Friday, April 26, 2013

Alternative Energy Sources...good business, good for us

While I continue my volunteer service at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, I am continually amazed at the "brain trust" that I encounter each day. We all are benefitting from the immense amount of discoveries that come out of the alternative energy inventions that stem from NREL and other Dept. of Energy (DOE) labs. These discoveries and experiments that lead to products we all eventually use in our daily lives, are collaborations between the DOE, businessses, univeristies, and companies from all over the WORLD...

Just a few weeks ago, I assisted with a tour of professionals attending an energy conference in Denver. These folks were from Australia, Germany, Africa, and other parts of the U.S.
What I learn from these individuals while they visit the Lab, is invaluable. I feel like I am back in school again and learning more about subjects that are an intrigue.

In addition to research at NREL, there are other DOE labs in the country that are producing great results too...
http://www6.slac.stanford.edu/news/2013-04-24-polysulfide-flowbattery.aspx

Battery design for solar storage, energy use (our flashlights), our vehicles, and some many other products is contributing to more efficient and less expensive batteries.

Valuable research...value to us...good for US!

 

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