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2006-05-25 Better Fuel Cells Using Bacteria
"What if you could power your house with sewage? Or run your pacemaker with blood sugar rather than a traditional battery? Scientists hope that microbial fuel cells -- devices that use bacteria to generate electricity -- could one day make this vision a reality."
2006-05-23 Hydrogen fuel balls
"New Scientist reports that the Department of Energy has filed a patent for hydrogen fuel balls. From the article 'The proposed glass microspheres would each be a few millionths of a metre (microns) wide with a hollow center containing specks of palladium. The walls of each sphere would also have pores just a few ten-billionths of a metre in diameter.' They are supposedly safe and small enough to be pumped into a fuel tank in the same manner as gasoline."
2006-04-26 Holographic Solar
The MIT Technology Review is reporting that Prism Solar Technologies has developed a technique to use holograms to concentrate light onto photovoltaic (PV) cells. While the implementation is only about a 10x increase over PV cells without collectors such as mirrors/lenses (mirror/lens approaches can do 100-1000x), it is a great deal simpler, more compact, and cheaper. Also because of the concentration, there is less need for physical PV cell real estate compared to crystalline PV silicon cells of similar output.
2006-04-20 Tiny Reactor Boosts Biodiesel Production
A professor of chemical engineering at Oregon State University developed a small reactor to directly convert vegetable oil to biodiesel. Goran Jovanovic reports his invention is approximately the size of a credit card. It pumps vegetable oil and alcohol through parallel channels to convert the oil into biodiesel almost instantly. Current mainstream methods to produce biodiesel take more than a day and also produces other byproducts which must be neutralized before disposal or use in other manufacturing processes.
2006-03-06 Japanese Make Gasoline From Cattle Dung
"Yahoo! News has an article about Japanese researchers extracting a small amount of gasoline from 3.5oz of cow dung. The process uses application of high heat and pressure. Hopefully, when more information is released, we can find out how much energy it takes to produce this gasoline and how energy efficient the process is."
2006-01-12 Algae That Cleans Emissions and Produces Fuel
Isaac Berzin, a rocket scientist at MIT has come up with an idea for using algae to clean up power-plant exhaust.
2005-12-06 Poison + Water = Hydrogen. New Microbial Genome Shows How
"An article at Science Daily discussing a microbe that lives in volcanic environments, which emits Hydrogen gas as a waste product."
2005-12-05 Atmospheric Vortex Engine
"This inventor is working on a method of creating artificial tornadoes to generate electricity which he calls the "Atmospheric Vortex Engine". He is claiming that it is possible to create a man-made tornado and use wind turbines to capture the energy from the tornado."
2005-12-05 Sony super fuel cell film
"More good news for those of us still waiting for practical fuel cells for our gadgets; Sony has developed a new technology that it says could help produce the world?s most efficient DMFC (direct methanol fuel cell) yet."
2005-11-09 TMA's vertical axis wind turbine introduces competitive advantage
Design creates pull on the back side, contributing to 40%+ wind conversion efficiencies; doesn't kill birds; runs more quietly; and doesn't need to be installed as high, blending better with landscape. Generating costs estimated at 3.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, surpassing conventional energy sources.
2005-09-19 Hydrogen Generating Module to Help Your Car?
"A Canadian man claims to have invented a hydrogen electrolysis box that can be fit onto any existing internal combustion engine. He claims that engines using his "H2N-Gen" box 'produce a more complete burn, greatly increasing efficiency and reducing fuel consumption by 10 to 40 per cent - and pollutants by up to 100 per cent.'"
2005-09-08 A breakthrough in hydrogen storage!
A group of scientists are going to present their breakthrough in hydrogen storage this Wednesday. In contrast to previous storage mechanisms, this method binds hydrogen to a pellet which is completely safe to handle at room temperature. While bound in this medium no hydrogen loss occurs, enabling hydrogen to be stored cheaply for indefinite periods. When needed, the extraction of hydrogen is relatively simple. The pellets exceed all criteria set by the US Department of Energy for 2015, enabling a car to drive more than 500 km on a 50 L tank (13 MJ/l)
2005-08-16 Urine Powered Battery Developed
Researchers in Singapore have developed a paper battery that is powered by urine.
2005-07-15 A New Way to Make Hydrogen
A new startup is trying a new way to make hydrogen with a process using stabailised sodium.
2005-06-22 Mass Amherst Researchers Discover That Microbes Can Produce Miniature Electrical Wires
'Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered a tiny biological structure that is highly electrically conductive.'
2005-06-03 Welsh car team pioneer electric dream
'an electric car that produces hardly any noise, no air pollution, and is as fast as a Ferrari.'
2005-05-29 BIODESIEL
Start up company drills for oil in Algae
2005-05-25 The Mad Genius from the Bottom of the Sea
Unlimited energy. Fast-growing fruit. Free air-conditioning. John Pi?a Craven says we can have it all by tapping the icy waters of the deep.
2005-05-15 Human Blood For Electrical Power
A Japanese research team has developed a fuel cell that runs on blood without using toxic substances, opening the way for use in artificial hearts and other organs.
2005-05-13 Nuclear Battery That Runs 10 Years
A battery with a lifespan measured in decades is in development at the University of Rochester, as scientists demonstrate a new fabrication method that in its roughest form is already 10 times more efficient than current nuclear batteries -- and has the potential to be nearly 200 times more efficient.
2005-04-24 Scientists Use Microbes to Produce Hydrogen
Environmental engineers at Penn State University and a research scientist at Ion Power Inc. have created an electrically-assisted microbial fuel cell that can be used to produce hydrogen from organic material
2005-01-14 Spray-On Solar-Power Cells Are True Breakthrough
'Like paint, the composite can be sprayed onto other materials and used as portable electricity. A sweater coated in the material could power a cell phone or other wireless devices. A hydrogen-powered car painted with the film could potentially convert enough energy into electricity to continually recharge the car's battery.'
 

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