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Roanoke Times, 12-20-2013, Pg 8: Solar City to back up its
solar with Tesla batteries.
An interesting article that “begins” to address the issues
of intermittent and discontinuous green energy generation. Kudos to the RT for making this initial
effort. It’s very difficult for
green-energy and man-made global warming AGW proponents to address this issue
because it lays-bare the “open plan” that solar energy has presented to the
public so far.
Two simple facts:
1. The solar supply is from 9 AM to 5 PM (during those good
2. The customer wants 24/7 uninterrupted reliable electric
Batteries have been used for vehicles since circa 1900. The concept is to save excess energy from the
generator/alternator in a battery for use when the engine is not running; then to
restart the engine and for lights and accessories.
Fast forward to solar panels in 2013. For 24 hour service the solar panels need to
generate sufficient energy to supply the 9 to 5 requirements with enough excess
generation to be saved somehow for the 5 to 9 timeframe.
Many “small” off-grid applications (including RVs and Large
Boats) do this with a combination of batteries, and gasoline/propane
engine/generators and propane lights and refrigeration all of which are
expensive and complex and maintenance-intense.
Supplying 24/7 solar electric energy to modern homes,
businesses, communities and cities requires “energy storage systems” that are difficult
to comprehend for those of us not familiar with the magnitude of commercial
utility power systems measured in multi-megawatts.
The only such energy storage system in Virginia
is Smith Mountain Lake SML.
Electrical power is stored as potential
energy in water pumped to an elevated height.
potential energy can be converted to kinetic energy by letting it fall to the
Leesville Lake level through turbine/generators that produce commercial volumes
of electrical energy and deliver it onto the grid near where the energy is required.
Obama’s-EPA does not include SML as a green facility.
They do not do so because they don’t want
another dam built in America
and they know that the only practical energy storage for solar and wind systems
is SML pump-back type systems.
In fact the
EPA is on a jihad to tear down dams wherever they can get away with it.
This is consistent with the Obama Energy initiatives to truncate current energy systems with no solid plan to replace that infrastructure with a better system. Sounds a lot like another ObamaCare.
Also, the manufacture of large amounts of batteries for
solar backup, in addition to automobile batteries, represents significant
environmental and safety issues.
It’s interesting that in this article the solar panel
complex is going to try using “Tesla” batteries for storage.
Click on the link to see lots of photos of Tesla
cars and batteries burning; an image and impression that’s hard to overcome.
Solar and Wind Energy are good expensive things!
They are at best “supplements” to our large utility
energy requirements and clearly are not the answer for utility level requirements!
The least-negative utility generation systems being installed
throughout the world are nuclear.
In the US
we cannot politically complete the spent fuel storage system in Nevada
This blockage is being used to thwart nuclear
energy and has resulted in a major increased risk of serious problems at
nuclear power plants throughout the country.
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