Picture the scene. Six hundred invited guests are attending the launch of an unknown Swiss firm boldly claiming to be 'redefining energy' in a virtually empty and rather shabby former cigarette factory in North Carolina.
The Governor of North Carolina is present, so is the local Congressman. So too are the state Commerce Secretary and a host of other luminaries. Spirits are high, music is pumping.
After a few pleasantries, the curtain goes up and a steel shipping container painted white, emblazoned with the corporate logo and the words 'GridBank' is revealed. What is in . . .