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Old 11-14-2009, 03:06 AM   #121
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Also, as far as the solar satellites go, a far simpler solution is to use the same sun-bathed areas as collectors instead of receivers. Simple sterling engines, using water vapor as the working fluid and an array of mirrors to vaporize said water, can be made cost effectively at ~$1k with current tech for a station of ~2 m^2. Multiply a lot of those together and you make an astonishingly large amount of power, all without the need for fancy satellites, control systems, possible weaponization, etc, and at extremely low cost relative to $186B in 1980s dollars (i.e. trillions in today's). However, it's so simple that it gets overlooked: the most elegant and best solution is often the simplest and crudest, not the fanciest and highest-tech.


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Old 11-14-2009, 06:51 AM   #122
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Actually when I went to Elementary <mumble> years ago. I went to Sky Harbor Elementary. The whole school ran on solar power. I heard they gutted all that though... It was cheap.. so cheap that it attracted low income families to a new neighborhood...


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Also, as far as the solar satellites go, a far simpler solution is to use the same sun-bathed areas as collectors instead of receivers. Simple sterling engines, using water vapor as the working fluid and an array of mirrors to vaporize said water, can be made cost effectively at ~$1k with current tech for a station of ~2 m^2. Multiply a lot of those together and you make an astonishingly large amount of power, all without the need for fancy satellites, control systems, possible weaponization, etc, and at extremely low cost relative to $186B in 1980s dollars (i.e. trillions in today's). However, it's so simple that it gets overlooked: the most elegant and best solution is often the simplest and crudest, not the fanciest and highest-tech.
Back in the 70s and 80s the Us Government proved the argument, and failed in getting it done for one of the same reasons I enumerated. The Sierra club among others allowed them only a test plant, fighting the required bills that would have let such engines to be used. The rectennas I am talking about for satellite transmission on the ground would take up less than a 10th the space, and would run 24 hours, not just during daylight


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