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The Maury Equation, redux March 17, 2012

Posted by Maury Markowitz in solar power satellites.
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Mir's solar panels were heavily damaged after years in space

Ouch!

It seems that every time a space-based solar power supporter reads my post on The Maury Equation, they pick one point of the many and try to attack the entire argument on that. That point normally has to do with launch costs, which isn’t the real argument at all.

So, let’s make this simple:

A solar cell in space will deliver less energy¬†to the grid than the same cell on Earth. (more…)

The Maury Equation June 21, 2011

Posted by Maury Markowitz in solar power satellites.
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I’m claiming my 15 microseconds of fame right… now! The Maury Equation of the Economics of Solar Power demonstrates that the price of space based power will never be competitive. I intend to prove this, below.

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Freakin’ “laz-ers” November 17, 2009

Posted by Maury Markowitz in fusion, nuclear.
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So Edward Moses, the latest manager of the disaster that is the National Ignition Facility, continues to put a brave face on the latest efforts to suck up US taxpayer money. In spite of enormous budget overruns, continued delays, and the simple fact that there is no possible way it will ever be a new power producer, Moses recently claimed in a Newsweek article, with a straight face one presumes, that NIF will be a “endless supply of safe, clean energy.”

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