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Top 10 Most Read Posts on The Green Optimistic in 2010

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Hello, dear reader. It’s me, Ovidiu, your news man from the Green Optimistic. 2010 is quickly approaching its end, and we’ve had lots of good, interesting and fun with writing news for you this year. It’s been the year of launch for Nissan Leaf the first mass-produced electric car, and the year of many breakthroughs in solar, wind and tidal power.

We’ve compiled the 10 most read articles we published this year on our site, to celebrate for a year of green successes. We hope you enjoyed them and we expect you’ll visit our blog just as often (or even more often) in 2011 as you did in 2010.

So, enjoy the articles below, read them again if you already did, and have a Happy New Year!

1. How to Build a Gravity Engine: The Pinwheel Free Energy Generator

Pinwheels have been used for many things along history. One of the most interesting uses I’ve ever seen is making a pinwheel act as a free energy generator, powered by gravity. The inventor of this (unknown) or some other free energy fan has posted an explanation of how the Pinwheel Free Energy Generator might work, on a Squidoo lens. Another website I found hosted the schematics that may help one build the generator. I compiled both and put them into this article.

2. Video: Alsetalokin’s Magnetic Motor Working

Magnetic motors have fascinated me because of their statement: energy is all around, and should be free of charge. Many have tried to build magnetic motors, but i’s difficult, and the difficulty comes from the fact that you somehow have to isolate and beam the magnetic field into only one direction, so it can repel the stator magnet properly and the following magnet would not attract or repel the stator until it reaches the position that would push it in the same movement direction.

3. How to Build a Small-Scale Hydroelectric Generator

We all know that scientists are in a constant search for alternative energy sources and this happens because in recent years conventional energy sources have started to decrease significantly. They have developed various systems that convert the energy from nature in electricity and many of these systems could be built at home, on a smaller scale, in order to reduce electricity consumption. After we saw how to produce electricity using magnets or wind power, it is time to talk about those people who live near a river.

4. Working Magnetic Motor Demonstrated at Delft University in The Netherlands

An inventor from Turkey, Muammer Yildiz, as Overunity.com and Pesn.com report, has just demonstrated his own version of a magnetic motor at the University of Delft, in the Netherlands, in front of an audience made of university staff and students. His device ran for more than 10 minutes, rotating a fan. The wind speed was measured and it has been concluded that the power of Yildiz’s magnetic motor is about 250 W.

5. Magnetic Pendulum: A Free Energy Device Running for Three Years Now

This is another free energy device using magnets taken from PESWiki.com. The inventor is George Delk, who allegedly runs this device for three years now. It is not free energy in the sense of perpetual motion, since the magnets eventually wear out, but it depends on how much you’re using their power. I don’t know if i’s a scam or not, but it looks interesting from the perspective of an energy generation freak like me. I like to be open-minded and think outside the box.

6. New Catalyst for Electrolysis Reduces Costs by 97% and Increases Hydrogen Production Fourfold

GA-based GridShift Inc., funded by Khosla Ventures announced the discovery of a new water electrolysis technology that uses no expensive metals such as platinum. GridShift brags their technology reduces the costs with the catalysts by 97 percent, with an ounce costing just $58, as opposed to $1700 an ounce for platinum.

7. EMC Launches Affordable Electric Vehicle Based on Dacia Logan

Des Moines Motors, the company owned by the businessman Gene Gabus, presented the two-seated EMC electric pickup truck. He also said that they have another two models to launch on the same Renault platform: a break and a wagon version of the car.

8. Bladeless Wind Turbine Built by Solar Aero, Inspired by Nikola Tesla’s Invention

Remember that Tesla turbine we wrote about two years ago? Or the Tesla turbine made out of a hard drive? Nikola Tesla patented these turbines back in 1913, but he wasn’t able to build them properly because the metals he could use at that time didn’t have the right thickness and quality.

9. 31% Efficient Stirling Engines Used to Convert 1.5MW of Arizona Solar Power

Stirling engines are known to mankind for about 200 years but they are not so widely used today, except maybe for the pacemakers and long-distance robotic spacecrafts. This will soon change as 60 stirling engines will be used in Phoenix, Arizona, to harvest solar power which will be converted into electricity.

10. Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Concept by Sauer Energy

Sauer’s VAWT features a concave high drag side, which will transfer the wind’s force directly to the rotor shaft, which is directly connected to a generator that converts the energy into electricity. The drag force may be controlled, and the turbine’s torque can be controlled by increasing the blades’ size and distance in mass, rather than vertical height.

Of course, these are by traffic the most successful news on The Green Optimistic. More recent stories have gathered a fair audience and attention but they’re too recent to have gathered enough visits for listing them in this top 10. However, though, this is a rough estimate of what’s been read here this year.

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  1. Hello,
    I would like to bring to your attention an update to the design of the Pinwheel Generator that can be read on this squidoo site. It is a spring (automobile leaf spring would work) in the saddle the weight ball sits in as it descends.
    The ball would push down on a push bar that pushes down on the spring. When the cylinder rotates to the left, the weight of the ball is off the spring so it pushes the ball toward the axis.
    There needs to be a roller at the end of the push bar that touches the ball because the surface of the ball will be moving against the bar as the ball is pushed.
    Thank you, Russell Lee

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