Solar energy is able to provide 5,000 times more energy than the current consumption level. So far, people don’t use solar power as much as they could, but things are about to change. In fact, solar power generation has become more accelerated in the past years, partly because the development of new technologies.
This means that solar power generation is less expensive and more accessible to the direct consumer. The two main disadvantages of photovoltaic panels are low performances (10-20%) and high prices. Scientists are currently working on photovoltaic cells with higher performances (up to 40%).
However, regardless the performances of solar stations on the ground, they depend on the climate and weather. The most viable solution would be to use the space for solar power generation. Don’t forget that the first large conversion of solar power in electricity took place in space. If you check pictures of the international space station, you will notice that the entire amount of electricity required for proper functioning is generated by the sun.
We need a technological breakthrough, such as the one featured by Martin Hoffert, a physics professor from the NY University. His studies indicate that the intensity of solar energy is 8 times higher in space than on the Earth’s surface. In space, there would be no issues of weather changes and clouds covering the sun’s radiation. He proposed placing giant solar panels on a lower orbit around our planet. Solar radiation will be converted into electrical energy, then into a microwave fascicle. The fascicle will then be transmitted to Earth.
This is only one of the creative ways we can approach solar power generation. Bright minds are still brainstorming for the most effective ways we can use the solar radiation. Until then, I suggest you to start with small steps, with solar panel systems.
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