Solar is great. Most people know fuel cells will always be 20 years away and just store energy most made from Fossil Fuels. They are very expensive but make Lithium battery mega storage looks very low cost.
Patrick, Doug is very correct. There have been subsidies for OIL, NG, COAL and Nuclear and this is the real problem. If we reduce them by 10% a year so we don't create a big problem we will all see how low cost and great Renewable Energy is right now.
Tesla and Solar City have been offering this for a few years now. With long lasting non-toxic Tesla Lithium batteries it's a whole new world.
When you use Solar to replace gas for fuel in a car it pays off 8 times faster. My LEAF goes over 6 miles on 1 kWh of electric . That's about 10 kWh at 50 cents vs a gallon of gas !
LEAD is one of the worst pollution sources, from mining to recycling to the acid in them. Short life and out gassing if you over charge.
Take a step into the 21st Century and use better technology so we can move forward.
We already have the best incentive, the most Sunshine in the world, almost twice that of Germany!
Menham and others. There is surplus electricity at night , Off Peak that gets dumped since there is no way to store it or ramp it down. So if you charge at night like 80% of the EV drivers do you save that excess energy.
Also an electric is 80% efficient, a gas car only 15% efficient, a diesel on 30% efficent. Cars idle and make deadly carbon monoxide. My EV runs off my home that is 110% solar, I make more than I use for the car and home.
Add up the entire system. Electric wins hands down!
We need a National Net-Metering rule. All power companies should have to give equal credits for clean renewable solar. It should be paid or credited at the Peak Time Of Day rate. It should also be equal to the higher rates the utilities charge other customers for Renewable power.
What's fair for them should be fair and equal to GRID Ties Solar customers.
France is learning that Nuclear is not sustainable and Solar is. The facts keep adding up along with their tons of deadly waste.
The known big name PV makers like First Solar, Solar World , Sanyo and Sunpower are always top quality. They also have been around a long time and stand behind what they make. Trying to buy off brands at low prices would be a problem. One cheap poor quality maker could make the entire industry look bad. Always buy quality, it pays.
Panels keep getting better and output is amazing. The Sunpower PV is almost double any others, best in high heat and even low light. The cost is so low because of output and quality why look for anything else.
very nice, This can improve mny products,
when will we see this in comercial products, 1 year ,10 years ? and at what cost ?
Tesla and Solarworld have teamed up with a lithium battery solution. The same advanced batteries used in the new Tesla S 300 mile range EV. Others are doing the same, even large utilties are putting in lithium battery backup by the mega watt. Altair Nano lithium has done some demo projects for utilties.
The best is V2G Vehicle To GRID using your advance EV as a power source of storage. Most cars site 20+ hours a day. Tine Of Day metering makes it good, voltage regulation makes it actually good for your batteries.