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- Found: Thousands of Megawatts of New Renewable Energy Potential – Sustainablog – Apr 2005
- Crowd Power: The Latest In Renewable Energy – Tree Hugger, June 2006 - Vibrations from passing trucks, the rumbling of speeding trains and even the footfall of busy city commuters could be captured and converted into energy to light walkways and buildings, engineers say. A London-based architectural firm is working on a project that aims to harness the pulse of a city and use it as a renewable energy source….
- Renewable Natural Gas? The Discovery of Active Methane Biogenesis in Coalbeds - Researchers at Luca Technologies, a biotech firm focused on energy solutions, have announced the discovery of evidence pointing to ongoing, realtime natural gas generation by anaerobic (living without oxygen) bacteria resident deep in coal fields in Wyoming. Methane (natural gas), while frequently developed with petroleum, also occurs in association with coal. Coalbed methane accounts for about 7.5% of current US natural gas production. Until recently, methane was thought to be thermogenic: derived from long-buried carbonaceous materials subjected to intense heat and pressures over geologic time. Additional work then determined that some percentage of the methane was biogenic in origin: created by ancient microbes that metabolized other hydrocarbon sources to generate methane… Read more from this Green Car Congress article, Nov 2004
- Challenges to Achieving Breakthroughs in New/Renewable Energy Technologies – IEA, June 2004 (PDF)
- From Photosynthesis Basics to Renewable Energy Breakthrough - Berkeley, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] - About 3.2 billion years ago, primitive bacteria developed a way to harness sunlight to split water molecules into protons, electrons and oxygen, the cornerstone of photosynthesis...Recently, an international team led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have taken a major step toward understanding this process. Their work, detailed in the November 3, 2006, issue of the journal Science, could help researchers synthesize molecules that mimic this catalyst, which is a central focus in the push to develop renewable energy technologies. More from this Renewable Energy Access Nov 2006 blog entry
- Urine-powered battery developed - August 15, 2005 - Physicists in Singapore have succeeded in creating the first paper battery that generates electricity from urine. This new battery will be the perfect power source for cheap, disposable healthcare test-kits for diseases such as diabetes. Led by Dr Ki Bang Lee, a research team at Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have developed a paper battery that is small, cheap to fabricate, and which ingeniously uses the fluid being tested (urine) as the power source for the device doing the testing. More from this report @ PhysOrg, Aug 15, 2005
- Biomass Gasification Milestone Heralds Breakthrough in Renewable Energy Production - Vermont plant commissioning and start-up completed - Atlanta-based Future Energy Resources Corporation (FERCO) has achieved a major milestone in commercializing the SilvaGasTM process, its biomass gasification technology, by successfully operating its commercial scale demonstration plant in Burlington, Vermont. FERCO designed and built the gasifier, the largest U.S. biomass gasification facility, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, who provided technical assistance and funding for facility construction and testing, and the Burlington Electric Department. The facility converted more than 285 tons of wood chips into SilvaGas, a medium BTU gas that is substitutable for natural gas. Read more from this report (Microsoft Word format) from the US Dept of Energy web site (MS Word format)
- Trident Energy announces breakthrough in sea wave
renewable energy technology - Press Release - Oct 11, 2005 - Milestone
tests at UK’s New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) demonstrate
viability of Direct Energy Conversion Method. London: Trident Energy Ltd
today announced a further major step towards cost effective, flexible
and uncomplicated production of energy from sea Wave power.
Trident Energy Ltd, based in Southend on Sea, Essex, UK, reports that
its patented Direct Energy Conversion Method (DECM) has successfully
completed testing at the UK’s New and Renewable Energy Centre
NaREC) at Blyth, Northumberland. Trident Energy’s technology differs
fundamentally from that of all other existing Wave Energy devices.
Rather than using air or hydraulics as part of the conversion train, it
converts wave energy directly to electricity through a unique and
patented form of low cost linear generator. Read more from this press
release at the company web site (PDF)
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