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Are we discussing a solar driven fuel source that has a theoretical maximal effiency which is lower then what we today can get from either photovoltaic or thermal solar power?

What am I missing here?

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Oct 27th, 2007 at 11:55:50 AM EST
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For fuels, we need chemical energy whereas solar panels provide electrical energy, the conversion of which into chemical energy won't be 100% (or even 30%) efficient (that is true of batteries, too).

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Oct 27th, 2007 at 09:12:47 PM EST
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Thanks, I see.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Oct 28th, 2007 at 12:50:05 PM EST
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Liquid biofuels will be presumably used in explosion motors with a theoretical maximum efficiency of less that 50%.

Electrical energy (from solar panels) can be converted to work at a higher theoretical efficiency.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 29th, 2007 at 05:56:41 PM EST
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Isn't starvid's signature that "Peak oil is not an energy crisis but a liquid fuel crisis"? It's all about the considerable technological convenience of using liquid fuels.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 29th, 2007 at 05:59:01 PM EST
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