So, I try to tell the oil and gas polluters’ cheerleaders on the BS Blog (Barnett Shale Blog) that other countries are way ahead of the U.S. in alternative energy. They respond with such intelligent comments as, “What time is the next Communist meeting.” Heh!
The holy grail of renewable energy came a step closer yesterday as thousands of mass-produced wafer-thin solar cells printed on aluminium film rolled off a production line in California, heralding what British scientists called “a revolution” in generating electricity.
These flexible, light panels are printed like newspaper.
The factory in Germany is booked until 2009 and another factory will soon open.
Our first solar panels will be used in a solar power station in Germany,” said Erik Oldekop, Nanosolar’s manager in Switzerland. “We aim to produce the panels for 99 cents [50p] a watt, which is comparable to the price of electricity generated from coal. We cannot disclose our exact figures yet as we are a private company but we can bring it down to that level. That is the vision we are aiming at.”
They will be used at powerplants and will take only 6 to 9 months before the powerplants are producing. Coal power plants take 10 years or more to build.
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