I just read an article about the president campaigning for solar in Alaska. Sure Alaska gets a lot of sun during the summer, but the reverse is true during the winter. How efficient is it to use a system that won't work for 3-4 months a year? Would the summer make up for the winter or overload a system?
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You brought up another layer to this conversation. Can solar panels survive Alaskan winters? Also you don't need much electricity during the summer in places where the sun never sets for 84 days.
It's a wonder gasifiers aren't employed more for powering generators. All you need is wood chip which gets cooked to produce the gas (like the way gas used to be produced locally in towns and cities by roasting coal at gas works)
Thelma I can hardly wait for someone to answer. I know with wind mills they have to shut them off when the wind is blowing too hard or they burn up the turbine. I wonder if the same thing can happen with solar production in the summer in Ak.
Excellent ideas. We are teaming w/ scientists in my area. There was one working on the reservoir idea. - I was watching a video about the density of Alaska. If Manhattan had the same ratios there would only be 16 people in the city.
Wikipedia has an article on virtual power plants or "aggregators". These combine several renewable power generating sources into one system such as wind, solar, MHCP (micro combined heat and power), small hydro, biogas and pumped storage.
Oregon has daylight even though the state doesn't have much sun. Parts of Alaska have almost no winter daylight. Barrow has 60 days each year without daylight. Ambient light works well , but no light?