I’ve never subscribed to the idea that we need a silver bullet to replace crude oil.
I’ve always believed the better solution would be to develop a working balance among sustainable and exchangeable energy sources.
Today, we have contributions from renewables like solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, and even wave and kinetic power, to complement the energy we create from crude oil, natural gas, nuclear, and coal.
And there are “new” forms of energy being touted every day. Some of these new directions represent thinking that is quite “outside the box.”
In fact, several years ago I was actively involved in evaluating some of these new energy technologies. It involved field work, visiting laboratories, testing centers, and production facilities in a number of locations.
I found the novel ways of looking at problems and coming up with new solutions absolutely fascinating.
Yet, of all the “game changers” I was asked to review, one source was by far the most common. The phone calls became so frequent I referred to them under one phrase.
I would simply call them my “algae of the week.” And none of them ever amounted to much.