Uncovering an Ancient Waka

For 200 years, people have debated what the waka looked like that arrived in New Zealand. Now we have a pre-European, a pre-contact canoe that is being directly dated. [Read More and watch the video…]

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PROJECT Aqua-Auger OREGON

Update June 26, 2014 ECO-Auger Oregon continues to make progress in our effort to secure a deployment site at Cascade Locks for the purpose of data collection as well as determining the effects of constant submersion and movement to the overall performance of ECO-Auger. Today, a meeting was held at Cascade Locks to discuss their long term goals for renewable energy installations within the Columbia River Gorge, a natural scenic area that spans roughly 40 miles of the Columbia River. The idea may involve the use of ECO-Augers as a contributing source of energy for several companies that are interested in setting up in the area. Two of the companies that are interested in developing operations are Bear Mountain ( Wood Pellets for heating stoves.) and Nestle (water bottling facility). Earlier this week a meeting was held with Native American representatives from the Umitilla Tribe that have treaty rights to fish along the banks of the lock. Additional attendees were from the Dept. of Fish and Game. The overall result was very positive, with Native representatives unanimously agreeing that the proposed test site was a reasonable area to deploy and have asked for us to possibly postpone our original July deployment to accommodate their fishing rights. We have learned that the fishing season will run through September and that we may deploy in October. An attorney has been retained by the Tribe to draft a document for us all to review and sign that will ensure the fish/fishing will not be impacted or harmed by our testing in the...

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Aqua-Auger is the first viable product to deliver the promise of affordable
water power – anywhere!

The future belongs to clean energy, and hydro power is the most efficient renewable energy of all. But most hydrokinetic systems are massive projects of huge expense, taking years to permit and install. Until now, even small systems cost millions. The award-winning ECO-Auger is the first inexpensive, easily-installed product to harness energy from all forms of moving water. Its small size and surface-mount design allows it to be installed almost anywhere there is flowing water, providing a ready alternative to the highly-polluting diesel generators that are typically used to produce electricity in remote locations. Because ECO-Auger gets its power from rivers or flowing tidal areas, it generates energy far more efficiently and consistently than solar or wind systems, offering more energy to more people, at an affordable cost. ECO-Auger’s small size and simple design allow for a variety of installation options, with minimal impact to shipping lanes. Floating near the surface, ECO-Auger can be lifted from the water without the need for underwater divers – providing for easy maintenance. And its blade-less design will not harm marine life. Historically, people without reliable power migrate to flowing water, and ECO-Auger is poised to offer enormous value to many such regions. See why this makes ECO-Auger a fantastic...

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A Popular Science
Invention of the Year

Every year, the editors of Popular Science put hundreds of inventions through a rigorous vetting process. In 2010 The ECO-Auger was awarded top honors for innovation and viability. The following is an excerpt from Popular Science Magazine’s 4th annual Inventions of the Year issue published in 2010. [You can read the entire article here.] An underwater energy extractor that doesn’t harm sea life By Rena Marie Pacella W. Scott Anderson spent the past five decades creating complicated machines for manufacturing, including a lipstick labeler and a plastic-straw maker. So when two years ago the 77-year-old industrial engineer invented a fish-friendly underwater turbine that looks like a giant screw, it seemed a cruel twist of fate that every manufacturer he approached said it was too complex to produce economically. But that didn’t stop him. There are a handful of companies using windmill-like turbines to capture the untapped energy in tidal streams, bays and inlets and convert it to electricity. But these projects tend to be huge and expensive, and require permanent installations that can disrupt marine life. [READ...

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Winner of the…

Smart Product Innovations of Juno Beach Fl has been awarded the ConocoPhillips Energy Prize for their latest innovation, the ECO-Auger®, a hydrokinetic machine that converts moving water from river and ocean currents to renewable electric energy. Chosen as a one of five finalists from more than 150 proposals, the ECO-Auger team, led by Scott Anderson, was presented the award at a ceremony held at ConocoPhillips corporate offices in Houston, Texas on October 20, 2009. The ECO-Auger’s hydraulic accumulator storage system assures constant energy output and evens out the normal tidal cyclic variations. Designed with tapered helical leads on each end rather than sharp edges, the machine does not impact marine wildlife. The ECO-Auger is driven by moving water forcing the machine to rotate. This rotation is directly coupled through planetary gears to a high-pressure hydraulic pump located in the machine’s nose cone. The nose cone, which is tethered to bridges or anchored in moving water, stabilizes the torque generated from the rotation and transfers it to the hydraulic pump. The pump supplies variable volumes of high-pressure fluid at set controlled pressure, regardless of the direction or speed of rotations. This pressure feeds an oil-driven electric generator that delivers constant electrical current through a VRS (Voltage Regulation System). Constant power generation is achieved through the ECO-Auger’s unique hydraulic pump. As the ECO-Auger rotates; the high-pressure oil flows through check valves to an array of standard air oil accumulators that are connected directly in line to the oil motor driving the electric generator. The oil to the electric generator is sized below the maximum gallons per minute of the ECO-Auger’s hydraulic pump, allowing the pumped oil to be supplied to the motor, while the excess volume is stored in the accumulator. This storage system, which is monitored by a computer to assure maximum energy stability, stores enough energy to supply the generators during the ebb of tidal flow. “Our SPI team has worked with intense dedication on this invention. We worked through many failures and disappointments with no proof that our invention would ever really capture hydrokinetic energy. We proved the ECO-Auger would capture energy from moving water. I am so proud of our team. ConocoPhillips and Penn State University recognized the huge potential of this simple, yet unique device, and the fact that it will not injure marine life. They knew it would have a worldwide impact.” States Scott Anderson, CEO of Smart Products Innovations. The ConocoPhillips Energy Prize is a joint initiative of ConocoPhillips and Penn State to recognize new ideas and original, actionable solutions that can help improve the way the nation develops and uses energy. “We intend...

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