Thursday, May 9, 2013

New Energy Breakthrough Could Save The Planet

Patent filing claims solar breakthrough.

From McClatchy News

By Greg Gordon | McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — In a U.S. patent application, a little-known Maryland inventor claims a stunning solar energy breakthrough that promises to end the planet’s reliance on fossil fuels at a fraction of the current cost – a transformation that also could blunt global warming.
Ronald Ace, photographed at his home in Laurel, Maryland, May 4, 2013, said his flat-panel "Solar Traps," which can be mounted on rooftops or used in power plants, will shatter barriers that have stymied efforts to make solar energy cheap, clean and reliable. His claimed discoveries, which exist only on paper so far, would represent such a leap that they're sure to draw skepticism. | Mary F. Calvert/MCT

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Inventor Ronald Ace said that his flat-panel “Solar Traps,” which can be mounted on rooftops or used in electric power plants, will shatter decades-old scientific and technological barriers that have stymied efforts to make solar energy a cheap, clean and reliable alternative.

“This is a fundamental scientific and environmental discovery,” Ace said. “This invention can meet about 92 percent of the world’s energy needs.”

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1 comment:

  1. Even if he is able to store heat at high temperatures without radiative heat loss, that is only 1 leg of a 3 legged stool. Conduction and convective heat losses are also huge at high temperatures. Mr. Ace responses on other web sites says he considers that just a minor engineering detail- not important now. The third leg is how do you get energy out in a useful form - same as now? Micro-turbines? Thermoelectric generators? Without innovations in this expensive leg, the stool falls over. Again, Mr. Ace says, don't both me with details...


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