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Thinking that this whole 'solar roadway' thing that has gone viral is ridiculously stupid.
You can spend literally billions to trillions of dollars to develop and pave roads with hexagonal panels made of expensive toughened glass so they don't break when tons of metal roll over them at high speed, that require incredibly complex wiring and maintenance systems, in a context where it takes months (and thousands of dollars) to get a simple pot hole fixed.
Or you can put increasingly cheap, traditional solar panels on top of the lots and lots of buildings that already exist and get the same effect for nowhere near the investment.
In a country like Australia, is it realistic to think that we could get all our electricity needs from solar?
I'm putting solar onto our place soon, and the expectation is that I wont have any power bills.
I doubt you'll get to energy independence though
As for the first part - I'm not qualified to answer but I suspect not, at least in the short to medium term
This is probably already a thing, but I can't see any reason why someone wouldn't develop a home air-con system that has a direct solar input. That way on the hot sunny days, your air-con is cost and carbon neutral.
this would be possible.
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Two main sticking points I can see at the moment:
- Governments that don't believe burning oil/coal causes any problems whatsoever.
- Getting the investment $ when coal is still currently cheaper.
It does seem like a pretty obvious solution though, given how much sun we get in our twenty dodecillion square miles of desert.
Also we've got various wind turbines around, and have the potential to use nuclear power better than any other place in the world, so while we could make it all renewable, I doubt we'd see 100% solar. But that's just being pedantic.
Plus, while it's not strictly electricity per se, I don't see anyone coming up with solar or nuclear planes any time soon; I don't think we'll move entirely off oil within our lifetimes.
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