By R.C. Neville
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This is because it is extremely complicated. Considering the assigning of values to such items as depleted resources or to greenhouse effects, cost projections are at best tenuous and at worst totally misleading. This topic will be addressed, briefly, in a later chapter which will consider economic factors in solar cell work. A short word on the economics of solar heating is not, however, out of place here. 4) produce heat energy, and hot water, at prices that are cost competitive with conventional energy systems.
22 Collector area (in thousands of square miles) STEC (2) 0 45 305 650 Thermoelectric (3) 0 305 1,010 2,170 Solar Cells (4) 0 28 191 406 1,000 3,330 625 (1) We assume that this energy contribution is met 50% directly and 50% after some form of storage at 80% efficiency. (2) This assumes that the STEC systems are installed in regions of high solar energy density with an average energy production of 50 kwh/ft^/year. (3) We assume that these are dispersed systems with an overall energy production of 15 kwh/ft^/year.
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Solar Energy Conversion by R.C. Neville