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Germany Desperate For Coal Power, As Wind & Solar Power Fail

Paul Holmwood:

Germany’s held up as the world’s wind and solar capital. But, at the moment, the ‘green’ stuff can’t be purchased, at any price.

Its millions of solar panels are blanketed in snow and ice and breathless, freezing weather is encouraging its 30,000 wind turbines to do absolutely nothing, at all. [Note to Ed: don’t forget about the constant supply of electricity from the grid that these things chew up heating their internal workings so they don’t freeze up solid!]

So much for the ‘transition’ to an all wind and sun powered future – aka the ‘Energiewende’.

Despite being the object of consternation and much vilification over the last 20 years, Germany’s coal-fired plants are now being appreciated for what they are: truly meaningful power generation sources, available on demand, whatever the weather. With a Nationwide blackout a heartbeat away, the German obsession with unreliable wind and solar is like a time bomb set to explode.

NoTricksZone reports on Germany’s (needs driven) change of heart.

Berlin On The Brink! Winter Blackouts Loom As Coal Plants Run At 100% Capacity, Struggle To Keep Lights On In

Germany now finds itself in the dead of winter. Much of the country has seen considerable snowfall, meaning solar panels are often covered by snow and thus rendered useless. Even without snow cover, the weeks-long overcast sky prevents any noteworthy solar power generation.

Moreover, this winter there have been many long windless periods, and so Germany’s approx. 30,000 wind turbines have been largely out of operation. In a world 100% reliant on green energies, this would mean near 100% darkness at home.

Luckily Germany’s still existing coal and nuclear power infrastructure is (still) there to step in and keep the power on and the country running.

The figures speak for themselves. During the last four days, wind power has only supplied 15% of Germany’s electricity. Solar power is essentially a waste of space, running at 2%:

Meanwhile coal and gas account for 56%, with nuclear bringing in another 13%. So far generation is just about keeping up with demand, which has peaked at 72 GW:

Coal power capacity is about 42 GW, so there is still plenty of capacity to compensate when the nuclear power stations shut next year. But it will blow a massive hole in Germany’s climate targets.

 

 

23 COMMENTS

  1. Merkel was the idiot who immediately banned nuclear power after the Fukishima earthquake disaste, a completely illogical move done for reasons of virtue signalling with no basis in sound reasoning. Much like our own Liar in Chief’s gun ban after the Christchurch terrorist attack when you come to think of it.

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    • Yes they did a knee jerk to Fukushima and put the teutonic foot in mouth.

      They explored options like building hydro dams on the many waterfalls in the fjords of Norway and buying nuclear from France which is well advanced with over 80% of their power from nuclear.
      Problem number one when you sit down calmly….They have invaded these countries in the last hundred years and were brutal.
      Relying on them in times of need, mmm, pause for thought.
      Number 2. If you are going to purchase nuclear from France because it is unsafe, well hell France is right next door so it their is problem there it is also yours .

      The Krauts really should have sat down and had a bratwurst and Becks but instead they started guzzling the ‘stupid juice’.
      Green Terror prevailed.

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  2. River Thames, freezes over.

    https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/uk-news/thames-freezes-for-the-first-time-in-60-years-due-to-extreme-cold-condition-in-the-uk.html

    Like the forcast that the children in England will not see snow.

    Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past by Charles Onians:
    However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers.
    According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
    “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

    It seems however, that after over 15 years, the Independent has removed that article,
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/11/12/one-of-the-longest-running-climate-prediction-blunders-has-disappeared-from-the-internet/

    The leftist slant for control, by what ever it takes, to make people fearful, and to follow their agenda.
    Then when truth hits them, continue to twist, slant & lie, with the fear created, to “not believe your lying eyes”.

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    • I worked 20 years ago on a project with an English guy who was out here for a year.
      1999/2000.
      He was a nice chap notwithstanding he believed the English were a great gift to the world.

      He was totally convinced that by 2020 South of England would be like southern Italy as it was in 1999.
      Too hot for sheep and current livestock, but suitable for olive trees and grapes.
      I think his superior English mind was waaaay off.

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  3. Huntly power station is taking it’s 3rd turbine out of mothballs!
    So to do this, they must have ordered a shitload of shitty coal from Indonesia again!
    More kiwi jobs gone overseas and we have a higher quality coal here. Thanks greens!

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    • Not really Green at all.
      They are marxists and anarchists that wish to bring down the current system for the Great Reset.

      This economic vandalism is not an accident, nor is Ardern’s economic vandalism of Taranaki.

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  4. From another blog…”Spain has a huge solar plant using mirrors to heat liquid and run turbines. They were paid three times the going rate for the electricity. They secretly installed diesel generators to make power at night and collect the large payments. Only got caught when someone noticed the solar plant making electricity at night.”

    These large confocal heliostat systems where mirrors heat a boiler containing molten salts was a giant, expensive failure in the USA called the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Facility. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063659143 (another Obiden failure)

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    • Make stooopid rules, get stooopid results.

      Sounds like the Diesel consumption scam.
      The yanks made silly rules instead of just using petrol cars.
      Little has been publicly said about the diesel car scam but the story runs deep.

      I don’t blame Volkswagen for what they did.
      They were not alone.
      Britain under B.liar mid 2000s incentivised diesel cars for ‘shopping basket’ cars.
      Totally mental.

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  5. This will upset the luvvies. Now Happer knows his stuff. Thats why the alrmists hate him. He probably knows more about CO2 dymanamics than any one else on earth. https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/study-suggests-no-more-co2-warming

    He says CO2 is saturated and that the increases in temperature will be insignificant. The paper they cite is a bitch to read, but if you are mathematiclly inclined feel free to peruse it. its here https://arxiv.org/pdf/2006.03098.pdf

    Cliamte Emergency – my arse. More like a freaking Ice Age emergency…..

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  6. US Patent Application No. US 2020/0392943 A1,
    “Wind Turbine Propeller Regulator To Produce Uninterrupted Electricity And Longer Bearing Life”, Filed 2018, granted (patent number is pending).
    http://appft1.uspto.gov/net

    A wind turbine system that provides continuous rotation of a propeller, to prevent stopping or critical slowing of the propeller, which causes damage to the bearing and gear assembly, and shortens of the turbine life.

    [0005] Wind turbines are designed to have a service life of 20 years, but bearings and other parts fail from the erratic nature of the wind causing the rotor to stop and start and accelerate wildly.

    In the UK alone, there have been 1500 accidents recorded by the Renewable UK due to heavy winds, which resulted in 4 deaths and 300 injured in the last five years [2013 through 2018, when the patent was filed]. In 2011 in England, there were 163 wind turbine accidents and 14 people were killed. A search of catastrophic wind turbine failures in Japan reveals a similar magnitude of the problem. Caithless Wind Farm Information Forum cites many specific accident instances, some of which cite “multiple amputations” witnessed by a horrified coworker. Also documented are 221 separate instances where propellers broke and were thrown over ⅘ of a mile, sometimes through roofs and building. Also documented are 168 wind turbine fires and 95 times chunks of ice were thrown off the propellers in 2005.”

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  7. Solution for the Krauts.
    Russian Gas

    I am suspicious the yanks have been behind the scenes manipulating this alternative nonsense .
    They want to sell their (now) surplus gas from fracking to Germany .
    The Russian gas via a pipeline is far more efficient.

    The US gas would have to be pressurised on site in the US, transported by land (esp with cancellation of THE Pipeline by Creepy Joe) then transferred across the ocean in (fossil fuel burning) ships.
    Just Duh, all the way

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  8. Shutting down the real source of reasonable priced energy, and with technology, cleaning things up all the time and also improved efficiency.

    Luke Legate @lukelegate
    A helicopter running on fossil fuel spraying a chemical made from fossil fuels onto a wind turbine made with fossils fuels during an ice storm is awesome.

    https://twitter.com/lukelegate/status/1361149723072208896/photo/1

    So the rationing starts
    Statewide rolling power outages are set to begin, lasting about 40 minutes, “to protect electric grid reliability.”
    https://twitter.com/lukelegate/status/1361239072799420419

    Yet the greens and many others only see this as a ‘gliche’.

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