Can Solar Energy Power Up Our Future – Maybe Someday, But Not Yet

It is considered noble to dream of an alternative energy future, I myself enjoy thinking here, but I also realize that the law of unintended consequences is as real as Murphy and that too must be taken into consideration. Far too often dreamers throw away reality and the laws of physics without considering the road ahead, and for this reason I’ve recommended the book; “Physics for Future Presidents” by Robert Muller to more than a few people at our think tank.

Let’s take this conversation to a higher level, and talk about the Sun and solar energy potentials using our current technology. You see, there was an interesting article published in Physorg (dot) com on August 6, 2013 titled; “Report firms up land-use requirements of solar: 1,000 homes would require 32 acres,” and it would appear to me, that if this is so, then solar energy can’t work for our needs currently. Now then, recently it was debated that in essence it is feasible, here is the debate issue:

“The article indicates, 1000 homes require 32 acres, so that’s 0.032 acres per home. 1 acre = 4047 m^2, so that’s 130 m^2 per home, much less than the roof area of a typical home. So don’t we have enough space for solar? I don’t see the need to allocate more space than we’ve already covered with houses, office buildings, and parking lots. And transmission lines already reach these sorts of places.”

Yes, but the current technology isn’t sufficient for that level of efficiency. Indeed, much of the realities to roof top solar might look good on paper, but it doesn’t pan out, roof tops require special alignment to match Sun’s path, plus shading of vegetation, etc., it’s not as stellar as formulated. And, I must ask; what about LA, I don’t see 32 acres per 1000 homes worth of space anywhere, and for solar to work you need it for large cities, where a high percentage of homes are to be efficient.

Now then, someday when solar technology is more efficient, let’s say 40% and you can coat playgrounds, roads, buildings and spray it on like paint, which may be possible at those efficiency levels, then it will work in the city. But if you put the panels in solar farms in the desert it could costs billions to build transmission lines and land use issues are everywhere, they can’t even make solar farms work with all the regulations, environmental restrictions, costs and bureaucracy – and look, I am not a naysayer, I am just saying. Please consider all this and think on it.

Future of Solar Power

The idea is solar power. A great concept in solar energy. The idea is to think about three concepts in sun power. The off-grid, on grid, or hybrid solar. The sun cell and solar panel harnesses the energy of the sun to create sun energy. Let’s talk about all three concepts today.

Solar is the use of technology which harnesses the sun’s light to create energy. Most commonly solar can be utilized as an energy and heating source for homes, business, boats and even automobiles. The panel is the building block for harnessing and creating energy.

The first type of grid is on-grid or grid tied solar. The on-grid system relies on sharing of power with the on-grid electrical system. Power sharing allows for efficient transition from the electric, the nuclear power plants to solar. The on-grid system could be a first step to a transition to sustainable go green, environmental friendly power.

The second type of power is off-grid solar is a completely off the grid, independent power source which utilizes the cell and solar panel to create solar energy for power and heat. The off-grid solar concept will flourish by 2050.

The third type of energy is hybrid solar. Hybrid solar combines concepts from both off-grid and on-grid solar to create power and is a concept for further academic thought and research.

Imagine a world with no fumes, gases, emissions, poisoning, nuclear reactors, electrical static or burns, electrical poles, and sun power is present in that world.

The future of solar is really the go green off-grid concept. This go green concept will replace gas power, electrical poles and nuclear power plants and is the future of energy power. The solar concept is a clean, environmental friendly energy choice.

Disadvantages of this include the transition from nuclear power plants will be initially difficult, but more cost-effective in the future. Also, some research indicates that solar energy does not have the same energy capacity or heating capacity as other energy sources.

Overall, this is a concept for further research and development. Green energy is a clean, sustainable power source for the future of energy. This is to flourish by 2050 and is a concept worth exploring. The future of solar depends on each and every one of us to consider and them implement this energy source from the concept to practice. The future is about to all of us to decide.