powering the future

I mentioned this coming a little while back: now the NY Times reports Oil-Rich Nations Use More Energy, Cutting Exports

The economies of many big oil-exporting countries are growing so fast that their need for energy within their borders is crimping how much they can sell abroad, adding new strains to the global oil market.
Experts say the sharp growth, if it continues, means several of the world’s most important suppliers may need to start importing oil within a decade to power all the new cars, houses and businesses they are buying and creating with their oil wealth.

Which should set some serious alarm bells ringing.

Meanwhile, this sounds promising; mag lev wind turbines. Capable of producing power equivalent to 1000 conventional wind turbines and occupying about 1/60th of the space. Not sure how viable they are yet: to a quick read the materials to build them sound a little complex, and the first major effort to build them got underway last month in China.

One Response to “powering the future”

  1.   Timb
    December 30th, 2007 | 2:45 pm

    Fucken sweet!

    I want one in my backyard (well a smallish one :))

    Happy New Year Man!!