Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
Originally posted by humy (OP)
"Yet another advance in solar energy that should make solar panels and so solar energy even more cost effective..."
In your judgment, humy, in which countries would this "breakthrough" cost effectiveness be realized first?
The country with the biggest infrastructure in solar right now is Germany so they would be the most likely one to use this technology. IMHO anyway.
The problem with Solar in the US as far as really large arrays go is infrastructure.
The deserts of Arizona, NM, Nevada and so forth are the natural homes for solar arrays.
The problem lies in the lack of high voltage power transport there. The big high tension wires are in the perifery of the US basically, all the big cities are scattered basically on the edges of the US with some exceptions of course.
In order for really large arrays to be used in the desert you have to have high tension lines AT THE SOURCE to get that power to the big cites on the edges of the US, Chicago, NYC, Philly, LA, and so forth.
The problem THERE is the cost of the lines will run AT LEAST into hundreds of billions of dollars, maybe a trillion dollars, those lines are not cheap and the ones we have were built over a period of a hundred years.
We would basically have to start from scratch in the desert and build the whole thing NOW in one lump to get gigawatts out of the desert.
That seems to be a political problem and the government is unwilling to part with that much money, instead wanting it for wars and such.