Tuesday, March 1, 2011

TedTalks: Bill Gates on Energy

I just watched this TedTalks video via Hulu on "Bill Gates on Energy: Innovating to Zero!" It's a pretty interesting lecture and shows another area where Bill Gates is putting his money. Check it out:

I've read a few articles in the Wall Street Journal about modular nuclear energy and there seems to be quite a bit of potential. Innovation in the nuclear arena has been missing for decades but this is simple: build smaller nuclear reactors (they produce about 1/10th the power of regular reactors) and install them in existing nuclear sites or coal sites when they extinguish their life (or become obsolete due to emission control). The benefit of smaller reactors is less danger of explosions (no big reactors wiping out cities), lower manufacturing costs, faster construction times and less emissions.

Here are some of the articles I've read:
Small Reactors Generate Big Hopes
America's New Nuclear Option

Just food for thought.

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