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Thnx but you're missing some info

Thank you very much for your intelligent and discerning response. I would completely agree with every word, except that I am in a very unique position to know otherwise. Now I have to show my cards some to justify that statement.

I invented a new Stirling engine process about a decade ago. In trying to bring it to market, I have been exposed to technologies and solutions that, IMHO, no one else knows of. Here's the short version:

I started focusing on CSP as a method of providing it heat. I went investor/grant/subsidy hunting. Unfortunately, being a free marketer and violently against yielding control, I met with much frustration. I started a company and advertised that we will investigate and consider funding all types of innovative renewables. This got me into nearly a hundred NDA agreements on varying technologies that are in a similar funding situation. So, while I can't outline any specifics in detail, I can give a rough overview.

In no particular order... Algae biofuels currently depend on growing a single strain to conform to a single process of refinement but there exists an even cheaper process to refine all types of algae into perfectly standardized gasoline. This means that algae farms can increase yield by nearly 80 times since they no longer fear cross contamination.

My solar system and a couple other approaching competitor is storing sunlight in the form of heat to be used on demand. My advantage is the ability to store day's worth, not just 6 hours. It is also capable of home scale to commercial scale sizing.

My solar concentrators, storage systems and engings are designed around aluminum, salt, glass, some steel and lots of heat. My factories can eventually provide all that heat from, you guessed it, solar concentration. We even have a glass plant based on solar concentration. (glass is mostly sand) Aluminum (and a little copper for the generator) is the only resource that's not sustainable but it is recyclable and very abundant. I also have an ocean based configuration which has two important by-products. Desalinated water and salt, which can be used in the utility scale solar thermal storage.

Wind turbines are not very sustainable in their current configuration. However, picture an array of very efficient ones being flown like a kite in the jet stream. They will now have 95% capacity, be subject to 300 MPH wind on average and can be easily controlled to follow wind direction. Just 4% of the 'near jet stream', 'off limits' airspace in the northern midwest could power the entire country using this method. Estimated costs are under $200/kW, they scale very large and their EROEI is over 200:1.

Waste to energy using plasma gasification can turn landfill and sewage waste into energy and potable (cracked and recombined H2O) water so cheaply you wouldn't believe me if I quoted it. EROEI is still over 25:1.

Using a truly intelligent smart grid, we could utilize over 80% of our transmission capacity while reducing it's peak usage. As you know, line costs are based on peak capacity so that's a reduction in cost (or level one depending on how you figure it) with an increase of 4 times total energy transmitted. This doesn't eliminate the intermittancy problem but it spreads it to more than triple the geographical area which further cuts balancing costs. On the other side of the coin, this smart grid could usher in home renewable onsite generation just as easily as onsite demand reduction. Both of these can reduce our problems by varying amounts up to 40%. Likely is more around 10% though.

Your end premise, however, is very accurate. We definitely are all about creating materialistic 'goodies' for the 'kiddies'. This is a process we're also working on. (did I mention that we have potentially 16 companies in a form of consortium?) We have a strong focus on producing things that effectively last forever and new multi-function devices. These products (both ours and others we support/watch) all make 'local and long lasting' a choice that's easier because it's cheaper and has more benefits. We also promote private company ownership with no debt to be passed on. This ends the 'perpetual growth' paradigm so the incentive is gone to cut corners. As you might imagine, this last fact has caused us the longest delay in getting things rolling. ...but we are still winning, very soon.

We have an entire US energy plan (working on global) where we lay out the current sources and the future sources with all the above (and more) in play. If we did a very aggressive action and could push some innovative mass transit (skytran.net, et. al.), it could take us down to 10% oil (none foreign) and 10% current NG and the rest renewable in 10-15 years. Less aggressive approaches might to the same in 30 years but they allow for global integration. ...and all costs are less than status quo.