Firstly because up here in the Northern hemisphere the days start getting longer today.
Secondly, this long article in MIT review on solar power 2.0 in Japan suggests that the conversion efficiency of panels has now reached 22%. When Majda and Cécile did their ITMP controversy on solar power 5 years ago, I think it was 15%. That’s quite an increase in a short time. This now goes onto the programme side – i.e. an actor in favour of the spread of solar power – of the controversy.
As Onur, who was also in that year with Majda and Cécile, and who’s been working for Siemens as their smart grids specialist, knows better than most of us, the low flexibility and centralised design of many electricity power networks could be on the anti programme side.
In Finland last week, at Anastasia’s PhD dinner I met a very interesting Russian professor of electrical power systems. I wonder what he thinks of all this?
That a world innovation leader since the 1950s has eastern electricity at 50 Hz while the western at 60 Hz is totally fascinating.