Tuesday, February 20, 2007

see full article at: http://blog.scifi.com/cgi-bin/blogroot/mt-tb.cgi/2118

Thin film solar tech to undercut cost of fossil fuels within five years

Solar panels that will be more efficient and a whole lot cheaper are on their way, ready to match the cost of old-fashioned fossil fuels within five years. The secret? Researchers are moving away from heavy silicon solar panels and changing the entire solar energy equation with thin-film solar panels made of rolls of dark polymer foil that can be mass-produced in any color. The thin film has already seen some great uses, such as keeping beer cooler.

Even though solar technology has made significant gains since the 1970s when it cost $100 per watt (now it's $3 to $4 per watt), that sweet spot of beating out fossil fuels is $1 per watt. Swiss entrepreneur Anil Sethi says his solar foil can hit that magic number for even less than that — $0.80/watt — within five years and beat the cost of fossil fuels by 50% in 10 years...

see full article at: http://blog.scifi.com/cgi-bin/blogroot/mt-tb.cgi/2118

Environmentalists have been freaking out about fossil fuels for years. First it was global cooling, now it's global warming all blamed on fossil fuels. Well guess what? It looks like much of the "problem" will be solved in 5 to 10 years. What will the environuts complain about then? Oh I bet they find something!

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