Solar Cheaper than Coal

1 hour ago, Marina Schwarz said:

it would be interesting to see a development curve for the effictiveness of coal and compare it. 

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Can coal be improved in terms of effectiveness/efficiency? It burns and that's all it does. Or maybe the furnaces could be upgraded or something... Not sure anyone would be willing to waste time or money on this but I may be wrong.

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1 hour ago, Marina Schwarz said:

Can coal be improved in terms of effectiveness/efficiency? It burns and that's all it does. Or maybe the furnaces could be upgraded or something... Not sure anyone would be willing to waste time or money on this but I may be wrong.

I am sure some of the engineering gurus on the forum can answer this better than I, but basically my understanding is that a coal fired power-plant can designed to use the energy more efficiently - i.e. a coal-fired powerplant built in 2001 may use 60 % of the energy in the coal and one built in 1975 may only use 45% of the energy in the coal... The numbers are guess work on my part, but I think you get where I am going with this...  

 

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I see. That's interesting. So coal's not dead, then.

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34 minutes ago, Marina Schwarz said:

I see. That's interesting. So coal's not dead, then.

I don't know. 

I think the more interesting question is where solar and others are on comparative development curve. 

Eye of the beholder I guess. 

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Yes, that would be interesting to see. It certainly is a major accomplishment that solar has become comparable to coal on costs. Not universally but still.

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