Boom de Energía Solar en USA

24.07.2008 @ 15:33 \03\Thu, 24 Jul 2008 15:33:53 +0000\53 +0000 UTC

Pues sí, ya es sabido que los gringos están muy atrasados en cuanto a energía solar se refiere y eso se debe mas que nada a que los gringos nunca se han interesado, al menos no con gran patrocinio, por formas de energía renovable. Sin embargo, según un experto en el área, eso está por cambiar.

this week in San Francisco, where organizers of the world’s largest solar exhibition, Germany’s intersolar, launched an American version of their confab amid

predictions of a massive solar boom in the ailing US economy.

Conference chairman Professor Eicke Weber, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, insists that it makes perfect sense for Germans to bring their solar accumen to the Golden State.

Y hay varias razones para ello:

As soaring fuel costs combine with rapidly changing public perceptions about the dangers of climate change, the US embrace of solar power is at a tipping point, he predicts. Soon, the US will follow the massive investments already made in Europe in renewable energy, where thanks to strong government support the solar industry is years ahead of its American counterpart.

Se puede notar la diferencia en la exhibición que se hace en Aleamania y la que se hace en USA:

The German Intersolar has been growing at some 30 percent a year. The recent Munich expo attracted more than 1,000 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees from 140 countries.

In contrast, the San Francisco Intersolar has only 200 exhibitors and 12,000 attendees.

Y como era de esperarse, Bush no ha ayudado en nada:

The major reason for the difference is the scope of government support, or the lack of it in the United States. Under President George W. Bush, a former oil company executive, the federal government until recently denied the science of climate change. Vice President Dick Cheney famously dismissed conservation as a meaningless personal virtue.

Esperan que el boom sea del mismo grado que el del dot-com (sin que la burbuja explote claro):

Many are already predicting a solar boom, akin to the dot-com boom that accompanied the rise of the Internet. Some start-ups like NanoSolar and Solyndra are already valued at more than $1 billion before they’ve ever made a profit, reflecting the huge growth potential that Wall Street sees in the solar field.

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