Reuse, Recycle, Or Just Reduce Solar Panel Waste?

Posted: August 30, 2020 by oldbrew in Critique, Energy

A preview of ‘the coming panel-demic’.

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By Duggan Flanakin ~

Is solar power truly Green?

This question is important, because in today’s world, that which is Green is favored even if it is more expensive and less reliable. We have been taught that solar is Green. But does it pass the Three R’s Test that for 50 years has been the Green standard?

Legend has it that the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” entered the collective consciousness somewhere before or after the first national EARTH DAY in 1970. Shortly afterward, President Nixon created the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Congress passed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Logic indicates that a Green product should therefore reusable (with reasonable effectiveness) or recyclable (at reasonable cost). If it is neither, then should we not ask whether we just need to reduce its supply (especially since solar energy is intermittent and still requires backup power)?

The EPA website, for…

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  1. Coeur de Lion says:

    All should watch Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ on YouTube for a shocking exposé of the environmental damage caused by ‘renewables’. See the ‘biomass’ part and weep.
    The Left hates this betrayal because Moore is author of ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and known as a pronounced lefty. Unmissable.

  2. ivan says:

    Maybe the enviro-mentalists and wackademics should have talked with and listened to some real engineers before they went off the deep end about unreliable ‘renewable’ energy production. The civilised western economy is now grinding to a halt because the governments listened to the wrong people and our children’s children will have to live with the fallout and devastation.

  3. JB says:

    So who is also adding in the periodic cleaning cost to keep conversion efficiency high?

    My engineer brother spent $25K on solar, and then died 5 yrs later, leaving his 80yo wife to deal with the maintenance issues, And then there is the resale problem of the house.

  4. gbaikie says:

    In terms using solar energy for houses {generally a bad idea, but] one should put solar panels in boxes. And the boxes should make a roof. And coxes should have lens of Polycarbonate and the transparent Polycarbonate is basically the surface of roof {or it is the roof}. And the Polycarbonate
    roof should designed to easily cleaned {and this could complicated}. The main thing is is it is modular- has some fixed unit size which makes easy to build a roof. So unit size which easy to attach which builds a standard unit sizes, and standard units size fit into various standard roofs.
    Requiring one design a house from the roof, down. Or making roof doesn’t require cutting and fitting- it’s more like a Lego roof. And want to get excited, design roof to conserve water use {or it saves rainwater}.

  5. ivan says:

    @gbaikie, not sure what you are saying but putting solar panels in boxes with ant form of lid is the worst thing that can happen especially if you want any energy out of them – the more they heat up the less output. The reverse is true if you use coper sheets with water tubes in them – you get plenty of hot water that way.

    If you are thinking of designing a roof you need to remember it need to face south in the northan hemisphere and have the correct camber which depends on longitude.

  6. ivan says:

    which depends on longitude.

    Sorry, me bad, it should be Latitude and I should have also mentioned that you need to decide if you want power or hot water in winter or summer – the angles are different.

  7. gbaikie says:

    “@gbaikie, not sure what you are saying but putting solar panels in boxes with any form of lid is the worst thing that can happen especially if you want any energy out of them – the more they heat up the less output”
    Generally warm air does not cause a surface to become hot. A roof or solar panel could be heated to 70 to 80 C without a lid. Though a insulate box could get to 80 C more easily. But would agree if make it so solar panel is heated at most to 40 C, that would make to solar panel more efficient. But with transparent lid, one do that also. Particularly saving water is part of it- one could use a water reservoir to clean and use such water as heat sink.
    But part your roof module could be used for heating water for hot water use- thermal heating of water generally makes a lot more economic sense than using solar panels.

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