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August 3rd, 2009

Solar power with storage is now mainstream, 'firming' wind power for continuous supply.

Abstract:
Scott Bilby: This morning on Beyond Zero we're talking with Dr Craig S. Turchi, Senior Engineer at the USA's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, otherwise known as NREL.

Craig: One of other interesting areas that is being looked at a little bit longer range is referred to as nano fluids where you take like the standard heat transfer oil and perhaps you add a little bit of this magic pixie dust to it that's a nano particulate material that's designed to enhance the thermal properties of the fluid. It's kind of analogous to making a graphite composite tennis racquet or something where you put a little bit of these carbon nano tubes or small nano material into the fibreglass and its gives you a much stronger racquet. The same type of approach we're looking at for the heat transfer fluid. The nano materials are very expensive so you have to be able to get by with just a small amount.

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