OT – but useful technology

This is off-topic for discussions here but I think it’s nevertheless useful to publicise. There’s an article on the BBC about some ideas to block RFID tagging at http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30513497 that could save you being sneakily robbed. Since I’ve recently been sent such a contactless card (though I haven’t used it that way yet being out …

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Siluria Technologies Gas to Liquid fuel

Hat tip to E. M. Smith (Chiefio) for finding this one. Siluria Technologies at http://siluria.com/Home have been working on the catalysts to change Methane into Ethylene and thus onwards to transport fuels, and have shown that they can produce gasoline or diesel fuel at around $1 per US gallon. Given the amount of natural gas …

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Excess power to liquid fuel

As renewables become cheaper and more ubiquitous, there is a need both to use the power when it’s available and to save some for when that renewable power isn’t operating. We’ve looked at the Aluminium smelters storing and returning energy this way, but that will only return power to the Grid. Sunfire (a German company) …

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Compressable HHO: An alternative for Hydrogen Storage?

First of all a big warning. You cannot pressurize HHO or Browns Gas made and processed in conventional ways. People have been killed and seriously injured in experimenting. When water is electrolyzed, a hydrogen gas and an oxygen gas are respectively generated from a cathode and an anode. Nowdays, this is in the spotlight owing …

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Innovative Portable Solar Power Centre

 This is a clever use of engineering for remote power generation. In time could be engineered for smaller applications.  RayGen Resources of Australia and the University of New South Wales have built a solar system with a world-record efficiency of 40.4 percent. The results were verified at NREL’s test facility and handily beat the previous …

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Waste Heat Regenerates Ammonia Battery

An efficient method to harvest low-grade waste heat as electricity may be possible using reversible ammonia batteries, according to Penn State engineers. The thermally regenerative ammonia battery system can convert about 29 percent of the chemical energy in the battery to electricity and can be greatly improved with future optimization. “The use of waste heat for …

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In Memory of Arthur Manelas

Arthur John Manelas, 71, of Pelham, NH, formerly of Lowell, MA, died Thursday, after a two year plus battle with complications suffered from a brain aneurysm in September 2012. Arthur was a pioneer of free energy research who had the respect of engineers and scientists worldwide. I was fortunate to meet Arthur a few years …

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Nanoparticle Fast Charging Batteries

A new electrode design for lithium-ion batteries has been shown to potentially reduce the charging time from hours to minutes by replacing the conventional graphite electrode with a network of tin-oxide nanoparticles.   Batteries have two electrodes, called an anode and a cathode. The anodes in most of today’s lithium-ion batteries are made of graphite. …

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Closed Looped Magnetic Propulsion

This weeks brain teaser I first saw at Overunity.com. I am not putting this under the believe it or not category a most of you will figure it out very quickly. These types of demonstrations are sometimes used by the scam artists to fool the unsuspecting public into believing their devices are possible. I know …

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A New Way to Fund Energy Projects

With 250 billion USD being invested this year in renewable energy projects, more and more venture capitalists are turning  innovative ways to fund energy projects.   Entrepreneurial investors Scott Jacobs, co-founder of EFW Partners and McKinsey’s cleantech practice, and Jigar Shah, the former founding CEO of SunEdison. Called Generate Capital, the team is providing capital for energy, …

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The Next Generation of Wind Power

I keep thinking of jumping castles in the sky when looking at this wind turbine. It  would most likely be a hit at a kite flying festival. It is certainly impressive to watch. (see video) The real advantage of this technology is it is portable and can be quickly deployed. The durability and capital cost …

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Water Powered Gen: Mr Potter the Wizard of Water

The last few weeks has witnessed one of the most  hilarious Free Energy claims to unfold. Not even the magic of Harry Potter from Hogwarts could conjure up the series of events, website changes and disappearing acts that unfolded.     The following is a summary of chronological events, other commentators assessment. This should be my last article on this technology. I …

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Every so often we will be displaying crowdfunding campaigns that show potential to make it big.For starters, Mark Dansie has met a group that stands to make it big in the game technology arena. Check out Mad Genius Controller's campaign here.