Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Game-changing clean energy technologies?

During my recent Ph.D. defense, one of the questions was whether there were any potentially game-changing energy technologies out there, and I put the question to our audience. What do you think are the potential game-changers? There are a multitude of good ideas, and to (mis)quote Chairman Mao, we should "let a thousand ideas bloom".
For one, I can think of a cross between the Reva and the Nano. Tom Friedman talks of a hybrid solar-electric car in India which derives 10% of its energy consumption using PV panels. Something like this, would not only alleviate pressure on oil imports (for both India and China), but also be cheap enough to make a realistic difference.
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