[ RadSafe ] Marine solar in Hawaii

Neill Stanford stanford at stanforddosimetry.com
Tue Apr 3 11:15:48 CDT 2007

You are talking about normal old photovoltaic cells, right? What degrades so
rapidly? Unprotected, or even protected, connections are sitting ducks for
salt and sun. But protecting and maintaining electrics in a marine
environment is to be expected. Do you mean something else that makes solar
panels extra vulnerable in sun and salt? Other than an easily removed salt
film if the spray is up, I am not sure what is degrading.


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-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On Behalf
Of Jaro
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 7:35 PM
To: Brennan, Mike (DOH); radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] Rad in Hawaii

Mike Brennan wrote:

Personally, I think that there are few places where solar power makes as
much sense as Hawaii.  Though you would want to take the panels down in
case of typhoon.

As it turns out, ocean environments are very tough on photoelectric solar
power, degrading the panels rapidly.
Maybe you were thinking solar thermal ?
But I would think that Hawaii has geothermal potential comparable to
Iceland, no ?


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