Realistically each nation should be dispassionately evaluating their resources utilising a considerate, realistic approach to the environmental, social and economic impact energy extraction will have – encompassing all elements in the spectrum just as long as no bio fuels are involved. Feeding people with the technology and transport systems we have evolved is a gift not a curse. As it is the polarised lobbying from all vested sundry of the debate create a pea soup media fog.
I previously noted this great comment at Volano Café from Carl (Sweden) in response to occassional WUWT commenter GeoLurking (USA).
“Use whatever works”
Here [in Sweden] we can use Wind energy quite well. The reason for that is that we are blessed with large arse rivers that we can get hydropower out of. A hydropower plant is the best possible batteri there is. When the wind blows we can shut some of them down, and when it is calm they can go full throtle. Also, the system is fully integrated and automated for loadbalancing. Most countries are not blessed like that.
I think any solution should be local, but with integrated electricity networks for load balancing, and import/export of excess electricity.
Hydrogen power is the largest scam ever concocted. It takes 8 kilowatts to produce 1 kilowatt of hydrogen power (natural law here).
Here is my 10 point list of small scale things that might, or might not, work where people live. There is no order in this list. Use whatever works…
1. Methane, we shit, shit becomes methane. Methane burns. A recent study shows that 40 percent of all drive-fuel in Sweden could come out from the poop-factories (sewage plants). Cost of conversion is low.
2. Fossil gas (80 percent is still being burnt off at the oil fields. Fossil gas is equal to the energy comin out of our oil production.
3. Wind turbines if you have hydropower plants or something else that is a good load balancer. A gas turbine is actually a good load balancer.
4. Increase voltage in the national grid and in the home grid. A bad electrical system have 83 percent loss from power plant to wall socket. A good system has 49 percent loss. Voltage increases and general upgrade makes one hell of a difference. Remember this for the rest of your life, on average 6,5 kilowatts out 10 produced is lost…
5. Solar panels. Really good as daytime usage support in warm and sunny places.
6. Insulation. One might think it is needed only where it is cold. Well, it works equally well where it is hot. Insulating a house halves the cost for cooling the house.
7. Rock heat/lake heat. Running deep water and heat accumulator works surprisingly well. It saves a bundle in energy and it can used both to WARM & COOL a house…
8. Upgrade the electrical system in your house. On average you will save 10 percent on your bill or more.
9. Use your car less. Starting a car and driving it 150 meters takes on average 2 liters of gasoline. On average every person on the planet drives 150 meters or less once a week. That is 16 000 000 000 useless liters of gasoline spent. If you need to drive, drive. I am not against drivint. What irks me is the people who are such lazy asses that they cant walk a couple of houses over to the neighbour.
10. Hold your power companies accountable. And kick anyone who says hydrogen in the gonads, they are after your money.
Remember this, half of all fossile fuel is just burned off in a flare, half of all energy is lost between your power outlet and the generator because power companies charge you for it.
We do not lack energy, at all.
There are other small scale thingies we could do to save and produce energy. No solution will work for everyone. Who needs a general solution anyway?
Producing electricity by hydrogen fushion is not a problem. Problem is to produce small amounts of it at a steady pace. If anyone tells you that they know how to do it, kick them in the gonads, they are just out for your money. (Just since I am full of myself I support the ITER project)
By Carl on May 19, 2013 at 17:05
Carl like many at the café may have links with Big Oil but then again so does the Guardian’s resident climate blogger Dana.