What if your boss told you "I want you to wear a camera that records EVERY SECOND while you are on the clock". Would you willingly accept?
Ever work a call center job? Everything is recorded. You get used to it, and learn to play it to your advantage. Welcome to the real world.
. You really want 12 gauge as a minimum, with individual runs from the breaker box to EACH outlet, 10 gauge if you can afford
I'm as big a fan of Overkill as the next guy, but just think for a second how big your breaker panel would have to be if you had ONE breaker per outlet.
"I rely on me to provide for me."
O rly? You produce all the oxygen you inhale, all the water you drink, all the protein you ingest, and all the thermal input your body needs to maintain its optimum temperature? You travelled back in time, conceived yourself in a test tube from a loop of pure DNA, and built singlehandedly a robot butler to train your younger self in the ways of Bat-Fu while you build a secret underwater city? In business, you are a heroic self-creator, never requiring so much as a single customer, supplier, manager, assistant, trainer, mentor, regulator, or partner, while you design perpetual electrostatic motors powered by raw condensed inspiration? If the entire world around you were to vanish, you'd exist in a bubble of anti-temporal stasis through the sheer energy of your indomitable will?
Or, it's also possible that you exist as one person among many in a healthy social ecosystem who share resources, do things for the good of all, and support each other with compassionate aid when times get hard, but haven't yet realised this.
RT another FA:
(or download the full report - but that is payware).
Historical analysis shows regular five-day long calm periods across the whole of europe - ten day long calms every couple of decades. Oh, and typically in winter - so high demand time. That is across an area much more than "a few hundred clicks".
"Clean" peak load tech, like pumped storage hydro, simply doesn't have the capacity to cover that kind of gap.
The report also makes the point that nice clean gas gen capacity is too expensive (if only to be used occaisionally) and not necessarily good at being turned on and off regularly. The likely (only economic) backup for wind will be cheap and dirty fossil fuel kit - making the overall solution a lot dirtier.
Either that, or the lights start to go off on a regular basis. There are plenty of (reasonably welel developed) places in the world where that happens now, so we know what happens then - local backup through thousands upon thousands of small (cheap & dirty) diesel generators...
Wind simply isn't reliable enough for base load. Until someone solves the "storing electricity" problem. Somewhat ironically, I reckon the best hope for that will turn out to be creating artificial long chain hydrocarbons (from atmospheric CO2). Liquid hydrocarbons are very very energy dense, and we already have lots of knowledge and infrastructure for storing and transporting them efficiently.
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