15 Sep '11, 7pm

What Solyndra means for solar power - Mother Nature Network (blog)

What Solyndra means for solar power - Mother Nature Network (blog)

Perhaps the most compelling case for U.S. support of solar power is its vast potential, and the risk of falling behind China. While all fossil fuels are finite, the sun won't die for eons — and it delivers an estimated 84 terawatts of energy to the Earth's surface every day, five times more than humanity uses in a year. Today's solar panels can't use that energy efficiently enough, but the technology is quickly evolving. And as the Brookings Institution wrote in a recent report , "the clean economy is manufacturing- and export-intensive," meaning countries that make and sell solar panels are poised to dominate. In a blog post this week, Brookings researchers Mark Muro and Jonathan Rothwell compared today's clean-tech industry to the 1990s IT industry, citing similar rewards for producers. "It follows that the U.S. risks losing out on tremendous gains if it decides not to i...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/blogs/what-solynd...

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