Aug 08

My readers know that I have great optimism for the future of solar power. As the cost of solar cells drops, the challenge is to bridge the gap from sundown to sunrise. A recent article “‘Major Discovery’ Primed To Unleash Solar Revolution” suggests that “MIT researchers have overcome a major barrier to large-scale solar power: storing energy for use when the sun doesn’t shine.”

The article goes on to describe a low cost, low loss method used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, in effect creating a household fuel cell. While this system may still be years away, it may provide the much needed storage solution once solar (and wind) power becomes economically viable.

Joe

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Mar 17

On Feb 13th I posted Unintended Consequences III and talked about the conflict between crops used for food vs biofuels.

I just found a New York Times article “A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories” which discusses this topic and confirms my fears.

Joe

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