posted on Aug, 3 2010 @ 02:51 AM
Exactly - the problem with solar power for low-density residential use has never been the amount of power available and the efficiency of the solar
panels ( though that is part of the problem, it is a relatively small part). The largest problem is power conversion and storage. Full solid-state
conversion is available, and quite reliable and efficient. It's also expensive.
And there has yet to really be a good power storage mechanism that combines a high energy density with the ability to charge and discharge at
relatively rapid rates (drawing the type of power your house draws off of batteries is just not practical - with those power demands, it takes
batteries with already relatively short lifespans by their design and hacks their lifespan to pieces).
The real problem is a viable form of power storage. It needs to charge quickly, be a very low resistance (also an efficiency thing), be capable of
providing a lot of power, have high energy density (hold a lot of power in a very small space), and last a very long time.
That pretty much means room temperature superconductors or some very radical new capacitor (not a flux capacitor...).