December 20, 2014

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Indeed, what a year 2008 has been.  The alternative energy push has been greater than anything we experienced… ever.

SolarWindGeo-thermalTidal?  You name it, it has been covered furiously this past year as oil price flirted the $150 a barrel.  Investments were made, buyouts popped up, consolidations of companies and products were felt everywhere.

Solar, The Final Frontier.  A long term darling of the environment movement, solar is plenty abundant and can add the much needed extra electricity source to our grids, according to GreenTechMedia.  Much has happened this year, notably the ability to make thin film solar panels, not be as efficient as higher end ones but cheaper and can be placed almost anywhere.  Two systems are used, converting sun rays to electricity and using them to boil water for steam turbines back to electricity, according to the Ledger Dispatch.  All in all, with tax incentives, solar is becoming an affordable home energy.

Wind, Energy At Any Time.  If solar is great during bright days, wind works pretty much any time.  Wind turbine efficiency increased.  Talks of opening “wind corridor” by energy pundits, were the craze of the season.  Cities across the world are looking into the technology, and Atlantic City is now gambling on it, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

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Geo-Thermal, Right To The Core.  You don’t have to turn to space to tap energy when our good old Earth has a hot heart beating right under our feet, according to the Belfast Telegraph.  By digging pipes to Earth’s hot innards, we steam water and spin turbines to make electricity.  Imagine this in everyone’s back yards?  Oh, yes, it is expensive to drill.  Drill, Baby Drill!

Tidal Energy, Ebb And Flow.  Another Earthy free and plenty renewable energy is the ebb and flow of the sea.  Hook up a few water turbines and reap the benefits.  But another idea resurfaced again, with buoys following the tide, pulling a cord and running an electric engine.  The country that, so far has the most to gain from it is Scotland, according to the Guardian.

Obviously, alternative energy is not only important for electric vehicles, EV but also for the geo-political stability of the planet.  Let’s think it through.  We buy petroleum from countries that have ties to groups who threaten global security and at the same time we fight terrorism.  It doesn’t add up.  So finally, energy measures have been taken, according to RenewableEnergyWorld.  And CNN also reports on the 10 biggest clean tech victories.

Ah, victories indeed they are.  It might take some time for everyone to fully embrace alternative energy, but it will play a very important role for the future of our EVs.

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