Thursday, March 27, 2008

Private industry with gov't subsidies will solve energy problem

one example of many, from long tail (one of the best blogs out there)

From my friend Shai Agassi's blog ("The Long Tailpipe"):

"Electric cars and windmills are the most complementary products in the green world. Windmills generate a lot more energy at night, as wind picks up when the air cools down. Unfortunately, when you get a lot of wind most people are asleep and the electricity needs to be rerouted elsewhere. Cars are parked at night waiting to get electricity into the batteries - which is a perfect match to the electricity profile of wind generation.

Denmark has 20% of its generation capacity coming from wind. I learned that only 13% of the electrons though are wind electrons, the rest are sold to Norway and Germany - practically for free some times. Those 7% can drive every car in Denmark if you converted the fleet to Electric Vehicles. Clean, Cheap and Abundant - Electric Gasoline... "

Shai is starting a hugely ambitious project, called Better Place, to build an entire electric car infrastructure, starting in Israel. Oh, and the cars will be free--you'll pay for the electricity. (Picture taken in Denmark by Quin Garcia of the Better Place team).

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