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Kong Inventors Unveil New Micro-Wind Turbines Suitable for City
By Claudia Blume
18 March 2007
Riding the clean technology wave
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How did global transportation become addicted to oil?
Over a hundred years ago, in the late 19th century, all the cars in the United States were electric. But they were not alternative vehicles, but rather a result of a monopoly of a company called Electric Vehicle Company, which operated taxi cabs. Such cars refueled at central stations - so you could pull up your car, go shopping and when you came back the batteries were charged. This monopoly encountered the men making the internal combustion machine [later called the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers, ALAM] and tried to force them to stop, using patent litigation. And finally, after years of litigation, they joined forces and together made a mega-monopoly, to control all bicycles, batteries, electric cars, and the internal combustion cars, and then they jointly decided to abandon their own clean electric technology in favor of the internal combustion machine.
Why did they make this decision?
They thought that the internal combustion machine would be more attractive to men. They said the electrical vehicle was too easy, too clean, too simple, like a ladies car--and they wanted a "muscle car." The plan was to keep the IC machine very expensive, just for rich people. But a Detroit carmaker decided to follow his own instincts. He was Henry Ford, who wanted to proliferate a cheap IC car--the famous Model T. Ford had to cope with years of judicial battles against the cartel to win the right to produce his cars. But when he finally won, he perceived that the country was becoming a dirtier place because of the terrible smoke and filth of the IC machine. And so he and the scientist Thomas Edison joined in a secret project to make an electric Model T, accessible to everybody.
What happened to the Ford and Edison project?
It was subverted by false engineering on the batteries. They were in good condition at Edison's plant in New Jersey, but by the time they got to Detroit, they did not work. Edison complained that people were tampering with the batteries and in 1914, when he was trying to make a battery that was tamper proof, his entire compound burned down in a mysterious flash fire. This came at the onset of World War I, when the IC machine was militarized: it moved tanks, airplanes and boats. Ships powered by oil were much faster than those by coal, for example. The war represented a point of transition to oil.
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Stan Meyer's Water Powered Dune Buggy
Stanley A. Meyer, the controversial Ohio inventor who had
claimed his technology could produce a hydrogen-oxygen mixture
with a minimal energy input (compared with conventional
electrolysis) died on March 21, 1998.
He was apparently eating dinner at a Grove City OH restaurant, when it is reported that he jumped up from the table, yelled that he'd been poisoned", and rushed out into the parking lot, where he collapsed and died
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THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
The car that ran on water
Nine years after his death, inventor's dreams -- and suspicions -- linger
Fords Hemp Car
also known as the General Motors streetcar conspiracy refers to General Motors, Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California and Phillips Petroleum forming National City Lines (NCL) holding company, which acquired most streetcar systems throughout the United States, dismantled them, and replaced them with buses in the early 20th Century. The scandal alleges that NCL's companies had an ulterior motive to forcibly gain mass use of the automobile among the U.S. population by buying up easy-to-use mass light rail transportation countrywide and dismantling it.
19. November 2005,
Solar-Folie zum Ausdrucken
Eine neuartige, druckbare Solarfolie als kostengünstige Energiequelle haben Wissenschaftler der Universität Kapstadt entwickelt. Die Schicht auf der Basis eines Siliziumhalbleiters läßt sich nach Auskunft von Professor David Britton wie ein Farbfoto aus handelsüblichen Druckern auf Papier auftragen. Ein "Poster" im DIN-A2-Format erreiche 100 Watt Leistung und könne beispielsweise Radios, Ladegeräte oder Glühbirnen versorgen. Ein Prototyp wurde bereits erfolgreich getestet. Die Folie, die allerdings nur drei bis sechs Monate funktionstüchtig bleibt, solle gut ein Euro kosten. Für die Kommerzialisierung der Innovation würden nun Industriepartner gesucht.
Source: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Date: July 19, 2007
The global search for a sustainable energy supply is making significant strides at Wake Forest University as researchers at the universitys Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials have announced that they have pushed the efficiency of plastic solar cells to more than 6 percent.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Researchers find a new way to make cheap and flexible photovoltaic cells.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
The technologies behind the battery packs for the GM Volt are being tested and could be ready within a year.
700 Euro - Hauswindanlage
Here's an interesting wind turbine from an inventor in Perth, Australia. See the full press release over the fold..
Perth householders could soon be using the "Fremantle Doctor" to save energy and cut electricity bills.
Premier and Minister for Science and Innovation, Alan Carpenter today announced State Government funding for two projects that could lead the way to electricity being generated from small wind turbines on suburban roofs.
Mr Carpenter said $34,000 would be provided to local inventor Graeme Attey, who has developed a modular wind turbine system that sits neatly on a roof to generate power for a home.
The funding, from the Government's Sustainable Energy Development Office (SEDO) Grants program, will help Mr Attey develop the system for commercialisation.
"Mr Attey's design has considerable advantages over other residential systems that are being developed in other parts of the world," Mr Carpenter said.
"There are no visible rotating blades; it is quiet; it is not an eyesore; it should be relatively cheap and can operate in variable urban winds.
"And the system is modular, so you can produce as much energy as you want by simply connecting units together. I am told that five units could produce enough electricity to run an average household."
Mr Carpenter said another $28,000 had been awarded to Dr Jonathan Whale from Murdoch University to obtain data on the best practice placement of rooftop wind systems.
The Premier said wind sensors would be installed on the roofs of buildings owned by the City of Melville and monitoring and computer simulation studies would be carried out.
The findings would ensure rooftop systems were as efficient and cost-effective as possible.
"It would be a fantastic outcome if these projects helped to create the technology and the environment that allowed householders to use the wind to generate their own electricity," Mr Carpenter said.
"It would save money for householders in reduced electricity costs and save the environment through reduced greenhouse gas emissions."
The State Government is aiming to reduce Western Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent of 2000 levels by the year 2050.
Mr Carpenter said WA was a world leader in the development of innovative, renewable energy solutions. Other technologies developed in the State include:
- the wind-diesel technology installed by Verve Energy in
remote areas of WA including Hopetoun, Coral Bay and Rottnest
Island and now being considered for other parts of Australia and
- Verve Energy's integrated wood processing project that uses mallee trees grown on farms to produce electricity, activated carbon and eucalyptus oil; and
- new wave-energy technology invented and designed in WA to produce 'green' electricity and fresh water.
"The Government's new $36.5million Low Emissions Energy Development Fund will also support the development of technologies like these which cut greenhouse gas emissions," Mr Carpenter said.
Energy Minister Francis Logan said more than $250,000 would be distributed under SEDO's grants program to new projects as part of the State Government's commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Mr Logan said each project had been judged to promote sustainable energy practices, benefit the broader community and assist the development of the local sustainable energy industry.
"The Carpenter Government supports community initiatives that reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions," Mr Logan said.
"These are important issues and by funding community-based projects, as well as research and development initiatives, we are investing in a sustainable energy future."
18 May 2007
Boosting the power of remote communities
world leading wind/diesel technology,
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