Mad Like Tesla

Mad Like Tesla

Underdog Inventors and the Relentless Pursuit of Clean Energy

Book - 2011
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Perseus Publishing
Climate change solutions so crazy they just might work! A search for the contemporary Nikola Tesla - considered a mad scientist by his society for predicting global warming more than 100 years ago - fuels this analysis of climate issues, which introduces thinkers and inventors who are working to find possible ways out of the energy crisis. From Louis Michaud, a retired refinery engineer who claims we can harness the energy of man-made tornadoes, to a professor and a businessman who are running a company that genetically modifies algae so it can secrete ethanol naturally, these individuals and their unorthodox methods are profiled through first-person interviews, exposing the social, economic, financial, and personal barriers that prevent them from making an impact with their ideas. The existing state of green energy technologies, such as solar, wind, biofuels, smart grid, and energy storage, is also explored, creating a sense of hope against a backdrop of climate dread.


Independent Publishing Group

A search for the contemporary Nikola Tesla?considered a mad scientist by his society for predicting global warming more than 100 years ago?fuels this analysis of climate issues, which introduces thinkers and inventors who are working to find possible ways out of the energy crisis. From Louis Michaud, a retired refinery engineer who claims we can harness the energy of man-made tornadoes, to a professor and a businessman who are running a company that genetically modifies algae so it can secrete ethanol naturally, these individuals and their unorthodox methods are profiled through first-person interviews, exposing the social, economic, financial, and personal barriers that prevent them from making an impact with their ideas. The existing state of green energy technologies, such as solar, wind, biofuels, smart grid, and energy storage, is also explored, creating a sense of hope against a backdrop of climate dread.



Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781770410084
1770410082
Characteristics: 251 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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L1br0V0re Jul 03, 2012

While the inventors the author profiles may never see worldly success, the ideas they share are intriguing. Creative thinkers like these should be cultivated by society, because they may be the ones to save us from our entrenched folly. While millions currently swelter during the latest heat wave while others labor to repair an antiquated power grid, the off-grid option and alternative energy solutions become more and more attractive. But will people be willing to embrace such new technologies? Only if they are reliable, cheap and convenient. We have used water, wood, steam, whale oil, candles and gas to power machinery, illuminate and heat homes before electricity, coal and petroleum became dominant. But in order to make alternatives cheap, reliable and convenient, there have to good incentives to switch. So far, incumbent industries have found no need to massively retool their infrastructure to accommodate them.

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