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Energy

Where to begin ... a vast subject. From the idea that our society, geared around fossil fuels and oil, is about to have a nasty shock as we stop using it, either from fear of climate change or of the stuff running out,- to the storylines that have been circulating for a few decades - of more than enough energy and new devices but interests aligned with the status quo keep them 'buried'. With problems at Fukushima continuing (writing 3 months after the earthquake and tsunami) the world is waking up to the risks of nuclear power - there is an alternative. It is not either fossil fuels (and climate change and pollution) or nuclear power (with its unaccountably huge tail risks), but a whole new way of looking at power - the clue is in that word. Distributed networks, multiple sources. Start the foray into the masses of information on the web with a few key word searches:


Peak Oil - the idea that oil will run out - countered by Russian theory that oil reservoirs recharge from the Earth's core ....

Tesla - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla

Solar energy - major discovery by MIT - http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2008/oxygen-0731.html

Groundsource heat pumps - Ice Energy (commercial firm but good information) http://www.iceenergy.co.uk/heat-pumps---tell-me-more--_79/

Salter's Duck - wave power - http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/salters-duck.htm