Solar: This is About a Whole New World

Many conservatives seem to have an unshakable bedrock believe that solar power will never be cost-effective. Conservatives tend to talk about solar energy and not even look digital – they will laugh at you. Referred to recent German electricity during peak hours to provide almost half of the solar power, they would say things like: “Oh, the German economy must tanks, then” this seems to be their worldview is almost a basic axiom, solar energy will always be too expensive, no presence of government subsidies, solar energy is therefore in research money into the toilet.

I suspect that many of these conservatives in the 1970s came of age, when the sun first being discussed “green” alternative to fossil fuels. They may see a solar energy as an encryption socialist conspiracy; scare everyone by global warming and forcing companies into expensive solar power, “vegetables” � huge implicit tax business will lead the capitalist system to a standstill.

Maybe some people do such a support solar energy (stupid) reasons. But the visionary who knows, technology often requires a large amount of government support for development (basic study, after all, is the public interest), and they see fossil fuels become more expensive will have to start the day.

And now, after decades of research and subsidies, we may wake up to a new edge of the world. Cost of solar power has been in decline index over the past 35 years. More importantly, there is no sign at all, this cost decline is slowing. The new technology is in the pipeline now, coal and natural gas must be competitive solar potential government subsidies or even zero. Here are some examples:

Stored energy a nanometer template molecule
MIT associate professor Jeffrey Grossman, who succeeded in creating a new molecule [to] “lock” to store solar heat down. These molecules have the solar and the unusual ability to store a lithium ion battery which is equivalent to an energy density ……

Anything 2. Printed solar cells
MIT professor Karen Gleason’s leadership team has found anything one way to print solar cells on paper …… resulting battery is also very durable and can be folded and unfolded more than 1000 times, no loss in performance.

In the flat three, solar thermal power
Professor Chen Gang has been working on a revolutionary new way to make solar power – micro solar thermal – which in theory would be best to produce electricity solar panel efficiency eight times because it was hot …… process, the panel can be heated from ambient light even on cloudy days, the panels can be made from a very inexpensive material.

4, viruses, to improve the efficiency of solar cells Nano
MIT graduate students recently designed a virus called M13 (normally attack bacteria), so that they can be effectively used to convert solar energy works precisely spaced carbon nanotubes …

5, the transparent window can be turned into a solar cell power plant
Vladimir Bulovic professor of electrical engineering aspects …… made ??a breakthrough that could eliminate two-thirds of the installation of thin-film technology [Windows on] the cost, by introducing a new layer of transparent organic photovoltaic cells to enter the windows. MIT team believes it can achieve in the huge costs by up to 12% efficiency [. ]

Then there is out of the lab and technology sold to customers. For example, the following article from the website Grist:

The company said V3Solar (formerly Solarphasec) and its products, spinning unit, cleverly solved the two major problems facing the solar photovoltaic power generation.

First, most of the solar panel is flat, which means that they will miss the sun most of the time unit is a spinning cone … … tapered shape to capture the sun in the sky it during the whole of the arc along each axis. It is a built-in tracking.

The second problem: the solar panels produce more energy, and if the sunlight concentrated by the solar cell before it hit the camera; however, the light is focused to produce heat, which means that the converging solar panels (CPV) the need for expensive of special, heat-resistant material massive solar cells.

Spinning unit sunlight focused on plain old (cheap) silicon PV, but spinning it to keep it cool …

[T] he company told CleanTechnica it already has more than four hairs order requirements. 7 GW of installed solar energy in the United States, total …

Perhaps this high-tech or the company will gradually disappear before reaching the size of the mass market. But in the increasingly rapid advances in solar technology. (Small, distributed energy technology innovation itself more easily than large, capital-intensive energy technologies.)

As the article says, it is very easy to become just an illusion. Do not believe the hype. But the problem is, there are many companies and academic labs to do such a request, and the speed seems to be only increasing. Sooner or later – and recent trends indicate “early” rather than “post” – those claims would be correct.

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