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100% solar energy

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Lorddog, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Lorddog

    Lorddog Babbling Loonie Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend


    this report shows that you can build 6 solar plants at the sizes of the dots around the world (in deserts) that can supply 100% energy usage.

    you add-in other solar/wind plants and you can really improve things.
  2. Cyphex

    Cyphex Visitor

    Very interesting...
  3. Taylor

    Taylor Sexier Than you VIP Stratics Supporter Stratics Veteran Staff Alumnus

    Those dots look the sites of some US states, but if it works, I'm all for it.
  4. Storm

    Storm UO Forum Moderator Staff Moderator Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    With the new panels coming out its going to be real cheap the problem now is storage!
  5. minor ( :lol: ) problem with your 5+ year old pipe dream
    (besides the vagueness of: 100% solar)

  6. Lorddog

    Lorddog Babbling Loonie Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend


    its just a sample that someone put together showing that you could possibly put enough solar in deserts to power 100%.
    there are so many issue with it that its not really feasable but it is something to consider about.

    germany is really been pushing green tech alot and are way ahead of everyone.

    course the biggest issue is that they power only during day time and you need to account for peaks and valleys.

    there is newer some versions that use molten salt to be heated and that holds heat longer into the night.
    First Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant to be Constructed in U.S – CleanTechnica: Cleantech innovation news and views

    probably the biggest problem is costs but like you said the costs keep coming down and the solar conversions are getting better each year.
  7. Lord Raven

    Lord Raven Seasoned Veteran

    It would be nice to take advantage of all that nice desert we have just sitting in the sun.

    While it's true that Solar energy is only good in the day... that is a peak usage time for industrial/commercial energy. If Solar could augment the grid in a significant way during those hours it certainly would help.

    Unfortunately, at least one large solar plant project is being challenged in court due to environmental concerns. Same issues for wind farms. I guess the environmentalists that were preaching solar/wind, 20 years ago changed their minds?
  8. hen

    hen Certifiable Stratics Veteran

    Why use solar when the elite can run the world and make a fortune from oil?
  9. because once the 6 plants are built ...

    all electricity will be FREE ... doh! :lol:

    Solar is >not< a renewable source ...
    no one is creating another sun ...

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