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Posted by Michael B on September 22, 2009, 5:48 am

Not quite. There were several attempts at such before
that, including hot-air balloons.
But they also said such about the personal computer.

Posted by harry on August 8, 2009, 6:36 pm

car:http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/aug/02/nissan-unveils-electri ...

Re solar (PV) panels, it is the ideal way to charge your batteries if
the car is only used infrequently & you are retired..  Solar panels
are less practical for the home because peak use is at the end of the
day. Where I live, I used to drive home in the dark.
If you're retired, I suppose you could plan your life round the
weather forecast.  Do all your washing & cooking at midday!
If you want solar panels on the roof for domestic electricity they
only way forward is to be able to export electricity through the day
to make up for your usage of (conventional) electricity at night.
I have looked into all this, at present it makes absolutely no sense
moneywise, you need to be a complete nut to contemplate it.   I
already have zero heating bills due to massive home insulation I have
installed.  Electricity, I have reduced as much as possible  but zero
electricity bills are gonna have to wait.

Posted by daestrom on August 8, 2009, 2:50 pm
 harry wrote:

That sort of 'problem' is easy.  Here in the states you can sign up to
put large loads on a utility-controlled box that allows them to cycle a
number of home-owners water-heater or A/C on/off on demand.  As long as
you don't need 12-16 hours to charge your car, the utility could stage
what cars are charged at each time.

Besides, this problem will only come up slowly as consumers transition
to electric.  So the problem isn't going to suddenly come up Monday
evening the first time everyone comes home from work and 'plug in'.


Ah, well governments tend to find sources of income no matter what
consumers do.

Well, mass-transit has a lot of positives anyway.


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