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New Solar Technology

Two companies join up to deploy 19th-century technology at the solar front.

Who could have guessed that a 191-year-old engine design would become the newest ally of the solar revolution? Under a recent co-development deal, Solana Beach, California-based Open Energy and Kennewick, Washington-based Infinia have joined forces to provide a novel source of cheap electricity and clean drinking water. The idea centers on using Open Energy’s SunCone solar concentrators to produce steam to power Infinia’s Stirling engines hitched to electric generators. The result: virtually free electricity with no burning of fossil fuel and no greenhouse gases.

Click here to read the whole story by Gar Smith in the February 26, 2007 issue of Red Herring. Is it possible that much better technology is right around the corner, just waiting to poke a hole in the promises of wind power and render the wind turbines of the early 21st Century obsolete?



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