Where’s The Electricity?

Posted: January 21, 2023 by oldbrew in Batteries, Energy
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Electricity: before you can use it you have to generate it, and the worldwide demand only ever goes up.
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PA Pundits International

By Ronald Stein ~

One of the best-known quotes was where’s the beef?from Clara Peller who was a manicurist and American character actress who, at the age of 81, starred in the 1984  advertising campaign for the Wendy’s fast food restaurant chain.

Today, the huge dark cloud over EV projected sales, is the availability of electricity to charge batteries which leads us to the quote for the foreseeable future, Where’s the electricity?

The Elephant in the EV sales room that no one wants to talk about is the limited amount of electricity available to charge the EV batteries.

The global fleet of road vehicles in 2022 numbered about 1.446 billion, that’s with a “B”.

Of this huge global fleet, only 12 million were electric vehicles (EV) in 2021. Thus, less than one percent of the worldwide road vehicle fleet were EVs, and more than 99-percent…

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  1. JB says:

    “The UK is ahead of most of the world”
    Not in a consumer way. With bidirectional power, huge swaths of the population including business fleets owning EVs could suddenly find their vehicle batteries drained as demand rises.

  2. stpaulchuck says:

    if EV’s were such a great thing, the pols would not have to be bribing and terrorizing people into getting one.

    I love my Town Car with 4.6L engine and my F-150 with the 5.4L V-8. The both pulled my 17 foot bass boat and 115hp outboard like there was nothing there and the brakes on both would stop with the boat with little to no discernible effort.

    I don’t care about the gas mileage. We no longer make those 400 mile trips to Chicago to see the family and even then, the smooth ride and ultra comfort were what it’s all about.

  3. saighdear says:

    Yes, son( or daughter), it’s not here: look the wind is blowing more today than for past few weeks but gridwatch doesn’t show me that. Must be where the knowalls ( politicians -like, y’know – those who’d rather be in Davos than Westminst’r) have their heads – up in the clouds – like those windmills pretending to be fishing in a sea of Amps ( currents). Unlike the real Herons & Pelicans who go where the real fish are likely to be, these totem poles just stare back at you at the beach.
    Now look ye here: Fig Power are proposing to install a battery storage development in the area on 3-4 acres in Ross shire. https://www.highland.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/19258/proposal_of_application_notices_2022.pdf Now look here – looks like they’ll be storing fish in that containers. So where and when will they be catching them to store them. Hmm I’d rather have FRESH FISH. Why spend energy storing the fish, tastes MUCH better FRESH.
    So does that answer the question?
    Oh aye, back to the topic… well when the wind blows we can do some work again with power… wot? NO? … have to fill the batteries? no, I need power NOW batteries can wait , can’t they? Storing empty batteries … what a waste.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Giant Wind Turbines Keep Mysteriously Falling Over. This Shouldn’t Be Happening.
    The taller the turbine, the more epic the tumble.
    JAN 23, 2023

    — Turbine failures are on the uptick across the world, sometimes with blades falling off or even full turbine collapses.

    — A recent report says production issues may be to blame for the mysterious increase in failures.

    — Turbines are growing larger as quality control plans get smaller.
    . . .
    “We’re seeing these failures happening in a shorter time frame on the new turbines,” Fraser McLachlan, CEO of insurer GCube Underwriting, told Bloomberg, “and that’s quite concerning.”
    . . .
    With heights stretching taller than 850 feet, blades 300 feet long, and energy generation abilities ratcheting up accordingly, the bigger the turbine, the more energy it can capture. But the bigger the turbine, the more that can go wrong—and the farther it falls.


  5. Peter Norman says:

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned wind electricity we are going to need for reducing iron ore to steel. Apparently this can be up and running for the modest investment of £600m of tax payers money being offered to Tata and British steel. Well, I worked at British Steel Port Talbot for a while after my Mech Eng. degree at Birmingham and I am having some difficulty working out how you modify these blast furnaces there to do hydrogen reduction of iron ore. I know a few kilos of “green steel” has been produced at Hybrit in Sweden using hydrogen from electrochemical water splitting but I kinda think it wasn’t then pumped into a converted blast furnace!

  6. oldbrew says:

    Paying people to cut power avoids the bigger issue, says energy company
    Ministers have been urged to accelerate the rollout of energy efficiency schemes
    Tuesday 24 January 2023

    Kelly Becker, President of Schneider Electric UK&I, commented: “Short-term incentives to reduce consumer demand for energy may be useful as a precaution against power outages. However, they are a sticking plaster on an even bigger issue.

    Over 60% of all the energy that is produced globally is lost or wasted before it is consumed. If we were to approach the crisis differently and tackle just a fraction of this shocking level of waste, then we could easily reduce consumption and keep the lights on and thermostats up. [bold added]


  7. Stuart Brown says:

    “Over 60% of all the energy that is produced globally is lost or wasted before it is consumed.”
    Since coal and nuclear plants (and wood chip) are typically only 40% efficient, isn’t that a given? Petrol and diesel engines are even worse. But – that’s thermodynamics for you – using 100% of the energy is nigh on impossible. Except for burning gas right in your home, which is up there in the high 80s!

    Meanwhile, ELN also had this!
    That should help solve any electricity crisis. Can I move there?

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