If there's one feeling we can walk away with after witnessing the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing is that the Chinese rule the light emitting diode universe.
2008 drummers, celebrating China's spiritual Taoist, Confucianist and Buddhist traditions, filled the stadium with the rolls of thick red LED drum sticks!
Laid on the ground of the stadium was an LED screen 147 meters long and 22 meters wide with 44,000 embedded LED beads. LED beads were also embedded on the costumes of performers.
The majority of LED bulbs entering the US market are imported from China, as if GE, Philips and Sylvania were sleeping at the switch for the last ten years while the Chinese were planning their LED planetary invasion! These US and European companies lead in patents, but not in manufacture, which some accuse them of parking!
So it was a big surprise to me when I read that in fact, most of the LEDs used during last night's ceremony were made in all places, Morrisville, North Carolina by a company called CREE!
The Chinese might be building too many coal fired plants, but if their plans are to manufacture super-energy efficient appliances, and ultimately use the profits to install "clean" coal burning technology, they might have a longer view of green solutions than previously anticipated.
It seems as if many Chinese companies have been creating strong alliances with green start-ups in America which were not able to find financing at home, in such important energy fields as high efficiency lighting, batteries, electronics and automobiles.
The Chinese are quietly building MGs on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Rumors are circulating they may give Tesla Motors a run for its money. Chinese battery companies are buying car companies to herald a new generation of electric vehicles, which could easily save Beijing from its toxic level of air pollution.
If China can reduce the cost of such turn key technologies as solid-state batteries and lights, they are surely going to conquer the planet with a new wave of clean power generation.
Everyone knows that he who controls energy controls the economy, such has it been with the Rockefellers and the Federal Bank Reserve for over a century. There seems to be a changing of the guard as people of the Earth who have awakened to create energy more in tune with nature, are embracing LEDs, photovoltaics and the great promise of electric cars.
If there was one message that came out loud and clear last night for me as I sat down watching my TV, it's that the Chinese more than get it, they're itching to rule the green nest, with US-based green companies joining the dance, our own banks and government having failed them so miserably for so many years.
Might be that "Made in China" may not be such a bad thing after all, if the Chinese can get the lead out, and aim to brand themselves as the great green Santa of the 21st Century! I'm told Lü magazine isn't filtered out by state controlled Google!
For a complete listing of Chinese companies importing LEDs into the US, go to Rock The Reactors.