[permaculture] Design-Bioregional-Energy Policy-The Sustainability of Bio...

Marimike6 at cs.com Marimike6 at cs.com
Sun Jun 17 14:03:11 EDT 2007

I'd still like to echo the original comment, which was that someone should do 
the math to see how viable next-generation solar would be for providing power 
to the state of Florida.

Here are the 2004 figures for energy consumption in that state. 


I see they used 755.2 trillion btus of natural gas-- nearly all, I would 
suspect, in electrical generation-- plus 325.5 trillion btus from nuclear power, 
699.1 trillion btus from coal, 176.1 trillion btus from biomass and a 
negligible amount (2.7 trillion btus) from hydroelectric power. Or, very roughly, 
1,200,000,000,000 btus total for the year.

That's a lot of juice. Just so we can wrap our heads around the concept, 
could someone with a grasp of the new solar technology size a system for us that 
could, say, provide just a trillion btus per year? I'd like to see what we're 
talking about.


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