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Five Fatal Flaws of Solar Energy
American Thinker, by Viv Forbes

Original Article

Posted By:magnante, 7/25/2014 8:58:27 AM

The sun is the most important energy source on Earth. Solar energy powers the growth of all trees, grasses, herbs, crops and algae; it creates the clouds and powers the storms; it is the source of all hydro, photo-voltaic (PV), solar-thermal, bio-mass, and wind energy. Over geological time, it also creates coal. PV solar panels are useful in remote locations and for some portable applications. With enough panels and batteries, standalone solar can even power homes. But solar energy has five fatal flaws for supplying 24/7 grid power. Firstly, sunshine at any spot is always intermittent and often unreliable. Solar panels can deliver

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scribelus, 7/25/2014 9:26:39 AM     (No. 9939431)

Unreliable piddle-power. Suitable for hobbyists.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: planetgeo, 7/25/2014 9:28:56 AM     (No. 9939433)

The ultimate, most effective, smallest footprint, and cleanest (lowest emissions per generated energy) source known to man already exists...nuclear. But it has been and continues to be blocked by Luddite environmentalists.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: craige, 7/25/2014 10:00:36 AM     (No. 9939497)

Well thought out article.
Batteries are still the same lead acid devices from the early 1900´s.

Advances are occurring. Prices are coming down. Stand alone private applications, are only twice as expensive as the grid. Plus your house will always be in the shade...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jdmii, 7/25/2014 10:14:11 AM     (No. 9939517)

I have stock in a company called Salendra that I would like to sell you. It made wonderful door stops.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jdmii, 7/25/2014 10:23:40 AM     (No. 9939539)

Rather Solyndra. I don´t even know the name of my valuable stock. BO assured me that it was wonderful and he is a man of his word.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: coldoc, 7/25/2014 10:25:15 AM     (No. 9939540)

Having lived on a boat dependent on solar, wind, and generated power, the article hits the high (low) points very well. Storage is always the big issue. Now that the obama epa has forced the last USA lead smelter to close, where will all the lead come from for all those batteries- which last, at most, eight years?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: OhMy, 7/25/2014 10:30:28 AM     (No. 9939545)

The first paragraph outlines the importance of Solar Power the way the creator set it up. All efforts to augment this technologically are doomed to failure because the overall nature of the system is not designed for that.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dman, 7/25/2014 11:38:03 AM     (No. 9939684)

Economic and safe transportation and storage are the "weak links" in most of these alternative energy approaches. It is still hard to beat the energy storage capacity and ease of transport of a gallon of gasoline, a cubic-foot of natural gas, or a ton of coal.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: QRP, 7/25/2014 11:44:39 AM     (No. 9939700)

In general on earth, you can get about 1 watt of usable year around power from 1 sq ft. of solar panel. You will need storage for at least 18 watt hours per sq foot of panel, 48 is much better.
Example - a modern house WITHOUT air-conditioning and a $100 monthly electric bill would be using about 30 KiloWatt Hours of electricity a day. Thus you would need about 1250 sq feet of solar panels on a south facing roof (about 65´ x 20´) and about 50 deep cycle batteries for storage. You also need some fairly hefty inverters and chargers (read expensive). If you want air conditioning - better double that. Oh - don´t forget the backup generator.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 7/25/2014 1:00:29 PM     (No. 9939849)

The sad thing is, these facts have been known since the solar movement started. Solar supply will ALWAYS have limitation. The battery problem might get better with technology. Panels may become a bit more efficient. Solar solutions in targeted areas might be practical.

But solar is NOT, and probably will never be, a "grid" source solution. If magic technology does make it practical, the market will flow to it.

Also, while pilot projects can be subsidized, subsidies for broad based use are fiscal insanity.

The problem the greenies face is that there is no practical substitute for carbon fuels or nuclear which they hate. So all their solutions lead us to powerless futures. Only a tiny percent of the public thinks that is OK.

So to get real, carbon and nuclear are our future, no matter what the consequences. Could we manage a planet 5 degrees warmer (which there is no proof of)? Yes. Could we manage a planet without power? No.

Would it be wonderfully Utopian to have plentiful power from the Sun? Sure. But it´s a pipe dream.

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