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Old Nov 27th, 2009, 03:34 PM   #101
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Oyster - the world's largest working hydro-electric wave energy device


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The world’s largest working hydro-electric wave energy device has been officially launched in Scotland. Known as Oyster, the device, stationed at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) Billia Croo site near Stromness, was installed this year and is, at present, the world’s only hydro-electric wave energy device which is producing power.
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Old Nov 27th, 2009, 03:51 PM   #102
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Too bad the article did not mention the actual cost. Will power 450 homes. At $1000/home/year it would take over 100 years to cover a $50 Million dollar installation.
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Old Nov 29th, 2009, 04:10 PM   #103
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Team to chemically transform carbon dioxide into carbon-neutral liquid fuels.

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Using concentrated solar energy to reverse combustion, a research team from Sandia National Laboratories is building a prototype device intended to chemically “reenergize” carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide using concentrated solar power. The carbon monoxide could then be used to make hydrogen or serve as a building block to synthesize a liquid combustible fuel, such as methanol or even gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
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As an example, he says, coal would be burned at a clean coal power plant. The carbon dioxide from the burning of the coal would be captured and reduced to carbon monoxide in the CR5. The carbon monoxide would then be the starting point of making gasoline, jet fuel, methanol, or almost any type of liquid fuel.
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Old Nov 30th, 2009, 09:21 PM   #104
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Seems like a good thread to help raise our electrical awarenes...

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Stanford researchers have developed a new low-cost, durable paper battery that's infused with carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires.
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A paper supercapacitor has the advantage of a high surface-to-volume ratio and may be especially useful for applications like electric or hybrid cars, which depend on the quick transfer of electricity.
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Here's a simple building product manufactured and invented by Canadians. Pre-cast concrete sewer pipes are pre-fitted with energy capture lines containing ethanol, allowing them to work as geo-thermal systems:

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Tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells could revolutionize solar power



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Scientists from Sandia National Laboratories have developed tiny, glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that are ten times thinner than conventional solar cells and could one day be used in a variety of applications – from satellites and remote-sensing, to tents and perhaps even clothing. Yep, these cells could turn the average Joe into a walking solar-battery charger.
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Scientist proposes quantum über-battery ? Register Hardware

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That battery incorporates a vast number of microscopic capacitors build from electrodes 10nm apart, separated by an insulator. According to Hubler, quantum effects, present because of nanometre scale of the capacitor, prevent the charge on one electrode jumping to the other when the electric field between the electrodes reaches a critical point.

The upshot: a capacitor that can hold a monster charge, relatively speaking. Build an array containing billions of these things and you have the makings of an über-battery for laptops, e-cars and the like.
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Interesting, CM. Sadly, no news of ZENN these days. We shall see.
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Interesting, CM. Sadly, no news of ZENN these days. We shall see.
Indeed. What happened to the "delivery by the end of the year" promise from EEStor? For those living on faith, could be a good time to buy in early January...
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