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Great insights into possible future of possible power generation.

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Matt Chester on Sep 14, 2020

Solar PV glass follows the same principle as solar PV panels by using the photovoltaic effect to generate power from sunlight. The difference is that solar PV glass is transparent and can be used to replace conventional construction materials such as glazing or cladding, while also generating electricity on-site.

We've been hearing about solar glass for a number of years and I fear it might fall into the category of other techs that were all hype and captured our imagination but never came into being. Talk me away from that-- what's the roll out plan? When do you think we'll start seeing these in cities in practice? What's holding them back today? 

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Markus Dirnbacher on Sep 17, 2020

That's all the questions we were asking ourselves as well which we all have broken down to one answer: It's all about the money, again. Solar Glass isn't effordable at the moment and in order to become feasible it will rely on incentive models and government subsidies. 

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Bob Meinetz on Sep 14, 2020

"We expect a move away from the predominant power grid toward self-sustaining feed-in microgrids."

Microgrids powered by wind / solar, on any reasonable scale will never deliver the amount of reliable power our grid delivers today. It's not a matter of technology, or efficiency, or price. Power from the wind and sun is too diffuse and irregular, and there is no way to harvest more energy where there is none.

Compare it to growing a flower garden in the Sahara Desert. Flower gardens need water, and there is no ground water. So an avid entrepreneur, with little understanding of physics, declares, "There is no area of the world where ambient air ever has 0% humidity, even the Sahara Desert. I will devise the most efficient condenser to extract available water from the air, and grow a beautiful flower garden."

He will fail - not because his condenser isn't efficient enough, or too costly, but because his intuition is based in ignorance.

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