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December 27th, 2007


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04:10 pm - Cool things !
Does anyone else think this (solar panels 10x cheaper per Watt capacity) combined with this (potential 10x increase in Li-ion battery capacity) is very exciting news ?
A whole range of things become possible or economically viable with those increases - especially the batteries. 12 hour battery in your laptop ? 1000km range in your electric car ? Reasonably-priced solar desalination ?

Edit: This is quite exciting too - poster for The Colour of Magic, with a link to further details of cast etc.
Current Mood: excitedexcited

(4 touches | En garde !)

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From:the_magician
Date:December 27th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Very exciting news indeed!

Combine that with the "printable" mobile phones, electric ink paper, wimax etc. and we'll have useful low power long life ubiquitous computing.
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From:reverancepavane
Date:December 27th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
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The first three commercial nanosolar panels have been produced. The first is in the company's head office. The second is in a Tech Museum. The third was sold on E-Bay (starting at 99c and the last bid I saw it was US$17500). The secret is that they've managed to produce a process where they manage to print the substrate on plastic in a continuous process, rather than attempting to improve the efficiency of the cells.

Although I am still a fan of the Methyl Hydrate solar furnaces that the University of NSW was working on, where the solar energy is essentially stored in the phase change between gas/liquid for later use, rather than storing the electricity in a battery. But this is much more an industrial method of producing power.

Especially since desalination is best described as "bottling electricity" (the grass-roots campaign for more water in SA in emulation of Perth's new desalination plant has resulted in a poltical decision rather than economic decision). Sigh. Why do polticians have to be seen to be "doing something."

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From:reverancepavane
Date:December 27th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Although I am less than enthused by the addition of Tim Curry as "Trymon" to the film (which leaves me feeling that the screenwriters didn't really "get" The Colour o Magic and needed a "standard" foil to create a "standard" plot.

To quote the film's website:

"Rincewind's departure also seems to have excited the Octavo, the greatest spell book of all, chained because of its danger in the dungeons of the University. And this disturbance has not escaped the attention of ambitiously evil wizard Trymon (Emmy Award winner Tim Curry, The Rocky Horror Picture Show) who plans to become Archchancellor of the University and discover the Octavo's secrets."

WTF?


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From:kremmen
Date:December 27th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
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If you use an older, not stupidly power-wasting, laptop (eg. ~1GHZ P3) with current batteries, you can get 5 hours per battery (ie. 10 hours on a 2-battery model) already. Yes, 100 hours on battery power would be great.

However, I wonder if they'll deteriorate as badly as current batteries? Li-ion batteries are by far the least reliable parts in tech items. Even poor-quality PC power supplies, renowned for poor longevity, last longer than Li-ion batteries, and continue to work up until they die, rather than deteriorating from day 1.

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