March 12, 2012

YOU CAN'T HAVE ENOUGH SOLYNDRAS TO PREVENT INNOVATION:

Cheap Solar Power at Night (KEVIN BULLIS, 3/12/12, technology Review)

Solar power has two main problems: it's expensive, and it's intermittent, since the output of a solar power plant depends on the time of day and cloud cover. Halotechnics, an early-stage solar-thermal startup, could help solve both problems.

The company has developed new heat-storage materials that promise to not only make solar-thermal power plants more efficient, but also reduce the cost of storing energy from the sun for use when it's most needed.

The materials, which include new mixtures of salts as well as new glass materials, could be key to making solar-thermal power plants cheap enough--and reliable enough--to compete with fossil fuels on a large scale.

Posted by at March 12, 2012 7:10 PM
  

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