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PESWiki News -- December 2008 Archive

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Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD / Latest: Directory:Vortex Technologies / Directory:Hydro > Directory:Low Impact Hydro >Directory:Vortex-Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy (VIVACE) - Inspired by the ability of fish to propel upstream with relative ease, VIVACE is ideal for converting natural vibrations in slow-moving ocean, river, and tidal currents into affordable and reliable energy. It is highly scalable and affordable, estimated at 5.5 cents/kw-h. (PESWiki Dec 31, 2008)
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Directory:Hydro > Directory:Ocean Current >Finding Nemo in a cruel sea - For 10 days, Nemo, the robot submarine, was, like its animated namesake, swept helplessly along by the East Australian Current until it was recovered. Dr. David Griffin hopes Nemo's findings will help unravel the secrets of the current. (Sydney Morning Herald Dec. 28, 2008)

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Directory:Home Generation / Directory:Alternative Fuels>Gazan invents alternative to cooking gas - Abd Farajallah has developed a device that utilizes chemical substances available in Gaza, in leu of scarce cooking gas due to the continued border closures. (Ma'an News Agency Dec. 25, 2008) (Also ''Slashdot)

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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] >HOW TO: Make Your Own Eco, Kid-Safe Cleaning Supplies - Why should you take the time to make homemade cleaners? Well, first of all, plenty of studies show that toxic, conventional cleaning supplies are bad for your health, your child’s health, and the planet’s health. (Inhabitat Dec. 28, 2008)

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Gravity Motors >Directory:Aldo Costa's Gravity Motor - This French inventor's decades-long approach to the unbalanced wheel has been to go large, building a 56-feet diameter prototype in his back yard, with 9.5 tons of steel parts. Given an initial push, it supposedly can revolve for as long as three hours -- if aided by the wind. (PESWiki Dec. 30, 2008)
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Directory:Zeitgeist >The Top 10 Green-Tech Breakthroughs of 2008 - Green technology was hot in 2008. Investors poured $5 billion into the sector just through the first nine months of the year. And even Texas oilmen like T. Boone Pickens started pushing alternative energy as a replacement for fossil fuels like petroleum, coal and natural gas. (Wired Dec. 29, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Cells >Researcher Seeks to Put Fuel Cells on the Fast Track - Sossina M. Haile’s research has resulted in a type of electrolyte created at Superprotonic that works with carbon-based fuels, uses less expensive platinum, and works at manageable temperatures. (NASA Dec. 17, 2008)

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Directory:Batteries > Directory:Lithium Ion Batteries >Nissan, NEC To Spend $1 billion On Battery Output - Nissan, NEC and NEC Tokin Corp have a joint venture to start manufacturing lithium-ion batteries with an initial capacity to supply 13,000 units a year, which will be first be used in forklifts eventually ramping up annual capacity to supply 65,000 units in 2011 for use in Nissan's in-house hybrid car and electric vehicles due in 2010. (PlanetArk Dec. 30, 2008) (See also TreeHugger)

Monday, Dec. 29, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Videos > Directory:Free energy >Video:A Machine to Die For: The Quest for Free Energy - One-hour, Discovery-quality documentary addresses several of the better known technologies that appear to defy known laws of physics. The film features Congress:Member:Eric Krieg, NEC, as a skeptic who investigates technologies that could perhaps meet his as-yet-unclaimed, $10K Free Energy challenge. (PESWiki Dec. 29, 2008)
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Directory:Pneumatics - Compressed Air >GLOBAL E.A.R.S. Increases Pneumatics Efficiency - “Why not create a closed loop system and just send that air right back to the compressor – just like a hydraulic tool works?” Thus, "Exhausted Air Recycling System"(EARS) was born. (Video)

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Directory:Zeitgeist >Technology Wrap-up: The Most-read Technology Stories of 2008 - It's been another great year for renewable energy and the technology advances that have been made are astounding. More technology news, more cutting edge research on technologies that are approaching commercialization, and more advancements that will bring renewables into the mainstream. (Renewable Energy World Dec. 24, 2008)

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Directory:Clean Coal >Spill at Tennessee Coal Plant Creates Environmental Disaster - Parts of Tennessee remain buried under toxic sludge today after a major disaster at a coal plant. A forty-acre pond containing toxic coal ash has collapsed, spilling out millions of gallons of coal ash. (Video) (Democracy Now! Dec. 24, 2008) (Kingston Spill Update)

Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Videos >PESNetwork Videos - An index of videos that have been produced primarily by/for PES Network, Inc., along with other free-energy-related video resources. (PESWiki Dec. 28, 2008)
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Directory:Electrical Grid >Could the Electric Grid Support Far More Wind and Solar? - The power flow simulation (pdf), presented at the American Geophysical Union meeting, shows that in California the power grid might be able to handle up to 60% renewable energy, without encountering major trouble pushing electrons around the state. Further study is being done for other states. (Wired Dec. 18, 2008)

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Directory:Global Warming >European Union clinches deal to battle climate change - Europe has secured the world's broadest agreement yet: Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) -- nearly derailed by the economic crisis -- to battle "Global Warming" after helping east European states pay for changes that will punish their heavily polluting power sectors and industries. (Carbon Market Community Dec. 12, 2008)

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Directory:U.S. Government and Energy / Directory:Nuclear >EPA Eases Emissions Regulations for New Power Plants - The Environmental Protection Agency ruled (pdf) that new power plants are not required to install technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, rejecting an argument from environmental groups. (Truthout Dec. 19, 2008)

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008
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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Lubricants > NanoLube™ & Quicken® - NanoLube™ is based on a patented breakthrough technology and uses a newly discovered, synthetic Non-Detonation NanoDiamond to provide Mechanical Lubrication. This material was first created in 1999 and stemmed from Chris Arnold's work in microwave synthesis synthetic diamond production in 1996.

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Directory:Tools > Directory:Tools:Construction >Thermal Leak Detector by Black and Decker Helps Cut Heating Costs - The Black and Decker Thermal Leak Detector can spot hidden leaks (red for hot, blue for cold). The Thermal Leak Detector can recognize any change in temperature by as little as 1, 5 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit (adjustable). (GoodCleanTech Dec. 5, 2008)

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Directory:Wind >Hot Air from Wind Farms - The British Wind Energy Association has admitted to cooking the books on its calculations of the amount of carbon dioxide displaced by wind power. (American Thinker Dec, 22, 2008)

Friday, Dec. 26, 2008
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Latest: PowerPedia:Joseph Papp's Noble Gas Engine / Directory:Plasma >Directory:Plasma Energy Controls' Plasma Expansion Motor - Nobel (inert) gas engine patterned after the Papp Engine, would cost 1/3 what a comparable output engine would cost, while its fuel would cost a few dollars per month -- negligible totally revolutionizing the renewable industry. Six test engines expected to be completed soon. (PESWiki Dec. 26, 2008)
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Directory:Wind >Helical Towers Could Bring Wind Turbines to Cities - Dr. Majid Rashidi devised an innovative new Wind Tower Model, utilizing a silo shaped wind deflector that can be mounted atop a typical city edifice. (Good Clean Tech Nov. 25, 2008) (It turns out to be a knock-off of the Top 100 clean energy technology, Directory:WARP ENECO design.)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Lighting >Sony Prototypes Lanterns Using Dye-sensitized Solar Cells - Sony crafted dye-sensitized solar cells into the pattern on the lamp's lateral shade panels, sufficient to harness enough power to power the lamp. (Tech-On! Dec. 12, 2008)

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Directory:River Energy >Nation's First 'Underwater Wind Turbine' Installed in Old Man River - The US' first commercial hydrokinetic turbine, which harnesses the power from moving water without the construction of a dam, has splashed into the waters of the Mississippi River near Hastings, Minnesota. (Project by Hydro Green Energy.) (Wired Dec. 22, 2008)

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008
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Directory:Magnetic Power IncMPI's Perpetual - Mark Goldes asserts that the generators they are developing are expected to produce enough power to replace the plug needed by a plug-in hybrid car, "within a year(tm)", a harbinger of automobiles that need no conventional fuel. If only the projection can actually materialize. (Renewable Energy World press release Dec. 19, 2008)

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Directory:Cold Electricity >Voltree is Tapping Tree Energy to Save Forests - Voltree Power has made solid progress on tree-powered bioenergy converters, designed to be placed in fire-prone national forests, where they’d monitor temperature and humidity and radio the data back to remote automated weather stations. (Xconomy Nov. 26, 2008) (Coming soon: Tree-powered Christmas lights?)

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Directory:Global Cooling >Global cooling is here - "There is no evidence that CO2 drives world temperatures or any consequent climate change," Imperial College London astrophysicist and long-range forecaster Piers Corbyn wrote British Members of Parliament. "According to official data in every year since 1998, world temperatures have been colder than that year, yet CO2 has been rising rapidly." (Seattle PI Dec. 18, 2008) (See also Slashdot)

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD / Latest: Directory:Generators / Directory:Wind >Directory:ExRo Technologies - ExRo's CTO, Jonathan Ritchey, talks about their technology that is designed for widely variable speeds of wind, wave, run-of-river, and tidal turbines, as well as conventional genset application. Their design could lower the cost of these systems, while significantly increasing their power output. (FreeEnergyNow Dec. 22, 2008)
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Directory:Newsletters > Directory:New Energy Times > Latest Cold Fusion Developments at New Energy Times - Issue 31 includes: report on LENR Talk by Steven B. Krivit at Simon Fraser University • When A Good Nanoparticle Goes Bad • Bob Park Brings Attention to "Cold Fusion" Research • Peter Hagelstein Lecture at MIT Energy Club • Bubblegate Saga • Update to The Galileo Project Protocol • LENR News Reported in Japan. (New Energy Times Dec. 17, 2008)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Batteries > Directory:EEStor > EEStor Granted a New Patent on the EESU Revealing Extensive Details - The patent is a highly information-rich document that give a remarkable insight into these potential devices. EEStor notes “the present invention provides a unique lightweight Electric-Energy Storage Unit (EESU) that has the capability to store ultrahigh amounts of energy”. (GM-Volt Dec. 21, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Largest >World’s Most Ambitious Solar Plan in LA - Los Angles, CA is taking up the world’s most ambitious solar power project, Solar LA (26-page PDF). This project will be the largest solar power plan started by any city in the world. They are planning to install 1.3 Giga Watts (GW) of solar power and register their city’s name in the book of green economy. (Alternative Energy Dec. 19, 2008)

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Energy Efficiency / Directory:Conservation >Directory:Denby Energy Audit Expert Program - Denby Energy focuses on energy efficiency, helping businesses become more energy efficient. They are also a leader in online learning, teaching people how to get started with a new career as an energy efficiency expert and doing energy audits. (PESWiki Dec. 23, 2008)
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Directory:Alternative Fuels > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Hydrogen Injection >New Energy Inventor, 82, Gets 20 Years for Fraud - Daniel Dingel, 82-year-old inventor of a “water-powered car,” has been convicted of “estafa” [swindling] and sentenced to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment by the Parañaque City Regional Trial Court. (Inquirer Dec. 20, 2008)

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Directory:Wireless Transmission of Electricity >PowerBeam steps closer to launching wireless electricity - PowerBeam™ is revolutionizing the mode of power transmission by integrating optical technology to produce safe, reliable and abundant wireless power using Class 1 laser beams. (Video) (VentureBeat Dec. 22, 2008)

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Directory:Humor >Directory:Clean Coal - These "Clean Coal" Carolers are so bad, they are good! The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), who will get coal in their stockings, had an interactive site, but the environmentalists screamed so loudly, the page was pulled. (PESWiki Dec. 20, 2008)

Monday, Dec. 22, 2008
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Directory:Batteries / Directory:Wireless Transmission of Electricity >Student creates innovative invention to prolong battery life - An electronics PhD student at Carleton University, has built a prototype that extends the battery life of portable gadgets such as the iPhone and BlackBerry, by getting rid of all the wires used to connect the electronic circuits with the antenna. (Microwave Journal 4-page PDF.) (Carelton University Nov. 27, 2008) (See also Slashdot)

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Directory:Ocean Wave Energy >MIT to Test Innovative Wave Power System - The Portuguese-planned Oscillating Water Column (OWC) facility, to be built at the mouth of the Douro River in Porto, will include three columns that together will generate 750 kilowatts -- enough to power 750 homes. (GoodCleanTech Dec. 17, 2008)

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Directory:Prizes >Innovators Under 35 - An annual event by MIT's Technology Review generates a list of top innovators under the age of 35, who's science and research they found to be most exciting. JB Straubel, CTO for Directory:Tesla Motors, Inc., became the top innovator for 2008, despite the company's struggles. (Technology Review Sept. Oct. 2008)

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Oil > Saudi Oil Kingdom Resisting Renewables - A review of a recent documentary by 60 Minutes about the Saudi Oil industry, showing their world-preeminent infrastructure, new projects, and projections but, more significantly, their denial of and resistance to any clean alternatives. (PESN Dec. 21, 2008)
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Directory:Electrical Grid >An Intelligent Electric Grid - In this video, Peter L. Corsell, founder and CEO of GridPoint, talks about the problems inherent in today’s electric grid and describes how GridPoint’s technology improves the system’s efficiency, flexibility, and reliability. (Technology Review Sept. Oct. 2008)

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Directory:Building >MVRDV Designs Gwanggyo Green Power Center - Rotterdam-based architects MVRDV recently won the Gwanggyo City Centre Competition with their design of this incredible new city just south of Seoul, South Korea. Envisioned as a verdant acropolis of organic ‘hill’ structures, the proposed complex is a fully self-sufficient city for up to 77,000 inhabitants. (Inhabitat Dec. 8, 2008)

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Directory:Global Warming >Weather Channel Founder: Sue Al Gore for Fraud - John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel, has filed a class action suit, joined by some 30,000 scientists, against Al Gore and the global warming "scam", alleging that the "fabricated" crisis is being used as a rallying point for political agendas. (RedEye Video) (Fox News March 14, 2008)

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008
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Latest: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] / Directory:Microwave-Based Energy Technologies OS:Homemade Plasma Using Microwave Oven - Perhaps you've seen a video or two at YouTube showing how to generate plasma with a small flame in a microwave oven. We've created a "how to" page, with a collection of some of these demos, scientific theories and studies, and related energy pursuits. (PESWiki Dec. 20, 2008)
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Directory:Electric Vehicles >Tesla versus Tango on the drag strip - The Commuter Cars Tango races against a There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2] -- and wins! (Video) (AutoBlog Green Dec. 4, 2008)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Conventional Renewable Energy >Wind, water and sun beat other energy alternatives, study finds - A professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford concludes that the most promising raw energy source are, in order: Wind, Concentrated Solar, Geothermal, Tidal, Solar Photovoltaics, Wave and Hydroelectric. The published review is in Energy & Environmental Science. (Stanford News Service Dec. 10, 2008) (See also: Slashdot discussion)

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Directory:Gravity Motors / Directory:Milkovic Two-Stage Mechanical Oscillator >Mechanical Feedback Loop (pdf) - Jovan Marjanovic analytically describes his experimental work on Milkovic’s Pendulum-Lever System and shares his findings and problems in an attempt to close the loop giving possible solutions for the two-stage oscillator. ( December 18, 2008) (Thanks Bobsy)

Friday, Dec. 19, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Wireless Transmission of Electricity / Directory:Battery Chargers >Directory:eCoupled Wireless Power Transmission - eCoupled technology by Fulton Innovation, entails an inductively coupled power circuit that dynamically seeks resonance with the device(s) being charged. Ties with Motorola, Energizer, Texas Instruments will see many products arrive in 2009. (PESWiki Dec 19, 2008)

Directory:Refrigeration >$25 Fridge Powered By Cooking Fire - Along the lines of one laptop per child comes the idea of an inexpensive refrigerator that could help more than a billion people who have no access to electricity. The 8-pound prototype fridge doesn't need gas, propane or kerosene and is powered by regular fire. TED Video (EcoGeek Dec. 12, 2008)

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Directory:Human-Powered >Revolving Door Helps Power Train Station - A Netherlands train station is using a revolving door to produce electricity. The Natuurcafe La Port in the train station expects the coming and going of patrons to provide roughly 4,600 kWh a year. (EcoGeek Dec. 10, 2008)

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Directory:Galactic Sea of Energy > A Giant Breach in Earth's Magnetic Field - NASA has discovered a breach in Earth's magnetic field ten times larger than anything previously thought to exist. Solar wind can flow in through the opening to "load up" the magnetosphere for powerful geomagnetic storms. Researchers are even more amazed at the strange and unexpected way it forms. (Science & NASA Dec. 16, 2008)

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Engines > Directory:External Combustion Engines > Directory:Tommey Reed External Combustion Engine - Tommey Lee Reed's new rotary piston engine is claimed to offer greater torque and fuel efficiency than any other engine today. He claims to have found ways to increase power output with 85% efficiency and high torque output. (PESWiki Dec 18, 2008)
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Directory:Solar:Vehicles / Directory:Hybrid Vehicles >Solar Hybrids Soak Up the Sun - The guys at Solar Electrical Vehicles will slap a solar panel on just about anything, and they've developed a DIY kit for the Toyota Prius that they say provides up to 20 miles of range and boosts fuel economy up to 29 percent. The company is testing its first hybrid solar energy system in four "PV Prius" prototypes and a "PV Highlander." (Video) (Wired Dec. 16, 2008)

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Directory:Energy Efficiency / Directory:Tools > Directory:Tools:Construction >Foamy Invention Could Save Energy and Lives - The ultra-high-strength composite metal foam created by Afsaneh Rabiei may be used in airplanes, boats, and structures that need impact protection, while maintaining strength and being low weight, hence increasing efficiency. (Live Science Oct. 17, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Adrian Akau)

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Directory:Wind > Directory:Wind:Offshore >Shell to quit wind projects - Royal Dutch Shell has become the second big energy company to abandon the UK wind-energy sector in the last month, cancelling the £800m Cirrus Array project after five years and millions of pounds in investment. Radar interference and wildlife impact are cited reasons, but the real reason is there is still money to be made in the Americas. (Times Online Dec. 7, 2008)

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Retrofits >Directory:Energy Return Wheel by Britek Tire and Rubber - The BriTek Rubber and Tire BERW© is a complete re-imagining of a wheel that is safer, more efficient and still maintains an incredible sense of style and can be bolted onto any vehicle on the road today. It's just very expensive. (PESWiki Dec. 17, 2008)

Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Plasma / Directory:Hydrogen > Directory:Blacklight Power >Energy From Water Now Commercially Viable? - BLP has licensed Estacado Energy Services, Inc. to use the BlackLight Process and certain BLP energy technology for the production of thermal or electric power. Estacado may produce gross thermal power up to a maximum continuous capacity of 250 MW or convert this thermal power to corresponding electricity. (Huffington Post Dec. 11, 2008)

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Directory:Galactic Sea of Energy / Directory:Magnets >Sun Induces Strange 'Breathing' of Earth's Atmosphere - New satellite observations have revealed a previously unknown rhythmic expansion and contraction of Earth's atmosphere on a nine-day cycle. This "breathing" corresponds to changes in the sun's magnetic fields as it completes rotations once every 27 days. (Wired Dec. 15, 2008)

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Directory:Algae for Oil >Origin Oil Announces Successful Automation of its Helix BioReactor - The design of the Helix BioReactor™ utilizes low-energy lights arranged in a helix pattern and a rotating vertical shaft design, which allows algae culture to replicate exponentially within a smaller installation footprint. Automation of this system is a key step towards low-cost, efficient, continuous algae production. (Renewable Wire Dec. 16, 2008)

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Galactic Sea of Energy / Directory:Radiant Energy > Directory:Thomas Henry Moray > Son of T. Henry Moray Releases DVD (Interview) - John Moray's new DVD, "The Sea of Energy in which the Earth Floats", reviews the work of his father, T. Henry Moray, who purportedly built a device that harnessed "radiant energy" from the cosmos witnessed by hundreds, but never successfully commercialized. (PESN December 16, 2008) (Buy)
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Directory:Wireless Transmission of Electricity / Directory:Tesla coil >Pushing 800W of Wireless Power at 5 Meters - Nevada Lightning Lab has proposed a research facility for generating controlled lightning discharges using a matched set of 12-story Tesla Coil towers, with discharges over 300 feet in length, delivering a peak output of over 18 million volts. Located 35 miles outside Las Vegas, Nevada, this facility will support new industrial and scientific research. The 1:12 scale model twin tower prototypes are completed in San Francisco, CA. (Slashdot Dec. 10, 2008)

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Directory:Electric Cars >BYD Launches China's First Electric Car For Nearly $22,000 - China's BYD Co., which is 10 percent owned by Warren Buffett, said that it has launched the world's first homegrown electric, mass-produced plug-in hybrid car. (AHN Dec. 15, 2008) (See also Slashdot and Chinese hybrid car is charging into weak market LA Times Dec. 13, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Cells >Platinum-Free Fuel Cell - Researchers from Wuhan University are using a new membrane that conducts alkaline ions called hydroxyl groups instead of the traditional acidic hydrogen ions, and created an anode coated with nickel nanoparticles decorated with chromium that is more tolerant to oxidation than previous nickel catalysts. (Technology Review Dec. 16, 2008)

Monday, Dec. 15, 2008
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Latest: Current events > Directory:Algae / Directory:Biofuels >Event:Algae Biofuels World Summit 2009 - San Francisco, California on March 18-20, 2009. The Algae Biofuels World Summit will be a major event where the nascent algae biofuels community will come together to discuss how to build a new international industry. (PESWiki)
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Directory:Nuclear >Reactors for the Middle East - Novel designs for nuclear reactors, being drawn up by researchers at MIT and a new research institute in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), could decrease the risk that nuclear fuel could be diverted for use in nuclear weapons. (Technology Review Oct. 22, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels >Waste coffee grounds offer new source of biodiesel fuel - Coffee-based fuel — which actually smells like java — had a major advantage in being more stable than traditional biodiesel, due to coffee's high antioxidant content. Solids left over from the conversion can be converted to ethanol or used as compost, according to the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. (PhysOrg Dec. 10, 2008)


Directory:Toilet-Sink Combo >Dual System Toilets - The Caroma Profile Smart Dual Flush Toilet has a built in sink behind the cistern which is useful for when space is at a premium, although it may take some adjusting to get used to straddling the seat in order to wash your hands. (Video) (EcoGeek Nov. 23, 2008)

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008

Directory:Nuclear Remediation >LENRs for Nuclear Waste Disposal - Compact LENR ULM neutron generator systems could be developed and deployed for cost-effective on-site treatment of nuclear wastes presently stored in cooling ponds next to reactors that produced them. Spent fuel rod assemblies could be processed into particulates in on-site containment facilities and injected into co-located LENR-based transmutation reactors.(Institute of Science in Society Nov. 12, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Sepp Hasslberger)

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Directory:Lighting > Directory:Compact Fluorescent'Light within a light' offers CFL efficiency with incandescent bulb shape - General Electric will start selling a new "ship in a bottle" lightbulb - a fluorescent spiral bulb trapped inside a traditional incandescent-shaped bulb. Video (PhysOrg Dec. 12, 2008)

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008
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Directory:Fusion >Better Control for Fusion Power - Physicists at MIT have addressed one of the many technological challenges involved in harnessing nuclear fusion as a viable energy source. They've demonstrated that pulses of radio frequency waves can be used to propel and heat plasma inside a reactor. (Technology Review Dec. 10, 2008)

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Directory:Electric Vehicles >70 MPH Electric Airplane Costs $0.70 to Charge - Randall Fishman, a retired Jeweler, created the ElectraFlyer-C because he wanted a silent plane that would be "as smooth as a magic carpet." Video (Ecogeek Dec. 4, 2008)

Friday, Dec. 12, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD / Latest: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Review:Breakthrough Power by Jeane Manning and Joel Garbon - After a month-long review and voting process, the New Energy Congress now officially recommends that the book, Breakthrough Power by Jeane Manning and Joel Garbon, become the flagship public education tool for the new energy movement. Consider adding it to your Christmas giving. (PESWiki Dec. 12, 2008)
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Events:Archive:2008 >Power-Gen: Energy Diversity Is Key to Success- At the Power-Gen International conference -- an event with over 1,200 exhibitors in the coal, oil and natural gas industries -- you might not expect renewables to play an important role in the conversation around energy, but Renewables are here to stay. (Has video links.) (Renewable Energy World Dec. 8, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Alternative Fuels >Bacteria Make Better Alcohol Fuels - By engineering the metabolic process of the common E. coli bacteria, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have coaxed the microorganism into churning out useful long-chain alcohols that have potential as new biofuels. (Technology Review Dec, 9, 2008)

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Directory:Humor >Dilbert: Free Energy - Dilbert™ creates the "Magnetic Cancellation Wheel", perhaps inspired by the Spoof:Magnetic Flux Gate Motor. (YouTube Dec. 3, 2008)

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008
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Directory:Investment Resources / Directory:Fuelwatch Worldwide > Energy Message for Investors - With oil prices headed for a $1.00/gallon on gasoline and possibly below, investors might think that alternative energy investments are a sucker bet. Rest assured nothing could be farther from the truth. (PESN Dec. 11, 2008)
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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Chargers 7 Portable Solar Laptop Chargers Worth Considering - The options are getting better, but that doesn’t mean choosing the right solar charger has gotten much easier. So TreeHugger scoured the market for the best choices in solar chargers, trying to make sure each option is reasonable regarding the three key elements, and put them here for you to make shopping around a little easier. (TreeHugger Oct. 15, 2008)

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Directory:Wave buoys >Dissertation on world-leading wave power - Rafael Waters presents his 132-page findings about the experimental Swedish wave power facility that he helped design and construct. The station is uniquely durable and maintenance-free, engineered at the Uppsala University Division of Electricity. (Expersvar Dec. 9, 2008)

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Directory:Electric Vehicles >Japan Moves to Become Electric Vehicle Testing Ground - Japan wants to make recharging electric cars as easy as filling a gas tank. The country is hosting the EV evangelists from electric-vehicle startup Better Place, encouraging them to build battery-exchange stations that might bring cars with cords into the mainstream. (Wired Dec. 9, 2008)

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Batteries >Directory:Infinite Power Solutions, Inc - Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. is a global leader in developing and manufacturing solid-state, rechargeable thin-film micro-energy storage devices (commonly known as thin-film batteries) for a variety of micro-electronic applications. (PESWiki Dec. 5, 2008)
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Directory:Batteries > Directory:Lithium Ion Batteries >Southern California Edison Announces Record Performance Results for Plug-In Hybrid Battery - Through tests at the Electric Vehicle Technical Center, SCE has demonstrated battery life performance equivalent to more than 180,000 miles in a commercial delivery van with minimal battery deterioration of the Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions Lithium-Ion battery pack, that is 30 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter than NiMH batteries. (Gas2.0 Dec. 4, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Vehicles >FORD'S TEST BED: Brazil's Camaçari plant is model for the future - This state-of-the-art manufacturing complex in Brazil is one of the most advanced automobile plants in the world. It is more automated than many of Ford's U.S. factories, and leaner and more flexible than any other Ford facility. The United Auto Workers will not allow supplier integration in the US-based facilities. (Video) (Detroit News Aug. 22, 2007)

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Directory:Ten-Year Renewable Energy Plan >Hawaii Takes Bold Renewable Energy Initiatives - "This is a detailed plan to implement the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative with sweeping changes that are needed to reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuel and to achieve a more secure energy and economic future, ... taking decisive and bold steps toward an energy-independent Hawaii," said Governor Lingle. (Renewable Energy World Nov. 10, 2008)

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD / Latest: Directory:Engines > Directory:External Combustion Engines > Directory:Deluge Inc:Thermal Hydraulic Engine > Deluge's first uber generator ready to go online - Two 250 kW engine/generators being installed in Hawaii by Deluge introduce a new method of harnessing solar heat efficiently and cost effectively. Solar thermal collectors built by Sopogy, Inc. (PESN Dec. 9, 2008)
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Directory:Zero Point Energy >A QED-model for the Energy of the Vacuum and an Explanation of its Conversion into Mechanical Energy and Conversion of Vacuum-Energy into Mechanical Energy under Vacuum Conditions - Dr. Claus W. Turtur continues his pursuit to take up the challenge of identifying ways to measure Zero Point Energy. He has found a way. (Philica Dec. 7, 2008)

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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Installation and Consultation >Solar Red hopes to transform solar installation - Solar Red Disruptive Residential PV aims: to 1) reduce the cost of attaching panels, by integrating the process into the construction of a house, or periodic renovations and 2) push down the learning curve enough that regular roofers and construction workers can put on the panels. (VentureBeat Dec. 8, 2008)

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency Alternative Fuels > Directory:Algae >Algae: The Biofuel Revolution - Green Flight International (GFI) has completed the world's first jet-aircraft flight powered by 100% biofuel. GFI believes that algae-based biofuel could replace petroleum without alterations to engines or infrastructure, and could be used for all sorts of transportation. (Sustainable World Nov. 30, 2008) (Thanks Janet Lee Meisinger)

Monday, Dec. 8, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Magnet Motors > Directory:Disturbed Self-Compensating Symmetry - TUV and UL data charts show as much as three times more energy out than was input. The company plans to turn this research into a commercial product that could provide clean base load power for commercial, industrial, and private sectors. (PESWiki Dec. 8, 2008)
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Directory:Electric Vehicles >Michelin Unveils Active Wheel in Affordable Electric Car - Michelin's Active Wheel frees automobile designers from the restrictions posed by the need for engine, transmission, drive shaft, differential and exhaust systems. See Michelin Active Wheel: the reinvented wheel (7-page PDF) (TreeHugger Nov. 30, 2008)

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Directory:Thin Film Solar >BioSolar Claims World’s First Solar Module Component Made from Renewable Materials - BioSolar is the first company to introduce a new dimension of cost reduction by replacing petroleum-based plastic solar cell components with durable bio-based materials. (BusinessWire Dec. 8, 2008)

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Directory:Recycling >Rotten Lemon, Waste Paper Help Recover Precious Metals - Hidetaka Kawakita developed a technique to selectively recover precious metals from the fluid of melted electric/electronic parts by using adsorbent made from biomass waste. The new method can reduce the environmental load because it does not use any harmful organic solvents. (Tech-On! Nov. 19, 2008)

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008
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Latest: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Wind:Plans >Directory:Directly Downwind Faster than the Wind - Is it possible to build a device in which the forward motion turns a wheel that turns a propeller which provides enough wind propulsion to accelerate the device forward faster than the air around it? You would think not, but some investigators appear to have accomplished just that. Plans included. (PESWiki Dec. 2, 2008)
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Directory:Home Generation >How to unplug from the grid - There are 200,000 off-grid households in the US, increasing by a third every year for the past decade. In addition, nearly 30,000 grid-connected US households supplement their supply with renewables, according to the non-profit Interstate Renewable Energy Council. In the UK there are around 40,000 off-grid homes. (New Scientist Dec. 3, 2008)

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Directory:Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations >Hawaii Is a Better Place for EVs - Hawaii is the perfect place for EVs. The island has more than 1.2 million cars and replaces between 70,000 and 120,000 of them each year, yet most see no more than a few dozen miles a day. The deal with Better Place makes Hawaii the first state to commit itself to electric cars on a broad scale. (Wired Dec. 5, 2008)

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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[3] >Dare to Prepare! 3rd Edition – Suburban-Rural Emergency Preparedness - Book Review by Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett -- This book is a heavy tome of practically every emergency situation imaginable, and how to reduce the effects of those same situations by preparing adequately for not just survival, but for being in a position to help others around you in times of trouble and turmoil. (MacCompanion Dec. 1, 2008)

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008
Latest: Directory:Solar / Directory:Lighting / Directory:Emergency Preparedness > Hybrid Solar Flashlight an ideal Christmas gift - Flashlight has two batteries: one retains charge from solar or other bright light input, lasting 10 hours with a full 8-hour charge. The other is a lithium battery as back-up for when the solar battery is low. Super rugged. Dependable in emergencies. (PES Store Dec. 6, 2008)
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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Coskata Inc Making Clean Energy from Waste - Coskata's plasma gasification route to ethanol provides an alternative to the many competitors developing enzymatic and microbial methods of producing cellulosic ethanol. (Renewable Energy World Dec. 1, 2008)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Solar > Directory:Cool Earth Solar >Cool Earth is Scaling up Solar Energy Generation - The first utility-connected Cool Earth project is scheduled to go online during the first half of 2009, a 1.5-MW plant on 12 to 13 acres near Tracy, CA with an installed cost of US $1 per watt. (Renewable Energy World Dec. 5, 2008)

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Directory:Biodiesel >BioCube Enables Modular Biodiesel Production - The BioCube, developed by The BioFuel Partnership is an all-in-one biodiesel plant that has been designed to work in the toughest environments by a single person with a minimum of skill or maintenance. They hope to have a commercial version ready to sell by April 2009. (New Inventors Sept. 2008)

Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Waste to Energy > Directory:Plasma Directory:InEnTec:Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM) System - Transforms virtually any type of waste material into valuable commercial products with Plasma Enhanced Melter Systems. The technology is currently being demonstrated in Richland, WA, where the PEM™ can process 25 tons of the community's waste per day. (PESWiki Dec. 4, 2008)
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Directory:Newsletters > Directory:Future Energy eNews > Latest from Tom Valone's Future Energy eNews - Biomas butanol, hydrogen conversion, black silicon, methanol fuel cells, zerop point energy, propulsion science, Amory Lovins and an annual fund-raising appeal. (Integrity Research Institute Nov. 30 2008)

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Directory:Hydro >Mandates driving surge to the river for hydropower - There is mounting political pressure to get more energy from alternative sources and developers are pushing ambitious projects to exploit America's biggest rivers for power. Jeff Hawk, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Pittsburgh district said "We've seen a spurt of applications we're busier now than ever." (PhysOrg Dec. 1, 2008)

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Directory:Alternative Fuels > Current events >Alternative Fuels and Vehicles National Conference and Expo - Orlando, Florida, April 19-22, 2009, AF&V 2009 showcases non-petroleum options including natural gas, ethanol, biodiesel, propane, electricity, and hydrogen, and their companion vehicles. The conference embraces advanced technologies that result in fuel efficiency, petroleum displacement and emissions improvements.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Electromagnetic >Directory:Electro Magnetic Energy (EME) by TWM Technology - Device sips power from six motorcycle batteries while also recharging them. Next prototype expected to be 500 - 1000% efficient, harnessing permanent magnet power. (PESWiki Dec. 4, 2008)
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Directory:Piezoelectric >Talk-powered cell phones? - A team of Texas researchers, who appear to have discovered that by building a certain type of piezoelectric material to a specific thickness (about 21 nanometers, compared to a typical human hair of 100,000 nanometers), you can boost its energy production by 100 percent. (NetworkWorld Dec. 2, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuels > Directory:Hybrid Vehicles >Lotus’ Bio-fueled IceCraft Glides Across the Antarctic - The Moon-Rega Transantarctic Expedition consists of of the Concept Ice Vehicle (CIV) that runs on E85 bio-ethanol and two other Science Support Vehicles. (Inhabitat Dec. 2, 2008)

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Directory:Ethanol >Barry County VeraSun plant, area farmers caught up as ethanol loses its spark - The collapse of this once-promising ethanol industry and VeraSun Energy Corp. having filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, has rippled not only through the 40-employee plant along a rural highway halfway between Grand Rapids and Lansing, but the hundreds of corn growers whose farms surround it. ( Nov. 16, 2008)

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008
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Latest: Current events > Events:ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference >Events:2009:ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference - TeslaTech's conference covers Tesla Technology, Magnetic Motors, ZPE, Conservation, Cosmic/Radiant Energy, Brown’s Gas, Plasma, GEET, ElectroGravitation, ElectroMedicine, Magnetic Healing, Antigravity, etc. Abstracts due December 31, 2008. (PESWiki Dec. 3, 2008)
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Directory:Videos >Evergreen: The Washington Clean Tech Story - Documents the transforming of the Washington State economy in multiple media: HD film, website, interview archives, news sources, monthly communiques and partner links. (Teaser Video) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

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Directory:Electrical Grid >Europe Backs Supergrids - Brussels-based environmental consulting firm 3E mapped out 3,500 miles of underwater HVDC cables crisscrossing the North Sea, forming a network capable of hooking up 68,000 megawatts' worth of new offshore wind farms - enough generating capacity to meet 13 percent of the region's power consumption. (MIT Technology Review Dec. 2, 2008)

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Directory:Biodiesel >EPA Rolls Out Environmental Manual for Biodiesel Facilities - EPA Region 7 released a Biodiesel Facilities manual that identifies environmental regulatory rules and equirements for the construction and operation of biodiesel production facilities. 144-page PDF. 6.4 MB. (National Biodiesel Board Nov. 13, 2008)

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008
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Latest: Directory:Electromagnetic > Directory:Pete's "Zero Amp" Electronics > Zero Amp Tech demonstration video - Video footage from a demonstration by Peter Sumaruck of his "Zero Amp" technology which allegedly puts out far more energy than it consumes. The video also shows Pete flipping through his photo album of the self-looped 36 kW set-up he allegedly built for the Army. (PESN Dec. 2, 2008) (See also There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1])

Directory:Biodiesel >Biodiesel tax break backfires - "This $1-per-gallon subsidy, known as the "blender's tax credit", is a government boondoggle financed by the taxpayers," said Tom Elam, an agricultural economist with FarmEcon in Carmel, Ind., who estimates biodiesel exports could be costing American taxpayers several hundred million dollars a year. ( Nov.29, 2008)

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Directory:Ten-Year Renewable Energy Plan / Directory:Geothermal >Onshore Energy Security Program (OESP) - OESP is a five-year program designed by the Australian govt. to deliver reliable, precompetitive geoscience data and scientifically based assessments of the potential for onshore energy resources, including oil, gas, hot rocks (geothermal energy), uranium and thorium. 5-year plan 21-page PDF (Geoscience Australia Dec. 1, 2008)

Monday, Dec. 1, 2008
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Directory:Biodiesel >Oil Plays a Cheap Trick on Biofuel Plans - Agri-Source's investment earned it an Industry of the Year award. Two months later, though, Agri-Source has slashed its production by half as plummeting oil prices and its fixed cost for raw materials have turned the company's bottom line from black to red. (Tampa Bay Online Nov. 29, 2008)

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Directory:Wind / Directory:Ten-Year Renewable Energy Plan >Wind Energy Multiyear Program Plan for 2007 - 2012 - The Wind Energy Program is one element of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Hydropower Technology Program under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which leads the Federal government’s research, development, and deployment efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy. 115-page PDF. 2.2 MB. ( Nov. 29, 2008)


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