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Response to NYT article, part 1
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taumeson From: taumeson Date: August 1st, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC) (link)
Hey. I'm here from MeFi.

I like this. I will read more. To respond:

Just this week some MIT researchers mentioned they're able to mix in a cobalt-based catalyst to an electrolysis setup to up the efficiency. It very well could be the age of Aquarius.


Now, you're hinting at wind power. I'm not sure about wind power being enough -- if you take the energy out of wind and turn it into frictional heat and electricity, you're disrupting weather patterns. Enough to do any damage? Perhaps not, but we don't know because we've never used it enough.

We do know that large windmills are bad for birds, though.

I like wave power better -- again, more of an Age of Aquarius thing. It'll still mess with weather patterns but because of its much higher density it has a lot more energy to give out. It's constantly being replenished by gravity (like how weather patterns are getting replenished by sunlight) so it's very renewable.

And then, of course, there's straight solar. Solar electrolysis, like I mentioned above, is good at giving us something to burn so that we can keep our current energy infrastructure, but photovoltaics have a lot of efficiencies left to discover. Here is where you run into the coming element shortage, unfortunately.
x77303066 From: x77303066 Date: August 1st, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Even with vast fields of turbines you're still only taking a relatively tiny amount of kinetic energy out of the weather system. It doesn't do any damage.
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