This morning while thinking of all the solar pioneers and their contributions to an alternative future, I was inspired by a speech my son, Jimmy, delivered last week at the state capitol as part of the protest against budget cuts to education.
Utility Scale Solar
- Solar Power Tower (Sandia National Labs "R&D 100" Awards 2000 - PDF File - 1.34MB)
- Solar Thermal (Updraft) Towers
- Solar Roadways Prototype (YouTube Video - June 2010)
Fuel Cell Systems
One of the most naturally persistent hurdles for the broader application of photovoltaic cells is how to store the electricity when the sun is not available. Batteries have been suggested as one solution, but they are notoriously bulky and impractical. A more elegant solution has been proposed by Dominic Gervasio of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute.
Poster - Fuel Cell System as Longer Lived Battery Replacement (PDF File, 378 kb)
Presentation - Fuel Cell System for Hand-Carried Portable Power
Presented to Kitech, 4/20/2005, Incheon, Korea (PDF File, 2.9 MB)
Prepared by: Don Gervasio, Associate Professor Research, Wintech and Applied Bioscience Centers, Arizona State University
Other Emerging Technologies