Alternative Energies are Looking Good Again

One of today’s more promising growth engines could come from an industry that harks back to beanbag chairs and Jimmy Carter. Companies promoting solar power and other alternative-energy concepts are rapidly attracting venture funding, research grants and, just as important, the interest of many of the tech industry’s deep thinkers and influential figures. “We have a huge energy issue in this century, and it will not be solved by policy. The only real solution is technology,” said Jim Plummer, dean of Stanford University’s School of Engineering. “The alternative is to shut down our economy.”


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