Renewables in Europe: Land requirement is an area the size of Portugal

Posted: August 10, 2020 by oldbrew in Big Green, Energy, propaganda, research
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We brace ourselves for another visit to green fantasy land (‘according to the study’) where progress to imaginary nirvana is just around the corner, regardless of glaringly obvious realities pointing the other way.
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Transitioning our energy supply from coal, oil and gas to wind and solar power is feasible, claims TechXplore. [Talkshop comment – empty assertion].

However, renewables require more land than conventional forms of energy generation.

The most affordable option for a fully renewable electricity supply in Europe is based on solar parks and onshore windfarms.

However, this solution requires some 97,000 km2 land, or roughly 2% of the total area of the European Union—an area equivalent to the size of Portugal.

Offshore wind and solar energy can reduce land requirements

Wind and solar farms change landscapes and their development is frequently the subject of controversy. This is especially true in the case of onshore windfarms, currently the most important technology behind the European energy transition, as these occupy large areas and are visible from a long distance.

Prioritizing the adoption of other electricity generation infrastructures in the future could reduce the space requirements of a fully renewable electricity system.

According to the study, three options could be pursued individually or in combination to achieve this goal: Offshore wind power, large solar parks, and roof-top solar systems.

Each of these technologies could limit land use to about 48,000 square kilometers—one percent of the area of Europe—or even less.

Full article here.

  1. ivan says:

    The world the writers of these reports live in must be very bleak. It is a land where the wind always blows 24/7, clouds only appear after sunset and disappear before sunrise, all houses are aligned so that the roofs point south and the roof pitch changes with latitude. There is very little greenery because the nightly rains are dried out by the constant sun during the hot dry day. There is the constant background noise of the wind turbines. Food is in short supply as very little grows due to lack of CO2 in the atmosphere. It takes five times longer to get anywhere, they either walk or wait for their EVs to be charged although there is plenty of electricity the cables delivering it to the charging points have not been upgraded because there is no way to extract the ore and refine the metal. Industry is almost unheard of and when the EV battery pack expires there is no way to replace it so the car has to be abandoned. Plastics are non existent, no oil. Life is generally sliding to oblivion and soon all that will be left are the ants and cockroaches.

    Not exactly a pleasant future for mankind to look forward to.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Offshore wind power: what about countries with no shores? It’s one fairytale after another with these hopeless green dreamers.

  3. Phoenix44 says:

    But why bother? We are going to be taking CO2 out of the atmosphere so why bother with renewables at all? Moving from coal to gas makes sense and we have plenty of gas.

    Ditch all these absurd wind farms and go full bore for carbon capture. Then we don’t have to mess about with EVs or changing all our cooking/heating either.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Carbon capture and biomass burning don’t go together too well 🤔

  5. oldbrew says:

    Andrew Montfort: ‘Cheap’ Offshore Wind Power Is An Expensive Green Delusion
    AUG 11, 2020

    Electricity is either going to become very, very expensive, or certain investors in the offshore wind business are going to lose their shirts.
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    Or possibly both?