"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The ABC's Hepburn on Abbott's Policy

Hepburn , like many of his tree-hugging fraternity is wedded to the idiotic idea of shutting down coal fired power stations and replacing them with renewables like wind and solar. Any power system engineer will tell you  wind and solar can only supply a very small part of a modern power sytem and at a very high cost. For every gigawatt of wind or power you install you need a new gigawatt of conventional energy to be built.
The maths - build two power plants so the renewable one ( the very expensive one) can supply power whenever it is not cloudy,not night or for wind ,enough wind blows. The utilisation factor for wind especially is very poor and during the midst of the coldest period of the recent UK freeze the wind generators produced almost nothing.

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