Solar and wind capturing devices are not alternative energy sources. They are extensions of the fossil fuel supply. There is an illusion of looking at the trees and not the forest in the “Renewable” energy world. Not seeing the systems, machineries, fossil fuel uses and environmental degradation that create the devices to capture the sun, wind and biofuels allows myopia and false claims.
Energy Return on Energy Invested (ERoEI) is only a part of the the equation. There is a massive infrastructure of mining, processing, manufacturing, fabricating, installation, transportation and the associated environmental assaults. Each of these processes and machines may only add a miniscule amount of energy to the final component of solar or wind devices. There would be no devices with out this infrastructure.
How else would we do it? There is always the old way. Who of us will go down in the mine first?
Let’s make an aluminum frame:
After getting the metal and barring accidents, it needs to be extruded. The extruding machine pushes heated ingots of aluminum through a die to get the shape of the frame. It then must be cut to transportable size and then heat treated.
As a teenager, 15, I worked in an aluminum extrusion plant in Florida. The extruded aluminum would be on a small gauge rail cart that we would push into a huge shed. The shed was heated to 375 F. When it was done we would push it out the other end of the shed to be loaded on trucks. Because it was Florida in the summer, our shirts were wet with sweat that dried immediately when we walked into the shed. By the end of the day my shirt was caked with salt.
LET’S MAKE SOME COPPER PLATE
How about some selective black chrome.
Used on solar hot air and hot water panels.
Lots of energy and chemicals here.
WE NEED SOME GLASS FOR OUR PANELS.
HOT AIR, HOT WATER AND SOLAR ELECTRIC.
HOW ABOUT SOLAR ELECTRIC PANELS
MACHINES MAKING MACHINES MAKING MACHINES
ALMOST ELECTRICITY TO MAKE THE MACHINES THAT MAKE THE MACHINES
HOW ABOUT A LITTLE NUCLEAR ELECTRICITY