JTEM is right
2018-05-09 21:46:19 UTC
the scales here...
Look. This is easy. All you have to do is
build enough solar panels to power everyone.
...all the houses and stores, all the
factories and office building... all the
cars & trucks, seeing how you insist upon
writing Elon Musk into your future...
Oh. Then you have to build a battery farm
large enough to power the entire grid overnight,
when there is no sun, and when there's inclement
weather. And this will have to be charging up
even as you're powering the grid, so you need to
build way more solar panels.
Oh. And then you need some kind of "Buffering"
to handle to constant fluctuations in energy
demand. I mean, if there's a spike in use -- as
very often happens -- the energy needs to come
from SOMEWHERE, So now you need even more battery
farms to take care of this buffering -- while
still leaving alone what you set aside for use
at night & in inclement weather...
Oh. And solar energy fluctuates with the seasons,
so now you need still more battery farms to make
up the shortfall in solar energy during some of
the reasons, BUT WITH MAINTAINING YOU BUFFER AND
WHAT YOU SAVED FOR NIGHT/INCLEMENT WEATHER.
Even in the dead of winter there is night and there
is day, and you will still need extra battery farms
to feed those long nights & dark days...
This means more solar panels, of course. Way more.
Oh. And then there's economic growth, or even just
population growth. This means we need even more
solar panels, in order to meet this growth in demand,
and we're going to need more & more battery farms to
handle all the extra people/demand when it's night,
or inclement weather, or when there's those all too
common spikes, to when a change in seasons means
shorter days and longer nights... etc.
Just two of Elon Musk's battery farms used up as
much lithium as like 25% of the entire planet's
output. The United States alone would need THOUSANDS.
How many would China and India need?