larger than they had initially estimated. (PESWIki Aug. 26, 2008)

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Directory:Solar >Sunrise Solar Introduces Solar Sunroof for Cars - Sunrise Solar has introduced its Solar Sunroof, a replacement for regular car sunroofs that includes solar PV cells to produce electricity. This can help recharge the vehicle's battery, but it can also cool down the car when it's hot, and warm it up when it's cold. (TreeHugger Aug. 26, 2008)

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Directory:Nuclear Remediation >Areva to add uranium recovery operation - Areva and the University of Idaho signed an agreement to work together to use a jointly developed process to remove enriched uranium from ash left from reducing the volume of contaminated debris by incineration. The incinerated debris includes items such as gloves and rags from the production of fuel for commercial nuclear power reactors. (Tri-City Herald Aug. 22, 2008)

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Directory:Geothermal >Blue Mountain Geothermal Project' - The Nevada Geothermal Project is on track to complete the 49.5 MW Blue Mountain Faulkner I project, including resource drilling, transmission line installation, and pipeline and power plant construction by December 31, 2009. (Video) (Nevada Geothermal Aug. 27, 2008)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Fusion > Directory:Sonofusion > Bubble Fusion Vindicated in Flagship Nuclear Journal - Bubble fusion, also known as sonofusion, which in the last couple of years has come to be viewed with a jaundiced eye, has now been cleared by a peer-reviewed report that exposes the faulty basis for the negative assessment. (PESN Aug. 27, 2008)

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Directory:Flight / Directory:PrizesNASA awards $100,000 in aviation contest - At NASA's second annual General Aviation Challenge, one of the main prizes was the "green prize", which challenged two-seater planes to fly a 400-mile-long course logging at least 30 mpg. None of the four planes entered won the best attempt achieved 28.8 mpg. NASA's ultimate goal: 100 mpg @ 100 mph. (CNet News Aug. 10, 2008)

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Directory:Waste to Energy / Directory:Solar >Largest Water Solar Heater with PET Bottles Installed in Parana, Brazil - The largest solar water heater in Brazil is built with 1.8 thousand There was an error working with the wiki: Code[3] bottles and 1.5 thousand tetra-packs. The heater was installed over a building belonging to the Brazilian army that serves as home for 50 soldiers and consumes eight thousand liters of water daily. (TreeHugger August 11, 2008)

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Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Hydrogen Production >World’s Tiniest Fuel Cell Vehicle - The Hydrocar is a pint-sized vehicle that is powered entirely by a hydrogen fuel cell. It would make an excellent office racer or a fun educational vehicle for children. (Inhabitat Aug. 19, 2008) [See also H-Racer.]

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
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PowerPedia:Quantum Ring Theory > Directory:Grand Unified TheoriesArticle:The Successor of Quantum Mechanics - Wladimir Guglinski compares his Quantum Ring Theory with Dr. Cláudio Nassif's Symmetrical Special Relativity, purporting that these "will constitute the New Physics of the 21th Century." (PESWiki August 9, 2008)

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Directory:Algae >Algae: Biofuel of the Future? - University of Virginia researchers have a plan to greatly increase algae oil yields by feeding the algae extra carbon dioxide (the main greenhouse gas) and organic material like sewage, meaning the algae could simultaneously produce biofuel and clean up environmental problems. (NewsWise August 15, 2008)

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Directory:Wind > Directory:Wind:Largest >Status Check: The Biggest Wind Projects in the World - With all sorts of stories coming out about biggests and firsts, it’s about time to take the pulse of wind power generation and find out just where the industry stands on giant wind projects. (EcoGeek Aug. 15, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Flight >Solar plane's 3-day flight - The solar-powered Zephyr aircraft developed by the UK defence and technology firm QinetiQ have completed the longest-lasting unmanned flight. UAVs offer advantages over traditional aircraft and even satellites. (Video) (Slashdot) (BBC News Aug. 24, 2008)

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Directory:Solar >Topaz Solar Farm - Developing an ecofriendly 550- megawatt photovoltaic (PV) solar farm in San Luis Obispo County, California with PG&E as the customer. Located on the northwestern corner of the Carrisa Plains, this project will produce sufficient electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 190,000 average California homes. (Slashdot discussion) (OptiSolar August 14, 2008)

Monday, August 25, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Compact Fluorescent / Directory:Power Factor Correction >Article:Are U.S. CFL's Designed to Make Us Pay More on Our Power Bills? - In Europe, a small capacitor is added to Compact Fluorescent Lamps for power conditioning and additional savings on the utility bills. Similar savings can be realized on AC motors. Why are these inexpensive modifications omitted from U.S. CFLs and many residential motors? (PESWiki Aug 25, 2008)

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Directory:X Prize:Automotive >Cornell to Show Off its 100-mpg Car-in-progress at New York State Fair - "We should be able to begin building the final car early next year," said Riddle, who leads a team of more than 70 students.The biggest design challenges for the team are maximizing drive-train efficiency, aerodynamics and keeping the car's weight low while meeting safety standards. (NewsWise Aug. 20, 2008)

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Directory:Nuclear >First Customer for Hyperion Nuclear Batteries - TES Group has signed a “Letter of Intent" to purchase six Hyperion Power nuclear modules, with delivery scheduled for the year 2013. Hyperion claims the devices are safer than traditional nuclear reactors, are cheaper, easier to deploy, quicker to get built and can reach remote areas where traditional reactors can’t be built. (Earth2Tech Aug. 12, 2008)

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Directory:Nanotechnology >True properties of carbon nanotubes measured - For more than 15 years, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been the flagship material of nanotechnology. Researchers have conceived applications for nanotubes ranging from microelectronic devices to cancer therapy. Their atomic structure should, in theory, give them mechanical and electrical properties far superior to most common materials. (PhysOrg Aug. 15, 2008)

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Directory:Geothermal > 4000 Megawatts of US Geothermal Power in Development, Sector Has Grown by 20% This Year - According to the US Geothermal Power Production and Development Update, 103 project are currently underway in 13 states, and when completed will be able to meet the electric needs of about 4 million homes. (TreeHugger Aug. 22, 2008)

Sunday, August 24, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Supression / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[4] - As Karol faced two brutal tyrannies, certain exotic emerging technologies also face oppression and have been bullied, sometimes for more than a century. The stance Karol took of persistent love and courage can be instructive and helpful for us as we face down those who resist these solutions. (PESWiki Aug. 24, 2008)

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Directory:Wind >Winds of Change: Man invents windmill to save diesel' - The man who brought this green innovation to Thadubhai and the masses in gujrat is Mahesh Patel, head of GIAN, an organisation that works to find practical applications of little known innovators across of the country of India. (Thanks Congress:Member:Adrian Akau) (IBN Live Aug. 9, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Hydrogen Injection >Hydrogen Electrolyzer Mod Can't Up MPGs - Popular Mechanic's senior automotive editor installs a hand-built HHO kit — only to find he was right to be skeptical. Can bad chemistry keep the myth of the water car alive? More heavy testing in the PM garage will tell. (Popular Mechanics August 7, 2008)

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Directory:The UFO Documentation >Out of Space or Out of Mind? - NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell, for example, a member of the Apollo 14 mission that landed on the moon in 1971, elaborated on his own fluid thoughts on the universe, arguing that alien visits to Earth have been covered up by governments for more than 60 years. (ABC News July 28, 2008)

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Directory:Conspiracy > Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth - Sign petition with fellow architects and engineers calling for true independent investigation of the reason for the collapse of all three World Trade Center high-rise buildings, accounting for: 1) controlled demolition fall pattern of the towers 2) thermite found in wreckage 3) molten pools of metal weeks after collapse 4) witnesses to the sound of multiple explosions 5) microspheres of iron in dust.

Saturday, August 23, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD / Latest: Directory:Batteries / Directory:Vibrations >Directory:M2E Power - M2E Power is emphasizing the commercial applications for their technology, with a specific goal: revolutionizing cell phone batteries. An external charger generates between 300 and 700 percent more energy than current kinetic energy technologies, and may eventually replace cell phone batteries altogether. (PESWiki Aug. 21, 2008)

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Directory:Wireless >Intel gets into the wireless electricity game - Intel, the world's largest chip manufacturer, demonstrated a form of wireless energy transfer by lighting a 60-watt bulb from a power source three feet away, in an effect they referred to as WREL (wireless resonant energy link). (YouTube) (Scientific American Aug. 22, 2008) (Thanks Directory:Bedini SG:Replications:PES:Susan Carter)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Hybrid Vehicles / Directory:Steam Engines >Steam Hybrid Engine - Clean Power Technologies - This project is to develop a vehicle with a steam hybrid engine. This technology can save up to 40% of the waste heat. This translates into a realistic improvement in fuel efficiency by up to 40%, combined with a correspondent one-third reduction in emissions. (CPT Aug. 20, 2008)

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Directory:Solar >Thinking outside the square finds light in oven - "What started off as a brainstorming session has resulted in the iJET Solar cell concept that uses low-cost and low-temperature processes, such as ink-jet printing and pizza ovens, to manufacture solar cells inexpensively." (Slashdot) (The Sydney Morning Herald Aug. 20, 2008)

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Directory:Waste to Energy / Directory:Hydrogen Production >It's a gas: Human waste being turned into car fuel - The Orange County Sanitation District is about to begin converting human waste into hydrogen fuel in a first-of-its-kind attempt to turn sewage into a salable product. (OC Register Aug. 14, 2008)

Friday, August 22, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Hydrogen Injection >There was an error working with the wiki: Code[5] - Damon Kuhn, COO of Ronn Motors, maker of the new $150,000 green supercar, talks about how their company is well suited to finally build an ideal version of the on-board electrolysis technology that injects hydrogen into the air intake to catalyze a more efficient burn of the petrol, increasing a vehicle's mileage by 20-40% or much more. (FreeEnergyNow August 18, 2008)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Waste to Energy / Directory:Diesel > Directory:Green Power Inc's NanoDiesel:Catalytic Pressureless Depolymerization (Oiling) > GPI Explains Waste-to-Diesel Process (video) - Last year at a Waste Expo in Atlanta, CEO, Michael Spitzauer and CTO, James Osterloh, gave a brief description of their revolutionary process that turns feedstock municipal waste into high grade diesel fuel, eliminating the need for landfills. They're much further along now. (YouTube August 20, 2008)

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Directory:Fusion >Nuclear Ambitions: Amateur Scientists Get a Reaction From Fusion - Getting into the Fusioneers elite Neutron Club requires building a tabletop reactor that successfully fuses hydrogen isotopes and glows like a miniature star. Only 42 have qualified some have T-shirts that read "Fusion -- been there...done that." (Slashdot) (Wall Street Journal Aug. 18, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Hydrogen Production > Directory:Solar:Photosynthesis Imitation >Monash team learns from nature to split water - The breakthrough could revolutionize the renewable energy industry by making hydrogen – touted as the clean, green fuel of the future – cheaper and easier to produce on a commercial scale. (Slashdot) (Monash University Aug. 17, 2008)

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Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Biofuels / Directory:Biodiesel Weary of gas prices, drivers turning to - Bill Hartlieb disputes that his hobby in Heber City, UT violates the Clean Air Act, since fuels derived from vegetable oil have fewer emissions than petroleum. (Deseret News Aug. 17, 2008)

Thursday, August 21, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Global Warming > Directory:CO2 Sequestration >Directory:Calera Corporation - Calera Corporation has developed a nature-mimicking process that converts CO2, such as from a coal power plant, into cement thus removing CO2 from the atmosphere in the process of making a product that usually produces a lot of CO2 using other methods. (PESWiki August 20, 2008)

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Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Hydrogen Production >A Better Way to Make Hydrogen from Biofuels - Researchers at Ohio State University have created a new catalyst (There was an error working with the wiki: Code[6] - a common ingredient in ceramics - and calcium and cobalt) that makes hydrogen from ethanol with 90 percent yield, at 660 degrees Fahrenheit (~350C). (NewsWise Aug. 20, 2008)

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Directory:Batteries >MIT engineers work toward cell-sized batteries - Forget 9-volts, AAs, AAAs or D batteries: The energy for tomorrow’s miniature electronic devices could come from tiny microbatteries about half the size of a human cell and built with viruses. The technique itself does not involve any expensive equipment, and is done at room temperature. (PhysOrg Aug. 20, 2008) (MIT Technology Review] Aug. 21)

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Directory:Electric Cars / Directory:Ten-Year Renewable Energy Plan >Driven: Agassi's Audacious Plan to Put Electric Cars on the Road - Shai Agassi proposed a concept he called the . Instead of gas stations on every corner, the ERGO would blanket a country with a network of "smart" charge spots. Drivers could plug in anywhere, anytime, and would subscribe to a specific plan—unlimited miles, a maximum number of miles each month, or pay as you go -— all for less than the equivalent cost for gas. (Wired'' Aug. 18, 2008)

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Directory:Batteries / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[7] - 1) High-Voltage Cathode Materials with Large-Capacity for Lithium Ion Batteries 2) Voltage Gauge for Small Appliances. [Deadline: September 12,19, 2008, respectively]

Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Nanotechnology >Directory:Aerogels - This 87-year old technology will improve ultracapacitors by swapping in carbon nanotubes, since they have a extremely high surface area, carbon aerogels are used to create ultracapacitors with values ranging up to thousands of farads. It is already used a a super-insulator and for collecting stardust by NASA. (PESWiki August 18, 2008)

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Directory:Geothermal >A Googol of Heat Beneath Our Feet - is dedication $10 million to Enhanced Geothermal Systems, or EGS, which harnesses the energy from hot rock deep below the earth's surface, expanding the potential of traditional geothermal energy by orders of magnitude, with the potential to power the world many times over. (YouTube) (Google Aug. 18, 2008)

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Directory:Wind >New - Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Institute are developing anti-sound piezoelectric technology for wind turbines with the goal of increasing speed without the added gearbox and blade noise. (Daily Tech Aug. 12, 2008)

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Directory:Conservation > Directory:US:What You Can Do Now to Go Green and Save Money >Project Green - WVEC of Virginia has partnered with the Port of Virginia and TFC Recycling to provide "green stories", tips, impact calculators and multimedia for the "Green Project" on what we can do right now to conserve. (WVEC August 18, 2008)

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Current events >Dorgan Sponsors Hydrogen Action Summit II at EERC - Advancing the Hydrogen Economy - Action Summit II September 4 & 5, 2008. Grand Forks, ND. "Hydrogen is ready for deployment and is one of the answers to achieving energy security in the United States. This summit will set a course for hydrogen production and distribution technologies for North Dakota and the overall nation." (EERC Aug. 11, 2008)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Electric Freight Rail - Electrifying railroads and transferring half of the ton-miles of trucks to rail could save 6.3% of US oil consumption. Electric railroads, well-proven in other countries, are cheaper to operate and can carry more freight because they accelerate and brake faster (and can generate electricity while braking, saving energy), and have no delays for refueling. (PESWiki Aug. 13, 2008)


Directory:Nuclear / Directory:Fusion > Directory:Cold Fusion >American Chemical Society Gives Cold Fusion the Nod - Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions Sourcebook commissioned by ACS is a summary of selected experimental and theoretical research performed over the last 19 years that gives profound and unambiguous evidence for low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), historically known as cold fusion. (New Energy Times Aug. 18, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Water as Fuel > Directory:Water4Gas >Norfolk man pumped about savings with water-for-gas conversion - Since TV story in July, 13News viewers have asked whether Art Green is really saving money. "It's a brand new truck. It has been reborn," he says claiming a doubling of highway mileage, while going from 18 to 20 mpg in city driving. (WVEC August 18, 2008)

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Directory:Electric Vehicles >Americans are taking energy policy in their own grease-stained hands - The growing trend of folks refusing to wait for big-car manufacturers to deliver mainstream electric vehicles is starting to get some press. (Slashdot August 14, 2008)

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Directory:Trends >A Foothold For Renewable Power? - The politics and economics of energy are shifting in Colorado in ways that foretell debates across the country as states create renewable-energy mandates and the federal government moves toward limiting carbon emissions. (CBS News Aug, 18, 2008)

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Current events >Sustainable Living Fair - Walla Walla, WA Sept. 19-20, 2008. Free admission. Topics covered include alternative energy and fuels, a bike-in, building green, energy audits, gardening tips, home weatherization, water conservation, solar options, etc. PES Network will have a booth there.

Monday, Aug. 18, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Electric Cars > Directory:Shelby Supercars - The Ultimate Aero EV is based on the SSC Aero, the world's fastest production car. The EV will be powered by a 500 horsepower electric motor. The drive train will feature a revolutionary power source allegedly allowing for 'several years between charging' (not a typo). (PESWiki August 13, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Installation and Consultation >Want Solar? Head to Sam's Club - In California, Wal-Mart or Sam's Club in nine California stores have solar kiosks that hook consumers up with established solar sellers and installers. The kiosks also offer $100 off every kilowatt of installed solar power. Systems usually cost over $10K USD. (EcoGeek Aug. 15, 2008)

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Directory:Refrigeration >A Plastic That Chills - Thin films of a new polymer developed at Penn State change temperature in response to changing electric fields. It could lead to new technologies for cooling computer chips and to environmentally friendly refrigerators.(MIT Technology Review August 11, 2008)

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[8] - 1) A multibillion dollar electronics manufacturer seeks Technologies for Energy Harvesting from Light, Heat and Vibration in Daily Living Environment 2) Power Generating Microcombustors... [Deadline: August 29, 2008]

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Current events >Alternative Energy & Sustainable Living Show - Hillsboro, OR, Sept. 5-7, 2008. Free admission. Topics covered include Electric and Hybrid Cars, BioDiesel, Solar, Wind, Hydroponics, Water Conservation, Green Seal Windows, Gardening, Organic Grocers, Environmentally Responsible Housing. The Ecovan will be there representing PES Network, Inc.

Sunday, August 17, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Home Generation:Air Conditioning > Directory:Maisotsenko M-Cycle Coolerado - The engineering, design, application and installation of Coolerado's unique air-conditioning systems offer more flexibility and change than the air-conditioning world has seen in decades, using the Maisotsenko Cycle (M-Cycle). (PESWiki Aug. 14, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Alternative Fuels >Airlines push for homegrown jet fuel - The airline industry is aggressively pushing for homegrown alternatives to petroleum-based jet fuel. A coalition that includes the Federal Aviation Administration, airline, manufacturing and airport associations wants standards for a 50 percent synthetic jet fuel approved by the end of 2008. (PhysOrg August 15, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Largest >Australian firm unveils plans to build 'world's biggest thermal solar plant' - 8.5 GW plant, costing $1 billion, could provide power for 300,000 homes. May be the first of up to 34 such plants. (Peak Energy August 12, 2008)

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Directory:Building / Directory:Communities >'Net Zero' Energy Community Planned For Arvada - Imagine living in a community where the sun and earth produce all the energy in the Geos Neighborhood after October 2008 near 69th Ave and Joyce Street in Arvada, Colorado. "The utility bill will come out essentially zero each month". (CBS4 Denver August 8, 2008)

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Directory:Trends / Directory:Conservation >Indonesia to push renewable energy - The president of Indonesia said that stung by high oil prices, his country plans to tap more into renewable energies and change course from a "nation that splurges" to one that saves. (PhysOrg Aug. 15, 2008)

Saturday, August 16, 2008
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Directory:Electrical Grid / Directory:Storage >Massive Electricity Storage, Part 2 - The huge size of the U.S. grid with a wide diversity of power generation sources provides stability and minimizes the impact of fluctuating renewable power on the composite system load profile. In comparison, weaker grids, covering isolated areas not connected to major grids, are much more sensitive to, and less able to tolerate, the fluctuating renewable power. (Power Engineering August 5, 2008)

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Directory:Hydro > Directory:Tidal Power >France Plans Groundbreaking Tidal Power Experiment - Electricite de France (EDF) has announced that it plans to build a pilot tidal turbine system off Paimpol in Brittany, due to the extremely strong currents. The plan calls for 3 to 6 turbines to be built with capacities between 4 and 6 MW by 2011. (Clean Technica July 28, 2008)

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Directory:Solar >Oregon Builds USA’s First Roadside Solar Energy Project - Near Tualetin, Oregon, a 104 kilowatt solar PV system will consist of nearly 600 solar panels covering 8,000 square feet at the Interstate 5 and 205 interchange. The project will generate 28% of the electricity needed to power the interchange’s lights and signage, costing $1.3 million, and come online around December 2008. (TreeHugger August 11, 2008)

Friday, August 15, 2008
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Latest: Current events > Events:2008:ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference - See our 2008 Tesla Technology Conference reports, photo gallery and follow-ups. Our New Energy Congress members who attended have posted their thoughts and feelings on this year's Conference activities. (PESWiki August 12, 2008)


Directory:Refrigeration >A compressor-free refrigerator - Engineers at Penn State have developed a new method of running a refrigerator that doesn't require a compressor. Rather, it changes the level of organization in a solid to change the temperature. This change in entropy results in heat-transfer. (Slashdot Commentary) (Pure Pedantry August 12, 2008)

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Directory:Waste to Energy >ReCyclone Transforms Garbage Into Energy - The PowerMaster ReCyclone™ acts like the wind inside a tornado, grinding garbage into tiny pieces. It takes ordinary trash and turns it into energy and reusable power sources like diesel fuel, while reducing landfill space by up the 97%. (NextEnergyNews Aug. 14, 2008)

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Directory:Biomass / Directory:Plastic and Energy >Metabolix Grows Bioplastics in Switchgrass - Metabolix announced an incredible development: they have found a way to generate significant amounts of ecologically-sound, biodegradable, durable bioplastic that they call Mirel by growing it directly in switchgrass. (Inhabitat August 14, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Alternative Fuels > Directory:Ethanol >North America’s Largest Wheat-Based Ethanol Plant Opens in Saskatchewan - A $130-million Terra Grains Fuels ethanol plant is claiming to be the largest wheat ethanol project in North America and produce approximately 150 million liters (40 million gallons) of ethanol and nearly 164,000 tonnes of dried distiller grains annually. To do this the plant will require 15 million bushels of wheat each year. (''TreeHugger' August 11, 2008)

Thursday, August 14, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Nanotechnology > Article:Nanoparticle coated electrodes and carbon nanotechnology - From vastly increasing efficiencies in solar power to reducing costs of hydrogen generation, the alternative energy sector is seeing a range of nanotech developments. Reducing the amount of raw product necessary for technology production, carbon nanotechnology cuts costs and conserves our precious non-renewable resources. (PESWiki Aug. 13, 2008)

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Directory:Electromagnetic > Directory:Greer:The Orion Project >Update on Pulsed Motor Generator by the Orion Project - Greer's group reports: "In one test, the Pulsed Motor Generator successfully powered an 18 pound metal rotor at a steady speed of 1500 rpm with as little as 25 watts of input power." (Orion Project August 12, 2008)

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Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Fuel Cells >Goretex Material Breakthrough to Replace Platinum in Fuel Cells - The team of Monash University scientists have designed and tested an air-electrode, where a fine layer - just 0.4 of a micron thick – of highly conductive plastic is deposited on the breathable fabric. The conductive plastic acts as both the fuel cell electrode and catalyst. (NextEnergy News August 4, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:PhotoVoltaics >More-Efficient Solar Cells - Day4 Energy has developed a new electrode that, together with a redesigned solar-cell structure, allows solar panels to absorb more light and operate at a higher voltage, increasing the efficiency of multicrystalline silicon solar panels from about 14% to nearly 17%. (MIT Technology Review August 14, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Vehicles > Directory:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles -- PHEV >Hybrid makeovers help owners dump the pump - A handful of companies aim to put the power cord in the hands of drivers who want to transform their gas-electric hybrids into plug-in hybrids, or to replace the internal combustion innards of other cars with all-electric systems. (CNet August 13, 2008)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Hydrogen Injection >Article:Ronn Motors' Scorpion using Hydrogen Booster - New $150,000 green sports car will integrate an on-board electrolysis unit to inject hydrogen into the air intake to catalyze a more efficient burn of the petrol, increasing its mileage by 20-40%. (PESWiki August 13, 2008)

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Directory:Wind >Software Predicts Electricity Output for Wind - The Previento system, developed at Oldenburg University in Germany in cooperation with researchers from Denmark's Riso National Laboratory, can predict not only how much electricity a specific wind park in Germany will produce but also the total amount of electricity the 20,000 or so wind parks dotted around the country will generate in the coming days and with a high level of accuracy. (Renewable Energy World August 11, 2008)

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Directory:Hydrogen >The Hydrogen Economy and Peak Platinum - The three major mines that produce platinum are in South Africa, Siberia and the United States. Existing reserves would meet less than 20 per cent of the world's platinum demand if all cars went hydrogen." (The Oil Drum August 12, 2008)

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Directory:Hydrogen / Directory:Fuel Cells >Hydrogen Cars Go Cross-Country — With Help From Fossil Fuels - BMW, Daimler, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Nissan, Toyota and VW have cars making the road trip, and they'll be joined along the way by fuel cell buses run by some of the nation's six transit agencies that use them. Portable fueling stations will keep the cars going when they aren't being ferried on trucks (Wired August 11, 2008)

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Directory:Human-Powered >MINI Rick Shaw does rounds in Beijing - To celebrate the There was an error working with the wiki: Code[9] jump into the PRC, Beijing MINI came up with an extremely novel idea on how to promote their new model and grab some headlines when pretty much most of the media is dedicated to the Olympics. (China Times August 8, 2008)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Spark Plugs >Directory:Firestorm Spark Plug - This revolutionary design creates an electric plasma that fills the entire combustion chamber like a firestorm. It allows you to take an internal combustion engine from the standard 14.7:1 air-to-fuel ratio to an incredibly lean 24:1. At this ratio, all the air/fuel mixture is burned much more efficiently without increasing heat, thus giving an engine more power and fuel economy while creating much less pollution. (PESWiki)

Directory:Engines > ICS Motors - ICS MOTORS presents a revolutionary new design Two Stroke Opposite Radial Rotary-Piston Engine (ORPE), which is low weight and small size, high power output, low fuel consumption and environmentally friendly. Implementation of the ORPE with the current automotive technology allegedly could achieve the 100 miles/gallon vision today.

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Directory:Lighting > Directory:Light Emitting Diodes > $79-Dollar LED Light Bulb - The 7-watt EcoLED white bulb replaces a 75-watt regular bulb. It is said to last 50,000 hours and saves you nearly $350 in electricity over its life while reducing CO2 emissions by nearly 7,000 pounds compared to regular light bulbs. (Better Life Goods 2007)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Vehicles > Directory:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles -- PHEV > 2008 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conference and Exhibition - In-Depth Exclusive Video Coverage - "The Auto Channel is pleased and proud to have been in attendance at this important newsmaking event and to bring you exclusive PRESS PASS video coverage of many of the Keynote Speeches and Exhibitors." (Auto Channel August 4, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Alternative Fuels > Directory:Ethanol >Mexico & Agaves: Moving from Tequila to Ethanol - With a history that stretches well back into pre-Columbian times, certain varieties of the Agave family are beginning to capture the attention of investors and researchers interested in indigenous plants and trees in countries around the world that are not used to produce food and have attributes that make them prospective sources of ethanol. (Renewable Energy World August 7, 2008)

Monday, August 11, 2008
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Latest / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Solar > Directory:Concentrated Solar Power > Directory:Cool Earth Solar > Directory:Cool Earth Solar - In 1-hour interview, CEO, Rob Lamkin, discusses how his company's inflatable solar concentrator technology slashes materials costs, making solar farms able to compete with natural gas plants, and eventually even coal plants. Commercial deployment expected next year could satisfy a large portion of Gore's 10-years-to-100%-renewable initiative. (FreeEnergyNow Aug. 9, 2008)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD > Directory:Wind > Directory:High Altitude Wind Power > Directory:Wind:Ladder Mills >Kite Power Could Generate Energy for 100,000 Homes - Scientists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands recently tested a 10 square meter kite teathered to a generator to produce 10 kilowatts of power. They are currently planning to scale the experiment with a 50 kilowatt kite and a 100 megawatt array called the Laddermill that could potentially power 100,000 homes! (Video, Guardian, UK]) (Inhabitat August 5, 2008)

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Directory:Electric Vehicles / Directory:Solar:Vehicles >Sunmotor Group's Solar Vehicles - Sunmotor Coupe is a green vehicle, powered by solar energy and electricity. PV panels of a Sunmotor Coupe generates more than 300 W electric power output has a range of 160 miles (250 km) for DX model, or 400 miles (650 km) for EX model. Introduction expected this year.

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Directory:Building > Article:Beijing 2008 Green Olympics >Beijing Olympics Show China's Renewable Energy Aspirations - From the standpoint of energy and the environment, the Summer Olympics in Beijing, a city of 15 million people, pose a stark juxtaposition of the reality of China today and the vision of its future: a China characterized by wise environmental and energy stewardship. (Renewable Energy World August 6, 2008)

Sunday, August 10, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Additives > Directory:H2Oil's Nanotech Fuel -- eeFuel and eeLube (4ourfuture)Article:eeFuel Gradually Boosts Mileage in 2007 BMW 335i - Ryan Fowler reports an improvement in his mileage on the same stretch of road since he started using the eeFuel additive, beginning with a jump of 5.7%, followed by 8.6%, then 14.0%, and then 17.9% in subsequent test runs in triplicate, as measured by onboard mileage instrumentation provided with the vehicle. (PESWiki Aug. 6, 2008)

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Directory:Zero Point Energy / Site:LRP:Energy From The Vacuum > Vacuum Energy motors, rotors and conversions to mechanical energy - Dr. Claus W. Turtur has posted a few articles at the University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig- Wolfenbüttel as part of his "Thoughts about Physics" series.

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Directory:Communities >Green Energy Projects Making a Splash in Germany May Soon Be Coming to U.S.' - Tucked away in Germany's southwest corner lies the country's throughly modern environmental capital of Freiburg, where residents are embracing a number of green energy projects that may soon be running in the United States. (Fox News July 14, 2008)

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Directory:Tesla coil >Who Needs Amps? We've Got A Tesla Coil! - Tesla coils create a lot of noise when they're on, and somehow, some insane genius has found a way to harness the noise they create, manipulate it, and turn it into art. (YouTube) (ChordStrike August 5, 2008)

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Directory:Prizes > European Energy Service Award 2008 - The European Energy Service Initiative was developed and launched in 2005 to provide a promotional platform for energy services in Europe. Its principal aim is to increase awareness on the options and opportunities of energy services especially for energy efficiency. (REEEP August 5, 2008)

Saturday, August 9, 2008
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Latest: Directory:X Prize:Automotive / Directory:Fuel Efficiency Alternative Fuels > Intergalactic Hydrogen Expects to Win Auto X-Prize - Using off-the-shelf components and technology they have mastered, Tai and Fred Robinson say they can surpass 100 mpg-equivalent using a high-efficiency stock vehicle modified to run on hydrogen. (PESN Aug. 9, 2008)

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Directory:Electrical Grid > Massive Electricity Storage, Part 1 - Electricity is generated and consumed instantaneously. Unlike other energy supply systems--oil, natural gas, or coal-–the electricity power grid or the generation plants that supply the grid have essentially no storage or "surge" capacity to smooth out peaks and valleys in demand or to provide reserve capacity during sudden spikes in demand. (23-minute Panel Discussion video) (Power Engineering August 5, 2008)

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Directory:Hydrogen / Current events >Hydrogen Road Tour 2008 - The Hydrogen Road Tour is a two-week trip across the U.S. with more than 30 planned stops beginning on August 11, 2008 to showcase clean, efficient, hydrogen powered cars. (National Hydrogen Association August 8, 2008)

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Directory:Flight > Directory:Flying Cars / Directory:Prizes > Centennial Challenges - NASA recogni