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Commentary: Energy Secretary Chu’s visit a glimpse into solar, renewable energy future

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pixies   8/18/2011 9:05:52 PM
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I agree solar energy is inefficient and expensive, but why should it fade away? After all, most of living things on earth have been powered by solar energy for billions of years.

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tb1   8/18/2011 8:43:14 PM
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I'm all for taking away the solar subsidies, as soon as we take away all of the oil corporate subsidies. (Not to mention other costs. Do you think we'll ever get into a multi-trillion dollar war over solar?) (Of course that will never happen).

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km123   8/18/2011 8:08:08 PM
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Gee Chuck, a 30 second Google search would reveal that Secretary Chu has a Nobel Prize in Physics, so he probably understands at least some of the science. I sure hope you do a bit more thinking and research when doing your engineering than when you are posting!

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Chuck Sampson   8/18/2011 10:52:13 AM
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"As fascinated as he was in the science behind our products, Secretary Chu was most interested in how technology, economics and government policy combined to create over 300 renewable energy jobs in just about a year’s time." Fascinated by the science? Probably more like overwhelmed and stupified. Does he understand any of the science? No, just like most major policy makers. Does he realize that PVs are still very inefficient, have miniscule power density, and are confined to operating only under certain conditions-like when the sun shines? Solar is an example of a "push" technology. It's not market driven, but subsidzed and pushed on us by politicians and academics. It will fade away one day like the mullet hairstyle. But as an engineer I don't mind. I like working with grid-tie circuits and software plls. I will build and test whatever these knuckleheads want me to as long as their checks are good.

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Kevin.Jackson   8/17/2011 2:17:15 PM
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Literally everything I read in this article offended me deeply. The above statement avoids a five page rant. Kevin Jackson

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richbham   8/16/2011 10:49:40 PM
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Recent article on Amonix on Optics.org: http://optics.org/indepth/2/8/1

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