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BeaconLite

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:50:02 AM

A University of Colorado Boulder research team has moved closer to what some call the Holy Grail of a sustainable hydrogen economy — splitting water with sunlight.


Visit By Jim Scott, University of Colorado Boulder | LiveScience.com for full article
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remay
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 11:54:33 PM

Uh ha... and the downside?
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teenitup
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 11:41:03 PM

Like the search for the "fountain of youth"....
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 11:05:01 PM

Hmmmmm
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 4:03:02 PM


It's a very promising technology.
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mpg611
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:26:28 AM

Who will be the first to suggest that everyone who owns a house to install one of these tall poles in their backyards?
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Discovery02
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:24:08 PM

Good work by smart people at CU.
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andy1024
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:45:57 PM

Nice.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:25:02 PM

interesting
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Lugi1967
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:48:23 PM

Maybe, time will tell
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nicven
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:24:56 PM

We can only hope this will be feasible.
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ktbaeohana
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:59:51 PM

good news. watch and see.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 4:06:20 PM

Closer. Closer. Closer.
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CocoPaz
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 2:26:37 PM

We have LOTSA sunlight here in SB...except when the marine layer is in.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 2:25:04 PM

Looks promising.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 2:14:32 PM

nice idea
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 2:05:52 PM

Follow the science.

Thanks for sharing BeaconLite ;0}
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:12:40 PM

Exciting!
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wrunner
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:48:36 PM

Fascinating!

This is a beginning project and might not even be in the "work in progress" stage.

I'll see when i believe it.

In the meantime, let the sunshine it.
The future so bright, gotta wear shades.
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jamofsocal
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:31:57 PM

Of course this can be done. The question is whether the cost of the solar energy will actually provide cheap enough electricity for the process.

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bluebird1
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:18:03 PM

How many times have I heard this about Hydrogen ie. a game changer, efficient production of Hydrogen etc.. Best heard of yet was the bacteria in a swamp production but hard to collect the gas & filter it -I guess!!!
Here it stated using solar to heat to 2,500 degrees & wondered how solar can get that hot??? Then, the crutch is revealed in the last sentence:
'working system ...would require a number of the tall towers, each with its own reactor, to gather concentrated sunlight from several acres of mirrors surrounding each tower.'
This would be a working model, not a commercially viable one. So what's the cost of 12+ acres of mirrors, several towers & several reactors???? I came to over 12 acres as 'a number' is usually more than 'a couple' or 'a few' & 'several' must mean 3 or more - hence 4+ x 3+ is 12+ - heck could mean 50 acres.

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:14:46 PM

It looks if it should work.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:10:59 PM

Sounds good if it can be translated into real products.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:08:40 PM

Initial costs will be high, I wonder what payback time would be for break even. A lot of good ideas around but no mention of what type of savings there would be.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:01:55 PM

when will it get to the consumer??
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:56:38 AM

Well duh...better than trying to get hydrogen from hydro carbons..
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:55:41 AM

Wild!
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:32:24 AM

"How many times have we read articles about fantastic breakthroughs in energy
production? How many times do we ever hear any more about them?"

Science is usually a slow, steady, expensive march to achieve small levels of improvement. These are then hailed as "Game Changing Breakthroughs" in the popular press. When they don't produce saleable products immediately, they are forgotten until the next headline writer stumbles across them again.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:20:49 AM

I would be nice
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:38:05 AM

Sounds like encouraging progress.
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clslks
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:27:24 AM

still solar energy; is hydrogen production more efficient than storage batteries?
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:21:21 AM

We need R&D.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:19:03 AM

The next step.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:11:44 AM

Nice research. Lets see how fast it goes any where.
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BeaconLite
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:01:49 AM

Are we ever going to see this in our lifetime?
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:45:41 AM

Long ways to go there. I don't think conventional fuels are at risk anytime soon.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:20:01 AM

Don't worry Obama will start taxing the sun now.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:18:13 AM

pie in the sky dreaming
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:08:27 AM

Really??
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:03:28 AM

Love technology - sometimes it takes longer and other technologies will win out, however, articles like these keep us informed of new developments.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:02:49 AM

How many times have we read articles about fantastic breakthroughs in energy production? How many times do we ever hear any more about them?
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:01:37 AM

Technology breakthroughs will occur but time must be allowed for the technology to become commercially viable. It doesn't happen overnight.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:58:18 AM

Pipe dreams.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:53:49 AM

wake us when it comes to market if ever..............
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