This seems like something out of a James Bond movie. There is a startup, Solaren, which is trying to build panels in space that converts sunlight into a radio frequency beam aimed at a receiving station near Fresno. The station then converts the radio waves into electricity.
Megan Treacy at EcoGeek says:
“If everything goes according to plan, this will be the first real-world application of space solar power, with power delivery starting in 2016. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this works out. The technology has been experimented with for a while and has a lot of potential and, let’s face it, running your home on “space power” would be really cool.”
If anyone is worried that the beam is gonna fry birds or planes that fly into its path, apparently the company has done analysis to show that radiation is not intense enough to cause harm.
Still, the thought of fried chicken falling out of the sky is kind of cool.
In other news…
While not the most attractive of technologies, lead acid batteries are certainly robust…and they may still have a promising future. On CleanBreak, Tyler discussed Axion’s lead battery technology that lasts three times longer than conventional ones.
* It looks like the folks at Google think lead is the way to go, too. AltEnergy Stocks agrees.
* I don’t remember how many ways you can sin, but Joel Makower talked about the Seven Sins of Greenwashing.
* Maria talked about Cap-and-Trade on TV.
* Simon says efficiency is still promising.
* Is natural gas a better standard than oil? Rob Day ponders.