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  • Renewable Energy, Hydroelectric Power
    production In the US 81 of the electricity produced by renewable sources comes from hydropower Worldwide about 20 of all electricity is generated by hydropower Some regions depend on it more than others For example 75 of the electricity produced in New Zealand and over 99 of the electricity produced in Norway come from hydropower The use of hydropower prevents the burning of 22 billion gallons of oil or 120 million tons of coal each year In other words the carbon emissions avoided by the nation s hydroelectric industry are the equivalent of an additional 67 million passenger cars on the road 50 percent more than there are currently The advantages of hydropower are therefore convincing but there are some serious drawbacks that are causing people to reconsider its overall benefit Since the most feasible sites for dams are in hilly or mountainous areas the faults that often created the topography pose a great danger to the dams and therefore the land below them for thousands of years after they have become useless for generating power In fact dam failures do occur regularly due to these terrain conditions and the effects are devastating When a new dam s reservoir floods the countryside people who live in the area have to move and relinquish their former lifestyles in order to make way for the project This is very stressful and often controversial especially if a community has maintained a particular way of life on the same land for generations Such is the case in Chile where the indigenous Pehuenche are currently fighting construction of the 570MW US 500 000 000 Ralco Dam on the Biobo River Eight families continue to refuse to negotiate land exchanges with Endesa the utility company and wish to remain on their lands If the project succeeds a 13 square mile reservoir would flood the land and force 600 people out of their homes 400 of whom are Pehuenche whose ancestral home is the upper Biobo A total of five dams have been planned which would force the relocation of 1 000 Pehuenches 20 of the survivors of this ancient culture The construction of a dam not only affects the people nearby it can severely alter a river s natural functions According to American Rivers a conservation organization by diverting water for power dams remove water needed for healthy in stream ecosystems Stretches below dams are often completely de watered This may not seem like a significant problem until animal species are studied Birds that have migrated to a specific riparian environment for generations no longer have enough insects on which to prey when the water level drops If they have few migration alternatives that could mean the endangerment of species that once flourished Fish species such as salmon depend on steady flows to flush them down river early in their life and guide them upstream years later to spawn Stagnant reservoir pools disorient migrating fish and significantly increase the duration of their migration Native populations of

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  • Privacy Policy
    scholars wishing to cite our website Thank you Alan Davison for the group Privacy Policy Thank you for visiting the altenergy org Website and reviewing our privacy policy Our privacy policy is clear We will collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information to us Here is how we handle information about your visit to our website Information Collected and Stored Automatically If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website read pages or download information we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically This information does not identify you personally We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit The Internet domain for example xcompany com if you use a private Internet access account or yourschool edu if you connect from a university s domain and IP address an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web from which you access our website The type of browser and operating system used to access our site The date and time you access our site The pages you visit and If you linked to the altenergy org website from another website the address of that website We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits If You Send Us Personal Information If you choose to provide us with personal information as in an e mail to the Web Site Manager or someone else or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our website we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested We treat emails the same way we treat letters sent to altenergy org We do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency or as otherwise required by law Moreover we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide or to give it to any private organizations altenergy org does not collect information for commercial marketing Security Intrusion Detection For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users our computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage We use Google Analytics which uses cookies to help us to gauge the number of people that visit Altenergy org and to analyse how they use it The information generated by the cookies about your use of our website including your IP address will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers

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  • Arcs & Sparks
    point of use is compatible with the streamlined infrastructure of modern economies and can be generated from a wide variety of sources Energy conservation and increased resource efficiency are logical first steps in reigning in the United States runaway energy consumption and rising greenhouse gas emissions In order to meet projections of future demand for electricity the US Department of Energy has estimated the need for 1 300 new power plants by the year 2020 at an average size of 300 megawatts But a new study shows that improved energy efficiency measures would reduce that estimate to only 170 new power plants Installing energy efficient household appliances like clothes washers air conditioners and water heaters would save the equivalent energy generated by 127 power plants Programs to reduce energy use in new buildings such as building energy codes tax credits and public benefit programs would avoid another 170 Everyone can help if each household in the United States replaced four 100 watt bulbs with compact and long lasting fluorescent bulbs it could eliminate the need for thirty new 300 megawatt power plants It s no secret that to replace fossil fuels with robust and carbonless energy systems new technical solutions will be required To be viable as a future energy source emerging energy technologies must not produce carbon emissions nor contribute to climate change Engineers are making strong advances in exotic conductive materials and computer technology in all phases of power generation and distribution Fuel cells utilize electrochemical combustion of hydrogen with oxygen to generate electricity Fuel cells produce reliable streams of current and emit only water vapor and heat when fueled with hydrogen They are quiet require little maintenance and when hooked up to water electrolyzers can also store electricity as hydrogen for energy that can be fed back

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  • Race for New Energy
    new energy field are self motivated and usually nonconforming they prefer to learn and discover new things for themselves as opposed to being taught from the textbook When it comes to scientific investigation into truly new energy frontiers guidance from past records is often of little help and in fact may hinder efficient progress Inventors who work solo or in small teams must choose a project or route of exploration that they can complete by themselves Isolation often results as researchers seek to protect the proprietary information that gives their work commercial value and secures the inventor s share of future profits Research into breakthrough energy systems is challenging expensive time consuming and since most of the new technologies will not prove successful in commercial application often frustrating A major problem in the alternative energy field is that most conventional physicists and academics believe this kind of research violates the laws of physics and therefore is a waste of time Many individuals working on their own feel that they are a victim of a conspiracy of suppression when in fact they are only battling the inertia of the established scientific paradigm Some men and women working at the periphery of known science have not helped their cause by making outlandish promises and overstated claims of experimental success The search for 21st century carbonless energy systems will continue despite political and financial obstacles In April 1998 the United States Department of Energy issued its Comprehensive National Energy Strategy CNES Included among its five goals was Goal IV Expand future energy choices pursuing continued progress in science and technology to provide future generations with a robust portfolio of clean and reasonably priced energy sources Included as two objectives are 1 Maintain a strong national knowledge base as the foundation for informed energy

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  • Universal Forces
    it back Warning include ad 300x250 php function include failed to open stream No such file or directory in usr www users marcoola altenergy org new energy Universal Forces universal forces html on line 56 Warning include function include Failed opening ad 300x250 php for inclusion include path usr local lib php in usr www users marcoola altenergy org new energy Universal Forces universal forces html on line 56 Albert Einstein s theories allowed for unimaginably strong gravitational fields in collapsed bodies of mass Scientists gained a better idea of how gravity behaved around a spherical mass in 1916 when German astronomer Karl Schwarzschild applied Einstein s equations to calculate the deflection of light by a powerful gravitational mass To achieve such high attraction the mass must be gigantic or extremely dense Extremely dense celestial bodies result from the demise of stars Stars are like nuclear furnaces powered by fusion and depending on their size they collapse into white dwarfs neutron stars or Black Holes when their nuclear fuel is exhausted Schwarzschild s theory about the existence of such gravitational masses predated the recognition of neutron stars by half a century The National Aeronautic and Space Administration NASA is delving into the fascinating world of Black Holes and gravitational energy fields as they aggressively search for better ways to launch and propel satellites through space Part of NASA s responsibility as outlined by the National Science and Technology Council is to enhance the economic competitiveness and scientific and technical capabilities of the United States Knowledge is power in today s competitive world and NASA is always pushing ahead in the field of space technologies In July 1999 NASA used the Space Shuttle Columbia to deploy the Chandra X ray Observatory the most sophisticated X ray observatory ever sent into orbit This X ray observatory first proposed to NASA in 1976 took teams of top scientists engineers and technicians at numerous government centers universities and corporations more than 20 years to design and build The 1 3 billion spacecraft will spend 85 of its elliptical orbit above the belts of charged particles that surround the Earth and provide researchers with images 25 times sharper than previously launched X ray telescopes The spacecraft s four incredibly smooth cylindrical mirrors provide a high resolution picture powerful enough to identify two dimes side by side from two miles away or read a stop sign 12 miles distant Imagine reflecting mirrors polished so smooth that the largest bump allowed was three angstroms equal to the height of three hydrogen atoms piled on top of each other One engineer who worked on the project pointed out that if the United States were scaled as smooth as these mirrors no mountain would be taller than six feet high On board instruments are 50 to100 times as sensitive as any other space based X ray telescope and are sharp enough to record X rays from particles up until the last second before they are swallowed up by a

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  • New Energy,Early Pioneers
    scientists have had an amazing impact on our modern world Without Nikola Tesla there would be no AC current in your home or office powering your computer or toaster We have profiled some of the prominent energy researchers from the past and discuss some of the inventions they are claimed to have built From amazing engines to flying machines the scientists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries worked

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  • New Energy,Cold Fusion
    discoveries and theories more often than not exhibit the characteristic of not being immediately understood The history of science is full of examples of theories dismissed as preposterous or unscientific that are now held to be absolutely true An example of this is the theory of plate tectonics which describes how heat flow inside the Earth creates all of the surface geologic features including volcanoes and earthquakes Using existing theory in the early 20 th century geologists argued that the proponents of the new theory obviously did not have a deep understanding of the fundamentals of geology Initially dismissed as naivete 50 years later plate tectonics is now thought of as conclusively proven in the scientific community Reports of the successful generation of more heat energy excess heat out than electrical and other energy into the experiment continue to grow despite the failure of many mainstream scientists to duplicate the initial experiments Dr Edmund Storms retired Los Alamos scientist points out that more than 50 examples of excess heat production have been reported and have passed the process of peer review confirmation Dr Storms participated in the First International Conference on Future Energy and presented the latest information on cold fusion The reasons for the animosity toward the field of cold fusion research are partly extra scientific Many proponents of cold fusion research believe that the passionate resistance is a reaction to the manner in which the initial announcement of a cold fusion breakthrough was made through popular media rather than traditional scientific journals After the initial stir of excitement it appeared that the announcement by Pons and Fleischmann was premature the result of academic pressure to achieve prestige and the apparent withholding of some critical information to preserve their potential patent rights This demonstrates the conflict any new energy

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  • Zero Point and Other Energy
    agree the energy exists but can it be used for practical purposes We will show you the work and ideas of this new breed of researcher Grounded in solid physics Tom Bearden is building the new understanding required for a full assault on zero point energy Paramahamsa Tewari thinks that we need to reconsider the energy conservation law as he has generated electrical power in ways that would violate it

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