Why has solar power never been developed properly?

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@Asylum (48266)
Manchester, England
March 2, 2007 3:30am CST
Solar power was introduced as a technology decades ago as an alternative source of power. At the time it was expensive and had many limitations, but I always expected that as time went on the system would be improved to provide practical uses at a reasonable cost. Despie the time involved, no progress appears to have been made and the idea seems to have been ignored. Surely with the increasing trend for ecologically friendly power this would have been a worthwhile endeavour?
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@shilpaum (1753)
• India
2 Mar 07
Yeah...actually researchers have not done much progress in reducing the size of solar energy converting equipments. It aqires much more space.The availability of land will be the major constraint to the expanded use of solar energy systems because land is needed for solar energy, and this need cannot encroach on that needed by agriculture, forestry, and natural biota in the ecosystem. Our expanding human population can be expected to put increasingly great pressure on land availability and use. *Again, what u said,expensive and had many limitations is other constraints. If common man is getting energy by much less initial investment, why he will not opt that? Solar energy need wide scale application scheme granted by government, otherwise it will always remain as subordinate source. *Reserch in this area should be promoted on large scale to remove much of the constraints.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
2 Mar 07
The investment would be very worthwhile. If the technology had been developed properly I would happily pay a few thousand pounds for something that would reduce my power bills by 75% or so. After all, it would simply be a matter of time before I was in pocket.
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
4 Mar 07
I don't see this as a problem. Solar panels sit on roofs or on poles in the air. You don't need a lot of land for that.
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@shilpaum (1753)
• India
18 Mar 07
If u have place then not a problem, in cities like mine we live in flat system , its impossible to install that here. We have it at native place for hot bath water, but not satisfactory.
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@hoz9991 (306)
2 Mar 07
I agre entirely. I think that renewable power source mainly comes from the wind or water turbines nowadays but it doesn't explain why solar isn't popular. A few eco-freindly homes have solar panels for saving power in the house. What I think they should develop are turbines that are driven by wind and water but the blades are covered in solar panels so that its a kind of 3 in 1 machine.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Mar 07
Solar power and hydroelectric power, now that is a novel idea.
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@smacksman (6074)
1 May 07
Except that when solar panels have film of water over them their efficiency drops right off. Has anyone here actually read any dissertations on solar panel research?
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• United States
2 Mar 07
well putting money into solar power to make it more effecient and cheaper and eventually more common place would be taking money out of bush's pocket seeing how his family makes a fortune from oil
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Mar 07
A good point, after all it is not as though he has there to help the country.
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• Jordan
2 Mar 07
the world nowadays does not interested in improving the solar power system because there is an alternative which is fuel.I mean big countries like USA try to find an easy way to cover the consumption of energy in their countries which is IRAQ and GULF countries!!
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
2 Mar 07
This is sadly true, but not only is this problematic for the environment, it is also a limited resouerce that will expire.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I was hoping and expecting changes and improvements as well to the use of solar power. I think that it has not improved because it has not been given very much attention. You would think that more attention and effort would be done to increase the usage and make more things solar powered but I think that our government and President are spending too much time on the war efforts and other things. I certainly would like to see more effort in solar power.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
3 Mar 07
I agree with you on that point. If we spent less money o war and more on something like solar power then we would not need as much oil after all.
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• India
2 Mar 07
well the prime thing i consider in its advancement is that the vast growing impact of other conventional sourses of energy is hampering it s progress!!!!!!!!!!!!the people r most accostomed to it and ignore it........there is a need to encourage the people abt the effectiveness and other positive side of the solar power......(plz rate my discussion)
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
2 Mar 07
This is a valid point, but with the time that has been available there is no reason why it should not have been introduced long ago.
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• India
4 Mar 07
yes solar power seems to be introduced to us a long before....and no more good news have been heard from then ...but i don't think that the scientists are not trying to cope up with this energy deficit...may be it did not yield any positive results.......
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@lpipe0240 (1161)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I think the biggest reason for this is once solar power collector is installed, there is not really much service involved after that. Your getting power right from the sun and you don't need anyone to run gas or electric to your house, they cannot charge you for using this service... So jobs and money would in essence be lost. Thus why I think corn or some vegtable will take over for oil.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
2 Mar 07
This is a factor that I had not considered, and one that is likely to have had a great effect. The loss of jobs would be a temporary situation and not sufficient to counter the benefits of solar power, but of course it is enough for the technology to make enemies.
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@deeeky (3668)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
2 Mar 07
You hit the nail on the head when you say it is the money aspect that stops progress when it comes to better ideas that could save the planets resources. The world revolves around the money making giants and they will not let anyone stop them.
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• United States
1 May 07
I recently saw a study suggesting solar and wind power will create more jobs in the manufacturing and service sectors in the very near future, compared with fossil fuels. It would be nice to see the USA government finally get serious and jump on the band wagon offering subsidies to green technologies instead of wasting our tax dollars on the petroleum industry.
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@vaivhav (355)
• India
18 Mar 07
One of the setbacks i believe is that solar power is something that has to stored, and it can only be extracted during the day time. Plus, there is the cost factor which comes into play. Lastly, the biggest problem which all the alternative forms of energy is facing is the corruption involved in the energy trade. Oil provides a lot of opportunities to people to get rich, i mean, the black money. A lot of governments are making tremendous amounts of profit by it. But still, there will be a time when it will be applicable in our daily lives.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
1 May 07
Yes. the financial aspect is no diubt a major factor. Hopefully you will be right about the development in time.
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
4 Mar 07
I read this discussion several hours ago and because I've always had these interests as well I've come back to it. I knew a bloke who put all his savings along with a mate into a solar energy busines. It was aimed at domestic usage. Well, when I knew him one of his jobs was flying choppers and the other teaching middle aged women wishing to return to the workforce how to use a computer...this was back in the days of DOS. Obviously his little business venture went nowhere. I spoke to my friend (who is right into renewable energy) about it this evening and he said that because the gov't and big business didn't pick up solar power here in Australia, the businessmen took their sales pitch to China where apparently they are all for it. So, my friend at least now we know that in China, solar power is not a lost cause...lol.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
18 Mar 07
That makes a lot of sense, because China is a vast country and has the room to accomodate solar power in it's present large state. It is also of great value to somewhere like China with many towns that would be difficult to supply power via cables to.
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@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
3 Mar 07
well yeah its true,,,but in our country we need a lot of money to develop that..hope that it will materialize soon..coz it does really a good alternative for electric supply
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
18 Mar 07
It does not need to be developed in the Phillipines. There are many countries that could afford to develop it, then the technology will exist for all.
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@ankit2584 (109)
• India
3 Mar 07
As a matter of fact solar power is being developed properly. industries now use solar power.denmark is the biggest user of solar power.the idea isnt ignored at all. countries are keen to switch to solar power. i admitt it is still a bit costly but an sure the costs will cut down in a couple of years.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
18 Mar 07
This may be the case, but there appears to be no domestic product.
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@anya11111 (169)
• India
3 Mar 07
it is i think basically a money game problem! leaders all over the world have a lot of their own money entangled in power business. it is them who is stopping the development. it is like the zipper was invented way before it was introduced commercially because of the bigwig investments in button making. same thing happened with fuel injectors and carburators. these people will all of a sudden awaken from their slumber when the fossil fuel resources will come to an end and then they will mint money selling non conventional energy producers!
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
18 Mar 07
This could very well be the case because oil investment is very popular.
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@Lyrica (127)
• Canada
2 Mar 07
I think it reduces the amount of money the government gets from taxes if everyone could generate their own energy through solar power and other, cleaner alternatives. They don't want to lose that source of income so they pull the funding from the research and put it into pointless things like war or the military. Recently, we've been hearing a lot about global warming and the things we're doing to our environment but the government does not take any actions to inform the public of their options. Take the electric car for example. 10, 20 years ago, it was all over the news as a good alternative to gas. It was cheaper to run, was much quieter, produced no pollution (except for the pollution when generating electricity) and ran a lot more efficiently than regular cars do (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_electric_vehicle). So why aren't we all driving electric cars? Because it doesn't generate as much revenue for the 'big shots' as regular cars do.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
3 Mar 07
I remember the electric cars. There was one man who drove across Europe as a demonstration of how reliable it was. The only drawback with electric cars is the lack of speed, but this is no doubt because no real research has gone into changing the situation.
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@xyverz (51)
• Philippines
18 Mar 07
Its maybe due to some large oil companies that hampering its advancements. They might know if they allow the progress of using solar energy, they might have some problems with their own product.
@timou87 (1642)
• Singapore
21 May 07
i totally agree with you, solar power is infinite and clean and completely free! i do not understand why more countries are making use of this pollution free source of energy and develop more efficient ways of tapping this power source
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
21 May 07
With the lenght of time that the technology has existed, we should have been well advanced by now.
• United States
6 May 07
I also wonder why solar power has never been developed properly. I think a great use for solar power would be to keep cell phones charged. You hear so many stories of people being stranded and not being able to call someone because their cell phone battery wore down. It's such a waste of valuable energy when we don't take advantage of solar power. Lloyd
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
7 May 07
The surprising factor is that it is a technology that has been proven to work, so it simply needs to be developed further.
@lankie (478)
• China
6 May 07
Its price is just far too expensive and it makes common people barely to afford it on their income.I also think it will take much longer time for understanding solar power fully.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
6 May 07
Surely it is only expensive because the technology has not been promoted well. Everything is initially expensive but becomes much cheaper once it is commonplace.
@brothertuck (1257)
• United States
6 May 07
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
6 May 07
This seems an interesting dvelopment, and hopefully may be able to promote the technology a little more.