Storing solar energy in the strangest The Real Reason to be Afraid of Artificial 2 days ago   09:51

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Will Chueh is an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and a center fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford. Chueh received his master's degree (2010) in applied physics and doctorate in materials science from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Stanford in 2012, he was a Distinguished Truman Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories. Chueh has received numerous honors, including the Caltech DemetriadesTsafka-Kokkalis Prize in Energy (2012), the Josephine de Karman Fellowship (2009) and the American Ceramics Society Diamond Award (2008). In 2012, he was named as one of the "top 35 innovators under the age of 35" by MIT Technology Review.

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Quaalude Charlie
Pyramids :) QC
Graphene supercapacitors!
Laurie Robinson
Tidal energy and geothermal are not from the sun
Scott Trahan
This TED talk is not so new news. I played with nickel, platinum, and other catalyst to separate O from H2O at Reed College in 1984. Lately have been experimenting with Fresnel Lenses applied to solar cells to not only generate electricity, but deionize water, and, separate H2 and O for later combustion.
It’s down to funding and engineering to take it to an industrial scale.
Just a side note: What if people start thinking of ethane, water, and CO2 as renewable? What Dr Chueh suggests is nothing less than a paradigm shift in they way we look at carbon fuels and CO2. Can’t wait until the all those “Anti-Science” accusers get up to speed with the frickin’ science. The future is bright, literally!!!
todd prifogle
If this presentation was at an elementary school by an elementary school student I would think this is cute but unimpressive .
Paul Bouchard
Atlantis & Lemuria
Nicolas Stabilini
Man that picture of USA no way can be from ISS. Unless ISS wen´t off orbit about thousands miles away.
What about mechanical storage of energy like pushing water uphill to be released as needed and converted into ac with turbines. Or large springs and gears like a giant watch
Those shadows under little suns in the infographics were funny.
Aldo Moraigne
Ethanol, more fuel to produce than btu's of energy. Same with hydrogen, ours is derived from natural gas, methane, maybe but all this is childlike wishful thinking
Kolila Gephart
The sun does shine all the time. They don't turn it of at night.
Jacob Jingleheimer
"The only power source for the future is the sun."

*The Sun is a giant nuclear reaction.

What about nuclear?
cony.!! pls animes
i learned that the problem is that we are inside of the best eficient battery ever. and we have to be out side of this operation we should focus the tecnology todo all this inside the car and we have the best ever baterry. and he wont tell us his tech. he is telling a people that is in his lvl. witch can do it reality because we really are out of time.
Заебал туда сюда ходить
Claude Armstrong
The most efficient solar reservoir is bio mass. Nothing man-developed matches it.
Claude Armstrong
The most efficient solar reservoir is bio mass. Nothing man-developed matches it.
Ill believe it when I see it, I think Nuclear is the future, people need to get over their fear of meltdowns as it is the lowest death per kw energy production we have today.
Fixer Upper
I hate to have to state the obvious but the Sun actually does shine all the time...
So you're saying we should convert solar energy into ethanol, combust it to produce mechanical energy and then convert that to electric energy by waving magnets around so that we can charge our phones.
The real question is how to make a smart phone out of plants.
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The Real Reason to be Afraid of Artificial Storing solar energy in the strangest 2 days ago   12:38

A robotics researcher afraid of robots, Peter Haas, invites us into his world of understand where the threats of robots and artificial intelligence lie. Before we get to Sci-Fi robot death machines, there's something right in front of us we need to confront - ourselves. Peter is the Associate Director of the Brown University Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative. He was the Co-Founder and COO of XactSense, a UAV manufacturer working on LIDAR mapping and autonomous navigation. Prior to XactSense, Peter founded AIDG – a small hardware enterprise accelerator in emerging markets. Peter received both TED and Echoing Green fellowships. He has been a speaker at TED Global, The World Bank, Harvard University and other venues. He holds a Philosophy B.A. from Yale. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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