Dutch Report – Wind Turbines Are Not Fit For Purpose
One of the corner stones of the Green Dream was renewable energy, based on a child like thought process that energy generated by the wind is free, and as, no fossil fuels are used in the generation process, none of that frighteningly scary trace gas CO2 would be produced, so the non existent threat of Anthropogenic Global Warming would be averted and a Green economy would grow based on cheap Green energy.
The same child like simplicity of thought was also applied to solar energy with posters proclaiming “if every home in Britain had a solar panel on its roof we could generate all the electricity we need”, a complete and utter fantasy of course, but to the Green zealot who never thinks anything through to its logical conclusion these poster statements become both a mantra and central to their core belief system.
The hardcore reality is that the sun does not always shine, and the wind does not always blow at the correct speed to allow the bird choppers to function, so like it or not, there always has to be a conventional power station on standby, ready to instantly pick up the demand that renewables are usually unable to generate sufficient electricity to meet.
This need for standby capability already makes renewables more expensive than conventional generation, then when you factor in the huge Green subsidies that wind are solar are paid, and add the utter insanity of wind farm owners being paid not to generate electricity, any reasonable person would conclude that the clowns really have taken over the circus.
A report from the European Physical Society has reached the conclusion that wind power is a useless technology:
The wind energy flux varies with the third power of the wind speed. Wind energy is only available if the wind blows strongly enough. This is expressed by saying that wind energy is supply driven: it is not available on demand. This feature makes wind energy as such unsuitable as a power source for an electricity grid where supply and demand must be balanced at all times. In order to stabilise the power of the grid we need either storage or conventional generators as backup. This has important consequences, as it reduces the fuel savings promised by the wind industry, while it doubles the costs of the power systems.
The report then deals with the so called spreading of wind farms across large areas to even out local fluctuations in wind speeds, based on a study of 7000 wind turbines in Germany the conclusion is that the spreading of wind farms makes no difference in generation capacity, and that because the wind is irregular, it is no replacement for existing power stations, just an expensive Green renewable stupidity.
Quantifying the decrease in efficiency of the electric power
system and the extra fuel consumption induced by wind
developments is by no means a simple matter. To our
knowledge there are presently not sufficient data in the public
domain to substantiate a definite answer to the question
how much fuel and CO2 emission is saved. It depends on the
actors, the equipment, the kind of fuel, the amount of wind
penetration, the behaviour of the regional wind, the amount
of storage, the interconnection of regional grids etc.
Decisions to install large-scale wind-powered electricity
generation are based more on the expectation to save
significant amounts of fossil fuel and CO2 emission than
on any evidence that this is indeed the case.
Wind technology is not suited for large-scale application
without a good buffer and storage system. We propose to
stop spending public money on large-scale use of wind.
This money should be spent on R&D of future power
systems. We expect that wind will not play an important
role in these future systems.
Full report here PDF
No more public money should be used for renewables, ever, billions, if not trillions have been wasted on Green energy, quite simply because the politicians were involved and listened to the ecomentalists pushing their Green Dream, this resulted in reality, and more importantly commercial reality, being trampled underfoot so ideological targets could be met.
The whole Green energy sector functioned on Green taxation, and dishonest Obama style crony capitalism that caused energy poverty and killed jobs, for a real and viable solution to the eventual replacement of fossil fuels a return to venture capitalism is needed, for only then will a viable solution not tainted by Greens and politicians, be forthcoming.
Posted on July 5, 2012, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Green Lies, Renewables, Sustainable Development, Wind Power and tagged European Physical Society. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.