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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Here Comes The Sun With New Solutions For Worlds Energy Woes


Tallahassee FL (SPX) May 23, 2006
The number is staggering: Approximately 2 billion of the world's people -- nearly one-third of the human population -- have no access to electricity.

Consequently, they do without many of the amenities that people in the developed world take for granted -- everything from air conditioning and refrigeration to television, indoor lighting, and pumps that supply drinking water. And without electricity to power factory operations or other commercial endeavors, those 2 billion people remain mired in an endless cycle of poverty.

One Florida State University researcher is working to break that cycle through the development of new energy technologies that are easy to install, environmentally sound and -- perhaps most importantly -- inexpensive to produce. Anjane'yulu' Krothapalli holds the Don Fuqua Eminent Scholar Chair of Engineering at FSU.

He has established a new research center at FSU, the Sustainable Energy Science and Engineering Center (www.sesec.fsu.edu), which is developing technologies that have the potential to transform much of the developing world. Such technologies also could help the United States and other developed nations deal with ever-rising energy costs and combat the spread of global warming.

"The principles really are very simple," said Krothapalli, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Florida AandM University-FSU College of Engineering since 1983. "At SESEC, we are exploring ways to combine existing technologies to convert solar radiation to heat; to use that heat to produce steam to run a low-cost, highly efficient turbine; and then to use the power generated by that turbine to run a small electric generator.
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Here Comes The Sun With New Solutions For Worlds Energy Woes

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