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  Wonder where all da funding for solar research went? Here it is... ;) 
 
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Dr. Peaceful Dec 30, 2011, 05:35pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Long and behold the most magnificent invention in human history, I introduce you, da solar energy bikini!

http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/23/tech/innovation/amazing-solar-po...index.html

Wow, I wonder if they have enough energy to charge laptops...


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john albrich Dec 30, 2011, 11:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Wonder where all da funding for solar research went? Here it is... ;)
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One of the more common ignorant propaganda bits coming from the rabid "Green" crowd. At current energy efficiencies, the NET energy production by using current commercially viable solar cells is close to 0 and at times negative over the effective life of the cell.

If products such as televisions, DVD players, alarm clocks and mobile-phone chargers can be adapted to meet some of their own power demands via in-built solar panels, "the overall energy saving could be quite significant,"


The energy and environmental impact required in the total mining+transport+manufacturing+packaging+maintenance+disposal for solar cells (that also lose efficiency over time and the cheaper ones may last 10 years even when protected and properly handled) can cancel out any "energy savings".

Total energy and environmental cost analyses are often missing or incomplete in the divinization of the all-glorious "Green" energy...on purpose.

Solar cell technology does have a vital place in the overall approach to energy production, but in my opinion publicizing projects like this is a complete waste of resources and grossly misleads the public.

The bikini can stay (afterall, it does save processed fabric costs)...a solar cell bikini is just a waste...esp when it can be used only when it's 100% dry.

edit to add:
My next no doubt highly publicized "Green" projects:
-solar cell beach volleyball net (but don't accidentally hit the net!)
-solar cell surfboard (but you can't surf while using it for power)
-solar cell sandcastle building bucket (clean before using it for power)
-solar cell 'banana hammock' (as with the bikini...must be 100% dry...and it could get uncomfortable when said bikini walks by)

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Also, with "in-built solar panels" on all the millions of these relatively short-life small devices thrown-out each year, that means you throw-out the solar cells too, and all the energy/resources used to make/etc the cells, at the same time...thus reducing their life-span energy efficiency even more.

angryhippy Dec 31, 2011, 03:04am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Wonder where all da funding for solar research went? Here it is... ;)
Reminds me of those $8 fluorescent light bulbs I replaced all the bulbs in the house with. They start loosing strength before burning out twice as fast as incandescent ones did. And on top of it you have to dispose of them "properly". The bottom line is all of the rare earths needed to build all this electronics stuff is gonna be depleted before the technology for 1/2 of it is optimized anyway.

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Dr. Peaceful Jan 01, 2012, 01:45am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Wonder where all da funding for solar research went? Here it is... ;)
Agreed with John, solar technology at this point is just not efficient enough to be a serious alternative energy source.

Payton, CFLs are pretty cheap now. But now they have LED light bulbs, cost unbelievable $20 to $30 bucks or more. Only idiots would spend that kind of money for 1 light bulb...


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