Microsoft talks carbon-free power

June 25, 2009

Microsoft Corp Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie — the guy in charge of the company’s $9 billion research budget and deep thinking — sat down with Reuters to talk about clean energy — carbon free, not necessarily renewable, in his view. Following are a couple of excerpts.

Mundie talks about why wind and solar power may not be huge players on the renewable energy scene.

Mundie discusses his affinity for novel nuclear approaches.

Mundie shares his thoughts on clean energy road blocks.

Video editing by Courtney Hoffman


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Unfortunately he has a point about the base load needing to be catered for. Our energy use is ridiculously high, and until we can find even cheaper ways to mass produce renewable energy harvesters, nuclear does indeed look like the way forward.

Posted by Roger from Solar Power Facts | Report as abusive

With the rate that we’ve been going in the use of different technology stuffs now, we really are hurting the earth so much. So these ways that he’d been proposing is very good of him. Those are the really bright minds.

Posted by rearviewed | Report as abusive

This is good news. At least, they are not just thinking about gaining profit but also how to make things work for both for mother nature and the consumers.

Posted by crossmotive | Report as abusive

I think his last video on here says it perfectly, “All the regulations are built around the old style [of nuclear power]. There isn’t anyone who understands the new style.”

People have in their minds that nuclear means Chernobyl or terrible accidents. These are simply not real issues anymore. It would be like refusing to allow modern meat production after reading the Jungle, it is simply an antiquated fear.

Posted by Boone Beausoleil | Report as abusive

One such Novel Energy approach is found in the Yang Koldamasov ICCF12 2005 Electrostic Initiated Fusion in Mineral Oil and Doped Water hydrogel. A precursor to this demonstration may have been the report about an engine in 1972 Texas “The Richard Clem Engine”

A combined cycle rotary heat engine using the afore mentioned hydrogel would be the next logical step. Modeled upon an automotive torque converter configured as a hydraulic motor, the engine could achieve high efficiency at low weight using LENR hydrogen/boron proton fusion.

Posted by Michael R. Himes | Report as abusive