A (cheap) tiny electric car might have utility. It is tough to make a very small vehicle safe on a one-car crash, impossible to make it reasonable in a head-on crash with the now ubiquitous SUVs. It's just the F=ma thing. Not much value in seat belts etc if the driver's head pops off the stalk.I might buy an economy one or two seat electric car. None available.
The battery replacement cost depends on the weight of the battery. So driving a five seat vehicle with one person is costly.
My current ideal ground transport would be a hybrid Messerschmidt KR 200 clone with a 50+ hp combined output.............and a trailer hitch.A (cheap) tiny electric car might have utility.
I don't think so. The 900 pound Edison 2 passed the crash tests. So does the tiny Smart car.impossible to make it reasonable in a head-on crash with the now ubiquitous SUVs.
Do you use Wind , as well ; was thinking you might knowHaving lived off grid on solar for more than 10
years I can say ,you are wrong on all points,as of right now the sun is going down,I can hear my deapfreez running,just watered the horse,
3/4hp 220v ac jet pump, running from a split
phase 220 v inverter operating from a 400ahr,
48 v dc battery bank.
My up time is better than the grid.
Solar power is now officialy the cheapest power ever built and run.
Solar pv production will more than double over the next two years.
Many many billions of dollars are going into just the research for the next gen solar.
And just to yank your chain.
There is an little known variant of photo voltaics that might interest you Dan, as it runs
on gasoline,useing a pv panel that has been tuned for one specific wavelength of light and built into a cylindrical shaper, then fuel is burned inside the resulting tube and the coulor temp of the flame is regulated to match the
The frontal crash tests (both NHTSA and IIHS) simulate crashes against vehicles that have similar weight to the tested vehicle. This is frequently overlooked.. If you test any small car in a head-on crash with a considerably heavier vehicle, the occupants in the lighter car do comparatively poorly.I don't think so. The 900 pound Edison 2 passed the crash tests. So does the tiny Smart car.
That's cool. I liked the GM "Lean Machine" that was displayed at Epcot for many years.My current ideal ground transport would be a hybrid Messerschmidt KR 200 clone with a 50+ hp combined output.............and a trailer hitch.
My aviation projects (Quickie:AV-361) seem to follow the same pattern.
True but weight is only half of F=MALink to tests between vehicle sizes
Not useing wind.Have a rather large wind turbine project that was gifted to me.Do you use Wind , as well ; was thinking you might know
how that , would fit in the efficiency rating for gathering electricity ?
That question, does loosely fit , in the Topic of discussion.
I live almost exactly on the 45th parallel,half way to the pole.Winter here sees weeks on end with low light.Depends on where you live. Warm sunny place is good. Where I live, nope. Between the low sun angle and short days in the winter, the snow covering the panels and the sometimes -30C stuff, solar in only useful for about half the year. But that is helpful at least, just payback time on the investment is doubled.
Solar and wind accounts for 11% of us energy production.Yeah, reliably absent over 50% of the time.
Solar has a place in the mix. Wind, too. But until very cheap and reliable storage is actually fieldable, they will be bit players. Power produced when it isn't needed isn't very useful right now. And theoretical power production that isn't available when demanded is a cruel joke to folks who need to keep their house warm.
Intermittent power sources drive up the cost of electricity by requiring extra (truly reliable) power generation to remain in existence and ready to go, but not producing. Then, solar proponents point to those sources and say "look how expensive they are per kilowatt that you produced! Buy more cheap solar and wind!' Yeah, cheap.
Solar power: Utility scale PV constituted just 2.2% of US electrical generation in 2020. If we add in all the rooftop PV systems, it's just another 1.5% (at the price of huge taxpayer giveaways). Altogether, just a drop in the bucket.Solar and wind accounts for 11% of us energy production.
When it runs. "Becky, I feel a breeze outside! Maybe we can finally run the washing machine today."A 800 mw off shore wind plant just got aproval.
just off Marthas Vinyard.
Size of an average nuke and runs on air.
How much ground area does your solar array occupy?I live almost exactly on the 45th parallel,half way to the pole.Winter here sees weeks on end with low light.
The price of PV panels alows designing the system for those months and the rest of the year is gravy.
Lots of snow,lots of ice,lots of wind,plenty cold.
Just design for that,and for someone useing grid tied solar there just isnt a down side.
Here in Canada they will let you roll a chunk of your RRSP's onto your roof,no tax,and rebates.
If you factor in real inflation, not the govt. advertised kind, then it's a joke.In all fairness, we have yet to see the limit to the stock market. Since its inception, when its composite value was below 100 points, to its all-time high of over 11,000, it has continuously been growing,
A public utility’s behavior is mostly dictated by the state’s utility commission. Some states have effective, functional commissions; some are totally political.How to make your energy supply unavailable (use natural gas & give full control of energy supply/delivery to profit motivated corps):