This nice little blurb
from Pacific Business News popped up in my morning's Google Reader
Looks like Lockheed-Martin is making a Renewable Energy investment in Hawaii, specifically a form of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC).
All I can say is, "It's about *bleep*
ing time!" While Lockheed doesn't get glowing reviews from my old college friends who worked at their Aerospace division in Sunnyvale, Lockheed DOES have their hand in a lot of fascinating Engineering projects.
Personally, I'm thrilled at the prospect of Lockheed growing their Hawaii operations, as that can only mean more Good Paying Jobs for Engineers. Hopefully a win for local Engineers born, raised, educated, and struggling to justify remaining in Hawaii.
With so many natural resources available via Solar, Waves, GeoThermal, and Deep-Sea cooling, and decades of knowledge on how to use those energy sources, I'm surprised it has taken this long for Hawaii to be noticed.
IMHO, the Big Island -- particularly Hilo -- is a prime candidate to be at the forefront of the world's Renewable Energy research. I'd love nothing more than to have Governor Lingle, and President-Elect Obama promote Renewable Energy programs there, in an effort to JUMP-START America's languishing ability to innovate Engineering Solutions for the world to embrace.
If anything, a Renewable Energy initiative for Hawaii would be a much better investment than the failed Space Shuttle landing strip idea. Which Hawaii politicians promoted that idea, again? Oh yeah. :-p
And for the record, I hereby call dibbs on the term "Renewable Valley" for Hawaii! :o)