Thursday, December 6, 2012

Brains and Business Brawn

What does $130 million get you?  Sixty six energy projects supported by the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy targeted at reducing the costs of clean energy.

MIT Technology Review hand picked five of these, including wind turbine blades made of fabric and a process to make the US less reliant on rare-earth metals.  The metals come primarily from China but are used in the production of hybrid vehicle and wind turbines.

Another project is a way to cut natural gas use in half and reduce emissions by turning the heat way up when gas is burned to make electricity.  If natural gas is the transition fuel on our way to renewables, this innovation would have obvious benefits. 

We have the brains, now let's show some business brawn.

See all the projects


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