VICE, in concert with GE, recently created a video called ecomagination – The Energy Fixers. The Energy Fixers focuses on eco-minded innovators working to change the energy game and re-envisioning our energy future.
Hosted by Heather Knight, roboticist at Carnegie Mellon and founder of robotic arts collective Marilyn Monrobot, this special is a quick glimpse at the brains and businesses behind environmental betterment.
What about Permanent Magnet Generators??? Hydrogen Power Cells?? Lithium Air Batteries? We have had the technology to make these work but Oil and Electric companies don't like the fact that they won't make money. So really were doomed as long as the are in Business and in the Government.........
No, this is why these companies want it to be a hydrogen based economy and they don't want everyone to buy solarcells or windmills or any other system you could install in your own backyard. With hydrogen they can still keep there salessystem and they don't even have to deal with unstable regimes and high transport costs. But they will also not ask you to vote about this. But you can vote on your own government to make other choices and you can buy solarcellsystems to put on your roof. You don't have to follow their choices anymore.
What is so scary for these new energy technologies that have been develop and well establish, it give rise to the home person to create their own power.
Now this will hurt 2 groups. It will hurt the carbon companies and it will hurt the tax collector. Both secretly do not want you to accomplish this.
Our government is in immense budge problem, unemployment problem, social security and Medicare problem. The last thing they want is less taxes coming in and people becoming energy independent.
As for the carbon companies, they just want money, same news.
Science sees no further than what it can sense, i.e. facts.
Religion sees beyond the senses, i.e. faith.
Open your mind and see!
zmerchnewscom Nuclear energy extraction technology has been developed by corporations who have an interest in selling their own technology - both nuclear and fossil fuels are dirty things - what is needed is for the world power moguls to allow backward mankind to develop 'free' yes 'free' energy extraction technology. The situation is only going to get worse - climate change tax will tax and burden industry even further - so its like the industrial serpent eating its own tail, until no serpent is left. zmerchnewscom
FYI for the people commenting here, if the next generation of energy technologies were commercially viable, we'd be using them. There is no conspiracy of "carbon fuel" companies to repress the technology. In fact, they are some of the biggest proponents, funding a lot of the R&D. Lots of brilliant people and lots of money--from both companies and taxpayers--are dedicated to this.
I've followed alternative energy technologies for a long time and nothing has yet successfully replaced coal, oil, natural gas, hydroelectric and nuclear. For all kinds of practical reasons solar, wind, and geothermal will probably never generate much more than a fraction of the energy we consume. Eventually technologies like biofuels and fusion may become viable; biofuels much sooner than fusion.
In the meantime, we find ways to use what we have more efficiently: more aerodynamic and lighter vehicles, more efficient engines, hybrid engine technology, more efficient appliances and lights, better home construction methods, insulation, etc. We're not running out of fossil fuels anytime soon and the more efficiently we use them, the less we have to use and the more there is for future use.
We're also not running out of other commercially viable sources of energy anytime soon. The only places in the modern world where we see rolling blackouts or brownouts are countries or states that for political reasons have decided not to access the abundant energy resources of the modern world (think California).
As for "environmental betterment" there are basically only two paths. Since, by the definition of environmentalists, humans are the only species to destroy the environment, one path is to get rid of humans. Anyone here in favor of that? Based on some of the comments I've seen, yes. There are people who think it entirely moral to do so, at least in the form of forcing limits on population growth like China does.
For the rest of us, the only realistic path is to help move emerging economies as quickly as possible to a greater level of freedom and per capita wealth. It is only wealthy societies that have the luxury to begin cleaning up the environment. For example, in the United States, we have cleaner air, cleaner water and more forests and parks than we had 100, 50, 20 or even 10 years ago and that trend shows no signs of abating, which is true for most other wealthy industrial countries from Asia to Europe.
The way to promote that trend is to promote freedom. We don't need a global strategy to "fix" environmental issues; every free country manages it just fine on its own once it reaches a certain level of wealth, which is inevitable in free societies that can access relatively inexpensive energy. That means, for the time being, they need access to coal, oil, natural gas and hydroelectric power.
Reinvent the bicycle. All major car manufacturers have a bicycle design in the works. They all also have new batter technologies in the works. Car manufactures probably plan to combine the two technologies with a new twist, electric bicycles that charge in less than fifteen minutes, and can take you a fifty mile range. Just charge before you leave and get there faster it’s than by bus or train because no ten to fifteen minute waits. Then all we need to do is mobile billing for these batteries. That is done by confiscating the home power plug network technology to turn every plug into a charging station. Then the power lines acts like the internet to provide communications for mobile power billing for batteries in bikes and cars. A quick partial charge for these bicycle batteries would provide travel cost almost for free.
Also, one revision for the tethered foil wind power is line of sight laser tracking to provide small distant communities broadband, and power. Up that high they could link lasers to each other over long distances to connect in redundancy and wireless communications, possibly for free home page advertising dollars.
Great article! Being involved in Oil and Natural Gas Exploration as well as Renewable Wind Energy I have also come to the conclusion it will take a collage of ideas-in-action to crank up the innovation necessary for us to thrive until the Sun doesn't rise. Algae as a bio-fuel is something Exxon has been working on for at least half a decade. Federal encouragement is okay in a minimal sense but the real change needs to come from everyone agreeing that our wants must decline to provide needs for future generations. Privatization of certain areas is necessary to boost economies and there will be a lot of failures before we get it right.
On a side note, Ms. Heather Knight, I would love to take you to dinner!
What about thorium reactors?