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## #1 2005-11-23 17:56:21

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### Solar Zinc

A way to store 60% of the sun's energy in zinc metal, which can be used in zinc-air fuel cells. It (zinc) energy-dense enough to give 150 miles/gallon. I so want one of those.

El que pega primero pega dos veces.

## #2 2005-11-25 23:35:42

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### Re: Solar Zinc

Character is who you are when no one is looking.

## #3 2005-12-06 07:38:13

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Nice website ryos, interesting new way of renewable energy.  I Hope it develops further.

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## #4 2005-12-06 09:11:28

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### Re: Solar Zinc

We should burn morons as a renewable energy source.

Boy let me tell you what:
I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too.
And if you'd care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you.

## #5 2005-12-06 09:50:35

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### Re: Solar Zinc

An interesting suggestion Zach, although it is harsh.

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## #6 2005-12-06 16:59:21

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But where would we get more morons from once we ran out?

## #7 2005-12-06 17:12:02

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Alabama.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

## #8 2005-12-06 17:17:47

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Ah. Burning morons would give off an awful smell.

## #9 2005-12-06 21:34:33

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### Re: Solar Zinc

I once calculated (when I had my hands on specific data) that the area underneath the main transmission lines (the big towers, not the street poles), if it were used for solar collection, would be able to create nearly as much energy as the power station! J

ust not reliably. So storage is a big issue for solar power.

There is actually quite a large area under transmission lines. They often go for 100s of kilometers, and there is a wide buffer either side (I can't quite recall, but 50m perhaps). Multiply this area by solar radiation, apply a conversion percentage and you have quite a lot of MW.

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## #10 2005-12-07 03:10:24

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Sounds cool! Hook the panels into the lines, and throttle down the plant.

The trouble is (as has always been the case with PV) that that much photovoltaics would be prohibitively expensive. I wonder if it would be more cost-effective to put wind turbines under the lines?

El que pega primero pega dos veces.

## #11 2005-12-07 07:45:43

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For Posterity, ryos' signature is now:

Indio comido, puesto al camino.

It sounds really nice when spoken! But what does it mean? The closest I can get is:

Native woman, seated, waits for another mouthful

Which is kinda cool, but probably not quite right ...

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

## #12 2005-12-08 06:06:48

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I had it wrong (the second part, I mean). I had thought that bocado was feminine (bocada), even though it made no sense in the context of the saying I thought I had heard (so I wrote it as india rather than indio). I actually had to research it!

"Indio" in colloquial Nicaraguan means a person that is base, crude, and rude; it's an insult. Nevertheless, the saying is not insulting. (Go figure. Languages are strange.)

The general meaning is, "I've eaten, so I'm leaving," and "I'm still here, so I must still be hungry!"

El que pega primero pega dos veces.

## #13 2005-12-08 07:41:52

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It's funny!
I can see it written below a sketch of a greedy dude with an empty plate in front of him.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman