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Sunday, February 8, 2009

The earth receives more energy from the Sun in just ONE hour than the world uses in a WHOLE year

You read that right and it is not some mumbo jumbo science talk.

It is very well documented that if we could use all the energy we get from the Sun we would have zero need of coal, oil, gas, nuclear, wind, geo-thermal or any other form of energy.

Unfortunately this world runs on money for EVERYTHING and science is often lacking in such funds and because of this solar energy is not where it could be if leaders of the world had made it a priority as soon a we started to research solar technology.

But never let anyone state that we can not live on solar energy alone, with the proper resources committed to the Sun's great power this planet could have limitless energy.

Imagine everywhere in the world getting all their energy needs for a year with just a few hours of captivating the Sun's rays.

Most people would ask why this is not already the case since we have solar panels?

The main obstacle is the following:

Our solar panels do a poor job of captivating the energy it receives from the sun, this is one of the reasons they are so big. Science is "slowly" designing solar panels that can capture more energy that is projected on them, achieving 100% captivity being the goal. This is the key, if panels could capture 100% solar energy (last time I check it was less than 10%) then panels would be very small and they would not have to be big to power our infrastructure, forget about your roof being full of solar panels with this type of technology, they will be up to 10 times smaller than what you see now and do a better job! Powering your home, car and other utilities with energy to spare.

I just hope to see this in my lifetime!

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