This technology has always amused me, ever since I first heard about it (I actually think it was the old Simcity LOL).
I am curious as to how your thoughts have changed over time.
I'm still with Ptgatsby on this particular technology. At the moment, I'm not convinced it is going to be cost effective. I know power generation technology traditionally discusses concepts like efficiency and power density, but how important are these factors really? Given the huge amount of solar energy that falls on the earth, we don't actually need such efficiency, unless we want to sustain very high populations (upwards of 200 billion by my crude estimates).
In terms of solar, I am increasingly interested in the claims (cost effectiveness) made about solar thermal.
Of course I know a few people working on solar cell technology too, but I see that more applicable to distributed applications.
Of course I don't see these technologies going away in the near future, considering the projected energy demands with the substantial economic growth projected into the future.
What place do people see for these alternative technologies (including fission) in the intermediate future?