Without an ample supply of electricity, modern civilization would grind to a halt. A power outage of more than a few hours is enough to remind people that their way of life depends on this resource. Unfortunately, generating power with fossil fuels has contributed to dangerous changes in the earth’s climate. There is growing recognition of the need for green energy.
For several decades, clean energy discussions have focused on three sources: wind, hydroelectric and solar. Windmills and solar panels have become familiar features on the landscape, but these generators are subject to variations in wind and natural light. Discoveries in the subatomic world have led to a possible energy source with greater consistency: the neutrino.