Saturday, June 19, 2010

An open letter to Steve Jobs, Jim Ballsilie and any other visionary who'd like to save the planet

Dudes, here's the plan: develop a better solar cell. Tiny. Powerful.

Four decades ago a computer mainframe filled a large room. Today, that much computing power fits in a shoebox. If integrated circuits can be downsized like this, why not solar cells and the batteries to store that power?

Like this one.

Cars powered by solar cells the size of a dime, storing power in a battery the same size as car batteries are now. Homes heated electrically by solar cells the size of a tv satellite dish, stored in a battery smaller than your water heater. Offices and industry could be powered the same way.

Solar power is abundant, and completely renewable. There is no nuclear waste, no carbon released into the atmosphere, no damming of rivers and no more oil destabilizing our economies and our environment.

It doesn't take an accountant to see the potential income stream would be huge. Or an environmentalist to see the benefits to our planet.

So, who's in?

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