Thursday, April 05, 2007

Nano-dyes to the rescue?

Solar power breakthrough in NZ

"This is a proof-of-concept cell," said researcher Wayne Campbell, pointing to a desktop demonstration model.

"Within two to three years we will have developed a prototype for real applications. The technology could be sold off already, but it would be a shame to get rid of it now."

The key to everything is the ability of the synthetic dyes to pass on the energy that reaches them - something that mere coloured water could not do.

"We now have the most efficient porphyrin dye in the world," said the centre's director, Ashton Partridge.

"It is the most efficient ever made."

In my opinion, this is where the God-given ingenuity of a few people will eventually overcome our dependence on petroleum energy by attrition rather than through legislation and widespread panic. As people are freed by true prosperity to think on higher things than mere survival, they are less prone to "soiling the nest" and are more likely to come up with better ways of doing things. Offhand, I can't think of anything truly progressive that was accomplished via government, and I wish the libs would figure this out and quit trying. Necessity really IS the mother of invention, and as people all over the world emerge from the industrial age into whatever this new one is called, they will find creative ways to circumvent the status quo. We humans are usually pretty good at that.

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