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Solar powered windows

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    By the time EDF have built a new nuclear reactor, might be we'll have buildings generating all the energy we need.

    And phones/tablets that charge themselves in the sun.

    Ah get me being all optimistic.

    Note: I checked, the transparent solar panels have no dodgy opinions about women and muslims.
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  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Can I just say sorry for the music that goes with the video... awful euro-pop dance!
  3. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    If I was in charge we would be investing far more in solar energy, a massive power plant pouring out power constantly, more than we could ever need while we look under stones for things to use. The advantages would be enormous and far ranging.

    <Euro-pop! where's my wacky coloured lederhosen?>
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  4. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    Solar power has issues which this may not solve but the government buying nuclear power at hugely inflated prices is scatterbrained in the extreme. We need a mix of different (green) technologies.

    Of course, we still have the problem of transport. There is still little to beat a tankful of petrol or paraffin. (except perhaps, LPG)
  5. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    The impetus is not strong enough to find alternatives at the moment. Those making profits from conventional energy sources have little incentive to spend money on other things. As the research and development is enormously costly no one is prepared to invest enough without short term returns.

    There was little market for petrochemicals until the internal combustion engine was invented and refined, use of what had been waste from this industry for plastics in the 1920's and 30's gave a further boost.

    Step one is showing that large amounts of energy can be made available economically, then greater efforts will be made to store and harness it appropriately, I've always thought solar powered aircon is a perfect match.
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  6. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Somewhere recently I read that all houses will have their own battery in the future.
  7. stupot101

    stupot101 Established commenter

    Ah... nice bright liquid audio sounds and filter sweeps:)

    Brightened up my day
  8. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Is it the 1st April already?
  9. Cracked_up

    Cracked_up New commenter

    I'm quite optimistic about solar/wind potential for households - twinned with the battery option Wanet mentions. I believe that in the US this is becoming more commonly used - though price is obviously limiting in the UK.
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  10. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    I understand that costs are likly to drop in the future. Solar cells will be built into roof tiles.
  11. Cracked_up

    Cracked_up New commenter

    This is my hope. The batteries you mention are similar to those used in high performance electric cars and the price should drop. It just makes sense for households to do all they can to generate own electricity (some combi boilers can do this now too) by solar / wind and store it for later use in place of electricity through the grid.
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