GLOBAL FUTURE ANALYSIS
DIRECTIONS | SILICON TECHNOLOGY
Silicon is the second most available element on earth (25.7% of all mass on earth is silicon) in the form of soil and rocks. Current silicon technology is just a baby in size, with glass as most wide know and famous result. When other minerals are becoming more and more scare, we will find many new ways to utilize the most abundant element on earth. Silicon technology is only just started. Silicon (Si) will replace iron (Fe) and aluminium (Al) more and more. A big push in new silicon development will be the building of CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) plants/farms in the desert, where the plant will be build out of the silicon of the sand of the desert. Cement (and it's deferred form: concrete) is an already more than 150 years existing Si/Ca based technology. Glass fibers will replace iron in concrete structures more and more. The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur are two very high rise sky scrapers build without a traditional steel core, based on a special high pressure resistant type of concrete. A more popular word for silicon is glass. Glass technology will give mankind very cheap abundant availability/utilization of silicon as building material.
Author: Gijs Graafland
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