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Free future energy? A viable solution. Answered

http://www.ted.com/talks/justin_hall_tipping_freeing_energy_from_the_grid.html
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Please watch the video out.

I found this video very interesting because it actually gives a proper solution to a big problem.
It even uses a material that is pretty much abundant in our world (carbon).
the use of this material would open alot of independant project and automated.

I dont have alot more to say but I think this would be a great stimulant for a collective mind.
Any ideas what you would do with it or where you would want to see it?

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taodih

7 years ago

hmmmm , about the entire presentation of the concept , I agree.
But in my point of view he took a right way to 'attack' the subject.

in general he was very passive agressive. That in itself is something we dont like because we feel attacked and I think that is just what he was going after.
Fear and anger tend to stick arround, we keep it in our back mind.
But the idea and solution are a perfectly viable way to increase our renewable energy sources.

Amorphous silicon is indeed far better for conversion effeciency but it isin't translucent (at least not so far I know of). so I dont think it is meant to replace at all , just add to it. all by all solar panels or alike wont be able to regulate internal heating as carbon nanotube.

so in combination of almost reducing a great ammount of energy for heating and solar panels are less strained by it. now also taking in the film of that makes you able to see at night it'll also reduce nightime lighting. again that is a massive gain in energy back.

and yes it will take time.

Sometimes we need to make a big fuss about it to get it even started.

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lemonietaodih

Reply 6 years ago


Dude, please think about this: he's suggesting that your employer save money on lighting by giving employees night-vision goggles. Is that not a Scott Adams original?

Photograph, of little dead-girl, awww - what the hell has that really got to do with carbon nanotubes? That is the worst...

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Lithium Rainlemonie

Reply 6 years ago

>Scott Adams

Ugh, I HATE that arrogant, supercilious misogynist.

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lemonieLithium Rain

Reply 6 years ago


What's the opposite of misogynist? I can't find the word.

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Lithium Rainlemonie

Reply 6 years ago

Feminist. ;)

(Or, to be technically grammatically consistent - but not truly correct in connotation...gynophile)

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lemonieLithium Rain

Reply 6 years ago


Sorry, I mean the gender-opposite like "misandronist".

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lemonieLithium Rain

Reply 6 years ago


Thank you.
It's not in my dictionary, and I was thinking that the reason I've never heard it used is because... why?

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kelseymhlemonie

Reply 6 years ago

Prevalence. Misogyny is considered far more culturally acceptable, both in Western and non-Western societies. Therefore, it is more necessary for those who oppose it to point it out.

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lemoniekelseymh

Reply 6 years ago


That is a sensible explanation, I think maybe Feminists used it a lot and as a consequence it's more well known (because there hasn't really been a Masculinist movement - the word isn't in FF's dictionary)

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lemonieLithium Rain

Reply 6 years ago

Do you find the concept of employees being given night-vision goggles to save money on lighting to be a typical Scott Adams idea though?
(I don't really care who he is beyond the artistic output.)

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taodihlemonie

Reply 6 years ago

You are right about the work enviroment but honestly I wasent even considering it.. It would be just a hazard to work without proper lighting.
At least in most jobs.


also... your thoughts about the girl is something like this..
http://funstoo.blogspot.com/2011/06/logical-thinker-funny-comic.html
Ofcource I'm not saying that what the video was about is a bit farfetched in regard the little girl but not impossible.

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lemonietaodih

Reply 6 years ago


The photograph is there to stir people up emotionally. It stirs me to anger because it don't need to be folded that many times to fit in a wallet - it's been deliberately aged and distressed for that effect. Nothing to do with nanotubes at all, very very tenuous.

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Kiteman

7 years ago

Interesting video - unfortunately, I don't think we hobby Makers have the kit to produce out own power-generating polymer sheets.

I'd happily line my windows with them, though. There is no way on Earth any NIMBY planning objectors could stop this the way they block wind turbines or solar arrays.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

...unless you live in a USA city where they control EVERY modification to your home.....

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lemonie

7 years ago


I thought about it a bit more: the water bit is all wrong.
I have a strong dislike for the presentation.

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lemonie

7 years ago


Interesting devices.
I really don't like his presentation and delivery, there's a fair few bad bits.
I remember what he says early on: "we formed a company" - it's something of a sales/marketing pitch (to me).

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kelseymh

7 years ago

The new organic solar cells are a very interesting idea, but the technology need a lot of work to be truly viable (that's an issue with many TED talks -- they're pie in the sky concepts, not actually usable).

The polymer sheets only have about 1% conversion efficiency, compared to 30-40% for the best conventional (amorphous silicon) forms. That means you need 30 to 40 times the area coverage to get the same power output. Even a multi-story building only has walls with a few times the roof area -- you would need a true skyscraper, to get the extra wall area.

It is certainly possible that the efficiency can be improved in the future, but not yet.