No I blame our loss of expertise in large scale nuclear power plant on
that. Pretty much like I said above.
As far as I am aware, we don't have a long and industrious history of
solar panel production or wind turbine production. Hence like any other
manufactured product, you buy it from whoever makes it at a price you
are willing to pay.
Also many renewable technologies are heavily dependant on a number of
rare earth elements, of which 80% are currently mined in China, who also
do 95% of the refining, so it ought not be too surprising that when lots
of the manufacturing is concentrated.
No, building large scale nuclear power generation is difficult, it takes
time and planning, and lots of money. However if you invest that time
and money and get a standardised / modularised design that can be built
(and later decommissioned) with *relative* ease, then it does get
cheaper and easier with time. Others have made that investment, we
haven't. Hence we buy theirs.
We do still have world class expertise on small modular propulsion style
reactors though - hence why we can roll those out far more cost
effectively and also export them. There does seem to be some effort
going into re-purposing those for commercial power generation:
Its frequently the nature of any advanced economy, labour prices,
business taxes, energy costs etc here are too high to make manufacturing
cost competitive unless you are talking about very high tech, high
precision stuff. However that does not stop us selling the design
expertise, or systems integration etc.
That's not quite true.
Presumably you install wind and solar massive overcapacity. The gas
backup only has to match capacity and only has to be actually used when
the actual generation from overcapacity wind and solar falls below
Zero net is achieved by biomass and gas carbon capture.
I'm not saying any of this is sensible, just theoretically possible.
Yup that's a fair - I was being sloppy with my terminology. You don't
need to backup all the installed overcapacity - just the actual
proportion of it that matches your maximum demand (and a bit).
Indeed. Many of the suggested fixes for storage etc are theoretically
possible and would work on small to medium scale. Its only when you try
scaling them to grid level they turn into staggeringly difficult
problems to solve and implement! Even if you manage to capture all the
carbon from burning gas (and keep in mind a significant contribution to
the gas carbon footprint is released in its extraction, transportation
and storage, not just when its burnt), what do you do with it then?
(to paraphrase harry "nobody knows what to do with the waste (CO2)")
This is the Soviet model. Build many more planes than you actually
need, because maintenance is rubbish and your fleet of *working* planes
is far less than you've built. A massive waste of society's resources.
The same applies to massive overcapacity for wind and solar (your
Which is most of the time. 80%, in fact.
Biomass. Fine if, for the UK, you want to cover Wales with a
Gas carbon capture. Much talked about as if it exists, which it doesn't.
Belling the cat is theoretically possible, too.
Britain sitting behind the protectionist wall of the Customs Union is doing
absolutely nothing for the oppressed coffee bean growers of the developing
Also tractors, combine harvesters and orange carpet remember,
all 'socially useful'.
The More4 series Deutscheland86 is well worth watching on
more 4 if anyone has missed it. It may be drama, but I
suspect it is quite close to the truth.
In last fridays episode, one of the party 'leaders' has
suddenly noticed that background radiation as measured by
his thermionic-valve equipped meter is four times higher
that normal, after hearing reports on foreign news stations
of high readings. He tries to stop a colleague from eating
fresh strawberries, and wants to know what stocks of iodine
are held and if they can be handed out.
More bigwigs then arrive and pour scorn on his meter, suggesting
that he gets a better soviet one, pointing out that the last thing
they need is a panic and everything is 'normal'.
Then later in the program someone rushes in to the meeting to
say Gorbachov is on the TV announcing that Chernobyl is in
That's if you are obsessed about PV solar (which conveniently is also the
only solar you can sell to the grid).
Now if it was a case about being *serious* about solar, rather than a
greenwashed ponzi scheme, you'd be using solar panels to directly heat
water and then keep that stored in your hot tank for used whenever - thus
reducing your gas/electric consumption.
The point is in the UK we use most energy in the winter.
So yes piping hot water in the summer. I don't know about you but I
spend very little on hot water.
Solar power is an excellent idea, but not in the UK.
The point I find irritating is that I'm not seeing sensible energy
policy from anyone important.
A bit like Brexit, politicians would rather twiddle their thumbs than
make a good long term decision that would cause problems for them in the
You wont see anything of sense from the politicos as IF all the global
warming issue is true then the changes needed aren't going to get any
votes at all..
Here's one for starters at the moment 3 GW solar, fuck all wind and 55%
of the UK power is from fossil Gas, so what are you going to do to
replace that with a non fossil carbon supply???
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
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