Friday

Advancing an inexpensive energy catalyst

-Posted by D.C. Worth, for Barbay (France/US)

-Gallery of innovations: [Here]
From ARPA-E summit (2011)
-Photo: Martin LaMonica/CNET


Caption: Prototype of an electrolyzer from Sun Catalytix which splits hydrogen from [water] The company is already developing a relatively inexpensive catalyst for a traditional electrolyzer. [Read]

-Remembering 2010 [Source]
MIT Professor Dan Nocera believes he can solve the world’s energy problems with an Olympic-sized pool of water. Nocera and his research team have identified a simple technique for powering the Earth inexpensively – by using the sun to split water and store energy - making the large-scale deployment of personalized solar energy possible...

In the beginning he is talking generation capacity (or energy input) - not usage. The US uses 2.4 terawatts worth of input (including electric and fuels) to generate 49 Terawatt hours of energy per day.



[The energy blog]
We use ABOUT 18% of the worlds energy, so that is the basis of his 14 TW worldwide. 2.4 x 5.5 = 13.2TW - Calculated from different perspective.
Note he says two thirds of that swimming pool PER Second converted to hydrogen at 80%, and then back to electricity at 50% efficiency. Same with his 3 liters of water per house per day.

The KEY point he is trying to make is use the power of mass production to make small, economical, personal power plants that people can afford to utilize, to power their own personal lives, and ditch the grid. Apparently his team has come up with a cheap to manufacture electrolyzer..More later. [Source]
MIT's to use water as an alt fuel for cars: [Read]

Today's Links...
V.P of US equity weighs in on oil, the economy, & stocks: [AUDIO]; (Today's update.)

Energy ETFs Are Mixed as Oil Rises #
John Kimelman - ‎1 hour ago‎
It's easy to conclude that any energy-related ETF will be up on a day when crude oil has hit a 29-month high. But that's a faulty assumption. Not surprisingly, shares of US Oil (USO), the exchange-traded funds that tracks the price of...[Read]

Videos: Interesting Physics/ Lectures: [Here]

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