Gundam 00 and The Future of Energy (Wars)

Gundam 00 – First season

The series is set in 2307 AD… As a result of the depletion of fossil fuels, humanity had to search for a new source of power. The power was found in the form of massive arrays of solar power collectors orbiting the Earth, and supported by three orbital elevators, each one serving one of the three “power blocs” on the planet. With this nearly inexhaustible source of energy benefiting only the major powers and their allies, constant warfare erupts around the globe among minor countries for fuels and energy.

Global Solar Energy Grid, Globar War for Energy

The Europeans are serious about nanotechnology to wean countries off using fossil fuels in the next century. There´s considerable interest in setting up a solar grid that is global because the sun consistently shines on some part of the planet.
European Scientists: ‘Let’s Set Up A Global Solar Energy Grid’, Triplepundit, October 24, 2008

“The potential of solar power is much, much larger in absolute numbers than that of wind,” said Professor Bengt Kasemo from Chalmers University of Technology and the chair of the ESF conference. However, like wind, the potential of solar power generation varies greatly across time and geography, being confined to the daytime and less suitable for regions in higher latitudes, such as Scandinavia and Siberia. For this reason there is growing interest in the idea of a global electricity grid according to Kasemo.

“If solar energy is harvested where it is most abundant, and distributed on a global net it will be enough to replace a large fraction of today’s fossil-based electricity generation,” said Kasemo. “It also would solve the day/night problem and therefore reduce storage needs because the sun always shines somewhere.”

Europe rallies behind nanotechnology to wean world from fossil fuels, Nanotechwire, 10/9/2008

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