There have been a lot of talks what humans are supposed to do when petroleum and gas (the most popular power suppliers for today) stores are exhausted.

What do you think of [url=http://www.energyrefuge.com/archives/new_russian_battery.htm ]this one[/url]? ;)
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Wow!! I think this is a great invention.. If everything can be adapted to this new system, everything will be nice. We can live by that energy.. You know for some time later water will be a problem too... So electricity will be a problem.. However, that might be the answer! Emotion: big smile
Samoilov declared, the new battery was cheaper than a solar panel.

Kindly think about this sentence.

Indeed this new kind of battery looks like a fairly good idea, yet a solar panel is really expensive, and the cost for a single battery (although cheaper than a solar panel) would be several times higher than what we're used to spending today.

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An interesting observation, YoHf, I didn't pay attention to that. But it seems to me a bad translation into English. In Russian and some other English articles the same fact about the costs is said as follows:
"Samoilov declared that the manufacturing cost of the Geteroelectrical photoelement of the star battery will be less than the manufacturing cost of the photoelement of a modern solar battery."

So probably the cost of a single star battery may be less than the cost of a usual one that we use today.

It was also declared in our news that scientists promised to make prototypes (on the base of which serial manufacture may be started) in 2 years.

[url=http://pesn.com/2006/05/31/9500274_Star_Battery /]Here[/url] is some more information about that:
Presently, the weak application of solar energy is due to the following insufficiencies:

  • Low efficiency of light conversion into the electrical current (not more 20%).
  • No possibility to receive electric power at night, on cloudy days, or within a country with a dark season of short days with low-intensity sunlight (or none, as in the Arctic).
  • Absence of high effectiveness, and an ecological safe source of energy accumulation (presently acid accumulators [battery] are used).


  • None of the above-mentioned insufficiencies is present in the star Battery.

    The Geteroelectrical photoelement developed by the Scientific Center of Applied Research at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research is the main component of the star battery which possesses the following technical and commercial advantages:

    • The efficiency of light transformation in visible range is 54% (a world record today).
    • As for infra-red light, the efficiency of reformation, it is 31% higher than the efficiency of a modern solar battery in the visible domain.
    • The photocurrent of Geteroelectrical photoelement (GEP) operates at a factor of 4x higher than the modern solar battery.
    • The GEP provides a very high efficiency in the dark and during the cloudy periods of a day.
    • It is practically on a factor of 4x higher than the modern solar battery in the visible range.
    • In the infra-red domain, it is on a factor of 2x higher than the efficiency of the modern solar battery in the visible range.
    • The mass of GEP semiconductor material needed to produce one Watt of energy is 1,000 times less than the mass needed in the existing solar photoelements.
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"Samoilov declared that the manufacturing cost of the Geteroelectrical photoelement of the star battery will be less than the manufacturing cost of the photoelement of a modern solar battery."

So probably the cost of a single star battery may be less than the cost of a usual one that we use today.

The article says solar batteries, not usual ones. A solar battery is not as cheap as an usual one is. Not even nearly!

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Solar batteries are pretty expensive. However by the time all our energy resources get exhausted, I'm sure scientists will come up with the cheaper/affordable version of these batteries. Emotion: wink What say Ruslana? Emotion: smile
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Ah, YoHf, I got you now. Emotion: stick out tongueEmotion: big smile Anyway, if we compare a solar and star battery of the same size, the second one is likely to be more productive and less expensive than the first one. Let's see what will happen in 5 years or so.

I agree with you, Benita. Emotion: smile
Hopefully they'll find a way to fix the problem. Emotion: big smile

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The main source of energy that brought oil in the first place is still here with us , and it is not going anywhere ,,

I mean the sun ....

when the need becomes urgent enough , we will harness its power using other methods ..

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