The Fantasy of Storing Wind Power: No Commercial System Exists & None is Likely

“How much is that battery in the window? The one with the scraggly tail?”

 

giant battery 2

These so-called “green pioneers” are now trying to save their wind energy with batteries made out of rare earth minerals and other incredibly toxic constituents. Oh yes, I can see the logic there.

STOP THESE THINGS

unicorn About as likely as commercially storing electricity in bulk.

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The wind industry is the perpetual infant of power generation: always looking for the subsidies to last that little bit longer; always promising to improve its performance; always claiming it will outdo hydro, coal and gas – provided, of course, that the subsidies keep flowing.

STT for one thinks the wind industry has had ample time to grow up and stand on its own two feet.

Like the brat that it is, the wind industry can’t be told what to do and, especially, won’t ever respond to demands from power users about when its product should be delivered.

output vs demand

It’s quite happy to produce plenty of power when it’s not needed at night time; and much less during the day, when it is (as seen in the graph above); and, often, none at all during periods of peak demand: as set…

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About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from practice in 2002 to take up a full-time lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). He is an accredited and practising mediator and is busy writing a book, with Dr Sinead Conneely, on Mediation in Ireland. His current interest is Ireland’s energy policy and its impact on the people and the environment. He is also researching the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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One Response to The Fantasy of Storing Wind Power: No Commercial System Exists & None is Likely

  1. Pat OBrien says:

    a delusional fantasy to say the least !!

    On 7 March 2016 at 19:47, The Law is my Oyster wrote:

    > Neil van Dokkum posted: “How much is that battery in the window? The one > with the scraggly tail? These so-called “green pioneers” are now trying to > save their energy with batteries made out of rare earth minerals and other > incredibly toxic constituents. Oh yes, I can see the log” >

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