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In South Korea 🇰🇷, the solar panels in the middle of the highway have a bicycle path underneath - cyclists are protected from the sun, isolated from traffic, and the country can produce clean energy.

@hankg Is it? Clean? AFAIK, solar panels production consumes lots of rare-earth elements and aren't recyclable? 🤔

@AugierLe42e they have made a lot of progress on solar panel recycling. Let's also not do the perfect is the enemy of the good. That just leads to stagnation of the status quo.

@hankg Oh it's not rhetoric. It really was a question. That is a subject I master, far from it. Of course, it all depends on the purpose. If it's about replacing coil plants by solar panels, I suppose it's a good thing. But if these solar panel are here to produce more energy, then, it's probably not beneficial 🤔

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@AugierLe42e @hankg To go further about your good intuition:
solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2009
"Increasing the share of renewable energy will not make us any less dependent on fossil fuels as long as total energy consumption keeps rising."

@AugierLe42e @nspanti like with products the order is supposed to be: reduce, reuse, recycle. Reduce is the first part. That said we already have the technological means to be off fossil fuels even at our current energy expenditure levels.

@hankg @AugierLe42e Do you have source(s) for "we already have the technological means to be off fossil fuels even at our current energy expenditure levels"?

@AugierLe42e @nspanti Between nuclear and renewable energy we could generate far more energy than we currently use. It's not even close. I mean some have even worked out we can do it solely with renewable energy even. www.scientificamerican.com/art…
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