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Major Energy Discovery Gets Little Notice

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It was reported three weeks ago in Science Daily that MIT researchers have found an efficient and cheap way to harness solar energy.  In essence the method mimics photosynthesis used by plants for storing energy.  Within ten years all homes could be powered by the sun and we could do away with the electric grid.  (In comparison it will take ten years to derive any benefit from new offshore drilling and that solution is finite.)

You would think this would make headline news but instead we were force fed news about John Edward's adultery and John McCain's seven homes...things that are totally irrelevant to us.

Since this would put a big dent in Big Oil profits, the discovery will probably go the way of previous similar discoveries...put on the shelf.  They do this by buying the patents and then sitting on them.

In a time when we're clamoring for energy independence there is no excuse to thwart good old American ingenuity.  As far as "global warming" goes, this is a first step towards reducing CO2 and makes a lot more sense than trying to artificially alter the planet's weather or imposing ridiculous "carbon taxes".

Let's divert some of that Pentagon budget to new energy technologies.  A concerted effort at solving our energy needs is a lot more important than building bigger, badder bombs.  As Nike says, "Just do it!"

Here's the scoop:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080731143345.htm

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Comments

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Comment by pumpi76 - August 24, 2008, 11:40 am
Exactly...I've said this many times...The way things are going it is: "We all have to suffer because Mr. Smith wants to make 1 buck/dollar and this goes everywhere...And do you call this democracy? It sounds more like Tirany, the more powerfull, wealthiest always wins...Again do you call that democracy?
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justxploringComment by justxploring - August 24, 2008, 12:29 pm
Profit. Greed. Power.
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ToddComment by Todd - August 24, 2008, 12:45 pm
I saw it get a lot of play on Drudge Report, so it's not like the media wasn't aware of it. (Most media outlets scan Drudge continuously for news content.)

I haven't looked at your link, but the video I saw was the researcher talking about how every home could be its own power plant, even charging your car at night. Fantastic stuff.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - August 24, 2008, 1:10 pm
ditto Jxp.
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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - August 24, 2008, 1:32 pm
I believed a long time ago that Hydrogen was the answer to todays problems, but now I see that it was a catalyist to harnessing solar power. I hope there is tremendous following to this and that it doesn't get put in someone's shelf...
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Comment by pacattack05 - August 25, 2008, 12:07 am
Don't hold your breath Rick. Just about everyone who steps up to the plate and comes up with something viable , either gets bought out or killed.

I can easily make a laundry list right now if you like....lol

As long as there are greedy, selfish, agenda driven people in power, nothing will change. A revolution is the only answer, but Americans are too busy for that type of stuff. How could Americans possibly fit a revolution in their schedule, when they're at the mall, or wondering what Britney Spears is up to?

If you want a sample of that demographic, I'll gladly share with you my daily experiences with people's daily worries. Not that I hang around those people by choice.

When the semi hits them like a train, they won't know what hit them. It'll be too late by then.

And finally, the ones who blow the whistle are called conspiracy freaks....lol
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jarasanComment by jarasan - August 25, 2008, 2:11 pm
What if the clouds show up for a couple weeks? Seattle comes to mind.   Does anybody here have any idea how much power is needed during the night to run A/C, a refrigerator, the computers, the washer dryer, the entertainment center, etc. thru the "night". The hydrogen cell to accomplish this would have to be a whopper! Just think about it your frinking computer is using the equivalent of roughly 3 100 watt bulbs, if you add up all the other items over a 12 hr period................well.

The other issue I will bring to your attention is: What type of electricity does the hydrogen cell output?

D.C. Voltage. It needs to be put through an inverter system to produce A.C.. Did you know all your appliances are A.C. powered?

Did you know that during the DC/AC conversion process there is a loss of energy to heat?

This all looks pretty neat and I love a parade but the technololgy for all practical purposes is way beyond our time, everything would have to change. I mean I'm not against going back and living like they did in the 17th century, but essentially we need nuke fusion to keep us going thru the night.
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time*treatComment by time*treat - August 25, 2008, 2:42 pm
It's easy enough to find out how much electricity you use by looking at your bill. No one is suggesting we tear own all the power plants any time soon. Prices are set at the margin. Look at how much share prices pop (or drop) when earnings are 1 cent more (or less) per share than estimated.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - August 26, 2008, 11:40 am
Hey tt: No you don't determine your continous AC current load requirement from your electric bill. For eg. how much current is your home drawing right now, total? My home pulls about 30-40 amps. AC average, most of it is the refrigerators until the air kicks on etc.


The easiest way is a clamp-on ammeter over your line coming into the house, then you'll have a good idea what is required to provide a replacement voltaic equivalent as the article suggests is possible.

My point is purely from a technical feasibilty point of view, it ain't the panacea that it is made out to be.

A lot of people talk about hidden agendas etc. keeping the man down BS. if this was a workable system it would be unstoppable, the patent arguments are invalid, the gas engine has a patent.

Just like frinking windmills, what happens when the wind gets over 30 knots? They get shut off, etc.

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