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PESWiki News -- January 2008 Archive
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Directory:Microwave-based Oil Extraction - Methods of using microwave frequencies to extract oil and gas in seconds from shale, coal, and tar sands. The microwaves are tuned to an optimum frequency to separate the component parts which can be burned or condensed into liquid fuel, using only a small portion of the energy produced.
Raytheon Sells Oil Shale Extraction Technology to Schlumberger - Defence contractor Raytheon has sold their microwave based shale oil extraction technology to Schlumberger for an undisclosed price. From a peak oil perspective, this would be good. From a global warming perspective, it would be awful. (Peak Energy January 29, 2008)
Directory:Solar Hydrogen > Cheap Hydrogen from Solar Energy - Nanoptek, a startup based in Maynard, MA, has developed a new way to make hydrogen from water using solar energy. The company says that its process is cheap enough to compete with the cheapest approaches used now, which strip hydrogen from natural gas, and it has the further advantage of releasing no carbon dioxide. (MIT Technology Review Jan. 31, 2008)
Directory:Storage > Storing energy in magnetic fields - Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage System or SMES is a way of storing electrical energy in magnetic fields. Chubu Electric Power and Furukawa Electric are creating an SMES not for long term storage, which SMES are not great at right now, but for quick energy bursts. SMES can store and release lots of energy very quickly like a capacitor. (AutoblogGreen Jan. 31, 2008)
Directory:Fuel Efficiency Alternative Fuels > Directory:Butanol > Biofuel Centre Focusing on Biobutanol - The Biofuel Research Centre at Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland is focusing on developing biobutanol as a second-generation biofuel. Butanol is a fuel that potentially can be produced by fermentation from a diversity of organic material, including waste products from industrial processes. (Green Car Congress Jan. 31, 2008)
Directory:Waste to Energy > WasteReports.com - Independent, up-to-date reviews of novel waste processing technologies covering operational reliability, economics and environmental performance. Reviews of individual proprietary processes, Executive Briefings that consider the role for the new technology families, and Information Sheets.
Directory:Engines > Directory:Scuderi Split-Cycle Air Hybrid Engine > Study of Scuderi Engine Indicates Higher Efficiency - The first independent laboratory study indicates that a gasoline-fueled version of the engine will have higher power, torque and efficiency ratings than turbocharged gasoline engines. Predicted NOx emissions are 50% to 80% less than that of a conventional engine. (Green Car Congress Jan. 30, 2008)
Directory:Solar > Screen-printed solar cells - The Fraunhofer ISE semi-transparent modules are made of an organic dye which in combination with nanoparticles converts sunlight into electricity. A glass facade made of this material can be given a decorative and promotionally effective design and delivers electricity into the bargain. (PhysOrg Jan. 29, 2008)
Directory:High Altitude Wind Power > Directory:Makani Power, Inc. High Altitude Wind Harvesting - "Makani Power is seeking to harness high-altitude wind energy to produce energy at an unsubsidized real cost significantly below that of the least expensive coal-fired power plants, the current benchmark of the lowest cost source of power." (PESWiki Jan. 29, 2008)
Directory:Wind > Directory:High-Efficiency Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines > Roof-top affordable clean energy - Marquiss Wind Power manufactures roof-top ducted wind turbines that accelerate the wind speed to increase power output, for commercial buildings. Payback ranges from 2 to 7 years, and the systems tie into the utility grid. (Renewable Energy Access Jan. 28, 2008)
Directory:Concentrated Solar Power > Directory:Charles Shults' Fresnel Solar Design - Technology combines solar hot water panels with one large fresnel lens to flash the hot water to steam for running a turbine to generate 6 kW of electricity, all for around $6,000, with an ROI of 3-5 years. (PESWiki Jan. 28, 2008)
Directory:MDI Air Car > The Air Car Preps for Market - A French-designed car that's propelled by compressed air and claims speeds of more than 60 miles per hour is expected to go into commercial production as early as this summer, although skeptics of the technology aren't holding their breath. (MIT Technology Review Jan. 16, 2008)
Directory:Solar > Directory:Thin Film Solar > 10% efficient CIGS thin-film - Global Solar Energy announced that its copper indium gallium diselenide thin-film solar cells reached an average of 10 percent efficiency. The company started production of its CIGS thin-film solar cells on a flexible substrate in 2004 and manufactured and shipped 4 megawatts of photovoltaic material last year. (Cleantech.com Jan. 28, 2008)
Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Florida Tech Receives Grant for Algal Biofuels Research - The Florida Tech-Aurora Biofuels research focuses on developing biodiesel from microalgae, with animal feed co-products to improve the economics. They will test algal strains for long-term outdoor production viability and develop a low-cost sedimentation process to harvest the algae. (Green Car Congress Jan. 28, 2008)
Directory:Heat Pumps - Air-source heat pumps typically deliver 1 1/2 to three times more heating energy to a home than the electric energy they consume. This is possible because heat pumps move heat rather than convert it from a fuel (as combustion heating systems do).
Directory:Heat Pumps > Optimized Heat Pumps ‘Go With the Flow’ to Boost Output - National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers are working to improve the performance of some heat exchangers even further by providing engineers with computer-based tools for optimizing their designs. (NewsWise Jan. 25, 2008)
Directory:Investment Resources > Question:Is there a New Energy Development Application of the Microfinance Model - In considering the microcredit model in which small loans are given for business development in the third world, I couldn't help but wonder if there might be an application to funding New Energy prototype development. (PESWiki Jan. 27, 2008)
Directory:Magnet Motors > Directory:OC MPMM Magnet Motor > Directory:OC MPMM Magnet Motor - Third video from Alsetalokin enables visualization of the attraction and repulsion cycles as the rotor magnets spin anti-gear-wise to the rotation of the stator magnets, and why the ratio of rotor:stator speed is 1:4. (PESWiki Jan. 24, 2008)
Directory:Humor > Video:Perpetual Motion Machine - Red Green Show - Hilarious spoof on the perpetual motion mindset. Comedian inventor devises method for keeping his law mower running without having to purchase fuel. (PESWiki Jan. 24, 2008)
Directory:Hydro / Directory:Piezoelectric > Directory:CEA/Leti-Minatec:Energy from Rain - Scientists from CEA/Leti-Minatec in France have developed a system that recovers the vibration energy from raindrops falling on a piezoelectric structure. The system works with raindrops ranging in diameter from 1 to 5 mm. Simulations show that it's possible to recover up to 12 milliwatts from one of the larger "downpour" drops.
Directory:Batteries > Firefly's Oasis batteries getting some EV fans excited - Firefly's newest deep-discharge battery, called the Oasis Group 31, is on target for a summer release date. It promises to double EV range, quadruple battery life, and weigh less too. Microcell™ foam technology resists sulfation and corrosion, increases energy capacity, recharges faster, and has deeper discharge capability. (AutoblogGreen Jan. 25, 2008)
Directory:Ocean Wave Energy > Ocean Energy - The Oscillating Water Column duct pumps air through an air tubine. The whole power take-off system contains only one moving part and is above the waterline for reliabilty. Efficiency is high in normal wave conditions but reduces in extreme waves, making the device self limiting with good survivability.
Directory:Thermal Electric > High Merit Thermoelectrics - Thermoelectric device manufacturing company that offers devices that include an innovative material called YMS, that out-performs competing materials, nearly quadrupling device efficiency. The devices are long-lasting, compact, environmentally benign power sources that directly convert heat into electrical energy.
Directory:Electrical Grid / Directory:Hydraulics > Directory:Hydristor Corporation > Transmission of Grid Power Using Pressurized Air - Instead of transmitting electricity over high-voltage cables, Kasmer suggests transmitting power via high-pressure air, which would be pressurized and depressurized via his infinitely variable pneumatic conversion technology, which would serve as the transformers in the system. (PESN Jan. 23, 2008)
Directory:Solar > A Solar Grand Plan - A massive switch to solar power plants in the Southwest could supply 69% of the U.S.’s electricity by 2050. Excess daytime energy would be stored as compressed air in underground caverns. A new DC power transmission backbone would deliver solar electricity across the country. $420 billion in subsidies would make it cost-competitive. (Scientific American Jan. 2008)
Directory:Batteries / Directory:Electric Cars > Electrovaya Launches Maya-300 - Electrovaya is launching the Maya-300 low-speed electric vehicle with a 120 mile range on a single charge. It is powered by Electrovaya’s lithiated manganese oxide battery that offers 40-60% higher energy density with comparable safety to its Phosphate-Series offerings, incorporating battery separator films from ExxonMobil. (Green Car Congress Jan. 23, 2008)
Directory:Tidal Power / Directory:River Energy > Directory:Davidson Hill Venturi by Tidal Energy Pty Ltd - Patented venturi containment system increases turbine efficiency 3.85 times what the turbine would produce without the system, making this a world leading design. The company is now commencing the commercialization stage, with an expected price that competes with coal in the range of 3.5 to 6 cents per kw-h.
Directory:Magnet Motors > Directory:OC MPMM Magnet Motor > OS:MPMM:Replications > OS:MPMM:Replications:variablestatus - A loose variant replica only decelerates. It does illustrate rotating magnetic field interactions at a distance of a few inches. (PESWiki Jan 22, 2008)
Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil > First Algal Biodiesel Tested - Solazyme has road tested Soladiesel, its first algal biodiesel, and is currently producing thousands of gallons of algal oil. Solazyme also has signed a feedstock agreement with Chevron and is researching production of algal biocrude oil designed to match light sweet crude oil. (Green Car Congress Jan. 22, 2008)
Directory:Solar:Vehicles > E-Bike - Just solar energy is enough - In the recent Trade Fair held in China a solar powered E-Bike was spotted. The pinion seat has been replaced by a Solar Panel Array and the two panels fold down once the carrier comes into motion. (EcoFriend Jan. 22, 2008)
Directory:Tidal Power > Swanturbines - The most economically reliable tidal turbine is a simple, robust, gearless axial flow turbine. The design allows simple installation and maintenance retrieval in both shallow and deep water and minimises vibrations and maintenance. A gearless low speed generator offers a high efficiency over a range of speeds.
Directory:Inverters > New inverter advances solar industry - 1-Solar won the Renewables Award at the 2007 California Clean Tech Open for its breakthrough inverter technology that doubles or triples the life of current inverters yet costs 25% to 50% less. It uses less than half the components of traditional systems and weighs 20 to 30 pounds instead of traditional inverters' 100 to 150 pounds. (North Bay Business Journal Nov. 12, 2007)
Directory:Magnet Motors > Directory:OC MPMM Magnet Motor > OS:MPMM:Replications > OS:MPMM:Replications:vipond50 - "Today after reconfiguration of the Stator magnets to a dual bearings, I had a approximately one minute self operation of the device and maintained a constant RPM once Stator Sync occurred." (PESWiki Jan. 20, 2008)
Directory:Magnet Motors > Directory:OC MPMM Magnet Motor > Directory:OC MPMM Magnet Motor - Professionally rendered spoof dramatizes the MPMM being thrown in the trash. It is based on actual footage of a Directory:OC MPMM Magnet Motor, made yesterday, of the MPMM magnet motor that has spurred so many people to try to replicate the effect seen in the Directory:OC MPMM Magnet Motor posted two weeks ago. (PESWiki Jan. 19, 2008)
Directory:Human-Powered / Directory:Water > Directory:Aquaduct Mobile Filtration Vehicle - Designed for third world applications, the vehicle combines the work of pedaling a bike with the work of transporting and filtering water. Mobile pedaling option possible with simple clutch. Will this western idea prove plausible where it was intended? (PESWiki Jan. 19, 2008)
Directory:Home Generation:Space Heater / Directory:Home Generation:Air Conditioning > 2008 Innovation of the Year: Home Heating and Cooling - The Acadia from Hallowell International is an all-electric combined heating and cooling air source heat pump system that dramatically reduces monthly energy bills. It runs efficiently and outperforms conventional heating systems by 300% -- even in temperatures as cold as minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit. (SunHerald.com Jan. 15, 2008)
Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Engines > 1930s aircraft an inspiration for 100 mpg cars - EcoMotors has licensed the concept for an opposed cylinder/opposed piston engine from Advanced Propulsion Technologies and is working on a futuristic diesel engine. The configuration can boost mileage up to 50%, can be made 30% lighter and can enable car designs to be more aerodynamic. (CNET News.com Jan. 15, 2008)
Directory:Batteries > UltraBattery Passes Testing - A hybrid electric test vehicle equipped with a CSIRO UltraBattery system recently passed 100,000 miles (161,000 km) on the test track. The UltraBattery combines an asymmetric supercapacitor and a lead acid battery in a single unit, creating a hybrid battery that lasts 4x longer, produces 50% more power and is 70% cheaper. (Green Car Congress Jan. 17, 2007)
Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Engines > 100 MPG Car Demo in Q3 2008 - Transonic Combustion is developing an advanced fuel injection system that operates conventional gasoline engines at ultra-high compression ratios and incorporates very precise ignition timing to dramatically increase fuel efficiency. A 100 mpg demonstrator sports car is targeted to be on the road by the third quarter of 2008. (Green Car Congress Jan. 17, 2008)
Directory:Waste to Energy > Video:Waste to Energy -- An Overview (3:01 minutes) - A brief video by PES Network introduces the concept of cost-effectively turning garbage and sewage into energy, either as electricity or as fuel. Addresses methane harvesting, plasma, solar, and catalytic pressureless depolymerization. (PESWiki Jan. 16, 2008)
Directory:Gravity Motors > Directory:G Force Rotational machine - Since 1993, an Armenian inventor has been demonstrating his patented machine that harnesses static gravitational energy to turn a 3 meter diameter wheel that turns a 300KVA electric generator. Just release the brake, and off it goes. Commercial version expected in about a year. (PESWiki Jan. 4, 2008)
Directory:Magnet Motors > Directory:OC MPMM Magnet Motor > OS:MPMM:Replications > OS:MPMM:Replications:hydrocontro - User "hydrocontro" proposes that this counter-rotating stator design accomplishes what he observed in another magnet motor design he built which only worked if the stator were held by hand. He also observes that his MPMM replica "spins better one direction (CCW) then the other (CW)". (PESWiki Jan. 15, 2008)
Directory:Waste to Energy > Download (13 mb mp3) - Interview - Paul Pabor, VP of Renewable Energy, Waste Management, the company that comes around to haul off garbage, is increasingly turning some of that garbage into energy -- enough to power over one million homes -- the equivalent of 14 million barrels of oil per year or 3.6 million tons of coal. And the company has a goal to double that amount to 2 million homes by 2020. (PESN Dec. 10, 2007)
OS > OS:Revenue Potential > Open Source Software Development Tracking: Model for OS Energy? - One of the difficulties in open sourcing energy technologies seems to be that there is no mechanism to provide compensation for the array of inventors who contribute. Here is an example from the world of software, which is still under development but promises to point out a smart way to pay developers a fair share if their ideas are being used. (P2P Foundation Jan. 15, 2008)
Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar Hydrogen > Solar Hydrogen Photocatalyst - Nanoptek’s Solar Hydrogen Generator (SHG) produces hydrogen directly from water using only sunlight and a titania photocatalyst in a process known as photoelectrochemical (PEC) water dissociation, or photolysis. The manufacturing process is scalable, low cost, and requires less energy than other processes. (Green Car Congress Jan. 16, 2008)
Directory:Electric Cars >
There was an error working with the wiki: Code > Tesla Motors' Stealth Bloodbath - After raising over $100M, Tesla Motors Inc. has fired over thirty people -- nearly the entire team. Nagging transmission problems were partly to blame for the meltdown. (TeslaFounders Jan. 10, 2008)
Directory:Fuel Efficiency Alternative Fuels > Directory:Butanol > Researchers Investingating Production of Cellulosic Bio-Butanol - Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are working to produce bio-butanol from a variety of lignocellulosic materials. The process consists of physical and thermal pre-treatment, digestion by a mixed culture of microbes into butyrate, then fermentiation into bio-butanol. (Green Car Congress Jan. 15, 2007)
Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Vehicles > Air powered perpetual car engine - A 15-year-old student in Uzbekistan claims to have invented a car that can perpetually run on compressed air. The air enters the engine from special high pressure tanks that automatically refuel themselves as the car moves. The car was driven for several hundred meters, though the speed is very slow. (Ecofriend Jan. 15, 2008)
Directory:Magnet Motors > Directory:OC MPMM Magnet Motor > OS:MPMM:Replications:CLaNZeR - Using a temporary stator magnet configuration, awaiting arrival of the proper stator magnets, Sean CLaNZeR showed brief acceleration in his replication of "Overconfident's" all-magnet motor built by Al... As far as we can tell, this marks the first successful replication of the effect to any extent. (PESWiki Jan 14, 2008)
Directory:Solar > Directory:Thin Film Solar > NanoGram - NanoGram Solar is developing low cost thin solar modules with the efficiency and reliability of crystalline silicon. With successful development, combined performance and cost ( Switchgrass shows promise for ethanol production' - A large-scale trial of switchgrass suggests that prairie grasses grown using only moderate amounts of fertilizer on marginal land can produce significant amounts of ethanol, making the crop a more viable plant source of biofuel than previously thought. (PhysOrg Jan. 7, 2008) (CBS News) (Slashdot'')
Directory:Batteries > Directory:EEStor > Lockheed Martin to use EEStor's ultracapacitors - Lockheed Martin plans to integrate and market EEStor's units for military and homeland security applications. The company said EEStor is developing a ceramic battery chemistry that could provide 10 times the energy density of lead acid batteries at one tenth the weight and volume. (Cleantech.com Jan. 10, 2008)
Directory:Radiant Energy > Floppy disk inventor's house powered by cosmic energy - Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu claims his house is powered by "cosmic energy", whose source is charged particles (such as the nuclei of atoms) arriving from outer space in rays at roughly the speed of light. A black "antenna" that covers most of one exterior wall collects this prolific energy and the excess is sold to Tokyo Electric Power. (The Japan Times Jan. 9, 2008)
Directory:Thin Film Solar / Directory:Nanotechnology / Directory:Thermal Electric > New nanostructured thin film shows promise for efficient solar energy conversion - Researchers at Berkeley have demonstrated highly efficient thermoelectric behavior from arrays of silicon nanowires grown onto a silicon wafer. The technology is compatible with fabrication processes used in the large-scale silicon processing industry. A low-cost thermoelectric system could be used to generate electricity from heat lost from fossil-fuel based energy generation. (EnergyTech Today Jan. 8, 2008)
Directory:Tidal Power > Bay of Fundy to get 3 test turbines - The government of Nova Scotia, Canada, picked three candidates to test their tidal power generators in the Bay of Fundy, which has the highest tides in the world. It would be North America's first tidal power test site and it could be up and running as early as next year with turbines from Directory:Underwater Electric Kite Corporation, OpenHydro and Clean Current. (Cleantech.com Jan. 9, 2008)
Directory:Methane Hydrates > China and India Exploit Icy Energy Reserves - China and India have reported massive finds of frozen methane gas off their coasts, which they hope will satisfy their energy needs. But environmentalists fear that tapping these resources could have adverse effects on the world climate. (Speigel Dec. 13, 2007) (Thanks Directory:James Dunn)
Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Aquatic Energy Planning for 5M Barrels of Algae Fuel - Aquatic Energy is harvesting algae in Lousiana and turning it into BioDiesel, by taking CO2 from local industry and pumping it into algae ponds which are harvested every three to five days. One acre of soy can produce 1 barrel of biodiesel a in a year, while algae produces between 1500-2000 barrels. (EcoGeek Jan. 9, 2008)
Directory:Engines / Directory:Thermal Electric > Directory:Johnson Electro Mechanical Systems - The Johnson Thermoelectric Energy Conversion System can achieve a conversion efficiency rate that tops 60 percent with a new solid-state heat engine. It uses temperature differences to create pressure gradients that are used to force ions through a membrane, instead of moving an axle or wheel. (Popular Mechanics Jan. 8, 2008)
Directory:Engines > Directory:Ambient Air Engines > Directory:Johnson Electro Mechanical Systems - The Johnson Ambient Heat Engine (JAHE) generates power from the daily ambient temperature fluctuations and uses a thermal mass as a stabilizing heat sink/source. The Johnson Ambient Environment Engine (JAEE) operates in a manner similar to a fuel cell, generating power from daily temperature, barometric pressure and humidity changes.
Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Air propelled train - Aeromovel is a train that is driven by compressed air and which has no on-board motor. It uses a sail-like propulsion device on what looks like traditional train tracks. Stationary electrical blowers, located close to the passenger stations produce the necessary pressurized air. (AutoblogGreen Jan. 7, 2008)
Directory:Suppression / Directory:Organizations > Report:Steven Greer Interview with Sterling Allan, 12-3-07 - One of the most knowledgeable and best people to coordinate the funding, promotion and release of zero-point energy, Dr. Steven Greer discusses free energy suppression and his personal effort to bring forth the technology, including his plan to spearhead the massive public disclosure of a key technology, to help ignite the new clean energy revolution poised to begin. (PESWiki Jan. 7, 2008)
Directory:Organizations / Directory:Awards > Advanced Energy Research Organization (AERO) - Steven Greer, founder of the Disclosure Project, is a leading expert on UFO suppression and associated advanced, clean energy technology sequestration. AERO was established to protect and launch a revolutionary energy technology that meets the screening criteria of 'self-running with at least 1 kW of usable electricity.' (PESN Nov. 11, 2007)
Directory:Organizations > Directory:Advanced Energy Research Organization, LLC (AERO) is a new research and development group formed to develop and strategically protect new energy and propulsion technologies. It is our goal, utilizing a unique strategic approach, to bring forth these new environmentally sound technologies to replace virtually all fossil fuel, internal combustion and ionizing nuclear technologies within 20-30 years.
Directory:Cold Fusion > Directory:G.E.M. Technologies Omega Energy Cell - Recent tests by Princeton Electrochemical Engineer confirm significant overunity in what is alleged to be a cold fusion reaction, capable of powering all modern machines. Allegedly, a device the size of a cantaloupe could power a vehicle. (PESWiki Jan. 7, 2008)
Directory:Engines > Turbocharged, Gasoline Direct Injection “EcoBoost?? Engine - Ford Motor Company is introducing a new 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engine it calls EcoBoost that features turbocharging and gasoline direct injection, with approximately 20% better fuel economy. Ford is positioning the EcoBoost engines as a more cost-effective fuel-efficient alternative to hybrids and diesels. (Green Car Congress Jan. 5, 2008)
Directory:Fuel Efficiency Vehicles > Directory:MDI Air Car > Air Car out - The BBC confirms the Air Car will be released by the "end of year" in Europe and India at a cost of just 3,500 Euros for the "cheapest model". The car will go 124 miles on a fill-up of compressed air that will cost 1.5 Euros and will take just a few minutes, with a top speed of 68 MPH. (AutoblogGreen Jan. 5, 2008)
Directory:Milkovic Two-Stage Mechanical Oscillator > Paper:Free Energy of the Oscillating Pendulum-Lever System - Publication-pending paper by professor and physicist, Nebojsa Simin, sets forth a theoretical and mathematical way to explain the energy excess in the two-stage oscillator set forth by Veljko Milkovic. (PESWiki Jan. 2, 2008)
Directory:Magnet Motors > Directory:OC MPMM Magnet Motor - A couple of forum members have been kicking around ideas for how to build an all-magnet motor with no other motive force. One of them shot a video showing acceleration of the device, but he doesn't seem to realize what he's accomplished. (PESWiki Jan. 5, 2008)
Directory:Thermal Electric / Directory:Thin Film Solar > Solar technology that works at night - INL and MicroContinuum are developing cheap solar technology that could absorb energy from both sunlight and the earth's heat, with 80% efficiency compared to 20% for conventional solar cells. Tiny square metal spirals, or “nanoantennas??, are stamped onto a sheet of plastic and can be made of a number of different conducting metals. (GizMag Jan. 4, 2008)
Directory:Obituaries > Obituaries:Howard Johnson - PowerPedia:Howard Johnson of Blacksburg, Virginia passed away on the evening of Jan. 2, 2008. He was one of the most famous names in the field of Directory:Magnet Motors research, in which magnets are the only motive force. (PESWiki Jan. 4, 2008)
Directory:Batteries > Lithium-Ion Battery Contract for PHEV10s - USABC has awarded Compact Power a contract to develop lithium-ion battery technology for 10-mile all-electric range PHEVs using CPI’s high energy and high power manganese-spinel (LiMn2O4) cathode chemistry. The cells have improved life under high temperature conditions and less risk of explosions. (Green Car Congress Jan. 3, 2008)
Directory:Electromagnetic > Directory:Energy By Motion (EBM) > Directory:EBM:South Shore Energy Generation interest - Don Grant of South Shore Energy Generation in Ontario, Canada gives an update to the progress of Gamma Managers' Energy by Motion (EBM) motor, saying a 10 MW production prototype exists and is for sale.
Directory:Jobs > New Energy Congress > New Energy Congress Scouting for Key Leadership - In expanding from a volunteer organization to a due diligence corporation supporting the financing and business development of the most promising clean energy technologies, the NEC is looking for individuals to fill the primary leadership roles. (PESN Jan. 3, 2008)
Directory:Fuel Efficiency Alternative Fuels > Directory:Butanol > Modifying E. Coli to Produce Advanced Biofuels - Researchers at UCLA have genetically modified E. coli bacteria to efficiently produce higher-chain alcohols such as butanol from glucose. Without relying on fermentation, the UCLA approach offers the promise of much higher yields and is licensed to Gevo, a biofuel company. (Green Car Congress Jan. 2, 2008)
Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar Pavement > Siphoning Heat from Asphalt - Ooms Avenhorn Holding, a Dutch civil engineering company, developed Road Energy Systems a technology that siphons heat from roads and parking lots to heat offices and homes. The system can also pump cold water from a reservoir to cool buildings in the summer. The energy required is only about half of what would otherwise be needed. (TreeHugger Jan. 3, 2008)
Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar:Vehicles > Solar car could hit market soon - A compact solar-powered vehicle developed in Taiwan could be on the market within a year. The 250kg two-seater travels at up to 70kph, can be charged with just a few hours sunlight and can power the car for three hours. It is half the weight and costs half the price of solar-powered city roamers on some European markets. (Taipei Times Dec. 30, 2007)
Directory:Ocean Wave Energy > AFA testing ocean waves for energy - Researchers at the Air Force Academy are developing an idea that could use ocean waves to meet much of the nation’s energy needs. The devices look like the paddle wheels on river steamships of old, but with some new twists. They envision submersible barges lined with the wheels that would generate electricity and transmit it to shore over submerged cables. (gazette.com Dec. 31, 2007)
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