Carbon Nanotube

Future of grid is no grid. Energy generation has always had problems with keeping up with the demands as the population increased. What if the answer to our biggest problem can be found in the smallest of the places? What if we can have the control of the essence of energy: electron. Ever since the discovery of carbon nanotube in 1991, scientists were fascinated by possibilities of potential applications in modern world. Carbon nanotube is made by when graphite is blasted by a vapor and when the vaporized carbon condenses, it condenses back to a different form. That form resembles chicken wire sheet rolled up to make a tube. Because of differences in the way the chicken wire patterns of carbon atoms line up across the surface, nanotubes can either act as metals or semi conductor. According to CEO of Nanoholdings LLC, Justin Hall-Tipping, describes conductance of carbon nanotube is nearly 1,000 times greater than that of copper. In molecular level, carbon is transparent as opposed to the common speculation of it being black. If a carbon nanotube sheet were to be combined with polymer and fixed to a window, one could control whether to reflect away or permit sunlight and heat gain to meet his/her comfort. This can save significant energy from using inefficient forced-air HVAC. We are talking about a material that can potentially free humanity from grid. We discovered technology that can create energy abundunce. Carbon nanotube can also be metal which is can be used as structural material in the near future. Nanotechnology researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and at Trinity College in Dublin Ireland have developed nanotube fibers that are 20 times stronger than steel. Manufacturing this material is currently costly, but as nanotechnology progresses, the cost is expected to decrease.

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Original sources:
http://nanoholdings.com
http://phys.org/news/2012-10-simple-method-flexible-carbon-nanotube.html
http://scitechdaily.com/aligned-carbon-nanotube-silicon-sheets-improve-battery-design/

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