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Old June 17 2012, 03:36 AM   #164
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Re: David Brin's latest novel, and a TED talk

Chemahkuu wrote: View Post
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You could become a rich man if you came up with a cheap/efficient way to crack water into hydrogen and oxygen.
Exactly, the currently catalytic cracking method is extremely ineffecient and very costly to produce a pittance of fuel. Yet similar "news" outlets to the ones RAMA is posting from where banging on about cheap, clean fuel cells within a few years.

Still waiting.
Chemahkuu wrote: View Post
Fusion does have merits and a large fuel supply from the oceans should we ever get it sustainable, I feel we should at least keep reseaching it.

But yes, practical methods using technology we have now should get the priority, hydroelectric has quite a good yield and a good track record.

I still think windfarms are a dead end, the vastness of the farms and the resources/energy/man hours just are not repaid from what little energy they produce so far.
In fact, there are countries heading towards eliminating nuclear power for wind power altogether.

http://japandailypress.com/japanese-...company-212429

Obviously, some teething problems:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/wo...ergy-lags.html

Fusion: Again, third time I've posted this: ITER and DEMO

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITER
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