Recent news of food shortages
motivated me to start browsing the web for more efficient sources of ethanol
, and keeping my eyes open for any promise at all from other alternative energy sources in general. I'm excited by the best news I've ever heard
about large-scale harnessing of energy for human use! I haven't found the technical details of the solar cell that can withstand such intensity, but I did learn that the cost of production is reduced dramatically compared to previous solar collectors by the use of a concave array of mirrors
to focus light to an intensity up to 10,000 times the noonday sun onto a very small, very efficient solar panel. Despite the lack of technical specifics, I think this particular news item is interesting because of the claim that they can produce solar energy competitive with, or even less expensive than current power plants!
In just a few minutes on Google after identifying David Faiman as the chief researcher, I found a wide variety of sources publishing this story. I'm including a local account
and one dating back to 2003,
which got me wondering why this isn't already in widespread use. I quickly remembered the influence of Archer Daniels Midland
and its chairman Dwayne Andreas
in the United States in maintaining the fiction that corn is a viable source of ethanol.
I think it's pretty obvious that all subsidies and other government favors for corn ethanol must be outlawed. What I did not realize is just how overblown the entire "petroleum shortage" is. There is absolutely no excuse to burn dinosaurs for more than a minuscule fraction of our energy, when it's this easy to convert sunlight to electricity.