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Solar Power Requirements Include Too Much Land

Solar Power Requirements Include Too Much Land. Germany’s largest solar park just opened and it is a great visual argument in favor of nuclear power.

Just to the north of the city of Werneuchen, Germany located in the Barnim region of Brandenburg, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG plans to construct a solar park with an output of more than 187 MW. This will be the first major solar project constructed without large government subsidies.

Energie Baden-Württemberg AG is banking on the high demand for “clean energy“.

Not on the actual energy-making efficiencies of the solar park.
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Moreover, 465,000 solar modules produce electricity for only 50,000 households. In order to cover Germany’s annual electricity needs, one requires 3500 times the area.

Note that the “3500 times” is a rough estimate depending on which year you use. It’s probably between 2800-3500.

Does that size area even exist within German borders?


Additionally, this would still not work, because there is no way to store this much energy for night time.

Solar Panels & Solar Parks / Solar Farms have a number of disadvantages:

1) Firstly, solar panels need regular cleaning, or else you lose 10 to 20% of your expected output.

2) Secondly, solar panels begin to lose efficiency when the temperature rises to 77 degrees.

At that point, for every degree increase in temperature above 77 degrees, a solar panel loses efficiency by the rate of its temperature coefficient.

3) Thirdly, batteries don’t work well in extreme heat or cold.

4) Fourthly, you need fences and or 24/7 guards.

5) Furthermore, you need mega-meters of wiring (again easily stolen in a place like Africa).

6) Lastly, the glass can get sandblasted to opacity in a few months depending on the geographic location.

Solar Power Requirements Include Too Much Land

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