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July 13, 2006

New Energy Sources and Inventions

Article with commentary regarding the near impossibility of bringing new technologies to market as a result of special interests in burning fossil fuels. Very thought-provoking.  
New Energy Sources and Inventions
By Peter Lindemann, D. Sc.  (Summary by Fred Burks)

 

In the late 1880’s, trade journals in the electrical sciences were predicting “free electricity” in the near future. Incredible discoveries about the nature of electricity were becoming commonplace. Within 20 years, there would be automobiles, airplanes, movies, recorded music, telephones, radio, and practical cameras. For the first time in history, common people were encouraged to envision a utopian future filled with abundant modern transportation and communication, as well as jobs, housing and food for everyone. So what happened? Where did the new energy breakthroughs go? Was this excitement about “free electricity” all just wishful thinking that “real science” eventually disproved?   

Current State of Technology. The answer is NO. Spectacular new energy technologies were developed right along with other breakthroughs. Since then, multiple methods for producing vast amounts of energy at extremely low cost have been developed. None of these technologies have made it to the “open” consumer market, however. Why this is true will be discussed shortly. First, here is a short list of new energy technologies. The common feature connecting all of these discoveries is that they use a small amount of one form of energy to control or release a large amount of a different kind of energy.

  • Radiant Energy. Nikola Tesla’s Magnifying Transmitter, T. Henry Moray’s Radiant Energy Device, Edwin Gray’s EMA Motor, and Paul Baumann’s Testatika Machine all run on Radiant Energy. This natural energy can perform the same wonders as ordinary electricity at less than 1% of the cost. It does not behave exactly like electricity, however, which has contributed to the scientific community’s misunderstanding of it. The Methernitha Community in Switzerland currently has 5 or 6 working models of fuelless, self-running devices that tap this energy. [More]
  • Permanent Magnets. Dr. Tom Bearden has two working models of a permanent magnet powered electrical transformer. It uses a 6-watt electrical input to control the path of a magnetic field coming out of a permanent magnet. By channeling the magnetic field, first to one output coil and then a second repeatedly and rapidly, the device can produce a 96-watt electrical output with no moving parts. Multiple inventors have working mechanisms that produce torque from permanent magnets alone. [More]
  • Super-Efficient Electrolysis. Water can be broken into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity. When water is hit with its own molecular resonant frequency, it collapses into hydrogen and oxygen gas with little electrical input. Hydrogen fuel can drive engines (like in your car) for the cost of water. [More]
  • Cold Fusion. Though initial claims were debunked, cold fusion is very real. Not only has excess heat production been repeatedly documented, but also low energy atomic element transmutation has been catalogued, involving dozens of different reactions! [More]

There are dozens of other systems. Many are viable and well tested. But this short list is sufficient to make the point: new energy technology is here. It offers the world pollution-free energy abundance for everyone, everywhere. It is now possible to stop the production of “greenhouse gases” and shut down the nuclear power plants. Transportation and production costs for just about everything can drop dramatically. Yet all these wonderful benefits that can make life on this planet so much easier and better for everyone have been postponed for decades. Why? Whose purposes are served by this postponement?

The Invisible Enemy. There are four forces that have worked together to create this situation. The wealthiest families and their central banking institutions are the first force. Their motivations are greed and the need to control everything except themselves. Their plan is to eventually control all of the resources of the world, and thereby control everyone’s life through the availability of all goods and services. An independent source of wealth (new energy device) in the hands of every person in the world ruins their plans for world domination. They don’t want any competition. The weapons they have used to enforce this include intimidation, “expert” debunkers, buying and shelving of technology, and murder of inventors. They have also promoted the scientific theory that states free energy is impossible (laws of thermodynamics).

The second force is national governments. The problem here is related to the maintenance of national security. There is a constant jockeying for position and influence in world affairs, and the strongest party wins. In economics, it’s the golden rule, which states: “The one with the gold makes the rules.” Unlimited energy on this planet will lead to an inevitable reshuffling of the balance of power. Everybody will want it, and at the same time, want to prevent everyone else from getting it. So, national governments’ motivations are self-preservation. Their weapons include preventing the issuance of patents based on national security grounds, harassment of inventors with criminal charges, tax audits, threats, phone taps, arson, theft, and a host of other intimidations which make the business of building and marketing a new energy machine impossible.

The third force consists of deluded inventors and con men. On the periphery of the extraordinary scientific breakthroughs that constitute real new energy technologies, lies a shadow world of unexplained anomalies, marginal inventions and unscrupulous promoters. The first two forces have constantly used the media to promote the worst examples of this group, to distract the public’s attention, and to discredit real breakthroughs by associating them with the frauds. So, the third force is delusion and dishonesty. The motivations are self-aggrandizement, greed, want of power over others, and a false sense of self-importance. The weapons used are lying, cheating, self-delusion and arrogance combined with bad science.

The fourth force operating to postpone the public availability of new energy technology is all of the rest of us. It may be easy to see how narrow and despicable the motivations of the other forces are, but actually, these motivations are still very much alive in each of us as well. Like the wealthiest families, don’t we each secretly harbor illusions of false superiority and want to control others instead of ourselves? Also, wouldn’t you sell out if the price were high enough? Or like the governments, don’t we each want to ensure our own survival? Or like the deluded inventor, don’t we trade a comfortable illusion once in a while for an uncomfortable fact? Or don’t we still fear the unknown, even if it promises a great reward?

All four forces are just different aspects of the same process. There is really only one force preventing the availability of new energy technology, and that is unspiritually motivated behavior. New energy technology is an outward manifestation of divine abundance. It is the engine of the economy of an enlightened society, where people voluntarily behave in a respectful and civil manner toward each other. Unspiritualized humans cannot be trusted with new energy. They will only do what they have always done, which is to take merciless advantage of each other, or kill each other and themselves in the process.

The Opportunity. What is new is that you and I can communicate with each other now better than at anytime in the past. The Internet offers us, the fourth force, an opportunity to overcome the combined efforts of the other forces preventing new energy technology from spreading. What is starting to happen is that inventors are publishing their work, instead of patenting it and keeping it secret. More and more, people are “giving away” information on these technologies in books, videos and websites. While there is still a great deal of useless information about new energy on the Internet, the availability of good information is rising rapidly.

All of us constitute the fourth force. If we stand up and refuse to remain ignorant and action-less, we can change the course of history. Only mass action can create the world we want. The other three forces will not help us put a fuelless power plant in our homes. New energy technology will change everything about the way we live, work and relate to each other. It obsoletes greed and fear for survival. But like all exercises of spiritual faith, we must first manifest generosity and trust in our own lives.

New energy technology is here. It has been here for decades. Communications technology and the Internet have torn the veil of secrecy off of this remarkable fact. People all over the world are starting to build new energy devices. The bankers and governments don’t want this to happen, but can’t stop it. Tremendous economic instabilities and wars will be used to distract people from joining the new energy movement. There will be essentially no major media coverage of this aspect of what is going on. It will simply be reported as wars and civil wars erupting everywhere.

Western society is spiraling toward self-destruction due to the accumulated effects of greed and corruption. The availability of new energy technology cannot stop this trend. If, however, you have a new energy device, you may be better positioned to survive the transition that is underway. The question is, who will ultimately control the emerging world government, the first force, or the fourth force? Some who refuse to fight will survive to see the dawn of the world of new energy.  I challenge you to be among the ones who try.

source: http://www.wanttoknow.info/newenergysources

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Architects, Designers, Engineers: Enter Competition to Build a mini-Utopia!

Building A Sustainable World / Life in Balance
We here at An-Inconvenient-Truth.com have been contacted by The Royal Institute of British Architects about a really cool competition that is open to architects, urban planners, designers, engineers, and anyone else interested in participating in a project to create a sustainable community. We would like to urge anyone interested to participate, as it is one of many ways individuals and organizations can address the issue of global warming and take decisive action to create a peaceful and healthy society on Earth.

For more information and registration details, check out the following link:  http://www.riba-usa.org/Competitions/index.htm

For those that enter, we would love to hear about your experiences. Good luck and have fun!  

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Biodiesel from Algae Oil

Advantages include rapid growth rates, a high per-acre yield; and algae biofuel contains no sulfur, is non-toxic, and is highly biodegradable. Some species of algae are ideally suited to biodiesel production due to their high oil content--in excess of 50%. (PESWiki)

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Black Silicon

Silicon surfaces rendered black by pits and bumps only nanometers large could in the future help make solar power cells more efficient, enabling a more complete absorption of the sun's rays. (PESWiki; June 24)

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Merck goes green with first major roof-based solar energy system

Merck has apparently installed one of the largest solar-energy systems in New Jersey at its research and manufacturing facility in Linden/Rahway. The 500-kW facility features 1500 solar panels on two roof tops. ...

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Denver Mayor Unveils Greenprint Denver: 20-Year Sustainable Framework

by Jack Rosebro

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Sources of Denver’s greenhouse gas emissions. Click to enlarge.

In his annual state of the city address on 12 July, Denver mayor George Hickenlooper outlined a series of ambitious long-term initiatives and goals as part of his “Greenprint Denver” plan to make the city more sustainable.

Many aspects of the plan would take an estimated 20 years to complete, stretching far beyond 2015, the maximum amount of time that Hickenlooper is allowed to serve as mayor under current term limits.

Transportation-related goals of Greenprint Denver include:

Other goals of Greenprint Denver include:

Longer-term goals include planting more than one million trees in Denver over the next 20 years, tripling its tree canopy from 6% to 18% tree cover. To achieve the goal within that time frame, an average of 137 trees per day would have to be planted. Hickenlooper intends to work with local schools and businesses to reach that goal.

Next month, local voters will choose whether or not to approve a new 20-year public utility franchise agreement between the City and County of Denver and Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company, to provide the Xcel subsidiary with the right to maintain and operate local electrical and natural gas infrastructure.

As part of the agreement, Public Service Company of Colorado has agreed to contribute $200,000 towards the construction of a solar power plant.

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The map of signing mayors. Click to enlarge.

Hickenlooper is one of the US mayors who signed a resolution last year endorsing the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which includes a pledge from all signatories to meet or beat Kyoto Protocol greenhouse gas reduction targets, as well as encouraging the federal government to meet or beat those same targets, and to assist local governments in sharing “best practices” with respect to local climate protection programs. As of 7 July, 262 mayors have signed onto the agreement. (Earlier post.)

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An Unlikely Spark in Alternative Energy - New York Times


An Unlikely Spark in Alternative Energy
New York Times, United States - Jul 8, 2006
... AFTER a year of stellar performance, producers of alternative energy — from ethanol to solar and wind power — took a beating in the stock market this spring ...

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Alternative energy source for investors - Unison.ie


Alternative energy source for investors
Unison.ie, Ireland - 19 hours ago
The fund invests primarily in companies in the alternative energy and energy technology sectors. The alternative energy sector is ...

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Wal-Mart takes up global warming ahead of Gore visit - Philadelphia Inquirer



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Wal-Mart takes up global warming ahead of Gore visit
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA - 15 hours ago
... has huge potential to cut back on greenhouse gases in-house and among its 60,000 suppliers, company officials said ahead of a global warming information stop ...
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Pine Bluff Commercial - all 106 related

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Penguins Help Save the World

... Penguins are swimming around the Southern Ocean with sensors superglued to their heads in the name of science. The flightless birds are collecting data on water temperature and current flows, information that a team of scientists from Australia will use to help complete global climate change models. "We are using the penguins as oceanographic ...
The Penguins of Doom - MySpace Blog View Technorati URL search

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Pew Center Global Climate Change

... Pew Center Global Climate Change July 13th, 2006 The Pew Center report, entitled "Land Use and Global Climate Change: … The Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Arlington, Virginia. NEW … The Pew Center was established in May 1998 by the Pew Charitable … The Pew Center was established in May 1998 by the Pew Charitable … is the President of ...
Climate Change News Blog View Technorati URL search

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Altair Batteries to be used in EV

Has the lithium revolution arrived? Today Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI), announced that it has received a $750,000 initial order for its fast charge, high powered batteries from Phoenix Motorcars. The battery packs will be engineered and manufactured at Altairnano's Anderson, Indiana facility and will utilize Altairnano's proprietary nano-lithium ion battery technology. Phoenix Motor Cars is using the engineering services of Boshart Engineering, Inc., based in Ontario, California, to develop the battery integration, validation, certification and regulatory testing. Altairnano's nano-lithium battery technology, when integrated with an optimized electric drive train could provide the impetus to rejuvenate and realize the promise of the electric vehicle vision commented Daniel Riegert, Chairman of Phoenix Motorcars. We are preparing for the manufacture and distribution of several thousand vehicles over the next few years....

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Valence Inks Battery Sale

Oxygen S.p.A., a provider of electric transporters, has placed orders for the new U-Charge(R) XP battery systems, based on Saphion(R) lithium-ion technology, from Valence Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:VLNC). The Italian company selected Valence batteries to power a new line of electric scooters designed for delivery fleets across Europe. Oxygen's initial fleet deployment will start this summer with a major European Postal Service. Saphion technology is the industry's first commercially available, safe, large-format lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology. The technology enables Oxygen to deliver a solution where their customers can make deliveries for the entire daily route without having to recharge the battery, with a range of up to 85 miles. Oxygen will use the U-Charge XP Power System in its cargo scooters, which are designed to address the need for low-cost, highly efficient transportation in congested urban areas where quiet, pollution-free, low maintenance vehicles have gained preference. The Oxygen electric scooters feature advanced technologies, such as brushless motor, electronic engine control and...

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Roadmap for Development of Cellulosic Ethanol Production

The U.S. DOE recently released a report detailing a roadmap for the development of cellulosic ethanol production. The report is based on the Biomass to Biofuels Workshop held December 7–9, 2005, in Rockville, Maryland, where more than 50 scientists representing a wide range of expertise convened to define barriers and challenges to the biofuel industry. This report is a roadmap, based on that workshop, for accelerating cellulosic ethanol research, helping make biofuels practical and cost-competitive by 2012 ($1.07/gal ethanol) and offering the potential to displace up to 30% of the nation’s current gasoline use by 2030. While other blogs and news articles have reported on the release of the report, no one has attempted to articulate the roadmap. The following are some brief excerpts from the report. Fuels derived from cellulosic biomass—the fibrous, woody, and generally inedible portions of plant matter—offer an alternative to conventional energy sources that supports national economic growth, national energy security, and environmental goals. Cellulosic biomass...

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Small Wind Generator Announced

A new small residential wind generator from Southwest Windpower will give homeowners another choice in the fight against rising electricity costs. Skystream 3.7(TM) is the first fully integrated wind generator designed specifically for the grid-connected residential market. A combination of new technologies, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, resulted in a product that quietly produces electricity for a fraction of the cost of current technologies. According to Skystream the generators low cost and low profile provides homeowners an affordable energy supplement that's appropriate for installation in many residential areas around the country. With no batteries, Skystream 3.7 connects directly to the home to supply power. When the wind is not blowing, the home is powered by the electric utility. Depending on the local utility, excess electricity can be sold back to the utility or used at a later date....

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Diesel Hydraulic Delivery Truck Unveiled

The Environmental Protection Agency recently unveiled a hybrid diesel UPS delivery van that combines a high-efficiency diesel engine with a hydraulic propulsion system, which replaces the vehicle's conventional drivetrain and transmission. Such a vehicle could reduce the fuel costs of package delivery services like UPS by as much as 70 percent and cut harmful emissions. In laboratory testing, the hybrid achieved a 60 percent to 70 percent improvement in fuel economy and a reduction of more than 40 percent in emissions, versus current UPS trucks. The EPA and UPS plan to conduct real-world testing this year. A hydraulic hybrid has several advantages. One is that it can accept and deliver huge amounts of energy quickly, which batteries cannot. And its storage ability does not degrade over time, which is a fact of life with batteries available today. Generally speaking, though, hydraulic systems do not store as much total energy as an electrical battery does, because the storage tanks are bulky....

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An Early Retirement For The Hydrogen Fuel Cell

A hugely important announcement was made this weekend by Ulf Bossel at the Lucerne Fuel Cell Forum, which is a very highly respected technical fuel cell conference. The announcement, which I have copied to the bottom of this post, was that the conference will no longer continue discussing PEM fuel cells because they require hydrogen fuel which is a synthetic fuel and "can never compete with its own energy source".

The conference will continue discussing phosphoric acid fuel cells, molten carbonate fuel cells and solid oxide fuel cells which "can meet the challenges of a sustainable future".

Ulf Bossel promotes the more efficient "electron economy", covered here, which, for vehicles, is twice as efficient as the hydrogen economy. Hydrogen is quite energy intensive. If you drive 35km per day in a fuel cell car, that car will consume roughly 6000kWh/year. This is equivalent to the per capita electricity consumption in Germany. If you drive 35km per day in a battery car, that car will require 3000kWh/year, the per capita electricity consumption of Poland.

There is not much doubt that northern North America (US and Canada) can afford to use hydrogen, and could do so with only small efficiency increases, considering that Canada uses 16000kWh/person/year and the US consumes 12000kWh/person/year. But the worry is the other 95% of the world that lives outside of North America.

Also, it's really the lifecycle energy intensity of vehicles that we must consider, not the well-to-wheel efficiency. Lifecycle energy intensities are not well understood though and for the time being, well-to-wheel is the best information we have. But one thing is for certain, a battery car or a fuel cell car cannot come close to the 200,000+ miles that a diesel engine can drive, and so for every 1 diesel car built, we would have to build at least 2 battery or fuel cell vehicles.

Here is the entire announcement which was attached to the proceedings of the conference:

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US Coal Imports Spike

Despite the fact that the USA has the world's largest reserves of coal, imports of coal to the states has spiked dramatically since 1999. According to Mark Clayton of the CS Monitor, the US is now importing 30.5 million tons of coal per year, compared to 9 million tons in 1999. Most of the coal imports feature low sulfur content while allows power plants to meet emission standards without extra exhaust filtration. Utilities are finding it cheaper to import coal from South America by ship than from domestic sources in Wyoming and Appalachia. Even with this jump, imports currently account for just 4 % of US coal consumption.

Coal, like oil, comes in several different grades. The quality of the coal and the ease of mining it varies greatly from deposit to deposit. As such, some stated coal reserves may be the 'tar sands' or 'oil shale' of coal. An example is Germany, which has significant coal reserves but little mining. The bulk of the quality coal has already been mined, leaving only the variety that is more expensive to extract in place.

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New Biofuels Study - Positive EROEI But Bad For Food Supply

In this never ending debate, there is yet another study suggesting that corn grain ethanol and soybean biodiesel have positive energy return on energy invested (EROEI).

J. Hill, E. Nelson, D. Tilman, S. Polasky and D. Tiffany. "Environmental, economic and energetic costs and benefits of biodiesel and ethanol biofuels", PNAS, 103 (30) 11206, 2006

An interesting bit (highlighted part contributed by me):
In short, we find no support for the assertion that either biofuel requires more energy to make than it yields. However, the net energy balance (NEB) for corn grain ethanol is small, providing ~25% more energy than required for its production. Almost all of this NEB is attributable to the energy credit for its DDGS coproduct, which is animal feed, rather than to the ethanol itself containing more energy than used in its production. Corn grain ethanol has a low NEB because of the high energy input required to produce corn and to convert it into ethanol. In contrast, soybean biodiesel provides ~93% more energy than is required in its production.
Concerning these energy credits that are given to ethanol because the by-products can be used as animal feed: Referring back to the podcast where I spoke to Tad Patzek, he brought up the interesting points that:
  1. This feed can often make animals sick
  2. It would be much better to return by-products back to the soil to minimize nutrient depletion
Biodiesel is clearly a winner here. This is because far less energy is involved in the processing stage (when converting soybean into biodiesel compared to corn grain into ethanol). In fact, this study shows that the conversion of crop into biofuel for corn requires 12.73MJ/liter ethanol compared to 8.08MJ/liter biodiesel.
Biodiesel provides 93% more usable energy than the fossil energy needed for its production, reduces GHGs by 41% compared with diesel, reduces several major air pollutants, and has minimal impact on human and environmental health through N, P, and pesticide release. Corn grain ethanol provides smaller benefits through a 25% net energy gain and a 12% reduction in GHGs, and it has greater environmental and human health impacts because of increased release of five air pollutants and nitrate, nitrite, and pesticides.
And the conclusion (which sounds like the way Shell is talking about biofuels these days):
Global demand for food is expected to double within the coming 50 years, and global demand for transportation fuels is expected to increase even more rapidly. There is a great need for renewable energy supplies that do not cause significant environmental harm and do not compete with food supply. Food-based biofuels can meet but a small portion of transportation energy needs. Energy conservation and biofuels that are not food-based are likely to be of far greater importance over the longer term. Biofuels such as synfuel hydrocarbons or cellulosic ethanol that can be produced on agriculturally marginal lands with minimal fertilizer, pesticide, and fossil energy inputs, or produced with agricultural residues, have potential to provide fuel supplies with greater environmental benefits than either petroleum or current foodbased biofuels.

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Oil Sands Projects Stall

According to Jon Harding of the Financial Post, some of the projects that are slated for Alberta's tar sands are being delayed. There is a major shortage of tradespeople, material, and accommodation in Alberta so the capital costs of new developments is soaring.

Another, more interesting development is that tar sands producers are declining to produce upgraders that transform gluey bitumen into high quality light crude oil. Both Imperial Oil and Husky Energy are taking a pass on upgraders for their new mines. Normally upgraders use natural gas to add hydrogen to bitumen in order to make it lighter. However, there is a concern regarding the long-term availability of natural gas in Alberta. Some companies, such as Suncor, remove carbon through catalytic cracking rather than hydrogenation.

Companies without their own upgrader will generally have to dilute their bitumen with a solvent such as toluene and pipeline it to refineries in Edmonton.

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The facts about ethanol

With politicians, corporations, and the media all touting the promise of this alternative fuel, should you believe the hype? UCS gets to the truth about ethanol by answering your most frequently asked questions.

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