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It isn`t such a huge loss after all. Looks like America has some catching up to do.

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Solar Power [Pic+]. It isn`t such a huge loss after all. Looks like America has some catching up to do.
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McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13443 Posts
Thursday, August 29, 2013 6:25:09 AM
Once upon a time, American wanted to lead technology. Now we wait and see what other countries do. Kind of like most of our tv shows. In many ways, we have become a copycat nation, not an innovation nation, and it's sad. All the jobs we could create if we had the guts to innovate, rhyme intended.


PSSSST! **whispers**

The solar cell was inventend in the USA.....

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17159 Posts
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:42:06 PM
"Sci-fi is great for imagining things and sometimes scientists and engineers eventually make them real things, but it's damn silly to gamble such an important part of your country on imagined things that don`t exist, won`t exist any time soon and might never exist."

Best comment of the thread.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11508 Posts
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 5:27:05 PM
CSP is probably a more practical and evironmentally friendly option in Arizona than PV is, given that you have a lot of sun and a lot of space.

CSP doesn't require the rare and environmentally damaging materials that PV panels require.

CSP is quite close to being as controllable as a conventional power station (crucial and utterly ignored by renewables advocates).

CSP generates power for a while after sunset.

With a cutting edge grid, Arizona could use solar for a muhc higher proportion of its electricity generation than most places. Maybe as much as 20%, perhaps.

Unless, of course, large scale electricity storage somehow becomes possible in an even vaguely practical way (it can be done now, but it requires building lakes and is very inefficient).

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11508 Posts
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 5:18:40 PM
Yes. It is basically sunny every day. Imagine if parts of the empty arizona desert were covered in efficient solar panels and we had a way to store and move energy effective. That could meet all the energy needs of the country. Removable batteries that you exchange like propane tanks. They could power your house, your car, everything.


Why stop there? Why not imagine dilithium crystal antimatter reactors the size of sugar cubes that power everything for free? And replicators, of course. Tea, Earl Grey, hot.

Sci-fi is great for imagining things and sometimes scientists and engineers eventually make them real things, but it's damn silly to gamble such an important part of your country on imagined things that don`t exist, won`t exist any time soon and might never exist.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11508 Posts
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 5:12:24 PM
Thorium nuclear power could be the solution, it's safer and doesn`t produce the high radioactive waste of Uranium reactors.


That seems a bit odd to me, since the Thorium is used to make Uranium for the fissioning.

Ah, I see it. Different isotope of Uranium.

It still results in highly radioctive waste, though. Just less of it.

I think uranium fission would be enough to tide us over until fusion is viable, although thorium-->uranium fission might be a useful improvement if it`s made viable before fusion is.

Renewables are fine for small amounts in some circumstances and large amounts in very rare circumstances (e.g. geothermal in Iceland), but they`re not controllable enough even if they could be made efficient enough. We need nuclear. It`s the safest way.

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