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Renewable Energy => Solar PV => Topic started by: allegrif on November 27, 2015, 11:36:57 AM

Title: What are the disadvantages of solar, other than reliability and cost?
Post by: allegrif on November 27, 2015, 11:36:57 AM
It seems to me that the primary disadvantage of solar energy is its reliability on daytime, nice weather and high UV levels. However, there are so many applications where solar would benefit the world regardless of this, so I guess in these cases it's just the cost? But surely the cost of investment would eventually be repaid in energy savings?

For example, in my mind it makes absolute sense to put solar panels on ships. The roof of the bridge on most ships is empty space, and could easily accommodate solar paneling. This could help to power the ship's electronic systems, with the engine providing backup electricity when needed. I think the investment would be very small when you consider a container ship costs hundreds of millions of pounds, and solar panels just a few thousand. Not only would the panels pay for themselves, but it would be gold PR. So, what are the disadvantages that are stopping solar power being utilised in more applications like this?
Title: Re: What are the disadvantages of solar, other than reliability and cost?
Post by: JamesH on November 28, 2015, 01:42:24 PM
The reliability isn't so much one of unpredictability, as it's more predictable than wind. But the fact you have guarenteed downtime for approximately half the day. Wind energy can be stabalised if you spread turbines out across the network, but at midnight the entire collective solar output will be 0.
Title: Re: What are the disadvantages of solar, other than reliability and cost?
Post by: CuriousGeorge on December 01, 2015, 08:44:46 PM
But surely it can be stored for night-time usage?
Title: Re: What are the disadvantages of solar, other than reliability and cost?
Post by: St Rhenium on December 02, 2015, 07:12:30 PM
But surely it can be stored for night-time usage?
Storing electricity is harder than you think. It's not like water where you can just keep it in a tank (although storing water can be one means of storing electricity!)

Batteries are often used, but there are not efficient and a lot of the energy is wasted as they naturally decay. This means the guaranteed outage of solar panels is, unfortunately, a real issue.
Title: Re: What are the disadvantages of solar, other than reliability and cost?
Post by: Martha Marsh on July 27, 2016, 01:30:12 PM
I'd suggest that the main drawback is the fact that not all homes are eligible to use this type of power - as it depends on which way your house is facing. So it certainly isn't something that would be good for everybody.
Title: Re: What are the disadvantages of solar, other than reliability and cost?
Post by: brightspark on November 21, 2016, 11:31:48 AM
I'd suggest that the main drawback is the fact that not all homes are eligible to use this type of power - as it depends on which way your house is facing. So it certainly isn't something that would be good for everybody.

This was a considerable drawback until recently.  A new generation of Lithium ion storage batteries are being developed, notabley by Tesla the electric car maker.  They have been working on a compact Powerwall home storage battery which has been getting good reviews from early adopters and news is that a "new improved" ::) (http://www.justluxe.com/community/view-profile.php?p_id=26252) Powerwall 2 is set to be released in 2017
Title: Re: What are the disadvantages of solar, other than reliability and cost?
Post by: RaytonSolar on April 06, 2017, 11:25:58 PM
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Title: Re: What are the disadvantages of solar, other than reliability and cost?
Post by: tristanchua on June 22, 2017, 05:30:46 AM
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