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North American Energy Ministers Endorse Collaborative Framework to Advance Energy Science and Technology; Focus on Efficiency and Clean Energy

24 July 2007

Energy ministers for Canada, Mexico and the United States announced a series of collaborative actions on energy science and technology, energy efficiency, deployment of clean energy technologies and other cooperative projects.

Among the collaborative efforts endorsed was the first-ever trilateral agreement on energy science and technology—a framework designed to stimulate innovation and to share and help build capacity in all three countries.

In 2001, Mexico, the US and Canada agreed that energy security in the three countries could be strengthened by a North American focus and founded the North American Energy Working Group (NAEWG) to focus specifically on building trilateral cooperation on energy.

While trilateral cooperation on energy science and technology has increased under the NAEWG, its members agreed a more formal framework for collaboration was needed in order to address issues such as ownership of intellectual property rights and to provide the proper legal foundation for funding joint, mutually beneficial, projects in science and technology.

The new agreement addresses these issues, and allows for bilateral and trilateral cooperation in mutually beneficial research, development and deployment on a wide range of energy technologies for peaceful uses, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, nuclear energy, fossil fuels and electricity.

Among other areas, this could include advancing the science and technology of low- or zero-emission energy production and end-use technologies; low carbon fuels; carbon dioxide capture and storage; hydrogen and fuel cell technologies; and technologies to enhance the security of energy infrastructure.

The ministers emphasized the importance of seizing opportunities in energy efficiency. They committed to strengthening trilateral cooperation on motor vehicle fuel efficiency and “standby power” consumption, and identified seven additional energy-using products as potential candidates for harmonization.

Regarding “standby power”—the electricity consumed by common products such as televisions, computers, and others when not in use—the ministers agreed to support a trilateral workshop that will be held in Mexico City in September to explore possible joint approaches.

The ministers also reconfirmed their commitment to further aligning energy-efficiency standards on key consumer products, noting that recent collaborative efforts had resulted in the harmonization of energy performance standards for refrigerators, air conditioners and large electric motors.

The ministers announced that discussions will continue to identify specific ways to increase cooperation on research and development and to reduce barriers to the deployment of new technologies in a wide variety of areas, including biofuels, gas hydrates, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, clean coal and electricity transmission.

To further these efforts Canada, the US and Mexico will exchange scientific and technical personnel in order to participate in joint studies and projects.

The ministers discussed the importance of continuing to increase the region’s energy security, recognizing the critical contribution that an integrated energy market makes to the North American economy, representing approximately US $150 billion in trade between the three countries. While recognizing and fully respecting the jurisdictional authorities of each country, they committed to working together to further enhance the effectiveness of the North American energy market.

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There is a lot of politicians interrested in energy
these days. But they don't know what engineers and scientists have forgotten that have provoked this energy
crisis and polluted the land and air and have provoked
tons of billions of dollars expences for nothing. The scientists and engineers have forgotten that there is
energy in a gallon of water. Let's say that one gallon of water contain one unit of energy but is not adapted
for a car engine. If you add let's say 15% energy to that gallon of water in the form of electrolysis you end up with 1.15 unit of energy in the form of hydrogen
+ oxygen and now you can use this 1.15 unit in both a car engine or a fuelcell car. But better then that, let's say that you deduct a certain percentage of energy
from that gallon of water to separate it in hydrogen + oxygen instead of adding it up and you recirculate the exhaust that is water back to the original tank then you have a profit of energy. A profit of energy because water is free and is the sole energetic liquid that return to his original state after it has released his energy content, almost a miracle. The only trick is to transform water to hydrogen + oxygen
efficiently by adding less energy then the original
water contain in the beginning. You can do an efficient electrolysis that need few electricity to separate water in 2. Engineers and scientists should investigate
more how to do efficient electrolysis. Some mechanically
and electronically incline people have did it like the
water car in philipine or one in japan too, we can see
it in youtube.

a.b, you are both scientifically illiterate and supporting fraud.

A.B.

You should read some stuff about the history of perpetual motion gadgets, start with wikipedia, and some 101 about thermodynamics.

If water could effectively move cars with a positive
energy balance (let's say "over unity") every
automaker would have already converted to that technology.

People don’t buy cars just to burn oil, they buy cars because they love or need them.

Go see that film , it shows a little truck that is power by water not gasoline.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1OWDcWoXHs

I don't know how to paste a direct link but in youtube the title is 'japanese water car ' and it's a 3.31 minutes film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1OWDcWoXHs

Good site! I'll stay reading! Keep improving!

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