Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > The BP oil disaster - highlighting a lack of investment in safe solar power

Abstract:
A comment by Ottilia Saxl, Founder, the Institute of Nanotechnology; MD, NANO Magazine.

The BP oil disaster - highlighting a lack of investment in safe solar power

UK | Posted on May 4th, 2010

Reading today an article titled 'Can nanotechnology help with the oil spill in the Gulf?' (1) (this so called 'spill' is in fact a blow-out from a drilling well) I wondered if Governor Schwarzeneggar would now be confident enough to rescind his moratorium on drilling offshore California, in the hope that nanotechnology might offer some potential to clean it up?

I think not.

It is time not to only address locking the stable door after the horse has bolted, but how to keep the horse firmly locked in, in the first place.

With oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, and with no end in sight, this unprecedented disaster gets worse hour-by-hour. The world is witnessing the slow death of a way of life in the Gulf, and a unique environment will be lost to many future generations.

How an accident could be allowed to occur which results in an almost unstoppable oil leak from a well drilled in a mind-blowing 5000 feet of water leaves many questions unanswered; but it has demonstrated once and for all that we must end our dependence on fossil fuels, and not only oil. The extraction of Athabasca tar sands is a similar catastrophe, but because of its slow burning nature it does not impinge so powerfully on our consciousness, but its consequences are just as frightful.

Successive governments have dragged their heels for the last 30 years, putting derisory sums of money into alternative, mainly useless, energy schemes, while out there in the blue sky sits this wonderful generator of limitless energy called the sun.

Investment in technology, particularly nanotechnology, to capture, use and store solar energy has been derisory, especially when we consider that enough energy from the sun falls on the earth in one hour to power the needs of the planet for a year.

It is absolutely essential now for major funding to be committed to harnessing energy from the sun, on the scale of defence budgets, to the benefit of all. The great thing about solar energy is that is is inclusive, and the poor and disadvantaged will also be beneficiaries in a solar powered world

To read more about how nanotechnology is leading to higher efficiency solar collectors, visit bit.ly/9kMRGw


(1) news.discovery.com/tech/can-nanotechnology-help-oil-spill.html

####

About NANO Magazine
NANO Magazine is a dynamic magazine at the leading edge of nanotechnology features, views, news and reviews. NANO will appeal to a spectrum of interests ranging from the industrial and academic research communities to investors and businesses. Each issue includes:
- the latest news and events in nanotechnology
- a special focus on themes of international significance, from cancer prevention and treatment to surviving in space
- contributions from key figures in industry, leading researchers, decision makers and opinion leaders
- in-depth features
- regular articles on nanotechnologies for industry, healthcare and the environment
- profiles of countries investing in nanotechnology
- ethics, international risk governance and regulation

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Fraser Shand
Communications Manager
NANO Magazine
+44 (0) 1786 447520

Copyright © NANO Magazine

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Sopping up proteins with thermosponges: Researchers develop novel nanoparticle platform that proves effective in delivering protein-based drugs October 22nd, 2014

Brookhaven Lab Launches Computational Science Initiative:Leveraging computational science expertise and investments across the Laboratory to tackle "big data" challenges October 22nd, 2014

Bipolar Disorder Discovery at the Nano Level: Tiny structures found in brain synapses help scientists better understand disorder October 22nd, 2014

NIST offers electronics industry 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules October 22nd, 2014

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Brookhaven Lab Launches Computational Science Initiative:Leveraging computational science expertise and investments across the Laboratory to tackle "big data" challenges October 22nd, 2014

Bipolar Disorder Discovery at the Nano Level: Tiny structures found in brain synapses help scientists better understand disorder October 22nd, 2014

NIST offers electronics industry 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules October 22nd, 2014

Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries October 21st, 2014

Investments/IPO's/Splits

TARA Biosystems and Harris & Harris Group Form Company to Improve Safety and Efficacy of New Therapies October 22nd, 2014

Arrowhead Issues Open Letter to Shareholders October 9th, 2014

PEN Inc. Announces New Trading Symbol: PENC: Stock Continues Trading on the OTCQB September 3rd, 2014

Aspen Aerogels, Inc. to Present at Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference August 27th, 2014

Announcements

NanoTechnology for Defense (NT4D) October 22nd, 2014

Mechanism behind nature's sparkles revealed October 22nd, 2014

TARA Biosystems and Harris & Harris Group Form Company to Improve Safety and Efficacy of New Therapies October 22nd, 2014

Researchers patent a nanofluid that improves heat conductivity October 22nd, 2014

Environment

Imaging electric charge propagating along microbial nanowires October 20th, 2014

Physicists build reversible laser tractor beam October 20th, 2014

Plastic nanoparticles also harm freshwater organisms October 18th, 2014

New Nanocomposites Help Elimination of Toxic Dyes October 15th, 2014

Energy

Researchers patent a nanofluid that improves heat conductivity October 22nd, 2014

Could I squeeze by you? Ames Laboratory scientists model molecular movement within narrow channels of mesoporous nanoparticles October 21st, 2014

First Canada Excellence Research Chair gets $10 million from the federal government for oilsands research at the University of Calgary: Federal government announces prestigious research chair to study improving oil production efficiency October 19th, 2014

Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways October 16th, 2014

Solar/Photovoltaic

Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways October 16th, 2014

Dyesol Signs Letter of Intent with Tata Steel October 13th, 2014

DNA nano-foundries cast custom-shaped metal nanoparticles: DNA's programmable assembly is leveraged to form precise 3D nanomaterials for disease detection, environmental testing, electronics and beyond October 10th, 2014

Over 100 European experts meet in Barcelona thanks to a COST Action coordinated from ICN2: The ISOS-7 Summit discusses the future of organic photovoltaic devices October 7th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE





  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE