Now that the summer is approaching don't forget about the superior energy-storage, phase change insulation that Future Energy eNews reported on inJanuary, 2012 and available for example, from www.phasechange.com . It is worth reviewing "How It Works" and seeing the four degree F change a building will amazingly experience even with a 37 degree change (86 - 49 F) on the outside (scroll down to the second picture). We feel it is important for everyone to retrofit their old fashioned home insulation to become more energy efficient, help avoid brownouts, and save money in the process. Then you can tell others where you learned such a valuable energy trick of the trade!
Some of us still dream about the day when spaceships will utilize matter-antimatter engines to achieve "2 billion times" more energy release than hydrocarbons. That dream has moved one step closer to reality with the latest simulation in Story #1 from Kent State University and Case Western Reserve. With new magnetic nozzles the estimated efficiency can now reach about 85% instead of the old maximum of 36%. Even the 12 Tesla magnets are now within reach. It is certain that a Nobel Prize is waiting for a sufficient antimatter manufacturing technique that will keep up with demand.
How about solar panels that are simply tinted films applied to your south-facing windows? Now a startup in Germany as raised 25 million euros to do just that in Story #2. Heliatek has a projected 40 to 50 cents per watt for the cost which is very attractive, in more ways than one. No longer will we have to put unsightly hardware on our roofs for renewable energy. In a related story on the solar revolution, our #4 article explains a similar research achievement with double layer transparent metal oxides which cover the entire solar spectrum in work done at Binghamton University.
While the lithium-ion companies (e.g. A123) are having financial difficulty, the lithium-air battery at IBM is moving forward with help from ARPA-E with a projected product to yield 500 miles on a single charge instead of only about 150 miles by present standard. In Story #3 we have reprinted an excellent diagram to help everyone understand this cutting edge energy technology of the immediate future. In a related Story #5, we are happy to help announce the agreement signed this month between ZENN electric cars (Zero Emission - No Noise) and EEStor ultracapacitor company. This a marriage made in heaven since the ultracaps are very light compared to batteries, also are projected to last the entire life of the car, and the recharging of an ultracap is extremely fast. Check out the ZENN archive photo and television footage http://www.zenncars.com/lsv.