Energy Independence : 'Printable' Solar Panels?

This looks interesting:

Posted by: Ragnar at 04:50 PM


1 Sounds viable. I'm in.

Posted by: dick at January 29, 2007 09:41 PM

2 I'd give it a try, but they work better in some enviroments than in others. USA, all the way!

Posted by: Michael Weaver at January 29, 2007 11:52 PM

3 Most electricity in the U.S. is generated by coal, hydro, or nuclear power.

All of which are domestically obtained.

How does this translate, exactly, into "energy independence" which, in this case, we already have?

Posted by: Vinnie at January 30, 2007 12:31 AM

4 Dude, Vinnie, did you miss the part where they layered the new Lotus Tesla Roadster with it? Yeah, me too.

Posted by: Editor at January 30, 2007 01:06 AM

5 No way, they did NOT layer the Lotus Tesla Roadster.

The Lotus Tesla Roadster should ride as is.

Posted by: Vinnie at January 30, 2007 01:47 AM

6 Excellent question, Vinnie.You're right. The bulk of U.S. electricity is produced from non-petroleum sources. Approximately one-fifth is from natural gas, most of which is domestically produced.In the short term, therefore, additional photovoltaic energy would have very little impact on petroleum prices.In the long term, however, an inexpensive source of photovoltaic could have a pretty substantial effect on petroleum prices, owing to the fact that, in the long term, energy sources are in competition with one another.Electricity can, for example,compete directly against petroleum in the automotive power market. There are still some technical issues to be worked out (including better battery technology,) but there are no issues that require us to violate the laws of physics. One of the issues is, of course,acheap and readily-available source of electricity. Photovoltaics have potential, but the capital cost is damn high, with a 20+ year payback for the panels underan economic model assuming generally-constant energy prices (probably a flawed assumption).Given all the above, a cheap source of photovoltaic panels would be a boon for long-term energy independence, despite the fact that may have little effect in the very short term.

Posted by: Ragnar the Skankophile at January 30, 2007 05:59 PM

7 Lumber companies work on a twenty year payback. They are some of the most profitable industries we have.

Posted by: greyrooster at February 05, 2007 01:33 AM

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