As you may have guessed from this week’s Sunday Special, today’s topic is solar power! You could argue convincingly that all of life as we know it runs on solar energy. It sort of does. Light from our sun feeds the plants, which feed everything else. It was only a matter of time before we figured out how to use it to power our tools.
The solar cell was invented in 1941 in the throes of WWII while entire nations searched for change and justice. It was invented just four years before the atom bomb, which came along in 1945, and it would be decades before it began to bring its potential to fruition, but the idea sparked minds like that of Isaac Asimov. At the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, he said of the year 2014, “Large solar-power stations will also be in operation in a number of desert and semi-desert areas — Arizona, the Negev, Kazakhstan. In the more crowded, but cloudy and smoggy areas, solar power will be less practical.”
Today, there is a solar power option for everything! You can buy solar collectors for your roof, solar phone chargers, solar garden lamps, etc! And they are becoming more and more popular as technology improves!
You should check out a list of things Asimov predicted about 2014 fifty years earlier. It’s impressive how much he got right!
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