One thing you rarely find is the photon energy to fuel energy conversion efficiency of such proposals (especially from academia). When you do find those numbers, they are well below 1%. PV or solar thermal can give 15-40%.
As PDT and &Eye pointed out, this sounds great on the surface. Hopefully this can be done safely and economically in scale. I don't see an issue with low solar efficiencies (although 1% might be too low). It is the cost/KWh that has inhibited PV and solar thermal, not the efficiencies.
How does basic research at public universities equate to markets sourting themselves out in a timely manner?
Solutions ALWAYS present themselves eventually, but with little forethought the paths to the solutions are rarely ones that anyone would choose.
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