Solar Power

The amount of solar energy that strikes the surface of the Earth in one hour is more than enough to supply every person on the planet with electricity for an entire year. However, there are limits that prevent us from being able to fully take advantage of this energy.

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  1. 1 hour of FREE sunlight equals to 1 year of FREE energy for the whole planet! So why don't we use it? The plain human craziness explained in 3 minutes on primary school level: – OUCH! Makes you wonder how the astronauts store solar power on the International Space Station, instead of using diesel? 😉

  2. Well looks like NOVA is a couple of years back with there video. You can use CSP 24h a day and you can as well produce Hydrogen and burn it when its needed.Solar power is the way to go for many areas in the world.

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