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Re: East Coast outage?
From: "Petri Helenius" <pete () he iki fi>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 20:55:22 +0300

Use hydrogen. One solar panel (which will last forever unless you drop 
something on it) can split H2O into H and O. Store the H for windless days 
or at night. Feed this to a turbine for electricity and recover heat for hot 
water, store it in a heat sink, ect. Or feed the H into a fuel cell & 

What kind of land area of solar panels do you plan to produce enough H for
producing a gigawatt 24/7? Then multiply that by 60. You probably have to 
produce H equivivalent of 180GW to accommodate for nights and cloudier
days, even if you would be somewhere where it usually shines.

If you want to add windmills to the equation, do the land area calculation
taking into account turbulence effects which mandate your mill spacing.


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