Searching for the missing link: the hole in the zero-carbon bucket 

Posted: July 24, 2020 by oldbrew in Emissions, Energy, ideology
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*Missing* being the operative word. Any article such as this one, showing power station cooling towers appearing to emit black steam – by careful use of dusk shadowing – instantly announces itself as human-accusing climate propaganda, like all the others before it using the same camera trick. But as Star Trek’s Scotty used to say: ‘Ye canna change the laws of physics’, which climate dreamers tend to forget. Outlandish costs and highly inefficient methods are not going to work on an industrial scale either. In short, there’s a massive hole in their renewables-based bucket.
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Governments and electric utilities are rapidly embracing the imperative to decarbonize energy use, says the Atlantic Council.

In the context of this effort, they have made substantial commitments to renewable energy generation and battery-based electricity storage through renewable portfolio standards and contractual commitments.

But while the costs of renewable energy generation have rapidly decreased, and their performance has improved, renewable generation is intermittent, and electric-system operators continue to rely on existing thermal resources, particularly natural gas generation, to fill in the gaps when renewable generation is not available.

Battery-based electricity storage is part of the solution, but storage timeframes are currently only on the order of hours.

In addition, the ability to draw on renewable resources varies dramatically by geography.

Baseload or “firm” zero-carbon generation resources, which are not necessarily intended to run all the time, but can be available at any time, will be needed to complement renewable resources in the future, without emitting the CO2 produced by today’s fossil energy system.

These resources might include, for example, fossil-fuel power plants with carbon capture, nuclear power plants with improved dispatchability, geothermal power, and bio-fueled generators.

But the path to developing, and certainly deploying, such resources has been slower and more fraught than for renewables; these “firm” electricity generation resources represent a missing link in the path towards a decarbonized electricity grid.

Continued here.

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Note – the original article headline was:
“Searching for the missing link: Options for firm zero-carbon power”.

Comments
  1. JB says:

    Strange photo sub.
    Here I see a cool transmission tower, which hopefully someday will merge into the ground.

  2. ivan says:

    The missing link is between the ears of those proposing this stupidity. Maybe if they clubbed together they might end up with a functioning brain cell, but it is very doubtful because they don’t live in the real world – their world is populated by unicorns and pixie dust to hold it altogether.

  3. oldbrew says:

    The image in the article…

  4. Gamecock says:

    ‘Governments and electric utilities are rapidly embracing the imperative to decarbonize energy use, says the Atlantic Council.’

    Blah. Blah. Blah.

    Regulated, monopolistic utilities have guaranteed rates of return. Crap up their systems and make them cost more . . . more return. In a fascist environment, it’s better to go along with the government.

    ‘But while the costs of renewable energy generation have rapidly decreased, and their performance has improved’

    [Citation needed]

    ‘Battery-based electricity storage is part of the solution, but storage timeframes are currently only on the order of hours.’

    Ipso facto, IT IS NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And it is the solution (sic) to WHAT ?!?!

  5. Seeker24 says:

    These resources might include, … nuclear power plants with improved dispatchability…

    Those last three words are redundant, as are most renewable generators.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Batteries are supposed to be part of the solution to intermittency of wind and solar, but they can only hope to be a very small part. Hence the stealthy increase in diesel generator back-up.

    Belt and braces policy is to have both: diesel gen and batteries, in case one fails when called on.

    How healthy is our power infrastructure?
    September 25, 2019
    https://mcp.theenergyst.com/how-healthy-is-our-power-infrastructure/

    Businesses can put their back-up systems on STOR and earn money, plus a bonus if the electricity grid runs short of power and calls on them for more.
    See: https://gmipower.co.uk/stor/

  7. Chaswarnertoo says:

    The hole is in the greentards’ heads.

  8. oldbrew says:

    UK government must launch zero emissions vehicle mandate to meet 2035 target
    July 23, 2020

    Think tank Policy Exchange has recommended the UK government introduces a zero emissions vehicle mandate, similar to California’s launched in the 1990s, if it wants to meet its deadline of ending the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles.

    Its latest report states that ‘without a comprehensive policy framework, the UK will not be able to end the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans by 2035′.

    https://cardealermagazine.co.uk/publish/uk-government-must-launch-zero-emissions-vehicle-mandate-meet-2035-target/198267
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    When the subsidies dry up, all new cars will be expensive EVs that few people want or can afford.

  9. ivan says:

    When the subsidies dry up, all new cars will be expensive EVs that few people want or can afford.

    Even with the subsidies EVs are very expensive toys that only soy-boys can afford.

    Anyone with sense will be keeping their old cars and, I suspect, if the government tries to stop that there won’t be a government. When are the idiots that keep on producing stupid laws and regulations going to wakeup and look out of the window at the real world?

  10. Gamecock says:

    “Batteries are supposed to be part of the solution to intermittency of wind and solar.”

    Nah. They can’t do it. OBVIOUSLY.

    The point of “storage” is to get people to believe that renewables’ fatal flaw – intermittency – is curable. Which is preposterous. Stories about storage are not about storage.

    “Businesses can put their back-up systems on STOR and earn money, plus a bonus if the electricity grid runs short of power and calls on them for more.”

    The games people play . . . .

    Smarter and easier, relocate to South Carolina.

    https://www.sccommerce.com/buildings-sites

  11. Russ Wood says:

    Ivan wrote: ” When are the idiots that keep on producing stupid laws and regulations going to wake up and look out of the window at the real world?”. Well, going by the asinine rules and regulations going around in the various countries’ lockdowns, I would say NEVER!

  12. oldbrew says:

    JULY 27, 2020
    UK needs hydrogen, carbon capture to meet net zero goal, National Grid says

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-nationalgrid/uk-needs-hydrogen-carbon-capture-to-meet-net-zero-goal-national-grid-says-idUKKCN24S0WC
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    No, UK needs hydrogen, carbon capture* a miracle* to meet net zero goal.

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