One more reason to concentrate on fuel cells
The energy for them has to come from somewhere as well.
It's not a bad point actually. If you are going to have surplus capacity with renewables being left idle then why would it not be possible to have plants that would use the excess at times of low demand to create the hydrogen but that could also use that hydrogen when required to feed power back into the grid at times of high demand? Sure what comes out won't be as much as what goes in but that applies to all forms of energy transfer but if you think about it many wind farms are coastal or off-shore so there wouldn't be any shortage of the raw material.Then you still need that 1GW average generating plants per 1.75mil cars to create said electricity in the first place
One way of achieving this would be using DeserTech to crack water into hydrogen, ship this hydrogen to mainland Europe and use it as fuel for cars & generators. The biggest problem still is the storage of hydrogen though....
You guys do have some coast both the North and Baltic Sea interface. The Greens need to get their act together, Hydro is by far the best for lack of CO2 emissions and costs, there is a small problem with them but hell there is a small problem with all types of Power station.One way of achieving this would be using DeserTech to crack water into hydrogen, ship this hydrogen to mainland Europe and use it as fuel for cars & generators. The biggest problem still is the storage of hydrogen though....
Water based energy storage is needed if we want to switch to renewable energy, sadly a lot of idiots from the Green party actually BLOCK water storage plants "because you need to build roads through the forrest to them". Yeah, making sense, they don't.
Not impossible. Although I would expect the efficiency of this process would make other storage options better. There is a lot of research into utility sized energy storage. In fact, I am working on such a project. BUT, it really isn't a viable solution at this time. It is expensive and doesn't produce any power.
Some of what you say is correct. However when the water companies went private they closed multiple reservoirs - to save money of course, and of course it would actually be difficult to give an answer at the moment. The government only see Nukes and only have seen Nukes since the 1950's. When Mrs T. found out how much these things actually cost she stopped at one - Sizewell and that says lots - she saw it as a way to avoid trouble with the Unions Rail/Coal/Power but not at that cost!In the UK there simply aren't enough hills for hydro to become a major power source. We're running out of water in reservoirs as it is this year without using the stuff to generate power.
Because that would involve the expense of additional infrastructure. Keep the hydrogen production and storage local to your regular source ie costal and offshore windfarms and it is there when demand requires it. Also if all the cars were running on hydrogen fuel cells then the renewables wouldn't be at full capacity overnight which is when one would expect most people to be charging their vehicles.Why not just use it as a fuel for hydrogen cars?
Government wants to sacrifice the enviromental protection for network expansion
The energy revolution is taking shape: Federal and provincial governments have agreed on rules for a rapid expansion of electricity networks. Important national routes will continue to be planned by the federal government - the protection of nature is ignored in doubt.
Berlin - The rapid expansion of power lines is considered vital to the success of the energy revolution . Now federal and state governments have agreed on new rules for it. According to the future in planning networks of regionally significant Federal Network Agency will be responsible and not the respective provinces.
On these points agreed Chancellery Chief Ronald Pofalla (CDU) and the Federal Minister of Economics Philipp R?sler (FDP) with the heads of state offices of federal countries, such as SPIEGEL ONLINE has been confirmed from participating districts. Previously, the "Handelsblatt" reported about it.
The agreement on the transfer of powers towards covenant is remarkable: although it is only ten percent of the total need for new power held by 3500 kilometers, but so far, most states had spoken out against a uniform national licensing procedures.
A few weeks ago was Schleswig-Holstein, with its wind turbines as a single country that will accept the Federal Network Agency for nationally significant high-voltage power lines as a central planning authority.
The SPD-governed states also agreed to trim the nature protection law in doubt as to accelerate the expansion. The federal government is talking to EU Energy Commissioner G?nther Oettinger looking for, as it affects European law is concerned.
Open is whether the only country ruled by a Green rallied behind the agreement. Baden-W?rttemberg Minister President Winfried Kretschmann criticized on Friday morning in the Federal Council to shift the direction of federal government. He can not understand why electricity networks would be built faster, because only the federal government take over the planning. The countries have much more experience.
The agreement is to be fixed in the planned network expansion acceleration law. This is the end of June brought together with all other laws on energy policy in the Bundestag on 8 July will be decided by the Federal Council.
The agreement is a victory for Angela Merkel (CDU). The Chancellor had pushed for the agreement of the coalition government on a timetable for the nuclear phase-out earlier this month to a faster expansion of the electricity grid.
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Fortunately we had a get out card at the time in the form of new gas stations sitting idle as they cost too much to operate.she saw it as a way to avoid trouble with the Unions Rail/Coal/Power but not at that cost!