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On Wednesday we ran a report on how apples were used to fuel a Manson teacher’s car.

http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2011/jul/13/from-apples-to-ethanol-manson-teacher-finds-power/

Here is a look at how other people are thinking outside the box to generate power and electricity.

The boat that went around the world in 60 days – on fat. This boat can be powered by human fat, but it runs on animal fat right now. The story talks about the boat, the crew and how Earthrace smashed the world record for shortest trip around the world on biofuel.

http://www.worldculturepictorial.com/blog/content/fuel-change-breakthrough-biodiesel-powered-speedboat-earthrace-around-world-60-days-beats-re

A homemade 1000 watt wind turbine. This family uses the windmill to help charge the battery pack that powers their home. They give images and instructions for constructing the windmill. There is a fascinating discussion regarding the construction of the machinery at the bottom of the page. http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-1000-watt-wind-turbine/

A record-holder that came to Wenatchee. Here's a video taken by The Wenatchee World which shows the world-record holding solar-powered car which came into town in the summer of 2009. http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/videos/2009/aug/19/130/

Pop quiz: What percentage of american-grown corn is used for fuel? Answer: 40 percent Food prices are looking to skyrocket and developing countries could see hard times in the near future as various foods are being used for fuel. http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2011-02-09-corn-low_N.htm

The future of solar power. Could solar panels generate enough power for the entire country? http://gotpowered.com/2010/10-of-energy-from-solar-by-2030/

Way off the grid: A very intriguing story about a cabin that was built without power tools in the 1960’s bought by a bachelor seeking to cut his costs of living. His entire set-up in his cabin cost him less than $700. With solar panels on his roof, Ward’s system involves appliances that require as low energy supply as possible. http://www.otherpower.com/wardsolar.html

DIY: On this site they offer different ways of using renewable energy sources to generate heat or electricity. The link sends you directly to the directions for creating solar panels that will heat your pool for the cost of $125 (a low cost compared to the price of solar covers). From this page you can navigate around the site and view other ways to produce renewable energy at your home. http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/PoolHeating/TomCollector/TomPEXCollector.htm

MORE DIY: This organization details the use of renewable energy, answers questions people have about using wind and solar powered energy, and explains the tax incentives for generating your own power through alternative energy sources.

http://www.diy-energy.org/renewable-energy-tax-credit-incentives-make-it-much-more-affordable

10 Weirdest Ways to Power a Car. http://ecoble.com/2009/03/20/10-of-the-weirdest-ways-to-power-a-car/

Still more DIY for your home: http://www.gosolarpowerforhomes.com/solar-power-for-homes/ideas-on-using-solar-power-systems-for-houses/