New Sources of Energy


| 11/27/2010 12:48:39 PM


Tags: Fuel economy, sources of energy, living within our means, Craig Vetter,

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Do you think there is some “Yet-to-be-discovered” form of energy that will supply us with the ever-increasing cheap and abundant power we have come to expect?

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120 years ago, at best we had one or two horsepower at our disposal. 

5-monster-truck Today we have hundreds ... maybe thousands.  



Do you think this trend is likely to continue? Please share your beliefs. Your decisions and actions will have great implications in determining the future.

Sean Wenger
7/11/2011 8:09:55 PM

Hello Craig, The turn around time from a crop of algae is listed as weeks to months. The naturally occurring phenomenon that took place millions of years ago was buried for most of the time. The actual capture of the solar energy was not focused or intended. It was a happy accident that we learned to exploit. We can make this stuff without adding carbon to the environment. It’s not the only way. It’s not the complete answer to the problem. There still has to be progress made in batteries and electrical energy storage. The fact that we can use Co2 that has been sequestered from the atmosphere and solar energy to create fuel has put man back in balance with nature. Everything that you have said about using less energy and finding the ways to do more with less, still hold true. In fact, they are foundational to this shift in thinking. With all due honesty and deepest respect, this is all I can say until I can do. Have a great competition in Ohio, and I hope to see you some day in the near future. CM


Craig Vetter
7/11/2011 5:35:17 PM

Crimson: Our fossil fuels seem to be the result of millions of years of daily incoming energy from the sun To reproduce what God has already given us, you would have to add that same amount of energy into the mix. Where would you get that energy? I think it is better to learn how to use the energy that arrives daily, at the rate it is being sent to us. I think of it as ”Living better on less energy” - sort of like what Bucky said but a little more directed to today. Make sense? Craig


Sean Wenger
7/10/2011 10:33:59 PM

Almost everything is solar powered… If you think about it, all fuels today are from the solar radiation that was captured into plants and stored in underground pockets millions of years ago. Using the ancient captured hydrocarbons is causing interesting effects world wide. What if the same (or functionally similar) hydrocarbons could be made in days or weeks rather than millions of years? And what if they were made from carbon that was sequestered from the atmosphere? So, using them didn’t add carbon, it recycles it. Using the ancient hydrocarbons has leveraged a power industry giving it great strength. That strength is waning, but there are valuable lessons to be learned from the era. These lessons have come at price. We need to square our debt. Experience has taught us that we need to work smarter not harder. This is reflected in Craig’s axiom that “We need to do more with less.” I would venture that we need to do it sooner than later. Nature has shown us the way. But the lessons sometimes fall on the deaf ears of those too vain to hear the story. Working within our means is key. For too long we have leveraged our ignorance, allowing a delusion of grandeur to cloud our better judgment. We need to give our heads a shake and remember the wisdom we have lost. Perhaps we should take a good look at where our priorities lie? Given the world with all its awesome splendor, lets move forward with a sense of urgency. Have you considered the alternative? CM







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