Proving you may never be too old to change the world Stanford Ovshinsky says solar power can now be made as cheap as coal, which would make fossil fuels such as oil and coal obsolete!
The respected USA senior inventor (88 years young) that holds 100′s of scientific patents relating to:
The environmentally friendly rechargable nickel-metal hydride batteries, which are currently being widely used in laptop computers, digital cameras, and mobile phones. Ovshinsky was also responsible for large form factor NiMH batteries with a proven range of 201 miles in electric cars over a decade ago, but they are suffering from a bad case of patent encumbrance by oil industry corporate interests since that time.
In addition he also holds patents for:
* Small flat transistors used in flat screen TVs, which made photocopying and fax machines possible.
* Thin-film solar energy laminates and panels
* Flat screen liquid crystal displays
* Rewritable CD and DVD computer memories
* Hydrogen fuel cells
* Nonvolatile phase-change electronic memories
* Solid hydrogen electric storage
Ovshinsky says he is now able to show proof of principle of a photovoltaic plant that lowers the cost of photovoltaic energy sources to that of coal, which would possibly end the world’s reliance on carbon based fuels.
His new method of solar panel production would allow a 150,000 sq. ft. factory to produce enough thin-film photovoltaics in a year that could generate one gigawatt of solar energy on an annual basis. That amount of energy is roughly equivalent to that of a nuclear power plant, but it could be accomplished at the same price as coal (a few cents per watt).
This is not only good news for: the clean energy industry, climate change mitigation, electric vehicles, and many other industries and products as well. “Ovshinsky’s invention would be an energy game changer.” says Ken Burridge (quote from EV.com’s Editor-in-Chief).
This particular feat of making solar energy equal to or less than the cost of coal (also reported in the May 2011 edition of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist) has been Ovshinsky’s long-term goal over the last half-century, which is to make fossil fuels obsolete while at the same time providing countless jobs in new industries.
The next step is to build the first factory, which should cost no more than $350 million.