Solution for our power crisis?

Instead of spending millions of dollars on “fountains” for the “entertainment” of public, perhaps our government could do better by creating structures like this.

From the article:
“The BBC has a report on the Europe’s first commercial solar power station. 600 giant mirrors focus the sunlight onto a 40 story white concrete tower where the super-concentrated heat boils water into steam to drive turbines.”

8 Comments so far

  1. ronin1770 (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 11:02 am


    Well, if government is not serious in alternative power, atleast cut tariffs and duties on import – solar power system in pakistan cost around $ 4/watt

    so 1 Kw system would cost over $ 4,000 thanx to taxes and duties

  2. Inspirex (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    Thats probably the second one in the world. The first one was put up in the us on experimental basis. And its hell expensive to build and maintain. Nuclear power plants have less capital cost per mw.

  3. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    But nuclear power plants keep getting less efficient with time & have an average life of 30 years + the waste management is a bitch.

    Renewable energy might have a higher capital cost, by the roi is much higher than other alternatives.

    Instead of ingenious ideas of “Conservation”, y dont these idiots invest in infrastructre?

    Or atleast help the ppl wanting to invest.

  4. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 2:06 pm

    Coal is also an alternative which Pakistan has in abundance. Windmills are also cheaper than solar energy. The geniuses on government cant think of anything other than controversial Kalabagh dam. Many other countries use stoves, water boilers and heating that run on electricity, Pakistanis dont have so much electricity consumption per house but they are still asked for consuming less.

  5. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

    You talk about waste! European countries, even the smaller ones i.e. Austria etc are generating electricity from waste. Yes you read it correctly WASTE!!

  6. BoZz (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

    Can we ever be mature enough to contemplate about doing something for ourselves instead of always looking at others to solve our problems?

    All the brilliant suggestions – how ever the simplest, easiest and immediate short term solution lies in each one of us doing something to help the situation.

    Start with switching off at least one light in your home that you usually keep on. Specially during peak times.

    Then there are other ways. Better insulate your homes, offices etc. Have the roof treated with insulation. Switch off electrical goods that are not being used. Do not leave them on stand-by mode. Plus much more.

    Yes, it will cost you. And that is where maybe your enthusiasm will end! Much easier and cheaper to point a finger.

    Oh by the way, Phillips has researched and produced a report which discloses that if the electricity used (wasted) by the electronic goods (within Europe) while on stand-by mode in one given year, is harnessed, it would be sufficient to drive the ‘ENTIRE RAILWAY NETWORK OF EUROPE’ for TWO YEARS!

    Proposals and plans are underway for new technology to be manufactured without stand-by mode.

    The enormity and implication of this statement, can be appreciated, sadly by only those familiar with European Railways, by their personal visits.

  7. Bilal Zuberi (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 10:19 pm


    Solar concentrators are becoming more common for their high efficiency and low cost of electricity production per MW in the long run. The largest one is actually not in the US but in Spain. Besides, remember it is truly renewable, because the energy harnessed is directly from the sun, and no fossil fuels. In other places, solar thermal energy is being harnessed using concentrators to split natural gas into syn-gas, which can then be used to either separate H2, a valuable industrial gas, or other downstream chemicals.

    Nuclear energy is a cheaper form of energy in the long run but the return on investment is over too long a period and risks are too great. Even the mighty US is not building any new nuclear power plants, and if you have followed the French presidential debate, nuclear energy is a ot topic in it. One problem with nuclear energy is that it becomes by default state owned, and in our part of the world, all risks associated with regimes in developing countries become associated with it.

    In the long term, while biofuels can play a small role in reducing our dependency, our real goal in Pakistan should be to focus on solar (not necessarily PV but also solar concentrators because of their high efficiency) and wind (esp with associated wind energy storage technologies).

  8. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 1:22 am

    duties should be withdrawn on hardware needed for alternative energy generation(currently duties are insanely high) and rebates should be provided to those who adopt alternative energy..

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