A Few Weeds to Root Out
A rather new and disparate invention, the CVC will cost a great deal of money. To develop the Iads, polarization method and synthetic chlorophyll with assembly-modifying nanoprobes required for production of CVCs, intensive research and complex engineering must be supported. Actual production and material costs for the CVC will be high at first and not necessarily worth the energy produced, but once demand increases and technology improves, costs will drop. Likewise, the expenses for establishing and maintaining CVCs in space will be great, but hopefully the energy subsequently generated will pay for itself within the first few years. Other methods, such as attaching CVCs to space shuttles, are convenient and can decrease cost.
On Earth, such factors as nightfall and cloudiness render solar cells useless. This is a major setback, since an alternate form of electricity must be found when sunlight is unavailable. Although a battery-like device could be charged by the CVC during the day, energy conversion may not be efficient, and the surplus energy may not be sufficient to get through the night, when energy use is often at a maximum. This, along with the complex structure of the CVC, makes it somewhat unreliable on Earth.