Written by Greg Allen
Monday, 06 October 2008
We are seeing uncertainty today in both our energy and financial markets. The times are changing and it's time that we shift with it. A Wall Street investor would be better putting his money in green/clean renewable energy companies (psssst... ultracapacitors) than in the current stock market. Green Energy will be a better investment since the need and demand for energy is not going to go away.
At auto shows today, you will see electric cars sitting along hybrids and fuel cell vehicles. Currently, not one of these technologies has a clear lead. The price of oil has been at record highs and it will stay high because the demand is growing faster than the accessible supply. Some of this is because China and India now have their citizens driving personable automobiles changing their need.
At the end of the day, it is time for governments, companies, and individuals to make cleaner and greener energy decisions.
Let's look at a few green renewable energy options :
- BioFuels - plant based fuels like ethanol are made from corn. It has accelerated a "food vs. fuel" movement that is concerned about how the demand for it as a fuel will affect the food price.
- GeoThermal - Using the heat from the earth as energy. Iceland heats almost all of it's buildings with geo-thermal energy.
- Hydroelectric - an old form of renewable energy that use the power of water to generate electricity.
- Hydrogen - a fuel cell that converts hydrogen into electricity. Currently there are cost hurdles to turn a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle into a major production item.
- Solar - capturing the power of the sun. Currently our solar panels are transforming to film and tiles. Passive designs are allowing buildings to collect energy from it's windows, walls, and floors.
- Wind - Wind energy farms and wind mills are highly efficient to turn breezes into electricity. North Dakota alone can supply a third of the US energy according to the American Wind Energy Association.
At the cross roads of all of these clean/green energy solutions is the ultracapacitor. You could not be in a better place right now. Ultracapacitors can capture the energy and store it as it is being used in applications or as a "bridge power" to other energy sources. This industry could not get any more exciting... put your seat belt on...
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You will get more energy (~15%)when your solar system uses ultracapacitor to 'bridge power' to grid nets/battery. This is an experimental data from a couple of companies I know. Ultracapacitor era may come in soon in green energy industries.
No.2 Solar Powered Ultra Caps
Pairing Ultra Caps with solar electric panels is the right way to power the BIG caps.
As long as I can get some BIG caps!
Hydrogen is not an energy source, just a carrier, a way to get other energy sources into a car. It should be distinguished from the other solutions.
No.4 hydrogen not renewable, but
Though hydrogen, like the wind, is not renewable in that we cannot grow it, it like the wind is inexhaustible. It is found in numerous non-renewable sources as well as being foundational in water. If anyone is concerned about wasting water to make hydrogen fuel, they must realize that non-potable water and sea water are just as hydrogen rich as any other. Thus, though hydrogen is technically not renewable, it is neither exhaustible at any rate of usage.
The beauty of useing Hydrogen as an energy carrier is it's potential portability. So, for instance, a wind farm that lacks a good tie to the grid could make and sell hydrogen. Or a hydrogen auto fill station in the middle of a desert, solar powered...