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What is going on? Companies for whom we had great respect are being felled like rotten timber. Toyota, Johnson & Johnson, Genzyme. These firms had stellar reputations. Their sales were robust. How could they screw up like this? One way would be surround oneself with yes-men. Another way is to believe your own hype and never examine your processes. I personally think that is was more than a little of both.
Some 40 years ago, while at MIT, I was involved with two energy-related projects. One involved the development of a conversion from honest-to-goodness-solid waste [HGSW] Âto methane (natural gas), via microbial means, the one that occupied a major portion of my time. The other project, working with a different professor, involved screening compounds that would store and release energy reversibly. Why this project? One of the problems we have with energy is that we need it in fits and starts, but that is not an economical method to produce it.Â Also, if we want to collect solar energy, it is available during the day- what do we do at night?