drerwk writes: "An article in the Caltech magazine Engineering and Science by Prof. Nathan Lewis gives a clear and cogent argument that solar is the only likely solution in the next fifty years to the clean energy problem. Discussions on/. regarding clean energy run the gamut and include arguments regarding nuclear, fusion, solar, coal and so on. In contrast, Prof. Lewis's article covers the pros and cons of these same arguments with actual journal references. Let's hope those paint on solar cells are coming soon!
This talk was the opening keynote speech at the first
annual California Clean Innovation Conference, held
at Caltech on May 11, 2007. The event, a partnership
with UCLA and UC San Diego, included discussions
on the futures of assorted energy technologies and
how to finance them. In other sessions, clean-energy
startup companies were given the opportunity to "fast
pitch" their business plans, in three to five minutes
each, to a panel of venture capitalists.
Nathan S. Lewis (BS '77, MS '77) is Caltech's
Argyros Professor and professor of chemistry. Much
more on global energy issues and on his own research
in solar power can be found at http://nsl.caltech.edu./