It occurred to me recently that the real game-changer in energy won’t be the development of new or more efficient sources of energy.

The problem with power distribution is that it has to produced on demand – solar panels are useless at night, so another source of power has to be engaged during those hours. Worse yet, the alternate source of power, often a coal-fired plant, has to be geared up for full demand at a moment’s notice. Very inefficient.

But what if someone developed a more efficient storage technology for electricity? What if the solar and wind energy can be held until it is needed, like water in a water tower?

Energy would be clean, plentiful and cheap. Now that would be progress.

– Bob Gagliano

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