A Hydrocarbon Heaven
Nick Abson is a fuel-cell developer with great humor and a plan to allow anyone to convert organic matter into energy. When he’s done, I’ll buy one immediately.
You have to love aeon for their thoughtful and well written articles. But the short video documentaries are at least as good, if not better. Quite, peaceful and down to the point. A welcome break to the hip-hyped silicon-valley-marketing internet productions.
A Hydrocarbon Heaven profiles Nick Abson, an English fuel-cell developer who’s been working for decades to create systems that convert everyday organic items – everything from dead leaves to chicken waste – into usable energy using anaerobic digesters. Neither scientist nor engineer, Abson’s tools and materials are nearly as simple as his energy sources, his idea being to ‘make something that anyone can make’. His ultimate goal is complete energy freedom, in which everyone is able to convert the organic waste around them into electricity, a remarkable accomplishment, should he succeed in even a partial way.