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ES #4 - Ryan McCreery ECE Lecture#4 Electricity from the...

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Ryan McCreery ECE Lecture #4 September 16, 2007 Electricity from the Sun: Is the US Running Behind? The fourth energy seminar lecture was given by Dieter Ast. During this seminar, Mr. Frederick explained how Japan’s lack of oil helped make it the world leader in solar panels. Due to the lack of oil for productive energy usage, Japan had to find another way to obtain useful and efficient energy for expenditure. Why not just use the free energy of the sun to power other devices? This is exactly what happened, but transferring this so called “free” energy from the sun actually comes at a cost. Although the US used to be the world leader in solar panels, there may be a turnaround once again. Then, Mr. Frederick began introducing the class with some background information on PV energy usage. He made it very clear that PV could be used for powering cars, airplanes (with the ability to fly three times higher than commercial jets!), houses, small cities, factories, etc.
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