DANG WIND DROUGHTS! The Germans closed down some coal plants and then fired them up again eight days later.
But they press on with the Energiewende, the green energy transition.
Germany has ambitious plans. All nuclear power plants must close by 2022: Brokdorf 1400MW will close at the end of 2021, Emsland 1329MW will close at the end of 2022, Grohnde 1360MW will close at the end of 2021, Philippsburg-2 1402MW will close at the end of 2019, Neckarwestheim-2 1310MW will close at the end of 2022, Isar-2 1410MW will close at the end of 2022, Gundremmingen -C 1244MW will close at the end of 2021. A total of 10GW will be taken from the electricity grid.
That timetable is reported in a handy summary of the disasters in waiting when electric cars hit the German roads in numbers.
Just to give you an idea: as soon as 1 battery car is connected to a 350kW fast charger, the electricity grid is suddenly charged with an amount of power equal to that of 875 homes together. Since solar and wind are not constant energy sources that can be called up 24 hours, that power will have to come from elsewhere. With a great deal of subsidy, the Netherlands has invested heavily in biomass and converted coal-fired power stations that largely burn wood. But it turns out to be a costly blunder on the part of the Rutte government, because most wood-fired power stations will have to close again.
More than 60% of this “sustainable” energy in the Netherlands is produced in 372 biomass plants. And another 153 are planned. Much of the wood comes from primeval forests of the Baltic states and countries around the Carpathians, which are sold by corrupt governments.
The Germans are short of power already when the wind drops so the prospect of electricity-guzzling cars lining up for the limited supply in future is not pretty.
The same piece describes the decay of the French nuclear industry, a monument to the possibilities of nuclear power but seriously ageing and not being replaced (WTF?)
France has the most nuclear power plants in the world, most of which are obsolete. It has been decided to apply caulk to the 40-year-old material and to extend the lifespan by 10 years to 50 years. The risk of a nuclear disaster is increasing and the result is that much more maintenance must be carried out. In October 2019, 22 of the 58 French nuclear power plants were shut down due to long-term maintenance.
Because several coal-fired power stations have now been closed, the risk of power shortages in Europe has increased considerably, especially in the winter cold.
LETS HEAR IT FOR BROWN COAL AND TASMANIAN HYDRO
Looking at the power situation in SA and Victoria at breakfast and dinnertime it appears that hot meals in the morning and evening depend heavily on coal power in Victoria with assistance from Tasmania. The little island state is not going to be the battery of the nation but it produces a handy surplus oftentimes to help out SA via Victoria. The picture this morning shows the flow from Victora to SA and the power coming into Victoria from Tasmania. Power is also flowing from NSW to Vic and that is most unusual because most of the time NSW is leaning on Qld and to a lesser extent, Victoria.
On a good wind day on the mainland there is a flow of power to Tasmania to save on hydro and maintain the level of the dams in anticipation of rain droughts.
Demonstrating the lunacy of closing coal plants, have a look the the persistence of coal power on the low wind days like this morning when Victoria is propping up SA at breakfast time.
At the same time, the picture in SA shows that they were running on local gas and power from Victoria.
So the South Australians will depend on fossil fuels for hot meals for a long time to come, regardless of the amount of installed RE capacity but they will do a power of damage to the stability of the grid in the meantime.
AMUSING PLANS FOR PUMPED HYDRO IN THE HUNTER
Water would be pumped from the void to the top of the mountain. Picture: Simon McCarthy
One of Australia’s oldest open-cut pits could be transformed into a 250 megawatt pumped hydro project by 2027 as part of an ambitious $450 million renewable energy project in the Upper Hunter.
AGL and Idemitsu Australia Resources are nearing the compilation of a two-year preliminary feasibility study for the project that would utilise a mining void on the Muswellbrook Coal site adjacent to Bells Mountain.
“The Bells Mountain project offers us the opportunity to use an existing reservoir from the open cut coal mine that we can repurpose,” AGL senior manager, power development Brenton Farr told the Newcastle Herald.
“So far the findings are positive and we are assessing the results that we have got. We expect the full preliminary feasibility study to be completed in the next month.”
Believe it when you see it:)