[Power] UK breaks solar power record, supplies more power than nuke

"The UK has surpassed its solar power record, generating 8.7 GW on Friday afternoon from photovoltaic (PV) installations"
"Grid operator National Grid said PV generated 24.3 per cent of demand at 1 pm, beating the previous record of 8.48 GW and for the first time providing more power than the nation's eight nuclear plants"
<http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2017/05/uk-breaks-solar- power-record.html>
Now if they could just arrange for the sun to shine at night...
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Mike Tomlinson wrote:

And for the other 86399 seconds in the day?
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:)
Such cynicism.
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If conventional power generation is so inefficient it can't reduce its output when other methods come on stream, something should be done.
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On 5/31/2017 10:34 AM, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

Oh it can. Fortunately now we have a lot of CCGT, we used to rely on coal for load following. Still, there is the capital cost of the un-used plant to consider, and the largely imported gas. Unless we start fracking of course.
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Would that capital cost of unused plant be related to the capital cost of non-productive intermittent renewables? I think we should be told.
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On 04/06/17 19:55, newshound wrote:

As usual Our Dave completely misses the point.
The cost of a power stain is the same whether its run flat out, or one hour a day.
The only savings you make for one hour a day is a teeny bit of fuel, and you lose that in heating it all up again after its been shut down.
Which is why renewable energy produces no carbon savings whatsoever overall, and electricity is just getting more expensive.
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I'd like to see them do this at night in the winter. Brian
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Or a winter's day with a nice high sitting over the country. Short solar day, no wind.
On Wed, 31 May 2017 11:14:08 +0100, Brian Gaff wrote:

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On 31/05/2017 11:26, Bob Eager wrote:

Baby steps. Eventually we will have a world wide d.c. grid where the sun will shine and the wind will blow somewhere on the planet during your summer, autumn,, spring, winter and night.
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On 31/05/17 12:02, Andy Bennet wrote:

And all the little tellytubbies will play in the sun and no one will blow up the bit that runs through their country or switch it off and demand payment
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[snip]

You forgot unicorns. There must always be unicorns. And perpetual motion.
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On 31/05/17 13:17, Jim White wrote:

I should have added pixeie dust as well
Without that up yer nose you can't see the unicorns
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Unlikely. We don't want to co-operate with our nearest neighbours, so why think a world wide agreement possible?
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On Wednesday, 31 May 2017 15:35:36 UTC+1, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

Well our language is closer to American than it is French or German. Maybe you should ask why we have been at war with our closest neighbours more than with our fathest neighbours.
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I sometimes wonder about that.

Because moving troops and supplies etc has only (relatively) recently become easy?
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On Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:10:07 UTC+1, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

I prefer american spelling to German.

yes well we have the EU, didn't have that in Roman times.
I wonder how far way the war on terror is.
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On Wed, 31 May 2017 15:28:05 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

Money talks...
But it won't happen until we have "sensible temperature" super conductors.
That'll be a game changer, no losses, so you could move as much energy as you can shove in all over the globe on a mesh made of things the size of todays single fibre optic strand.
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And we'll still get charged for it in much the same way as now, given where the sun shines the most. ;-)
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On Wednesday, 31 May 2017 15:57:51 UTC+1, Dave Liquorice wrote:

won;t be that much of a gane changer as they only estimate that the losses due to reistance is about 20%.
where it would be an advantage is in computers that won't need to be cooled.

This would also depend on what the substance is we eventually find it could be rare like gold or other rarer elements that'll just cost to much to manufacture and put into use.
Did you see the program on super elements last week. ?
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