Welcome to a site dedicated to finding a sustainable energy future. Please read the following Photovoltaic Solar Energy and Electric Vehicles versus Internal-Combustion-Engine Vehicles paper for a view as to how this is possible with today’s technology. This paper compares many different options to gasoline and diesel powered vehicles such as natural gas, bio-diesel, ethanol, hydrogen, hybrids, and battery electric vehicles. It also takes a look at many different energy sources such as oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear and solar power. Also, please take a look at the performance of the solar power system and cars pictured above.
We must break our current dependence on nonrenewable sources of energy from fossil fuels because this dependence will only lead to greater political, economic and security instability for families, businesses, and nations. The problem with nonrenewable sources of energy is not when we run out of them. The problem is when demand outstrips supply causing prices to rise rapidly, which will result in market instability. In the case of oil this situation is call “peak-oil“. The solution to this problem comes up every morning and stares at us all day long. With solar power and electric cars we can eliminate the need for middle eastern oil and the middle man. Please take advantage of the many resources on this site, which will help you make an informed decision on a sustainable energy future.
“In any given hour, more energy from the sun reaches the Earth than is used by the whole human population in any given year.” National Geographic March 2009
Here is some performance information for the solar power system and electric cars pictured above as of 19 July 2014.
- Lifetime solar power produced: 67,883 kWh
- Net GRID power used: 2,883 kWh
- 365 day average solar power produced: 33.6 kWh
- 365 day aver. home and car power used: 44.0 kWh
- Oil free miles: 88,964 miles
- Gasoline saved: 4,382 gallons
- Oil saved: 231 barrels
- CO2 saved: 203,901 pounds
As of June 2014, saved $25,813 ($17,528 saved on gasoline, and $8,284 saved on home electricity) How much can you save per year by switching to solar power and an electric car?
“We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that”. -Thomas Edison, inventor (1847-1931)
“There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction” John F Kennedy
The computer used to develop this web site is solar powered.
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