“All of them chuckled at Christopher Columbus –
As he stated the planet was round…
All of them chuckled at Edison recording seem.”
– Ira Gershwin, 1937
Fossil fuel supporters emphatically insist that with regards to using oil, gas and coal, There’s No Alternative (this is whats called the TINA position). With this group, solar and wind power can’t ever meet our nation’s pressing interest in energy.
Current incarnations of solar panel technology might not be able completely meet our energy, but concentrated photovoltaic, or CPV technology, can get us there soon.
It Comes Down To Leverage
You’ve probably heard that old adage about no longer working harder, but working smarter? You’re employed smarter if you take something – money, mechanical power or anything else – and taking advantage of that to leverage your situation, multiplying it by a number of levels. This is the foundation of CPV technology.
Concentrated voltaic systems are simple. They concentrate a lot of sunlight onto a little area, therefore leveraging the sun’s power and growing energy output using less sources – within this situation, solar panels.
The issue with solar panels is they are costly to create. By focusing a lot of sunlight onto a little area, less solar panels are needed. This lowers the price of building and operating a solar power plant dramatically. The good thing is by using the most recent CPV technology using semiconductors, the price of solar power production has become near to $1 per watt which means that before an excessive amount of longer, concentrated voltaic power plants is going to be as good as traditional coal, coal and oil-fired power plants.
Unhealthy news is you may still find some bugs to sort out before solar energy can completely replace conventional methods of one’s generation.
Challenges To Beat
As you may imagine, CPV technology works only in direct, hard sunlight – diffuse light (just like you experience on the cloudy day) will not work. There’s great news here, however, because vast regions of the American Southwest get better over 300 times of sun each year. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont calls it the “Saudi Arabia of Solar.”
Another issue is that concentrated photovoltaic vegetation is large and for that reason should be put into remote areas, not even close to the grid and transmission lines, making their installations costly and time intensive. However, with huge profits coming for businesses that may solve these along with other issues, solar information mill picking out more and more innovative solutions, including CPV plants with smaller sized footprints that will permit these to be set up in easier locations.