Articles in Energy

Clay Refrigerator Requires Zero Energy to Keep Food Cool
An Indian entrepreneur has created a refrigerator made entirely from clay that keeps food cool without using any electricity. Mansukhbhai Raghavbhai Prajapati, a Gujarat-based potter, makes his natural MittiCool refrigerator to provide an alternative for people in rural areas who can’t afford ...
$6 Per Month Brings Solar Light To Those Off-grid
People talk about a flash of inspiration. But Xavier Helgesen's eureka moment came in the dark. A few years ago, the American entrepreneur was traveling through Malawi to meet with clients for his book-selling company, Better World Books. He stopped in Monkey Bay, a town of about 30,000 people, to s...
10 Ways to make your Mobile Home more Energy Efficient
You have seen the many posts and interest generated in the tiny house movement.  Here you will see a list of ways for mobile homes to save energy.  Tiny houses are typically more expensive, yes, because they are made to be able to travel on the highway more regularly, and most of them have...
100,000 LED's Enchant This River With Light
Solar-Powered LED Spheres floating down the Sumida River composed a splendid light spectacle in Japan’s capital city. The Tokyo Hotaru Festival held in May this year gathered 100,000 of these blue glowing spheres in an effort of bringing the city closer to nature. Floating down the river and l...
11 Must-See Art Installations, Inspired by Solar Panels
We all know that solar is a practical, smart investment. It’s good for the environment, frees people to control their own electricity production and is one of the fastest-growing industries (read: JOB CREATORS) in the country. But one of the complaints (often heard from homeowners’ assoc...
13 Terrific Tips To Saving Money And Keeping Warm During The Winter
Winter is already here and all of us try to think out ways to keep our houses warmer during winters while also saving a few bucks. The projected budget for heating your home (at the places where heating is required) during this winter is almost $2,200 which is definitely not within everyone’s ...
13 Year-Old Invents Free Energy Device for Under $15 (Video)
Inspired by the works of Nikola Tesla, a 13-year-old kid named Max Loughan has again proven that useable electricity can be harvested from the atmosphere all around us. He loves to invent things, in fact, he says he has known his entire short life that his purpose was to change the world w...
15 Year Old Harnesses Human Warmth As A Power Source
Fifteen year old Ann Makosinski was  inspired when she was told that humans are “like walking 100-Watt bulbs.” She decided to harness that bulb in a human-powered flashlight. By combining peltier tiles, a hollow aluminum tube, and a light-emitting diode (LED), the 10th grader was ...
16 year-old creates new method to turn algae into biofuel
Rising senior Evie Sobczak's new method is cleaner and more efficient than current methods. OK, here's a list of things I was not doing when I was 16.   Running in marathons. (I didn't start doing this until my 30s.) Knitting. (I learned in my 20s) Writing books. (30s) Developing a new ...
17 year old Egyptian student turns plastic into biofuel that could supplement global energy needs
Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad has discovered a inexpensive catalyst that can turn plastic waste into biofuel at an extremely efficient rate. Azza’s catalyst is the chemical known as aluminosilicate which is able to break down plastic to produce methane, propane, and ethane. All of these can be conver...
2000 Degrees Of Solar Power From That Old TV! Amazing! (video)
We all know where to find an old big screen television laying around, ... or if you don't... look up craigslist.com and search your area.  They cost more to haul than they're worth, so it's easy to find a freebie.  But there are still some great parts to use in some of them that will make ...
4 Videos - A Small Introduction To DIY Solar
Many People that want to go off the grid in the U.S. begin their world of wonder by looking at Harbor Freight systems because they're cheap.  These videos will save you some time in setting up a system and experimenting.  They have done some if it for us, so we can learn before we buy. &nb...
7 Facts That Prove the Renewable Energy Revolution Has Arrived
The global transition to clean, renewable energy and away from nuclear and fossil fuels is well under way with remarkable developments happening every day. The Great Transition by Lester Brown, Janet Larsen, Matt Roney and Emily Adams of Earth Policy Institute lays out a tremendous range of the...
7 Off The Grid Ways To Get In Shape
When it comes to getting in shape, most of us could do a thing or two a little better.  When we're young, we don't understand how people get big.  After two or three kids, most couples aren't sure where they're going to find time to get small again.  And when we're older, it might be ...
89 Year Old Man Develops Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine
© Catching Wind PowerThe potential damage to bird and bat populations by large wind turbines is often used as an argument against more wind power installations, and serves as great fodder for comments here when we publish something about wind technology. But there are other options for vi...
A Battery That Runs On Sugar Could Soon Be Powering Your Electronics
Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences A demonstration of two sugar biobatteries connected in a series to power a digital clock. Nearly all living cells break down sugar to produce energy. By mimicking what plants and animals do naturally, researchers at Virginia Tech say they have...
A Change In The Way We Do Things Is Under Way - Sustainability By The Decisions We Make
Click to buy one: We hear the word sustainable tossed around every day now in political rhetoric, but what does it really mean? It's simply a process of thinking about our world as we make day to day decisions. As we learn about products that are harmful, we stop buying them. As we understand that r...
A DIY Steam Engine to Power Your Home
Engines and Patterns Gary has made patterns for both a 3” and 2” bore. The original castings were aluminum with pressed in cast iron cylinder liners. Gary Hadden has designed and made patterns for some very nice small vehicle or launch engines in the 10-25 hp range. These are the typi...
A Necessity For Every Off-Gridder
Energy storage using lithium ion batteries It's the holy grail to home owners who have invested in solar panels – the ability to store power for use when the sun isn't shining.  A growing number of households, thought to number in the few thousands, are using hi-tech blackboxes that...
A New Machine To Produce Electricity And Water From Waste - And Bill Gates Samples The Water
This one machine is created to heat sewage waste, converting the liquid to steam and processing it into drinking water.  Waste solids are used as fuel to heat a steam tank and generate power while creating water. So right from the machine, you can drink this water.  But the greatest t...
A Refrigerator Designed To Cool Only What's In It and Conserves Energy!
When one considers going off the grid, and thinks about using solar panels or wind for power, the first step is to evaluate everything in the home that uses electricity.  First you try to add efficiency to your home and reduce heat and air bills because they are the biggest hogs.  Next in ...
A Small Creek Provides Plenty of Power For This Off-Grid Home
For eight years, Tracey and I lived in a solar powered home and for eight cloudy winters, we ran a small Honda generator every week to recharge our batteries. We understood that the original owner of our home had operated a small hydro system from the property's year round creek but we never investi...
Adding Solar Power To Your Golf Cart
Adding Solar Panels To Your Golf Cart Can Be A Great Way To Avoid Stopping And Plugging In The Charger!  If you're always golfing in the sun, it's always charging up! World’s First Solar Powered Golf Cart Fleet  Hong Kong’s The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course prides its...
Algae Battery Might Power A Tesla Car With 200x The Charge
Adam Freeman may have discovered how to create algae-based batteries, and the implications could be huge. Seaweed lovers, you have one more reason to fawn over green pond scum. In a small lab near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, a prototype of what could revolutionize battery power waits. What ...
An hour every day workout can power your home for twenty-four hours
What if you could power your house for an entire day just by exercising for an hour, would that motivate you to do it? I just love this idea, it could even become something that can be done as a family. People often complain about the high costs of energy and the fact that they “never have tim...
Anaerobic Digestion Turns Dung Into Renewable Energy
Anaerobic digestion is turning cow – well you know – dung – into environmentally-friendly energy to heat and power your home. Actually, anaerobic digestion is turning your dung into renewable power too. Anaerobic digestion uses micro-organisms to break down organic materials &ndash...
Apple's Wind Turbine Makes Power Even When There's No Wind
Apple’s patent filings today reveal one concept outside their usual product-focused applications, detailing a method for harnessing wind power in a manner different from that employed in traditional turbines. Electricity gathered from a wind turbine would be converted to heat energy ...
Aquion Energy Introduces 24-Volt Version of Industry-Leading Aspen Battery System
Aquion’s Aspen batteries are simple to configure and install and require no maintenance. The batteries are abuse tolerant and can handle wide temperature ranges and being left at partial states of charge without degradation. Thousands of cycles and deep cycling capability means greater usable ...
Audi invents way to create crude fossil fuels from mixture of air and water
German automaker Audi says it has developed a process for making diesel fuel out of nothing but water and carbon dioxide, laying the groundwork for a green, carbon-neutral fuel. Audi calls the diesel produced by the new process "e-diesel" and is trumpeting it as a "fuel of the future." Audi develope...
Batteries Made Out of Leaves - What?
Scientists at the University of Maryland have a new recipe for batteries: Bake a leaf, and add sodium. They used a carbonized oak leaf, pumped full of sodium, as a demonstration battery's negative terminal, or anode, according to a paper published in the journal ACS Applied Materials Interfaces. Wh...
Being Paid to Use Renewable Energy? That's What Happened In This Country...
With an aim to be 100% renewable energy by 2050, Germany has stored up so much that it is paying its people to use it! On May 8—a particularly sunny and windy day—Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower andbiomass generated so much power ...
Better Wind Turbines Are Here: Lightweight, Compact, Powerful!
People have used the power of the wind for a long time.  When we think about grinding grain into flour, we think about Holland and the giant windmills there.  But today, they have come down in both size, weight, and cost, and now, instead of grinding grain, we use them to generate electric...
Biogas: Coming to a backyard near you?
Israeli biogas startup HomeBioGas not only wants to close the loop on food waste, it wants to shrink it! Source: HomeBioGas Ltd. When we think of the potential of harnessing biogas, the typical image that comes to mind is capturing methane from landfills or using industrial-sized anaerobic diges...
Bjorn Qorn Uses Giant Mirrors to Make Solar Popcorn
Brooklyn based Bjorn Qorn is making popcorn in the most spectacular way – using nothing but the sun. Gigantic reflectors collect the sun’s rays and focuses them onto a kettle of corn kernels, creating a totally unique sun-popped popcorn. The company is a test imple...
Blackout risk rises as UK energy crisis deepens
National Grid expected to confirm increased blackout risk, as experts warn crisis will worsen unless subsidies are paid to new gas power plants Without the emergency measures, a blackout this winter could have been highly likely, Ofgem analysis suggests Britain faces the highest risk of blackouts ...
Brilliant Invention Brings LED Sunshine To Windowless Rooms!
Prior to LED lighting, not much had changed in the industry since Thomas Edison.  With the continued improvements in LED lighting technology, the first thing that was so big and great about it was the savings of electricity, virtually cutting energy usage for lighting down to 20% of former...
Brooklyn To Be The First Solar City In The U.S: An Independent Microgrid
Brooklyn, the largest borough in New York City, is on a mission to build the first electrically independent community microgrid in the United States.  The governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, is offering a $40 million incentive to lock in the design of the microgrid and build them thr...
Brooklyn Whole Foods Builds A Self Powered Dream Store and Greenhouse
The outside of the newly opened Whole Foods on Brooklyn, NY’s Gowanus Canal contains more examples of renewable energy and efficiency than some companies have throughout their entire operations. Solar and wind energy work together to completely power two Skypump electric vehicle char...
Build a Wimshurst generator for energy
When you attach different sized pulleys with belts you can get spin ratios such that one rotation on one pulley will cause 45 rotations on another. These dynamic ratios create such spin that when you spin magnets around coiled copper, you can get tremendous voltage outputs. That is what happens in ...
Build Your Own Tesla Turbine As A Water Powered Or Steam Powered Generator
Tesla wrote, “This turbine is an efficient self-starting prime mover which may be operated as a steam or mixed fluid turbine at will, without changes in construction and is on this account very convenient. Minor departures from the turbine, as may be dictated by the circumstances in each case,...
Building a home that utilizes passive solar for both heat and cooling
The following is word for word as written, and the English isn't perfect, but I have left it in the original format of the writer.  You can hear the accent come through in his slightly broken english-written words, but it is nice to feel his story from his perspective.  Notice the professi...
California Has a Huge Gas Leak, and Crews Can’t Stop It Yet
Dennis Arriola said the leak will take three to four months to stop due to the time required for drilling a relief well, which was determined to be the only solution to the problem that began in October. The issue started when methane gas began leaking from the Aliso Canyon storage facility in ...
Can A Suitcase Sized Battery Really Power Your Home?
For a young inventor in Chile, going off the grid means saving a lot of money on utilities.   Manuel Mata is CEO of company Eli-Batt.  He has worked with the University of Chile to develop an intelligent lithium battery called Eli-Home.       They hope it revolutioni...
Can Volcanic Magma Power The Future?
Icelandic photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson and Eric Cheng of DJI captured this stunning aerial video of lava erupting from Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano with a drone. The pair were flying so close to the volcano that the drone’s GoPro camera melted, but the memory card was not damaged....
Carpenter Makes The Most INTRICATE Radial But When You See It…
The craftsmanship and ingenuity in this piece is amazing, all that detail and intricate work, and it work How Long Did That Even Take? We’re having a hard time discerning what’s more impressive; the original design of a radial engine or a lone carpenter who made his own WORKING rep...
Catching Rain! It's About Time I Did This!
Watch this man's great progress from wanting to install rain water catchment to completion and all the terrific steps he takes to keep his water sanitary and clean......
Charge your phone with a home-made mud oven
Tackling climate change is a global issue and in the run up to the UN climate change conference in Paris most of the world's countries have put forward proposals to do their bit. In the second of this series Roger Harrabin looks at the solutions to the emissions problem. How can the world meet the n...
China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks
Despite China’s pledge to cap and then reduce carbon emissions, coal production continues to grow, creating tough choices for those who work in and live near the mines.  China, the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases from coal, has been burning up to 17 percent more coal a y...
China Installs Equivalent of Australia's Total Solar Capacity — In Six Months
BEIJING -- China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, accelerated solar power installations in the first half, adding enough capacity in the period to equal Australia’s entire supply of power from sunlight at the end of last year. China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity in the six mont...
Cities In The Middle East Emerging To Lead The World In Sustainability
While it’s the U.S. Green Building Council that sets the standard for LEED certification, two cities in the Middle East are quickly emerging as the world leaders in sustainable cities, or cities with a goal of net zero energy and waste. That means they produce as much energy, resources and waste a...
Clean energy in refugee camps could save millions of dollars
It appears that clean energy can bring solutions in the strangest of places—and in curious ways. Solar power, for instance, used in refugee camps in place of current practices and traditional energy sources, can sequester 6.85 million tonnes of carbon per year, proclaims a recent Chatham House...
Complications Getting Off The Grid
I have a roofing customer who is also the first homeowner to install solar power in Claremore Oklahoma.  I was excited to pull into their driveway and go talk about their roof, because even more, I wanted to talk about their solar panels.  They showed me how their solar panels were connect...
Compressing wood gas into propane tanks (Video)
There is somewhat of a debate in the woodgas community as to whether or not woodgas should be compressed. The naysayers are in the majority in this case, and for good reason. Woodgas, syngas, or producer gas—all synomomous—is low in caloric value, approximately haf that of gasoline. The ...
Cool DIY Video : How to build a Generator out of an Old Lawnmower
This is for that particular situation when you find that a tornado has cut through the power lines 50 miles away, and the power company seems to be unavailable, and you have no idea when they will arrive to fix things.  You have been out of power for two days, and you need to get the cell phone...
COOLBOT ENABLES SMALL FARMERS TO BUILD DO-IT-YOURSELF COOLERS
Like many small-scale vegetable growers, Anton Burkett couldn’t afford a large, expensive walk-in cooler compressor to cool his produce before market. Then he found the CoolBot. The CoolBot is a thermostatic controller that turns an off-the-shelf air conditioner into a compressor. When he sta...
Costa Rica is now running completely on renewable energy
Costa Rica is running without having to burn a single fossil fuel, and it’s been doing so for 75 straight days. Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica’s hydropower plants alone are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. With a boost from geot...
Could We Survive Without Oil? Saudi Prince Thinks It's Possible!
As cabinet approves sweeping economic reforms, prince Mohammed bin Salman says they will reduce reliance on hydrocarbons. “I think by 2020, if oil stops, we can survive,” he said in an interview on national television. “We need it, we need it, but I think in 2020 we can live witho...
DIY Free Evaporative Refrigerator: Keeping Food Cold In A Hot Desert For Free
You may one day find yourself sweltering in the desert heat and needing to store food when the power goes out.  Here's how to keep it cool.  This is also good to know just as to understanding evaporative cooling technique to reduce the temperature.  Now watch Mr. Teslonian:...
DIY Home Backup Power: By Electrician: Calleb Bullock
Hi all just wanted to share with you all my latest project, I have here a backup power system for my house. It consists of 2x 150ah 12v deep cycle batteries (3.6 kwh of storage), coupled to a 2000w pure sine wave inverter. Its all controlled by a box which i made up which has 2 contactors, 2 relays...
DIY Off grid lighting and electricity for $12 - When It's Time To Set Up Your Solar System
Meet Timothy Carey.  He's taking a building that is currently disconnected from the grid, but ready to be connected to either the grid or solar power.  (Do not try any of this on a home with live electricity.  It could be deadly!)  Watch as he shows how low voltage electric works...
DIY Solar Water Heater For About $30 In PVC Supplies And Paint
Did you know that 70% of your home energy cost are on water heating? In response to this, a Brazilian Eco Designer developed a low cost and intelligent method of reducing energy costs and preserving the environment reusing waste.  He created a simple passive solar water heating using PET ...
Do cows pollute as much as cars? The answer might surprise you!
Agriculture is responsible for an estimated 51 percent of the world's greenhouse gases. A significant portion of these emissions come from methane, which, in terms of its contribution to global warming, is 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. The U.S. Food and Agriculture Organization sa...
Do DNA Devices Circumvent Power Line Hacking and dirty energy assaults?
DNA is Dissipative Noise Attenuation. PxDNA and RxDNA are manufactured by Noble Electronics, Inc A unique system that reduces dirty electricity by turning it into heat (dissipation). Plugs into any standard AC outlet. Three prong. Is effectiveness reduced plugged into a two prong outlet? "Electroma...
Does Your Wood Stove Make Electricity Too? This One Does!
It's always amazingly nice when you can do the same tasks you have always done, yet accomplish another secondary purpose.  What if when you went outside to chop the firewood, and brought it in to warm the home you could kill two birds with one stone?  What if you could generate power at th...
Dutch Unveil Worlds First Solar Bike Path
It may not be long before solar bike paths provide charging for battery powered bikes or vehicles even.  Solar panels covered by tempered glass.  This is just the beginning of something awesome! Then watch this video of the first solar powered bike to cross the entire length of the Weste...
Electric Rain? Solar Panel Turns Raindrops Into Power
Scientists in China have developed an innovative solar panel technology that could turn raindrops into electric power. The new solar cell design, which can be “triggered” by both rain and sun, is described in a paper published in the Angewandte Chemie journal. “All-weather solar c...
Electric Vehicle Users in the U.K. Could Soon Be Able to Charge Their Cars While They Drive
One of the electric car’s biggest criticisms is its lack of range and the need to frequently recharge the battery at designated supercharge stations. But the British government has a possible solution that could make electric cars mainstream — adding charge lanes to h...
Electricity from seawater: New method efficiently produces hydrogen peroxide for fuel cells
In their recently published paper, the scientists said solar energy is an important alternative to fossil fuels, yet there are still limitations to the technology, namely that solar power systems aren’t as reliable at night. Certain technology sidesteps this problem by using hydrogen, H2, to s...
Elon Musk’s snarky response to a Koch-brothers plan to kill electric cars
When your work challenges the powers at be and the status quo, especially when it is related to power and mobility, it creates a certain kind of discomfort for these power people; and as a result these powers at be create strategies on how to either contain the threat or shut you down...
Energy Efficient Bulbs Cause Anxiety, Migraines, and Even Cancer. Reasons to Go Back To Incandescent Bulbs or Move On To LED's
Many of us in the effort to save energy and money, replaced our old standard light bulbs with environmentally-friendly with the new generation energy saving light bulbs.  However, the new generation of energy efficient light bulbs are so toxic that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency creat...
Energy Saving Solution for Diesel Engines (Video)
About Diesel Fuel Savers by VAPSTER… Necessity is the mother of invention, and with the cost of diesel fuel today, the team at VAPSTER knew that there had to be away to improve the performance and reduce the fuel consumption of diesel engines. That’s why they turned to Florida Atlantic ...
Every gas station in Russia must install an electric vehicle charger by November 2016
by Cat DiStasio  Russia’s prime minister is demanding that all gas station owners in the nation install an electric vehicle charger by late next year. The mandate is a strange attempt to boost the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) in a country with a suffering oil industry, but even with ...
EXPLAINER: WATTS AND WATT-HOURS, KILO AND MEGA
In order to describe the amount of electrical power put out by a source of renewable energy people often make reference to the units "kilowatt" or "megawatt," or the related units "kilowatt-hours" and "megawatt-hours." This can get a little jargony unless you're an engineer or other aficionado of el...
Fire On The Water: Natural Occurrence or Fracking?
Fracking is getting a lot of negative publicity lately.  There was a time in early oil exploration when oil quite regularly saturated the ground.  Capping procedures improved, better systems were built, and eventually, the process became routine.  Fracking is still in its in...
First Solar Powered Hotel In The US To Be Heated And Cooled By Geothermal Energy
Built to incorporate renewable energy systems and other innovative technologies, The Hotel at Oberlin is designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum Rating, making it one of the most environmentally sustainable hotel projects in the US.  The property will anchor the P...
For Cooking And Hot Water, A Cool Creative Wood Stove Combination!
This wood burning stove is small, simple and is stacking functions because it is also serving as a water heater. It serves the Teach Nollaig tiny home and we think it is beautiful and amazingly functional.  What do you think?  via Facebook...
For Over 1400 Years, Mankind Has Harnessed The Power Of The Wind!
On 1 Nov 644, the caliph Omar is reputed to have asked a Persian slave, Abū Lo’lo’a, about a boast he had made that he would build a mill driven by the wind. The slave answered “By God, I will build this mill, of which the world will talk” – and talk the world still do...
France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels
A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a buil...
Free Energy Nitinol Heat Machines invented in the early 1970's
If you have never seen this, it's a great simple explanation for Nitinol.  What's happening with Nitinol today?  Dig up some good links and post them back here.  ...
French Law Passed: All New Rooftops Must Be Covered Wiwth Plants Or Solar Panels
ALEXANDRIA Do you live in France? If you’re getting a new house, you might have to follow this incredible, sustainable law. A new law that was passed that mandates that new buildings in commercial lots need to have either plants or solar panels on the roof. Having a garden on your ro...
French Mansion Unlocked After 110 Years!! (video)
A French mansion was sealed as a time capsule for more than a 100 years after the last owner, a property developer called Louis Mantin, decided to have it sealed up after his death for a century.  It offers a rare chance to actually step into 19th century bourgeois French life. Curators ...
From Plant to Remote: Cannabis Based Batteries
As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors. They’re presenting their research, which a Canadian start-...
Garbage Dumps Are Producing Electricity From Rotting Debris!
Biogas typically refers to a mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. Biogas can be produced from raw materials such as agricultural waste, manure, municipal waste, plant material, sewage, green waste or food waste. It is a renewable energy sou...
Generating Off-Grid Power: The Four Best Ways
So, you've thought about whether or not living off the grid is right for you; you know that it means no more utility bills and generating all of your own power, but what's involved in that? It isn't as easy as slapping a few solar panels on the roof and calling it good; when it comes to ge...
Generating Power With The Power Of The Backyard Swing! Now Go Have Some Fun!
UNIVERSAL SWINGGENWith A Heart Shaped Gearbox.140 Watt SwingGen puts out 14 volts @ 10 amps charges internal 12 Volt battery that powers built in 150Watt inverter and USB charger.Includes 12v LiIon rechargeable battery, 150 Watt inverter, 120VAC output 1 amp, 12 Volts @ 10 Amps, plus 20' extension c...
Go to Mars and back on ONE tank of fuel: Student creates radical ion drive system that he says outperforms Nasa's engines
Created by Paddy Neumann, a PhD student at the University of Sydney Works by hurling particles backwards so that probe can move forwards  Nasa's current HiPEP system allows 9,600 (+/- 200) seconds of impulse This is a measure of thruster efficiency and dubbed 'bounce per ounce' New drive develo...
Goodyear Has A New Wheel Designed To Generate Power For Your Electric Car
What if your car could be powered where the rubber meets the road? Range anxiety persists as a fear among electric car drivers, as heavy batteries with limited capacity remain slow to charge. Goodyear has announced its concept for a heat-gathering, electricity-generating tire at the 2015 Geneva Inte...
Google Is Making Its Biggest Ever Bet on Renewable Energy
Google Inc. is making its largest bet yet on renewable energy, a $300 million investment to support at least 25,000 SolarCity Corp. rooftop power plants. Google is contributing to a SolarCity fund valued at $750 million, the largest ever created for residential solar, the San Mateo, California-based...
Got Salt Water? You've got Light and Power
Introducing the Hydra-Light PL-500 Salt Water USB Charger & Light   No more replacing disposable batteries! Just add salt & water for instant light & charging power. Did you know that according to the EPA, each year American’s throw away more than 3 million batteries? That&...
Grand Junction in Colorado uses human waste to power its vehicles
Taking advantage of human waste and turning it into biogas is an awsome way to  utilize the waste breakdown properties. Third world countries use this gas to cook with or to power generators to produce electricity too. The Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant is used to process about 8 million g...
Gravity Battery Energy Storage Concept
This is a unique concept as a replacement for the use of electrical batteries as storage.  You may have to zoom to see the details: Now Check This Out: ...
Gravity Battery: An illustrated concept detailing the long-term, low-maintenance storage of energy through the use of the force gravity.
Concept Illustration Transcript System Advantages Relatively Cheap Environmentally Lovely Stores Energy Indefinitely Stores Large Amounts of Energy Maximum Output Regardless of Charge Level Available Instantly Maintenance Free 100% Safe Small Space & Landscape Footprint Gravity-Powered Battery...
Gravity Brings Light To The World (video)
London based designers Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves have created what they are calling the GravityLight, an LED lamp that runs off of nothing but gravity. The purpose of the lamp is to provide people in third world countries with an alternative to kerosene lamps which cause burns and lung ailment...
Harnessed Lightning: Transmitting Electricity Without Wires
Electricity, power, juice; no matter what term you use, it’s one of the most iconic inventions ever discovered. It pushes, pulls, turns and excites our entire world. It is one of the most integrated technologies on this planet. Producing enough of it has become a challenge, considering th...
Have You Ever Been Stranded With A Dead Battery??
Back before headlights turned themselves on and back off, there was a time when it was quite the common sight to find cars with their headlights left on in parking lots, and somebody needing a jump start.  But that's not the only thing that can kill your battery.  If you live in cold clima...
Heat your Home, Shop or Garage Using Sunflower Seeds!!!
Dedicated to creating innovative environmental solutions for today’s “green” conscious world. LEI Products are committed to the environment and to the quality of their products. The Bio-Burner by LEI Products burning sunflower seeds as one of many fuel options for heating yo...
Hmmm... What is this I got here?
Dan Marsh Hi there. We have been dreaming of building an Earthship up here in Northern Maine. We decided to purchase this off / on grid home on 30 acres so that we would have something to live in while we build our earthship( I have been in the tire business for about 30 years so the earthship is a...
Home battery storage to 'revolutionise' solar industry in Australia: Climate Council report
When trying to choose the best energy solution for your off grid home, it is important to look at what is available in the market and weigh all the options, we need to take on account many factors before buying any kind of unit or energy system, whether it will be solar or other. Here is something t...
Home Made Jet Bicycle - The Most Unsafe Bike Ever! (Don't Tell Mom)
"An old womans bike built for shopping turned into a bomb inspired safety hazzard. This is the final part in my series on the wonderfull pulse jet and what an end.The jet will push the bike a little faster but its staying on thats the challenage as some of the more keen eye'd people will have notice...
Homemade Gasifier Uses Wood Pellets To Run Generator
This Gasifier uses wood pellets to create flammable mixture that a generator can run on without gasoline. This video shows how it was constructed, how it works, and how to use it from start to finish. Great project for anyone looking for alternative energy or wanting to live off the grid. Gasifie...

Hydro Power

15-Year-Old Develops $12 Machine That Converts Ocean Currents into Usable Electricity
Meet Hannah Herbst, a 15-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, who just might be the nation’s top young scientist. Earlier this month, Herbst won a $25,000 prize with a very cheap invention: a prototype probe that converts the movement of the ocean’s currents into energy and costs just...
Best Explained Do-It-Yourself Step by Step Hydraulic Ram Pump
A hydraulic ram (or water ram) pump is a simple, motorless device for pumping water at low flow rates. It uses the energy of flowing water to lift water from a stream, pond, or spring to an elevated storage tank or to a discharge point. It is suitable for use where small quantities of water are r...
Cool DIY Video : How to build a Homemade Water To Fuel Generator that uses electricity to convert water into an extremely powerful fuel!
This video shows you how to build an Oxy-Hydrogen generator from scratch.The generator requires electricity to electrolyze H2O (water) into gas. The resulting mixed gas is sometimes referred to as Oxy-Hydrogen gas, which is 2 parts Hydrogen (H2) and 1 part Oxygen (O2). I typically hook this up to m...
DIY Hydro Power Runs Two Refrigerators
Hydro Power runs two refrigerators:   Great Video!...
Do You Think A 3-Day Weekend Is A Solution to Saving Energy? (video)
In a bid to save energy, Venezuelans will have three-day weekends for at least two months starting today, President Nicolas Maduro announced this week. Seventy percent of the country is largely dependent on hydroelectric power at the Guri Dam, which holds back the Caroni River in the south-eastern ...

Pavegen - yup, it's new

Pavegen Technology
Every time someone walks over a Pavegen tile, renewable energy is harvested from the footstep. The technology converts the kinetic energy to electricity which can be stored and used for a variety of applications. Please click the titles below for more detailed information. What it can do The e...

Solar Power

10 States Blocking the Power of the Sun
Some of the sunniest states in the country are actively blocking rooftop-solar development through overtly lacking and destructive policy landscapes, according to a Center for Biological Diversity report released last week. 10 states that are blocking distributed solar potential through overtly...
3D Solar Design Is 20 Times More Powerful Than Traditional Panels
Innovative 3-D designs from an MIT team can more than double the solar power generated from a given area.  These new 3D solar panels are designed to capture the suns rays as it moves lower on the horizon. Developed by MIT researchers, this new solar design provides four to twenty times the powe...
Aboriginal-owned energy company one-upping Tesla
AllGrid's portable power system. Image: AllGrid Energy  The renewable energy storage game is about to be disrupted, with Australian Aboriginal-owned company AllGrid Energy announcing the launch of WattGrid, a new 10kWh solar energy storage system it says is around 30 per cent cheaper than the ...
According to Swedish Scientists, 'This is the world's most efficient solar electricity system'
We heard a new world record was broken based on efficiency. Swedish scientists have been working on improving the harvesting of solar energy in a more efficient manner. They broke the record and the numbers went from an average of 20 percent on solar panels to 34 percent with this technology. A Swe...
Brockton mailing company installs 2,067-panel solar array on roof
In order to reduce his companies electricity usage and stay competitive, the owner installed over 2000 solar panels in the roof of his Business. Embracing new technology to remain viable is exciting for him it produces 600 thousand kilowatts. A Brockton business owner climbed a ladder last Tues...

Wind Power

10 Innovations In Wind Power
When nuclear power plants melt down, and the people of our planet have been using up oil at record rates, big business bows to public demand by seeking out better, cheaper, green methods of producing energy to the masses.  But with the connectivity of the internet, we are able to share ideas ar...
12 Years? Some Wind Turbines Not Holding Up As Expected
A study commissioned by the Renewable Energy Foundation has found that the economic life of onshore wind turbines could be far less than that predicted by the industry. The “groundbreaking” research was carried out by academics at Edinburgh University and saw them look at years of windfa...
125 Square Miles off New York Coast Dedicated for Wind Power
Federal officials on Wednesday dedicated more than 125 square miles in the waters off the coast of Long Island for the development of commercial wind energy, pushing forward a renewable energy proposal initially created by New York utilities. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the state has "tre...
3.1kW New Wind Turbine Looks Like a Tree
Republished with permission from Offgridworld.com  by Eric Witchman Wind turbines that look like trees. What an innovative and clever idea. It’s not often we see technology that could change the world, though it is becoming more common as technologies advance and people share m...
A $200 DIY Snowshovel Windmill Project
This entire alternative energy project costs less than $200 to build. And, yes, those are snow shovels that you see in the photo. Once built, the windmill will need to be connected to some kind of appropriate alternator and then can generate 300 watts of power. This is the easiest homemade windmil...