Article #5: Solar Energy Will Revolutionize Your Life
How would you like to see your total direct energy bill drop from say $1,500 per year to a mere $50 to $75? And your indirect energy bill, as represented in the products you buy, drop yet another $ 1,000 or so?
Absolutely not! The technology is here now, today!
There is a gremlin in the works, however. But we're betting this dark shadow will not be around long. There's too much in favor of this getting into foreign hands, etc.
An inventor and electronics specialist, Stanford R. Ovshinsky of Troy, Michigan, has made the most startling energy breakthrough in all history! In fact it is so revolutionary that all other forms of energy utilization are immediately obsolete! And therein is the rub.
Mr. Ovshinsky developed what he called "ovonic materials" for applications in the computer industry. Imagine how stunned the scientific world was to learn that not only were the materials "dirt cheap" but that they transformed solar energy directly into electricity at a cost of about 1/25 of the cost of such conventional sources as coal, water power, etc., presently our cheapest sources for power.
Can you imagine paying a service station say $5 for a battery power back chance for your car and driving from 500 to 700 miles before having to change packs or, if you have the time, of recharging the battery pack from your own home-owned generator made of ovonic materials? Or of having your own power generator made of ovonic materials right on the roof of the your car?
Can you imagine meeting all your home power needs with a few solar panels located on your roof or wherever you place them such that they capture the sun?
Can you imagine the great grid power system that mars our land with endless lines disappearing?
Can you imagine yourself being free of outside energy needs altogether? Of being an island unto yourself in meeting your energy needs just as you presently meet your needs for air?
The revolution will be so sweeping anything you visualize will probably be far short of the mark.
But the rub? What is that little gremlin we spoke of?
Mr. Ovshinsky went heavily into debt. Help came in the form of monies from two industrial giants who, to all appearances, want to keep ovonic materials AWAY from consumers.
The easy path Mr. Ovshinsky took to free himself of burdens was to sell part interest in his solar devices to, and get this, United Nuclear Corporation and Exxon Corporation.
United may well find rescue in the new technology. But Exxon? Do you for a moment think they have anything to gain? Do you think they will let their multibillion dollar investment in oil and coal go down the drain? Do you think they will permit their annual multibillion dollar income to plummet to near nothing by marketing a solar device that practically kicks them out of the energy marketplace?
Much remains to be seen in this case. We're confident that overriding factors even larger than United and Exxon will bring ovonic materials or even better materials to the consumer and relatively soon.
Mr. Ovshinsky must be hailed as having made the most humanitarian invention of this century. And we must push with all our mights as interested parties to see that this invention sees widespread application as soon as technically possible.
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