Ideas for a new electricity system that incorporates nanotechnology was explored at a recent conference at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Innovation in the electricity system is seen as a key to making the transition to alternative sources of energy, small-scale decentralized distributed energy systems and eventually plug-in hybrid vehicles, according to Wade Adams, director of the Rice Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology.Wade Adams audio 1
The session began with a video tribute to the late Nobel laureate Richard Smalley, who had been scheduled to speak at the conference. Smalley died from cancer complications on October 28th.Wade Adams audio 2
Energy industry leaders and academia say nanoscience can change the current system of providing electricity in the U.S.Wade Adams audio 3
Will these changes happen in our lifetimes?Wade Adams audio 4
Panels discussed public policies that could propel creative solutions and looked at science and technology needed to increase grid capacity and efficiency. Adams says the solutions are also opportunities for making money.