It makes me wonder how duped our political class are when it comes to renewable energy. They keep banging on that it is needed to sustain our way of life, rather than that nasty CO2 producing conventional power station.
Well, tonight my
Bird Mincer Wind turbine (I haven’t really got one. I’m not a brainwashed, green, cretin), would be producing sweet fuck all, as there is not a breath of wind here in deepest darkest Kent.
However on Thursday and Friday there was oodles of wind. Enough to power
The large Hadron collider barely my lighting if I had a commercially bought, private property device.
But to cut to the chase. Even supposing I had a turbine that could produce three times my consumption, how would I store the surplus? Well I could invest in a transformer and go and get dozens of batteries from Halfords, (Halfords, if you’re reading this, the free plug here, is worth a few quid for my help with your sales) or I could build a heat sink in the garden and recover the energy by a heat pump system.
The trouble with this strategy is, it is cost prohibitive to the lay person.
And of course, it will be to the national projects as well.
It’s different in places such as Norway, where they can use the energy produced to pump water up to high level reservoir to be used to generate hydro-electric power when the wind ceases to blow.
So if we go down the road of having 20% of our energy from renewables in the future. Where is 20% of the energy tonight going to come from?
Links to previous ramblings on this subject can be found here