Fossil fuels are not inexhaustible. When this, due to the so-called oil-crisis, was realized by large sections of the public, the search for alternative sources of energy began; alternative also to nuclear energy, the qualities of which were not incontestable. The most promising candidate was solar energy, which has already long been used in its subordinate forms: timber, wind, and hydropower. The direct exploitation of commercial energy from solar radiation through power plants is, however, more problematic than is generally assumed (Fig.1).
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