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I am loving all these new threads on clean energy. I don't think there is a one size fits all answer some technology will work better in different areas than others. I recently started a thread on geothermal which is great for areas that are volcanically active. Solar is great for areas with lots of sun and so forth. The model country for renewable energy is Costa Rica which I believe gets 99% of its energy from wind, hydro, and geothermal. I am not sure if they have much with solar and I don't know if it would be a wise tech for their considering the rainy season. I know many private citizens have solar though especially in areas that are not as developed.
I was reading another thread that says a R&D on laser fusion has had a partial success just recently which if they work out containment will certainly be a world changer for energy production. These are some exciting times in the energy field.
This reminds me of the HELIOS One solar plant that generates and provides power to the New Vegas Strip in the game Fallout: New Vegas. Watch it, that thing vaporized everything in about a 10 mile radius when it was turned on
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Well that is great news for areas that receive more than an average of 4-5 hours of sunlight per day. But I would hate to be the person or group of people who clean all those mirrors. If that kind of technology could be used across the nation, we could remove not only coal fired plants, but nuclear plants as well. Both of which have their downfalls and setbacks.
But for now, we have to burn coal to keep everyone in the light. Which is still cleaner now than it has ever been and is our largest provider of electricity to date. It will be an immensely difficult thing to replace. Maybe somewhere in the distant future, humans will decide that they don't collectively need all the electricity they are using, and boil things down to what they need vs. what they want. Let's face facts here...there are things we can all live without...but choose not to.
Pictures are very impressive.
Is cool, a solar plant, that in a way looks like a plant.
Rant over...cool Solar Plant
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If you look around ATS there have been a few threads started about new battery technology one which is a chemical that replicates how plants store energy. They are more than promising they are genius. As for geothermal we are not talking about molten lava except in one case where they drilled into it then capped it off. There is not much to worry about as far as cooling the core think about deep see volcanic vents. There is already heat exchange going on we are simply harnessing it.
We can also store energy through electrolysis breaking down H2O.