High altitude wind power: an era of abundance?

March 23, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Many thanks to Massimo Ippolito for this article from the Oil Drum.

Why should there be an energy problem? After all, there is plenty of energy around us. The sun beams on the earth’s surface a daily amount of energy that corresponds to almost ten thousand times the primary energy we generate – mainly – from fossil fuels. And that doesn’t include geothermal energy nor the perspectives of nuclear energy, especially in terms of fusion power. Just tap a small fraction of this energy bonanza that surrounds us and we can have more than we need.

But, of course, things are not so simple. We still rely heavily on fossil fuels for our needs and switching to alternative sources is proving to be a very slow and difficult process. Production from traditional nuclear plants is going down (WNA 2009) and fusion power remains far away in the future.

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