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Western University
Geography 3422A/B
Milford Green

7 Radical Energy Solution 10/22/2012 5:10:00 PM Solar Gasoline  Concentrated sunlight and carbon dioxide propel vehicles  A method of sunlight heats rings making them spin inside a chamber that has the potential to produce a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide called synthesis gas which is the basic molecular building block for fossil fuels o Could produce clean fuel supply, greater energy security, carbon dioxide reduction and less climate change Cleaner Coal  Cheapest and most plentiful energy resource in the US as well as the major driver of climate change  Engineers have devised ways to strip carbon dioxide out of a coal plant’s exhaust before it enters the atmosphere o The process takes up 30 percent of the energy created by burning the coal in the first place  Problems could crop up at any time  Difficult to get it up to the plant level Magnetic Air Conditioners  A cooler based on magnets that eliminate energy hogging compressors are being developed  Magnetocaloric effect – all magnetic materials heat up to some extent when exposed to a magnetic field and cool down when the field is removed o This phenomenon was discovered in 1881 but has been ignored for commercial purposes  In conventional coolers, the compressor does most of the work, in magnetic cooler
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