Big Oil has since ever questioned the cost effectiveness and the performance factors of renewable energy sources and has always pushed the view, that these are new technologies that still don’t have the ‘thing’ to take over the steamy old plants.
But then there comes a breakthrough that is set to redefine the way we look at it.
CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. And just recently it had a breakthrough that they describe to be as significant as “breaking the sound barrier”.
This is what they had to say:
” CSIRO has used solar energy to generate hot and pressurised ‘supercritical’ steam, at the highest temperatures ever achieved in the world outside of fossil fuel sources. ”
Solar energy is garnering more importance as the technologies get better and better, which emphasises the importance of R&D in the energy revolution that’s set to happen.
This is in quite a contrast to the same basic principle that is used even today to generate electricity in conventional thermal power plants, with little to no innovation happening in that sector.
This doesn’t top the fossil fuels yet, but given an emission free source that generates such a result, sooner or later big solar’s got to topple big oil.