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Re: Oil spill in the gulf...
« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2010, 12:44:10 PM »
ive heard somewhere that half or so of our oil and coal is used for energy.
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Re: Oil spill in the gulf...
« Reply #31 on: June 16, 2010, 07:14:31 PM »
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Solar is the ultimate energy source, because it will never run out! (well it least for a LONG while)

Yea, but the materials needed to build solar panels are considered rare, and *will* run out. :P

http://www.informationweek.com/news/global-cio/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199703110
http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/ibm-creates-efficient-solar-cell-using-abundant-materials-20100210/

There is another source of "free energy", and thats boosting energy efficiency. A single 1% efficiency increase in the world is like 200+ power plants no longer needed.


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Also, we  don't even have to use panels, as there are many other ways to capture the suns energy. Wind is good to, but not as reliable.


Did you catch that part?   :o

We can capture the suns energy in many other ways, like focusing it onto a cylinder of boiling salt. I personally think we wont run out of materials for mirrors soon (you start with sand for glass and the shiny, reflective part is just a regular metal like tin or something correct?) there are also a lot of other reflectives that can focus light as well.

I said "don't even have to use solar panels" for that reason Admin.
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