MIT and Columbia University students and researchers have begun operation of a novel experiment that confines high-temperature ionized gas, called plasma, using the strong magnetic fields from a half-ton superconducting ring inside a huge vessel reminiscent of a spaceship. The experiment, the first of its kind, will test whether nature's way of confining high-temperature gas might lead to a new source of energy for the world.
I stumbled onto an Alternative Energy Gadget site today. I personally love gadgets and frequent some of the well known sites like Engadget, Gizmodo, and Cool Tools. I just added Treehugger.com to my list of daily gadget reads. The article that sparked my attention is the review of the Power House from Mindware. This project looks like an great way to introduce my daughter into the world of Alternative Energy.
SatCon Technology Corporation (SATC) announced that it received a $1.8 million purchase order for an initial installation of a 2.2 megawatt Rotary Uninterruptible Power Supply (RUPS). Included in the purchase order is an option for a second UPS for $1.5 million. Baldwin Technologies in College Park, Maryland served as the engineering and manufacturer's representative for this sale and the final customer is the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. Delivery of the first unit is expected in the first calendar quarter of 2005.
The U.S. Department of Energy chose Princeton's Plasma Physics Laboratory to lead the United States' participation in an international fusion energy project known as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). "We wanted to do it because it gives us an intellectual role in planning this experiment and making sure it succeeds," said Robert Goldston GS '77, director of the plasma physics lab. "This is very important for the future of fusion energy." In what Goldston described as an "amazing step" towards the development of nuclear fusion, ITER aims to construct the first device capable of producing self-sustaining...
IEEE has written an article about the resurgence of Cold Fusion research. "Later this month, the U.S. Department of Energy will receive a report from a panel of experts on the prospects for cold fusionâ€��?the supposed generation of thermonuclear energy using tabletop apparatus. It's an extraordinary reversal of fortune: more than a few heads turned earlier this year when James Decker, the deputy director of the DOE's Office of Science, announced that he was initiating the review of cold fusion science. Back in November 1989, it had been the department's own investigation that determined the evidence behind cold...
James over at the Alternative Energy blog has started a new series of reports based on the next generation of alternative energy solutions. His first edition discusses Anti-Matter.
It may sound like weird science, but small tech power is being pursued in some unusual places, including your liquor cabinet and toilet. Whatâ€™s more, if you thought cold fusion was so 80s, it â€“ and a new variant called sonofusion â€“ has bubbled back into the news.