Here's a weird dispatch — a very long, very interesting article about a patent filing in which an inventor claims to have made a huge breakthrough in the development of solar energy.
The dispatch by Greg Gordon of McClatchy's Washington Bureau does a good job of explaining why the alleged breakthrough would be so useful: It claims to offer a much cheaper way to produce energy and a way to store it. If the invention is real, Gordon arguably has the scoop of the year.
If, if, if ...... the piece quotes a former U.S. Department of Energy solar energy official, Ramamoorthy Ramesh, as saying, “Who knows? It may actually be correct. But I’m an experimentalist. And until it’s proven, I don’t believe it.”
I'm old enough to remember the cold fusion hoax. If the new "Solar Traps" are real, they would be very good news. We'll see.
I previously wrote about solar power here.