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On last Friday afternoon, because of clear skies and good weather, Germany was at one point producing 22 gigawatts of solar power, a new record. Today (Monday) is a holiday in Germany, and electricity needs will be only a third of normal. So, for a couple hours this afternoon, all Germany’s electrical power needs will be supplied by renewable energy. That must be a first for an industrialized, G8 country.
Germany has defied the predictions of those who said that mothballing its nuclear plants would cause it to produce more CO2. Its carbon dioxide production was down 2% in the past year. I
wind and solar could easily power the world if we had better battery technology
we need to invest hugely in battery research.
Who are you supposed to be?
Chief engineer at Exxon/General Electric or something?
Quite clearly renewables can supply the power needs for the world.
We are just at the beginning of the technology and it is already breaking boundaries.
This report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which indicates renewables can provide 80% of the worlds energy needs within four decades, with solar being at the heart of this forecast.
This report from Stanford University and the University of California at Davis suggest within 30 years, with the right mix of policies and technology.
Bottom line - you need a solid, reliable source of power. An example would be fission or a form of fusion
Meaning trillions of dollars of tax payer spending to fund financial insanity. Solar power will not be practical as a primary source of power unless photovoltaic cells can achieve an average efficiency of around 70%. The best in existence currently hit around 20 - and only theories exist about how to double their efficiency.
Danish government proposals on Friday called for sourcing just over half of its electricity from wind turbines by 2020 and all of its energy from renewable sources in 2050.
But the world doesn't work that way - strangely enough.
Thing is mate you are just typing stuff with no evidence, no studies no scientific fact to support it.
In the UK windfarms can be offshored. The EU/green tech companies could set up a whole string of wind turbines offshore circling the continent.
Solar plants could be set up in deserts across the world and linked into grids. There are options.
Theories can turn into realities over night. Yes it will cost money, what other option is there? Just sit around saying this won't work, that won't work, no you can't do that while the climate continues to runaway and energy supplies continue to dwindle.
All you are doing is pointing out problems rather than offering viable solutions.
Clearly countries can supply their energy needs with a mix of renewables. Look at Denmark,
Yes its a small country but it is showing the way forward. The IMF/World Bank instead of indebting nations even further should encourage a massive building project across the world toward a mix of renewables.
Well things have to change. People have to force that change.
Why not FREE ENERGY instead? Why pay some schmuck for access to heat, hot water and electricity when all three are basic human necessities for survival?