NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The carbon energy cycle is killing your grandchildren. But could carbon also form part of the cure?There are reasons to believe it can. New forms of carbon are coming into industrial production for a host of properties -- low weight, tensile strength, electrical conductivity -- that green energy production is looking for right now. Three main types of carbon are under discussion:
- Carbon fiber, literally a thread of carbon bonded in crystals aligned along the long end of the fiber. It's sometimes called graphite fiber or carbon graphite. Carbon nanotubes, huge molecules arranged like a tube with carbon atoms interlocked in a hexagonal frame; and Graphene, the same frame laid in a single plane.