Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Eternal Quest for Clean Energy

As the world continues on it's quest for clean energy, we have had many contenders for the mythical free energy. Prominent ones among them being solar energy and wind energy. Most of them are still not practical or efficient enough to replace fossil fuels. Till we come up with a more efficient fuel cell, which can store energy, i am afraid most of these alternative energy sources are not going to make any headway.

Every now and then, we come up with some information on some very radical new energy source or technique. One recent example is an attempt to split hydrogen from water. We have also had ridiculous claims being made (Remember Ramar Pillai? Also Steorn, the company that claimed it had been able to generate electricity from the earth's magnetic field).

But till we obtain "the" alternative fuel, energy conservation should be our mantra. Quite a few countries have started to embark on integrating energy conservation into their everyday life. Denmark is a good example on this.

In this context, it is very heartening to learn that many Indian innovators too are developing energy conservation techniques. You can find a brief list of innovations here. If India is to bring it's population out of poverty, it will need to figure out ways to get more green technology in the hands of people. The above list of innovations is a step in the right direction.

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