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We are happy to help promote the The Solar District Cup that is directed and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. Learn more It is open for applications all summer for multidisciplinary student teams to design and model optimized distributed energy systems for a campus or urban district.Hopefully the White House will also support this contest as well.


We also would like to help you recycle things like batteries, even big ones, since they contain lots of toxic metals that can be put to use, providing energy once again by going to the nonprofit website to find your local Call2Recycle center near you.  It is the country’s largest, most reliable battery recycling program.


For those who care about the climate, our two-page Climate Newsletter is on our IRI homepage  summarizing what we can expect for the rest of the century. In case that is slightly disturbing, it is worth comparing to the ten-minute, professional produced Curiosity Stream video on YouTube, “The Last Time the Globe Warmed” that is richly illustrated with nature video shorts and graphics about the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) which is the last time the earth had a surge of CO2 up to the 800 ppm that we also expect to happen by 2100. Very educational and rich with sobering facts.


Our Story #1 features an American attempt at a super-efficient automobile with the new Shell 107 mpg concept car which seems pretty impressive. That is until we look back at other achievements for even greater miles per gallon. If you click on “Read More” the shocking revelation is that that same Shell company rolled out the Opel P-1 in 1973 with an astounding 376 mpg (see for the complete story on the Opel P-1). Furthermore, a 1947 Studebaker achieved a mileage of 147 m.p.g. and in 1969, a Fiat 600 established a record of 244 mpg. Our FE eNews also did a review of the Volkswagen XL1 in May, 2014 which is the most road-friendly version, being a 4-seater with an aerodynamic design and also a much better 261 mpg than Shell’s “new” concept car. The XL1 was also featured in Popular Science, January 2014 on p. 16. But now in 2019, there is a government fight to roll back automakers’ fuel standards that were established in the Obama era with the clearly erroneous excuse that automakers will find it difficult to meet the increased mpg standards. Our FE eNews readers know better.


Story #2 has an important breakthrough for the uncertain renewable energy future by covering both solar AND wind in the same invention! Appearing in the prestigious Applied Energy journal , University of Manchester in the UK has invented unusual piezoelectric strips with flexible solar panels bonded to them, which they call “inverted flags”. Nice short video shows their achievement, which can be scaled up for commercial use.


Story #3 is a double header (no pun intended) with the bioenergetic discovery that even very old senior citizens can make new brain cells. The article has links to The Guardian and also to Scientific American. As long as we keep challenging ourselves (the top two are 1) learning a new musical instrument and/or 2) learning a second language), the new brain cells rise to the occasion.


Story #4 may be the first time this has been reported, bringing hope for environmentalists all over the globe, with a discovery of four new strains of bacteria that can eat low density polyethylene plastic. The University of the Philippines has reported the microorganism biodegradation, which was discovered in Zambales.


Story #5 reports a revival of the nuclear reactors in space controversy with the news of NASA testing U-235 fission reactors. Directing this effort toward a vision of Mars, such long-term electrical power sources for about 10 kilowatts are presently the best and most reliable power sources that are unclassified, according to a former astronaut, Tom Jones, reporting in Aerospace America.  


Onward and upward!


Tom Valone, PhD



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1) Shell 107 MPG Concept Vehicle


Shell Concept Car - One Year On

Not that long ago, they developed this, which you can see in the following video:

Their focus is on how much emissions are reduced over the lifetime of the car or at least that is what they want the public to focus on. This is like Elon Musk’s solar panel roof tiles that gets a pay back over decades. If you want an extremely long-term return on investment, it seems like a good idea, but in the modern rush-rush world, it seems unlikely that the average person wants to wait that long or can afford to wait that long!



2) Piezo Flags Generate Power from Wind and Sun


Scientists have created flags that can generate electrical energy using wind and solar power.

The novel wind and solar energy-harvesting flags have been developed using flexible piezoelectric strips and flexible photovoltaic cells. Piezoelectric strips allow the flag to generate power through movement, whilst the photovoltaics is the best known method of harnessing electric power by using solar cells. The study, conducted by researchers at The University of Manchester, is the most advanced of its kind to date and the first to simultaneously harvest wind and solar energies using inverted flags. The research has been published in the journal Applied Energy.

Researchers develop flags that generate energy from wind and sun


3) Humans Make New Brain Cells into their 90s


By Ian Sampler The Guardian


Humans can make fresh brain cells until they are well into their 90s, but the production of new neurons falls in those with Alzheimer’s, even when the disease has recently taken hold, scientists have found. The findings may help doctors to diagnose Alzheimer’s at an earlier stage, and identify those most at risk who may benefit from exercise and other interventions that could boost the production of new brain cells.


Related Article

 Growing New Brain Cellsi


4) Plastic Eating Bacteria found In Philippines



By Janvic Mateo


Microorganisms capable of “eating” plastic have been discovered in a hyperalkaline spring in Zambales, paving the way for research on new approaches to dealing with the country’s growing plastic problem.

Researchers from the biology department of the University of the Philippines-Baguio have discovered four strains of bacteria that are capable of biodegrading low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which is commonly used for plastic bags, cling wrap, shampoo bottles and other containers.



5) Space Nuclear Power



NASA is testing technologies to bring nuclear fission power to human spaceflight. Former astronaut Tom Jones explains why the move is long overdue.


Deep space explorers are going to need a fission reactor, probably a collection of them. Unfortunately, for decades NASA limited its in-space production of nuclear-generated electricity to RTGs, judging fission reactors as too expensive and politically sensitive to develop. Besides, with astronauts limited to low Earth orbit, solar energy sufficed to power the ISS.




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