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I suffer from this intermittently. Some days I'm fine other days any sound somebody else makes can drive me crazy and even when I know I'm being irrational it doesn't help.

There's no pattern to it either, some people try to say that it only happens when you're tired or concentrating, or that it follows some other trigger but it doesn't.

It's only recently that I discovered it's not so uncommon.
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Edward the three things you need to bear in mind are efficiency, storage and the welbeing of the planet.

The amount of energy in sunlight has long been known. One major problem we have is that we cannot yet extract 100% of that energy in a usable form, we are getting closer and close to the level of efficiency that would make it practicable to get all our energy from the sun.

Another problem is storage, we use the most energy in winter and at night and in particular at night during the winter. We need to be able to store the excess energy from the summer months to use on those long dark winter nights. Not so easy. Nobody has yet come up with a way to store that much energy for that length of time.

The other problem is that the planet needs solar energy to keep working. If we steal all the energy we need from the sun we could be putting the earth's weather and ecosystems at risk. Nobody has yet researched what long term impact this would have. This is a problem common to many forms of "renewable" energy. Take tidal energy as an example, a tidal barrage somewhere like the Bristol channel sounds like a great idea. Masses of free energy every day? Great. But what effect will this have on the rich and complex ecosystem of that area? Nobody knows.

With fossil fuels nobody ever thought about the impact their use would have on the planet until it became all too apparent what those effects were. What we must avoid doing at all costs is rushing into using "renewable" energy and then finding out years down the line that we are doing untold harm to the planet by using this "free" energy.

And remember fossil fuel is, in effect, stored solar energy.
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