I partiledardebatterna som gick i veckan verkade det som att det var de svenska politikerna som skulle rädda världen från oljeberoendet. Så är det naturligtvis inte.

Breakthroughs in Solar Cell Technology from Australia and South Africa

According to The Energy Blog, the costs of solar power will be cut in half by 2010, and cost comparable to nuclear energy by no later than 2030.

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In a scientific breakthrough that has stunned the world, a team of South African scientists, led by Professor Vivian Alberts, has developed a revolutionary new, highly efficient solar power technology” and “The South African solar panels consist of a thin layer of a unique metal alloy that converts light into energy.”

The photo-responsive alloy can operate on virtually all flexible surfaces. The new panels are approximately five microns thick (a human hair is 20 microns thick) while the older silicon panels are 350 microns thick. Alberts claims the cost of the South African technology is a fraction of the cost for less effective silicon solar panels.”

När kostnaden för småskalig energiproduktion minskar kommer beroendet till stora (och ofta statligt ägda eller kraftigt reglerade) elnätverk minska. Energisektorn står inför samma stora förändring som nu sker i inom musik, media, film, tv och telekom: från stora, centralstyrda nätverk till autonoma och självständiga (men sammankopplade) enheter.

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