Sept. 10, 2007 -- Colorado State University's method for manufacturing low-cost, high-efficiency solar panels is nearing mass production. AVA Solar Inc. will start production by the end of next year on the technology developed by mechanical engineering Professor W.S. Sampath at Colorado State. The new 200-megawatt factory is expected to employ up to 500 people. Based on the average household usage, 200 megawatts will power 40,000 U.S. homes.
Produced at less than $1 per watt, the panels will dramatically reduce the cost of generating solar electricity and could power homes and businesses around the globe with clean energy for roughly the same cost as traditionally generated electricity.
Within five years, solar power will be cheap enough to compete with carbon-generated electricity, even in Britain, Scandinavia or upper Siberia. In a decade, the cost may have fallen so dramatically that solar cells could undercut oil, gas, coal and nuclear power by up to half. Technology is leaping ahead of a stale political debate about fossil fuels.
The "tipping point" will arrive when the capital cost of solar power falls below $1 (51p) per watt, roughly the cost of carbon power. We are not there yet. The best options today vary from $3 to $4 per watt - down from $100 in the late 1970s.
Originally posted by newage2012
It's good to hear that solar powered energy will become more widely used, but i would not suspect that it will cease the oil boom, or the demand for oil. Our motor vehicles still run on the fossil fuels, and we are far from creating an efficient solar car, although who knows what the future holds. Still, my argument remains, oil will not lose its use. You must also remember the other uses oil products have, everything from pharmacuticals to plastics.
Originally posted by shug7272
reply to post by LDragonFire
Nice story but it will never see the light of day... we all know who is in control it starts with oil and ends with company. Do you know what the average MPG a model t could get almost 100 years ago... Show me 25 miles to gallon.. DING. Number one answer. Guess if todays average is higher or lower... nearly a CENTURY later... Who is in control?
[edit on 24-9-2007 by shug7272]
Originally posted by thatblissguy
reply to post by LDragonFire
Will we be able to buy these panels for equipping our homes?
Originally posted by evilod
Hmmm, it seems to me that we've had the next breakthrough, revolutionary energy technology dangled just out of reach for so long. It's like we're just being teased, or appeased... Like, "hold on, almost there, practically finished". Though it's really, "keep buying oil for now, we'll let you know."
Just a couple days ago, I saw a BMW commercial advertising their new Hydrogen 7 car. I think it's great, but I don't expect to be seeing any on the road any time soon. It seems like all these things are like concepts or prototypes that never ultimately make it to the assembly line. And when they have, as stated above with the electric car, they are squashed out, literally.
I hate to be so skeptical, but I really will not be surprised when 15 years down the road we're still being told our independence from oil is just around the corner. I really do hope to be proved wrong. Until then, I am saving to convert my little Civic to a pure electric. The technology is here, it's just we'll never see it if we continue to passively rely on someone else to serve it up to us so simple as that. There are too many established interests that don't want it to happen.
Who knows though, hopefully I am wrong and this really is the turning point. It would be great if at some point in the near future we're all charging our electric vehicles at our off-the-grid solar powered homes. Sounds good anyway.
Originally posted by LordBaskettIV
reply to post by evilod
Just great! So instead of using a proven alternatives such as diesel engines(can burn any oil!! say SVO,WVO,ect), you want to fill our landfills with gigantic dead car battery cells. Europe has already gone 50% diesel, google it and find out why.