BY ETHAN FLETCHER
Long-lasting batteries made of wire mesh that can fit any device imaginable. A low-cost diagnostic tool that detects cancer via a drop of blood. A robotic exoskeleton that allows paraplegics to walk.
If these sound like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie (didn’t Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy have that cancer screening tool?), they’re not. Each one of these seemingly futuristic technologies is currently being researched and developed, and in some cases made, right here in the East Bay.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors upheld Cool Earth Solar’s application for a solar energy installation in the Altamont,
denying an appeal by the Tri-Valley Conservancy (TVC).
Supervisors voted 4-0, at their meeting Feb. 28, with supervisor Nadia Lockyer absent.
In the seemingly never-ending quest to find alternative energy sources, the wackiest of our nation's scientific minds can hit on some of the most simple and brilliant ideas. This time, it's giant balloons that collect the sun's rays.
Rob Lamkin and Cool Earth Solar have developed a design that tackles alternative energy's scalability issues, by providing more bang for the buck, or in this case, power for square footage.