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Most solar panels are facing the
wrong direction, say scientists

Telegraph [UK], by Keith Perry

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Posted By:Ribicon, 7/28/2014 11:32:53 PM

Thousands of people have spent vast sums of money installing eco-friendly solar panels but most will have probably had them fitted facing the wrong way, according to energy experts. The solar power industry is being urged to reconsider its approach to installing panels after one of the UK’s leading experts, Professor Ralph Gottshalg of Loughborough University says too many solar panels are facing in the wrong direction. Professor Gottshalg said Germany has too many solar panels which means that its grid is disrupted on sunny Summer lunchtimes with a flood of solar power so cheap it has to be almost given away.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/29/2014 12:08:06 AM     (No. 9944003)

In the real world, you need power on demand. So the power companies are forced to pay premium prices for power that is generated when the sun is high but demand for the power is low. Which also means they must shut down some power plants during those hours.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MMC, 7/29/2014 2:27:34 AM     (No. 9944044)

Golly, gee whiz, we didnt face the solar panels toward the sun. /S

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JimS, 7/29/2014 4:27:14 AM     (No. 9944059)

Unfortunately, the sunshine doesn´t match the market conditions. Peak solar peformance is generally between 110 and 140. Unfortunately, peak demand occurs around 170-180 when people come home and turn on their air conditioners, appliances, etc.
And since energy storage (even punped storage) is impractical and expensive, there is a mismatch, and conventional power generation plants have to turn down mid-day to offset the solar power generation being dumped onto the grid.
So, this blithering idiot Gottshalg proposes to turn the solar panels facing east west, such that the peak generation is reduced, but is more sustained over the course of the day. Of course, that will reduce the already ridiculously low efficiency of solar panels by about 50%.
Folks, solar generation is just economically impractical. period.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: harper, 7/29/2014 4:07:19 PM     (No. 9945075)

Doesn´t really matter.

As long as our Visa and Mastercards face towards Al Gore [bless his heart] all will be well.

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