Wind is an option, but we have to get away from the idea of 24/7 power.
I agree, in fact, I couldn't agree more.
A few years I heard that a Dutch metalworks factory (aluminium plant?) has an interesting arrangement with NUON, an energy company. NUON will provide cheap electricity to the metalworks factory if there is energy from their turbines. The factory can then make a decision to run at odd (but cheap) hours. That sounded smart to me.
Solar is not a good option as solar cells require rare earth metals.
They're using less and less of them, and the organics are coming along.
There are some interesting numbers coming out of the research (I believe we are at a few percent now), but lifetime, printability and base chemical cost are still to be improved before we have a viable organic solar cell. With the money being poured into that field, I suspect that may take five to 20 years but I am no longer very connected with that field.
Nuclear fusion is hypothetically interesting, but funding is very scarce for this field which slows down progress by decades. Nuclear fusion scientists are now fighting for money to exist as opposed to actually doing science.
I do believe in research into fusion. Hell, I even believe in research into breeder reactors. I don't believe in any other form of nuclear power until we start actually solving the waste problem.
I agree. Let's get the funding back, fire the beancounters, get the press out of the sensationalist mindset and let's get back to science.