There was basically no electricity 150 years ago. Tesla, Edison and Faraday were experimenting and it was believed to be dangerous, so no electric anything. They used wood and coal fired brick and iron ovens and fire places. The lighting was oil and gas lamps and candles, hence the saying “Burning the midnight oil.” I have lived with little (generators and solar power) or no electricity in the deep desert in Saudi Arabia, in the mountains on expeditions and after hurricanes Irene and Maria in the Caribbean. Today fossil fuels and electricity are the foundation of our civilization. How will we continue to make electricity in the future? Any other research examples?

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There was basically no electricity 150 years ago. Tesla, Edison and Faraday were experimenting and it was believed to be dangerous, so no electric anything. They used wood and coal fired brick and iron ovens and fire places. The lighting was oil and gas lamps and candles, hence the saying “Burning the midnight oil.”

I have lived with little (generators and solar power) or no electricity in the deep desert in Saudi Arabia, in the mountains on expeditions and after hurricanes Irene and Maria in the Caribbean.

Today fossil fuels and electricity are the foundation of our civilization.

How will we continue to make electricity in the future?

Any other research examples?

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