US Army Builds 500MW Solar Power System, Upgrade Would Push to 1.25GW

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  1. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Wow. :eek: Now that's a solar power system.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10300756-54.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0

     
  2. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    Glad to see the Military investing in clean energy and solar technology, instead of killing machines. Then again, this could be a front for the ultimate "Solar Death Ray.":p

    Seriously though, independence from foreign oil is key for national security...
     
  3. munkees macrumors 65816

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    I want l clean energy killing machines :)
     
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    "The only Carbon emissions are the dying man's final breath.":D
     
  5. gonyr macrumors 6502

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    They should cap the upgrade at 1.21 gigawatts.
     
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    I see what you did there. :)
     
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    Though that is quite impressive. How many batteries will they be throwing out every year:eek:. They will need them or else the plant would be pointless at night or when it is quite cloudy.

    I just wonder if they had put that money towards Nuclear Fusion would it have been figured out. So that we could have a truly clean energy.
     
  8. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I would think it's reasonable to assume that, given that they have no real need for high energy density in their storage media, they can pick something with somewhat better lifetime. (Of course, in non-emergency situations, they probably can also flush excess energy into the grid and then buy it back at night). But you're right in the sense that overall environmental impact of clean energy is an important part of the picture and better metrics need to be developed so that it's a transparent part of considering (and reporting on) these projects.

    To be honest, having worked in the past loosely in this area of research, I think it may work eventually, but I have serious personal doubts, based on the research, that injecting large amounts of money into fusion research is likely to speed up the development process dramatically. I think it's going to probably be realistic one day, but I don't think a billion or a trillion dollars could make it happen in 2012 or 2013 instead of 20-whatever....
     
  9. munkees macrumors 65816

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    They don't need batteries, at the low power point, they will import power of the grid.
     
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    "if my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 mph we're going to see some serious sh*t"
     
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    Now we have start talking about helium credits :D
     
  12. Mr. lax macrumors 6502

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    Back to the future references... :D

    Seriously though, this seems like a good idea and at the very minimum, a step in the right direction
     

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