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It's not bad, but powering a house is one thing, and powering a major city is something entirely different.
Originally posted by Chris McGee
How about the Australian outback as a candidate for a solar farm? Miles and miles of parched unusable desert, sounds perfect. They could easily spare 100 square miles (could probably spare 1000 sq. miles in truth). Australia consumes much less power than the US aswell so they could sell off the spare capacity and maybe even make it a self-financing operation.
Originally posted by Tartessian
Solar Power is irrelevant without good batteries.
It is possible to get piles of energy easily with solar panels, but if the weather gets too cloudy then energy better be stored in vast amounts.
Best batteries available are probably Nuclear Sub batteries, last 20 years or so. Need to improve on that.
I see a lot of people worrying about how to get energy, using process X or Y.
I rarely see someone actually thinking about where to put it.
Good batteries, batteries holding its charge for 100 years, then even a lowsy process of generating energy is ok, since you can lump it and keep it.
(and when batteries approach their end of life, one could just transfer the energy (at some minor loss), to other long lasting batteries.
Perpetual Storing of Energy. Now this is power
Imagine the potential for Military applications! Laser weapons
and Electromagnetic Arsenals
The future will be beautiful