Technologies Ready To Go TODAY
Far from being “impractical” the technology to put a renewable energy economy into place is either ready now or very close to it.
|Direct Bio-Catalytic Conversion to
|These technologies turn garbage, waste, sewage, agricultural waste, plastics, forestry waste, biomass, used tires and slaughterhouse waste into ethanol or bio-oil at production costs well below one dollar per gallon. These technologies are already commercialized and need only to be put into place.|
|High Temperature Fuel Cells such as Solid Oxide||
Now being commercialized. These fuel cells use bio-oil or alcohol to generate electricity and heat, which can be recovered for space heat or hot water. Fuel cells are quiet, clean, 90% efficient, give better quality electricity than the grid and do it more reliably. With volume, the cost of fuel cells will drop to$400 per installed KW, which is less than any other method of electrical generation. Fuel cells are located on site doing away with the grid... and the utility company for that matter.
|Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) either diesel or flex fuel||
The full sized PHEV uses a small diesel or flex fuel engine burning the bio-oil or ethanol from the processes above to drive a generator and an hydraulic pump. Hydraulic drive eliminates the transmission, drive train, differential and axles to drive the rear wheels. The PHEV has a range of 60 miles on electricity. Electric motors embedded in the front wheels are powered by totally new types of batteries that have a far greater energy density than the old lead acid types. Trips of less than 60 miles make up 80% of all miles driven. As the diesel or flex fuel engine is used only for highway driving, the effective annualized mileage is 300 miles per gallon of liquid fuel.
New systems are now able to extract energy economically from both ocean waves and ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream.
|New Photovoltaics (PV)||
Breakthrough technologies in the conversion of sunlight into electricity use special light sensitive dyes and nanotechnology on plastic films bringing the cost of PV down to a fraction of current costs of solar cells.
|Home||Seminars Workshops||Newsletters||Economics||Technologies||Book Stores Wholesalers|
|Place Order||New Developments||Overview||Excerpt||Contents|