If I had to guess, I'd guess that they did these calculations without clouds. Still, with clouds, we get tremendous amounts of energy from the Sun.tLIB wrote:Amazing. Some one did the calculations.
We do have a way to convert Sunlight to electricity: solar panels. But they are not too efficient, last I heard (if I'm remembering correctly), their efficiency is around 25%.tLIB wrote: All we have to do now is figure out how to convert the solar energy to power and to store it. I think it can be done. Good find Kramer.
As to storing the energy, I just read the other day a plan to use trains for generating power at nighttime. The plan was to move these long trains up hills during the (sunny) days and then at night, let them roll down the hill using gravity while generators are connected to the wheels and the power from the generators sent down the tracks. -- I'm not kidding...
There's an animated TV show called "electric city" that (if I'm remembering correctly) shows the cities going into darkness at nighttime. I think this is the future for our children unless a practical way can be found to store the massive amounts of energy required at night.