Flemish (onshore) windmills have almost the same capacity as a nuclear reactor

Posted: December 28, 2016 by oldbrew in Idiots, Incompetence, Nuclear power, wind
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So where does this obvious nonsense come from?

TYV says: ‘Installed capacity is not the same as production. Why is that so incredibly hard to understand for journalists?’

Because such realities would ruin their story perhaps? Either that or they are not up to their jobs. Maybe they aren’t up to the job anyway if they are having to resort to distortion of facts.

Trust, yet verify

The journalists of our beloved Flemish media seem to go ballistic lately. Yesterday there was the item in the VTM news about the current “drought” that was “direct result of climate change”. Today the VRT news felt it had to compete with that and went full stupid in an article with the sensational title:

Flemish windmills have almost the same capacity as a nuclear reactor

vrt news 20161228 windmil

Apparently the onshore windmills in Flandres have a total capacity of 920 MW, which is only slightly below the capacity of (some of) our nuclear turbines (at somewhat above 1,000 MW).


I am afraid that I have to spoil that party…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    Compare nuclear and wind [source:Wikipedia]

    Onshore capacity factor will be lower than offshore – generally less windy. But offshore is a lot more expensive.

    Evaluating wind generation costs

    A site’s wind speed is, of course, all important. The higher the wind speed, the greater the energy productivity, and the lower the generation cost. A common measure of productivity is the capacity factor (the annual ratio of the actual output to nameplate capacity). So, offshore wind projects, which tend to operate in higher wind conditions, are expected to achieve higher capacity factors than onshore.
    [bold added]

  2. Joe Public says:

    Love the first chart OB.

    That “Natural gas combustion turbine” should puzzle a few still recovering from overdoing the Christmas spirits.

    UK capacity-factor reality 2016 – Q3:

    Onshore Wind 20.9%
    Offshore Wind 31.5%
    Solar photovoltaics 14.4%


  3. Joe Public says:

    On page 60 is an up-to-date chart (to 2016-Q3) of renewables’ performances since 2013


  4. oldbrew says:

    It’s no coincidence that wind power has an inverse output to nuclear, coal and gas in the chart above.

    ‘Manager Magazin’ Reports How Renewable Electricity Is Taking Germany On A Wild Ride
    By P Gosselin on 28. December 2016

    Weinreich reports that the grid is so unstable that in 2015 it was necessary for Tennet to intervene some 1400 times. In the old conventional power days, it used to be only “a few times a year“.


  5. tom0mason says:

    Well done, may all the Flems (?) live well on all that free energy!


  6. Richard111 says:

    A discussion about monuments recording achievements of humanity, e.g. pyramids in Egypt, came up after Xmas lunch (like it does). When I mentioned current monuments will far exceed pyramids I got some raspberries until I shows pics of wind turbine foundations.

  7. oldbrew says:

    They’re now trying out concrete wind turbines. This one includes 80 miles of rebar and is 2 feet taller than the Washington Monument. Try the time lapse video of its construction…

    Washington Monument – 555 feet tall.

    Old wind farms bases ‘could be left in countryside’

    Scotland’s countryside faces being littered with the concrete bases of wind farms that have been dismantled at the end of their operational lives, a major study has warned.


  8. ivan says:

    I have always considered http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ to show the best real-time outputs of the various generating systems in the UK.

  9. Gamecock says:

    The energy is in the wind, not the equipment to harvest it. Wind turbines have no capacity. Double-ought zero.