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flobear

The process is 37% more efficient (they claim) which is good but other techniques (resonant splitting) have claimed more and failed to deliver.

This looks moderately promising however.

alovrin

Sadly, solar doesn't work well for high rises because of the low useful surface area to volume ratio. A good vertical helical wind turbine on the top would probably produce a lot more power.


Now the Sahara PV project for Europe could benefit from this. Huge solar PV cells could be used to create hydrogen which could then be piped north (and south!) as efficiently as the HVDC cables currently envisaged with the added benefit of storage and innate peak load handling.

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 12:59:00 UTC | #211534