Even when the wind does decide to blow, windmills still fail! Think about that for a minute.
The frightening and costly realities of going down the unreliable / feel-good energy path…
“In truth, the supply and pricing chaos delivered by wind power is all but wrecking Germany’s grid. Germany isn’t really ‘powered’ by sunshine and breezes, it’s powered by French nuclear plants; Polish coal-fired plants; and its own fleet of lignite burning Kraftwerk.
Over the last decade, despite throwing close to €1 trillion at wind and solar, Germany has been quietly refurbishing old – and building completely new – coal-fired power generation capacity, such as the 1,600 MW plant at Westfalen in the Uentrop area in the city of Hamm in North Rhine-Westphalia, completed in 2012 (see below).”
Excellent review by Peter Gosselin of NoTricksZone and STT.
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Germany Aims To “Throttle” Wind Energy To Avert Grid Overloading …Branch In Uncertainty
No Tricks Zone
23 November 2016
Germany’s national business daily Wirtschaftswoche here reports that the country’s Economic Minister/Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel aims implement a plan that will throttle the expansion of north Germany’s onshore wind parks — due to the fact that rapid building is “overloading the power grid”.
This will impact the northern states of Schleswig Holstein, Mecklenburg Western Pomerania and northern Lower Saxony.
Wirtschaftswoche writes that the planned scale-back will profoundly hit the three northern states because they will receive support for only 902 megawatts of power capacity each year– far below the 1300 MW installed just in Schleswig-Holstein in 2014.
This limitation will be a major blow to the German wind industry, which is already reeling from uncertainty in the branch.
The measure is part of this year’s reforms to the German…
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The energy required for a helicopter to de-ice all the blades on a wind farm must outweigh any supposed saving in CO2 by a factor of 100 or more. Notwithstanding that no wind farm has saved a gram of CO2 due to construction and the necessary spinning reserve.
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein
By Paul Homewood
h/t Joe Public
It will come as no great surprise to learn that wind turbines in cold climes have an unfortunate habit of icing up in winter!
As a consequence there is growing demand for helicopters to de-ice them, as the above video shows.
One company involved, Alpine Helicopter, describes their offer:
Airborne de-icing solution for wind turbines!
New research and field tests has made it possible to remove ice and snow from wind turbine blades without breaking the bank!
With a helicopter and hot water, Alpine Helicopter AB has made it their business idea to spray the blades rather than waiting for thaw. Until now, there has been no other alternatives than to wait for the ice to melt if the wind turbine isn’t equipped with a de-icing system. Founder Mats Widgren has developed this cost effective no chemicals solution, using regular water and a…
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