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Posted by Tomasz Chmielewski on May 4, 2009, 9:27 am
 From time to time, I read such a statement somewhere in newspapers,
articles etc.:

   I hate to cut this down but a lot more energy went into producing
   this than it will ever produce itself. I think people are too
   easily tricked into thinking they are doing something good for the

Is it true that a solar panel, generally, takes more power to make than
it will ever produce?

Tomasz Chmielewski

Posted by Eeyore on May 4, 2009, 1:28 pm

Tomasz Chmielewski wrote:

Depends where it ends up getting sited for one thing. I too would like to
know the true energy 'cost' of making a panel. Every single part of it.


Posted by Cosmic on May 4, 2009, 6:17 pm
 Tomasz Chmielewski ha scritto:

it was used to be.
nowadays it isn't so anymore, both with silicon panels and Thin films :)

Posted by Mauried on May 4, 2009, 10:01 pm

I often wonder why people ask this question.
You dont for example see people asking whether it takes more energy to
produce a wind turbine or a nuclear power plant or a wave farm than
they will ever produce.
And is the question a sensible one anyway.
Wouldnt a better question be
Does a Solar panel make more energy (measured in todays dollar value)
than it will ever produce (measured in the same dollar value).
try and get a sensible answer to that one.

Posted by Eeyore on May 5, 2009, 12:29 am

Mauried wrote:

We know it's less. Certainly for the first two, assuming the wind turbine is
sensibly sited.

In dollar value in most places, NEVER.


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