I’m sure you’ve been following the news about the rather incredible comet lander, Rosetta, launched 10 years ago by the European Space Agency, which successfully landed on the comet a couple of days ago. Now pictures and data are coming in. If the crafts solar cells are adequately positioned (the craft is in the shadow of a cliff) the craft will operate for months. Most cool. Video from USA Today.
I’ve written recently about how solar is getting cheaper and about how it may be growing too fast in the sense that the current energy grid and business systems cannot adjust quickly enough. But an interesting question is whether it would be possible to provide much, perhaps even most energy with solar by the end of the century. I believe this would be a good idea, and perhaps is even inevitable given the declining cost curve of solar, and the likely need to shift toward cleaner energy even if fossil fuels stay relatively abundant deep into the century. Here is an infographic that explores the capacity of solar to fulfill our energy needs that was sent to me yesterday. I think it undersells the challenge of building the energy grid and the storage systems that would make solar this feasible, but you will probably discover some facts you were unaware of as you explore the graphic.
Could The World Be 100% Solar? [Infographic] by the team at CashEuroNetUK, LLC
Can self-driving cars be a real transportation option? This Monday evening, 7:30 PM Pacific, I’ll be appearing on Evening Magazine, a daily feature on King 5 TV. Host Jim Dever and I discuss self driving cars and other tech that may make the future of transportation better.
Everything that is possible today was at one time impossible. Everything that is impossible today may at some time in the future be possible. A future of awe and wonder as at our fingertips if we choose to do great things.