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      Friday, January 25, 2008
      3483590 cumulative visits; 14:46 pm GMT/UTC

      • Featured:
        Hydro / Piezoelectric
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        href="http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:CEA/Leti-Minatec:Energy_from_Rain">Harvesting Rain Power Via Piezoelectric Landing Pads
        - 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. (PESWiki; Jan. 25) (Thanks T Lee Buyea)
      • Magnet Motors > MPMM
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        href="http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:OC_MPMM_Magnet_Motor#Third_Alsetalokin_video">Slow-Motion Strobe Video of 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)
      • 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. (Thanks John Q. Public)
      • Batteries / 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) (Thanks John Q. Public)

      Thursday, January 24, 2008
      3478757 cumulative visits; 12:42 pm GMT/UTC

      • 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) (Thanks John Q. Public)
      • EV > Israel's electric car will cut oil needs - The Israeli government has announced its support of an ambitious plan to install the world's first electric car network (resembling a cell phone plan) in Israel by 2011.  In a joint venture, Project Better Place will provide lithium-ion batteries and the infrastructure to refresh or replace them, while Renault and Nissan will build the cars. (Middle East Times; Jan. 24) (Thanks Mark Hurwitt)
      • Humor
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        href="http://peswiki.com/index.php/Video:Perpetual_Motion_Machine_-_Red_Green_Show">Red Green Show - Perpetual Motion Machine
        - 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) (Thanks Geodan)

      Wednesday, January 23, 2008
      3474987 cumulative visits; 15:46 pm GMT/UTC

      • Fuel Efficiency > GEET
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        href="http://www.slweekly.com/index.cfm?do=article.details&id=6116761C-AAE6-CEB6-77341AE20933E76D">Update: Inventor Paul Pantone’s battle to escape the Utah state asylum lurches once more into the unknown
        - Defender, Heideman, is convinced he could have got Pantone out of the Utah State Hospital if his supporters hadn't shot him and the case in the foot with a recusal motion. (Salt Lake City Weekly; UT, USA; Jan. 10)
      • 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) (Thanks John Q. Public)

      Tuesday, January 22, 2008
      3470069 cumulative visits; 14:05 pm GMT/UTC

      • Featured / Top 100:
        Tidal / River
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        href="http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Davidson_Hill_Venturi_by_Tidal_Energy_Pty_Ltd">Venturi System Optimizes Water Flow Harnessing
        - 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. (PESWiki; Jan. 21)
      • 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) (Thanks John Q. Public)
      • Magnet Motors > MPMM
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        href="http://peswiki.com/index.php/OS:MPMM:Replications">Replications
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        href="http://peswiki.com/index.php/OS:MPMM:Replications:variablestatus">Variablestatus' replication of the OC MPMM Magnet Motor
        - A loose variant replica only decelerates. It does illustrate rotating magnetic field interactions at a distance of a few inches. (PESWiki; Jan 22, 2008)

      Monday, January 21, 2008
      3464535 cumulative visits; 05:41 am GMT/UTC

      • Hybrids / Engines > Vinod Khosla plugs into the electric car - Silicon Valley green tech investor Vinod Khosla who recently dissed plug-in electric hybrid cars has invested in EcoMotors, who is engineering engines that they hope will achieve 100 miles per gallon, run on gasoline, diesel or biofuels and be used to power  plug-in hybrid electric cars. (Green Wombat; Jan. 16) (Thanks Robert L. Pritchett)
      • Solar / Hydrogen / Water / Grid
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        href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2007/02/01/8398988/index.htm">8 Technologies for a Green Future
        - List of potentially profitable technologies includes: at-home hydrogen fueling stations; interactive renewable smart grid; toxic-waste-eating trees; nuclear waste neutralizer; sonic water purifier. (CNN Money; March 7, 2008) (Thanks Robert L. Pritchett)

      Sunday, January 20, 2008
      3460678 cumulative visits; 05:11 am GMT/UTC

      • Featured:
        Human Power / Water
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        href="http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Aquaduct_Mobile_Filtration_Vehicle">Aquaduct Mobile Filtration Vehicle Wins Google's Innovate or Die Contest
        - 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) (Thanks Matt Imiber)
      • Magnet Motors > MPMM
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        href="http://peswiki.com/index.php/OS:MPMM:Replications">Replications
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        href="http://peswiki.com/index.php/OS:MPMM:Replications:vipond50">Vipond50's Replication of the MPMM Magnet Motor
        - "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)
      • Heating / AC
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        title=http://www.sunherald.com/447/story/300448.html href="http://www.sunherald.com/447/story/300448.html" rel=nofollow>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)
      • Inquisition of U.S Scientists - Some scientists in the U.S. are having to release all rights to privacy in order to maintain their jobs due to Homeland Security -- shades of what happened in Nazi Germany.  They see these background checks as the first step toward establishing a system of intimidation that might be used to silence inconvenient science. (Los Angeles Times; Jan. 18) (Thanks Susan Carter)

      Saturday, January 19, 2008
      3457086 cumulative visits; 07:42 am GMT/UTC

      • Featured:
        Magnet Motors > MPMM
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        href="http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:OC_MPMM_Magnet_Motor#Trailer">Trailer: MPMM Tossed in Trash
        - Professionally rendered spoof dramatizes the MPMM being thrown in the trash.  It is based on actual footage of a second video, made yesterday, of the MPMM magnet motor that has spurred so many people to try to replicate the effect seen in the first video posted two weeks ago. (PESWiki; Jan. 19, 2008)
      • Batteries
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        title=http://www.greencarcongress.com/2008/01/csiro-ultrabatt.html href="http://www.greencarcongress.com/2008/01/csiro-ultrabatt.html" rel=nofollow>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) (Thanks John Q. Public) (ScienceDaily)
       
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