Wind power last year supplied under 16% of our (the UK’s) needs and solar under 4%. The aim is to push this higher and more capacity is being added (See below for how much is being added).
However, as we have just witnessed, you can have a period of little wind and below average sun, leaving you very short of electricity.
There needs to be more back up or allowance for underperformance of these renewables.
Last year biomass added 6% of our needs and gas 36%.
Recently three old coal stations have had to be brought back into use and have provided around 4% of our power.
The total demand last year averaged 33.8GW.
Peak demand can reach 45GW on a busy cold day. The system has enough power currently for peaks assuming the renewables work well.
However, with nuclear about to decline and domestic demand about to rise a lot as more people buy electric cars and electric heating systems,
We are going to need an additional 10.4GW of usable capacity. This would take care of the net 2GW loss of nuclear, the 3.4GW imports, and 5.0 GW to allow for a substantial rise in domestic demand for the planned electrical revolution.
The immediate task should be to keep all old power stations available on care and maintenance to be brought on if wind and solar let us down.
Energy policy needs to keep enough capacity available to keep the lights on at all times, and needs to worry about the level of bills.
People are not being told that Scotland is deploying a huge increase in wind power. Currently producing just 1 Gwh, developments under progress which will lift this to 17 Gwh. Beyond that output could increase dramatically again. Because the turbines are no longer fixed to the sea bed but only anchored, they can be sited miles off shore to more reliable wind fields, and quickly deployed. Each floating turbine produces 8.8Mwh requiring only 120 turbines to produce 1 Gwh. Huge areas of Scottish waters are now earmarked for wind power where the whole of the UK’s electricity demand could be produced within ten years. 20,000 turbines could be producing 200 Gwh which would be five times the UK’s current total demand.
All we need is a sufficient battery storage system to hold a month’s worth of power in reserve, or a sharing system with neighbouring countries.. There seems to be very little battery capacity or new battery technology to match the amazing increase in wind power that’s in the pipeline. Tidal power would be good as it’s more reliable than wind…..and hydrogen storage would help although 70% of the energy is lost converting to hydrogen and back to electricity. With such massive output a loss of 70% would be feasible.
Fishing News from August 5th 2021 reports that a massive increase in wind farms is going ahead in Scotland which are concerning the fishing industry, particularly as fishermen are being frozen out of the planning process. Mike Park, CE of the SWFPA said,’Over the last few years…we are being consulted at the very end of the process rather than at the beginning.’
Scotland currently has less than 1 Gigawatt of wind energy operational and in production (1 Gigawatt is 1000 Megawatts. A Megawatt is 1000 Kilowatts).
A huge increase is on the way.
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Six gigawatts are being currently installed in the North Sea, and an area is currently being auctioned to permit 10 more gigawatts, taking the total to around 17 gigawatts (A third of the UK’s total electricity requirement).
Yet more farms are in the pipeline. See the map for all possible locations. It’s massive.
Scotwind will instal several floating wind arrays, being pioneered in Hywind, the world’s first floating wind farm off Aberdeenshire, These are anchored to the seabed, and make it possible to put turbines into much deeper water, or where piles cannot be installed.
In one project, only 11 of these towers are needed to produce 88 Mwh.
Thirty years ago the towers being erected on land typically required 5000 towers to produce a gigawatt (225 Kwh standard). Now you need only 125!!!!
Between 2007 and 2015, the UK’s peak electrical demand fell from 61.5 GW to 52.7.Gwh.
The total installed nuclear capacity in the United Kingdom is about 9 GW, the same as 1100 floating wind towers producing 8 Mwh each.
Just 6000 of these towers plus suitable battery capacity from hydrogen (electrolising – i.e. splitting water and storing hydrogen until power is required then converting it back to electricity through a fuel cell) could supply the UK’s whole electrical requirements, allowing for peaks and troughs in wind output, and in demand.
If all cars, buses and trucks etc are converted to run on hydrogen fuel cell after 2030, the potential would be for around 20,000 of these towers to remove all other energy imports and fossil fuel requirement.
However what might be the downside risks?
How vulnerable would we be to an aggressor who could drop missiles onto a few hundred towers and close the country down? Wind turbine blades could be disabled with much cheaper weaponry – machine gun or rocket fire. A surprise attack from the air and we could be literally powerless in a matter of hours.
There needs to be a good mix of supply and spare capacity as regards energy. We should have plenty of eggs in different baskets.
You can understand how the massive increase in wind power must be making Prince Charles salivate, what with him owning all the rights to the sea bed in coastal areas.
But what about the impact on fishing?
The planned wind farms and those proposed longer term over the next 20 to 40 years, however exciting to the environmentalists and the corporations, constitute a serious threat to the Scottish fishing fleet, closing off huge areas to fishing.
Mike Park believes the least productive fishing areas should be used for wind farms, not the best. Yet the fishermen are not being consulted. ‘We need to be in there at the earliest stage possible.’
The sites are being chosen by Crown Estate Scotland, in other words by Prince Charles’ department, or possibly Prince Charles himself.
The same concerns are also being expressed in Holland, where Dutch fishermen’s group EMK is organising protests. EMK says that current EU policies are making the future of fishermen ‘increasingly uncertain and making working at sea almost impossible. The arrival of thousands of offshore wind turbines will close fishing waters.’ They also wish to be consulted before plans are given the go ahead.
TAP – Anyone would think Prince Charles and the Great Reset cabal wanted to cut people off from eating fish. Well actually, they do. They state the people should eat reconstituted plant/vegetable material made to resemble meat and fish. The owner of the Crown Estates stands to make billions from the wind farm industry. No doubt he and his fellow Great Resetters like Gates will be fully invested in the fake fish industry as well. Page 67 of Deus Vult – The Great Reset Resistance being sold by the English Democrats for £25 a copy outlines the new food plan for the world with protein to be made available to humanity entirely from plants. In February 2021, Gates said,’I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic meat. I do think all the rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef.’ Fish won’t be far behind. Yet more billions for landowners and controllers of the food industry, while independent operators like farmers and fishermen are sent to the wall unable to sell their meat or fish, or even catch it any more.. Gates is now the biggest landowner in the USA readying his highly toxic real food replacements.