By A.J.M. Van Wijk

Strangely positive. that's what the way forward for strength seems like, in response to writer advert van Wijk. Over 1 / 4 of a century in the past Van Wijk co-founded and was once CEO of Econcern, the corporate that constructed into the biggest Dutch sustainable strength company. unusually confident, our power destiny? And what approximately emerging costs of fossil fuels, depleting assets, toxins, power comparable illnesses, dependency on disagreeable and risky regimes? moreover, isnt sustainable power pricey, tricky to reap, unreliable and never but on hand via an extended shot? And didnt Econcern itself move bankrupt through the monetary problem? Van Wijks optimism seems opposed to the percentages. yet people who are ready to take an independent examine the power probabilities already current at the present time, get an entire new standpoint. Sustainable power for everybody, world wide, does seem to be a aim close by, either technologically and financially. and masses, a lot swifter than many could are inclined to think. during this publication advert van Wijk, at present professor in destiny power structures at Delft Technical college, succeeds in proposing a clean new outlook at the strength phenomenon. it truly is concise, miraculous and an excellent learn too, jam-packed with daily examples (hence the name how one can boil an egg). it's a strangely positive e-book certainly. yet strangely sensible too.

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50 +RZWRERLODQHJJELQQHQZHUNLQGG    The egg has been boiled A fresh outlook on energy My journey towards ‘a sustainable energy supply for everyone’ started at the farm I grew up on. There I experienced the impact of the natural forces on daily life. The natural forces inspired awe, and justifiably so. These forces can form a threat. At the same time nature is a tremendous source of energy. The energy from the sun is even the source of our existence. For many millions of years the sun has given life on Earth the energy to develop.

One of these developments is the ingenuous ‘Wave Rotor’. This device is designed to ‘catch’ the circular movements in the water column and convert them into a propulsive force acting on tilted vertical and horizontal rotor blades. 24 +RZWRERLODQHJJELQQHQZHUNLQGG    In the waves typically occurring in the Atlantic Ocean, one 10 meter diameter Wave Rotor could yield 500 kW of electrical power. If we move only one more technological step, the Wave Rotor could revolve underwater around the mast of an offshore wind turbine and we would have two renewable sources at one location.

Biomass Though it is perhaps somewhat less evident than wind and waves, biomass is also a form of solar energy. Plants grow thanks to sunlight. The energy in the particles of sunlight (photons) activates the chemical processes in plant cells. Then minerals, water, and carbon dioxide from the air are transformed into leaves, flowers, stalks, fruits, and roots. In short, they are transformed into biomass. Besides this kind of biomass from plants on the land, there is also marine biomass (algae and phytoplankton), animal biomass (manure, grease and slaughterhouse leftovers) and industrial biomass (waste products from paper and cardboard factories, the dairy industry, beer breweries, food processing, and so on).

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