At PhysOrg.com:German energy giants pull plug on conventional power
by Mathilde Richter
Lightning fills the sky above a wind farm near Jacobsdorf, eastern Germany in May 2013. With political clout firmly behind renewables, priority is given in the national power grid to so-called “clean” electricity.
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Extreme Tech article that the picture above connects to is interesting the pictures below and the video are even more fascinating
Novel Electronics Could Speed Adoption of Solar Power – Technology Review.
Not a new technology but if these guys can bring it to market at a significantly lower total cost of ownership number they are going to ignite the market.
Biggest issue with SftSwt has always been complexity and consequent reliability issues. If these guys have reduced the parts and interconnect count (in other words integrated the controls and sensors)they are on the right path.
Charge Your Phone (and Your Car) from Afar – Technology Review.
This has been coming for some time but as the tag line says at the end, “…It’s going to catch on superfast…” This may well be the technology that electric cars were looking for. Think about it coils at stop signs and stop lights, etc, or even in charging lanes. With the technology of the battery and electric propulsion at its current level this should make the electric car a reasonable investment. The problem is the deployment, investment, but spread out over time and geography and with the expectation that you’re going to have diesel, gas and LNG vehicles around for a long time I think you can see a realistic road to electric nirvanah.
Green tea: Joule Energy's SolarConverter turns carbon dioxide and sunlight into ethanol fuel at a pilot plant in Leander, Texas.
Technology Review| Photosynthesis Fuel Company Gets a Large Investment: Joule Unlimited will build a production plant for turning sunlight and CO2 into liquid fuels.
The company is combining many technologies to move to direct creation of biofuel precursor liquids. The algae is similar to that others are experimenting with but excrete the molecules into the water instead of retaining inside the cells. This way the harvesting ‘only’ entails fractionating the liquid from the flow. The bioreactors are essentially double panel windows with the algae filled liquid flowing inside. The water gets CO2 from a power plant which scrubs it out of the plant effluents and one guesses that in cooler climates the water could be warmed in the cooling cycle of the same power plant so the system could operate year round.
The company calculates that their system can produce a great deal more, more easily refined biofuel precursor liquids than the alternates. Which mostly involve growing various kinds of plants and then converting them to biofuels in either chemical or bio reactors.
This is a significant breakthrough the ability to use raw sunlight and chemisty to get H2 would make many green energy technologies more feasible. I still like the idea of pond slime diesel, but then I’m probably just strange.