Getting the sustainable energy we need from where we can harness it

What we have now is a whole series of venture capital start ups seeking to solve the environment problem by a host of scientific fixers and inventions. That is if they could only get investors...

I watch the New Inventors on TV -- very twee perhaps -- but there is this massive level of ingenuity that warrants sponsoring for many of the inventions profiled

My favorite invention is this one -- the Solar Water Purifier-- where solar heat is used to evaporate and purify any type of polluted water for drinking. This is an amazing invention, so simple but so productive and useful.

The guy even tested it with arsenic poisoned water!

Related to the question of solar energy is the problem of storage and transit. One solution was explored in Canada a few years back where sunshine was used to create ice. You perhaps are asking, what's the point?

Energy produced by the sun's rays isn't easy to store --as 'energy-'- but what better way to "store" it than laterally as ice for use in a refrigeration unit. Why refrigeration? Because that's what's missing in countries like Africa -- not only to preserve foodstuffs but to keep medicines in remote areas because so many drugs must be kept at low temperatures.

But than if you follow the same logic -- air conditioning is congealed electricity. Nothing else will blow out the household budget as much as an air conditioning unit. Its load demand can equal all over electrical outlets in the one dwelling combined. Air conditioning is the major reason why the grid is stressed during hot days in Summer. So why not make air conditioning a product of harnessing your own solar energy to run it? It is necessary in public places and many workplaces during sunny Summer days --so the logic is self evident isn't it?

But yesterday I came upon this almost bizarre solution which I have to say has a lot of merit.

If you can imagine a sunflower farm -- what if you replaced those blooms with large balloons designed to capture solar radiation and convey it to solar energy storage panels? These blooms are strung along a rack system which is something like a vineyard suspended off the ground. You could graze cattle underneath . Because these "bloom balls" are oval they pick up the sun's rays no matter where it is located in the sky (one of the major problems with solar energy production is that devices need to be engineered to pivot and follow the sun). And farmers "grow" the electricity in the same way they do fruit, wheat or vegetables. These are 'farms" in the sense of productive capacity.

Technically you could combine that setup with wind turbines like my favorite -- its' like a mascot the spinning blimp turbine. (Kite festivals would never be the same again!)

So cute it warrants adoption. Every home should have one!

But because of the problems with solar and wind generation -- especially their intermittency -- I think the core investment should be in geothermal.

If you look at a geothermal map of Australia I think the point is self evident. And if you consider the engineering involved. Really all these exotic start ups aren't so urgent given the potential that lies beneath our feet. And really the core question could be posed: Nuclear energy versus Thermal power. Thats' a reasonable counterpoint, I reckon.

Finally,in one exchange I have been involved in, Bob Morris of Politics in the Zeroes explained the issue, and I guess the political conundrum, like this:
"So, as you say, how does the Left also steer this towards new forms of government and get across the message that the economic system of capitalism is part of the problem.

"This is going to be a weird mix, as the solutions include vastly distributed electrical power generation and renewable energy, which implies vastly distributed political power too. Yet the solution needs to be top-down."