Mini-tutorial on nanotech for energy

“How can nanotechnology help the development of fuel cell technology?” If you should know this — but don’t — check out VC Norm Wu’s column on the ExtremeNano site by Ziff Davis. Also covered: nano and solar cells, nanocatalysts, and hydrogen.

The nano & energy story isn’t just about production: “Perhaps the broadest way in which nanotechnology will impact energy is on the consumption side. Lighting accounts for about 20 percent of all electricity consumption in the US. Researchers at Sandia believe that a new white LED technology, based on nanoscale manufacturing to create flawless devices, can cut that energy usage by half.”

This may not sound as sexy as nano-based energy production, but it would be a huge advance — great for both the environment and the pocketbook. –CP

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