Freeing energy from the grid [Science!]

What would happen if we could generate power from our windowpanes? In this moving talk, entrepreneur Justin Hall-Tipping shows the materials that could make that possible, and how questioning our notion of ‘normal’ can lead to extraordinary breakthroughs.

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3 Responses to Freeing energy from the grid [Science!]

  1. Great idea, like how the film can turn black to block sunlight. Been waiting for stuff like that. I don't see it becoming mainstream for another 30-35 years though.

  2. Blocking sunlight works while you're out, and overall will be a help, but it's not the solution he led with in his description.

    Oceanic desalination is a BAD idea. In the short term, it'll work, and be fine – just expensive. But, why do we need to do it at all? A: Too many people. By not addressing this, the demand will continue to grow. Each time we band-aid it – deforrestation in favor of high-rise buildings, GM food crops, now oceanic desalination – each time we outgrow the band-aid. In very short order the salinity of the entire ocean will be impacted by this, and it'll not only play havoc with the life that is there (which we depend on, even indirectly), but also with the ice caps, and in turn, the climate.

    Why do we jump through all these hoops and take all these risks rather than addressing the real problem (ie, population)?