So, solar panels are actually pretty inefficient and expensive, right?

So, solar panels are actually pretty inefficient and expensive, right? As an alternative, what's to stop someone from, say, using a giant magnifying lense like pic related and aiming it at a water tank, then using the steam to turn a generator like a nuclear reactor?

  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

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    What do you think this is?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >The only way ozzies can cook a Galah.
      No joke these things fry birds midair. Someone I worked with was a foreman on one of these, the mirrors get incredibly hot too. They would demo to newbs how dangerous they were but emptying a half litre of water at the top and it would evaporate before reaching the end of the mirror. Didn't stop people resting a hand and melting their palm off.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >this kills the avian

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      btfo at the first post, how will oil garden gnomes ever recover??

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Its an abandoned facility. Thermal solar plants were failures. They can work but it was deemed pointless to invest more in fixing their problems

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

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          >Thermal solar plants were failures.

          Looks like a shitty design to me. They made it too big, and over engineered it.
          Solar thermal should be small and concise. I wouldn't be surprised if this plant was funded by big oil and engineered to fail.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Those tubes are used to produce hot water. Saves a lot of gas/electricity but they are useless to produce steam

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

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  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

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    Solar panels got very cheap but storage is still a problem. Your idea was attractive in 2010, many shoddy plants of solar heat were built but research in fixing their problems was abandoned because solar panel prices kept dropping so it was seen as a dead end

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

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      >but storage is still a problem
      This is the achilles heel of intermittent power sources and will be in the forseeable future. No storage mechanism has a way out of the lab while still being cost competitive.
      And yet idiots will pretend that you can magic this problem away.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Why were there California wildfires in states outside of California?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          because Califags move here and support the same policies that caused them over there
          t. Coloradan

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

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            Wind blew the smoke over the adjacent states. Pic related is how it looked to the naked eye at around noon for several weeks.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Lol, looks like Las Vegas from Blade Runner 2049

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              That looks cool as hell. I wish there were places on Earth that just had intense coloring like that naturally.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Looks like a dusk scene in anime.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The storage side sucks because so much R&D went into lithium tech to optimize for high charge density and light weight because that was where all of the $$$ was.
      You would think there would be more variation in stationary storage banks given size and weight aren't really an issue and they could be optimized for other things like material abundance/price/environmental-impact or longevity.
      Sadly many storage systems choose to just implement lithium battery banks because that tech is pretty mature and it is easier to do that than invent something new.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        So the solution that comes to mind is just massive batteries. Does battery or scaled up battery tech generally have leaking or energy loss issues?

        How long lasting could the average large, long lasting solar charged battery hold it's charge without being used? Over years how much energy would dissipate?

        Could batteries be made the size of airplane hangers, or 10?

        Or if it has to be converted to small batteries to fit in cars anyway, might an airplane hanger sized battery just be 5 million smaller batteries to be shipped to cars?

        Can these batteries be recycled too?

        So the issue is after years the car battery loses its ability to hold charge, so are they easy to switch out?

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Leaving out the generator part, solar water heating is pretty common in developing countries.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    OP would you kindly calculate the efficiency of the innovative and never-used-before system you've just invented and prove it's better than those boring solar panelz?

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    if you're capturing thermal solar, why not just store it underground?

    You could go really deep, like artificial solar geo-thermal, or go shallow and store it in polypropylene glycol tanks buried at about 10-15 feet.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That was the idea but there were plumbing problems. Its a big investment all these energy storage tanks, heat pumps and turbines

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why not just make a nuclear reactor in case you wanted electrical power when the sun wasn't shining?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

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      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        So about 50 deaths means we can't use a technology anymore?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Of course, solar panels have never killed anyone. Do you not know how luxiurious the jobs are picking transition metal elements off trees in africa.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >solar panels are actually pretty inefficient and expensive, right?
            no

            are you intentionally obtuse as a joke or retarded for real?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

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        >Retards still use Chernobyl as an argument against nuclear in 2022
        You are a fucking idiot anon you know that?

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Boiling water
    Do any of you know anything about the physics of exclusion zone water?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      anyone?

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