Another great TED link sent to me from Nigel:
Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells — and some questions we haven’t yet solved.
I shall try and find out where he is at with this, as this recording is a few years old now. Brilliant stuff. If we can get that payback down to 5 years, as Bill wants to do, we are golden. Shaving the top off of our profligate hunger for cheap energy, then sharing it across the grid is a great way to go. It will require a paradigm shift away from our centralised, bigger-is-better approach to energy generation. Bring it on, I say!