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Comment: Re:Not *battery* storage (Score 1) 218

by angel'o'sphere (#49568915) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Locations with plenty of water and a large enough elevation change to matter are actually rare. They exist, and many of them are already being used.

They are neither rare nor used up.
They might be to far away from the next big power plant or city or simply be in another country, but the idea that all areas for pumped storage are used up is imply: nonsense

Comment: Wow, how expensive (Score 1) 80

by angel'o'sphere (#49568863) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System

If I was a multi billionaire, or even just a single billionaire, I would set up a non profit organization, call it "Angel O'Spheres earth quake waring network" and fund it for 100 years. That would be my memorial/monument.

Sorry, the money you are talking about is retarded low ... there are plenty of hosues or yachts much more expensive then either the $38M or $16M.

Comment: Re: Water heigh storage: dams (Score 1) 218

by angel'o'sphere (#49568777) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

How exactly would you use pumped storage when ...
By building an artificial hill 30 feet high and putting the storage on top of it.

If you already have build 3 artificial lakes it would be a piece of cake, just use the stuf you dug out, and pile it up somewhere.

Man, even the old Egyptians and Chinese could do that!!

Comment: Re:Hawaiian Electric (Score 1) 218

by angel'o'sphere (#49568721) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Yes, references please: what exactly is happening if you pump more energy into the grid then there is demand ... and how does it happen?

Your +4 insightful post, two posts back, is just bollocks.

I could tell you what happens but I guess it is more fun and educating for you to read up a bit ...

Fearmonger ... that would be a modding we need.

Comment: Re: Talk about creating a demand (Score 1) 218

by angel'o'sphere (#49568625) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

... but it does not reduce the peak capacity that the utilities must have,
That is wrong.
You assume that all Solar and all Wind input can be zero at a certain time. Which it can't.

further it increases the swing between peak and minimum ...
No it does not. Why should it? The idea is idiotic.

... meaning the utilities must have capacity that can be brought online quickly and shutdown quickly
Wrong again. Load balancing is not done with "power up" and "shut down" plants. Something like powering up a plant you only do if another plant has a failure server enough that you have to get it off grid.

A smart grid where your car and laptop charge at times of minimal demand/maximum availability is also likely to be needed. For that you don't need a smart grid, you simply charge at night.

Smart grids are for "using" the surplus power. And the unwanted surplus power you have at peak times, not at night or base load times.

You activate your washing machine, I have to scale up my plant. You only want 1kW but I have to scale up 5MW (because my old coal plant can't do better).

So I charge you a premium for that 1kW (and any other idiot who draws power at that time), because I have to pay for the excess energy I involuntarily have to produce. With a smart grid I could dump that excess energy in car batteries and other appliances ...

Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 1) 218

by angel'o'sphere (#49568519) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Wind and solar have their place, and that's fine, but they aren't going to replace coal, oil, and natural gas in our lifetimes.

In germany they will. So in Denmark, Portugal probably Spain, Italy and even Greece, too.

So you either must be extremely old or live in an extremely backyard country.

Most of the "emerging" nations are installing solar right now instead of new coal/nuclear or other plants.

Your idea about historical not built nuclear plants and their greenness is retarded anyway. Perhaps you might check the news about the "storage problem" of "nuclear waste".

China is burning 5 times as much coal today as the US is, in the next 5 years or so, China will grow their coal consumption by the current total amount the US burns.
That does not make any sense. Is China now burning more than the USA or is it catching up to burn "just as much" in the next 5 years?

We could shut it all down tomorrow and in 5 years China will have replaced it all.
And? What would be the problem with that? Just because "some one else" is polluting and destroying the planet you like to join him to pollute more and destroy faster?

That comes back to the old saying: "Who should do the difficult things?"
Answer: "Those who can!"

Hiding behind "oh but the third world and developing world is increasing their pollution" is just unethical ... but well, we are used to that in certain parts of the world.

Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 1, Insightful) 218

by angel'o'sphere (#49568381) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Solar panels do wear out a little bit ...
They are "doted" Silicium, that means one side is p-doted the other side n-doted. Due to heat those two sides start to intermix and in the end the efficiency of the cell goes down or even vanishes to zero.

Electricity can wear out.
Nope.

Granted it takes a while. but over time electric cables wear out.
Nope.

Then you have the insulation materials which ear out faster, when those break you get shorts.

Nope. Long distance high voltage lines are not even insulated. They last for ever unless they corrode.

Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 1) 218

by angel'o'sphere (#49568337) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

otta ask, is it an agenda you are personally pushing or are you just repeating something you didn't bother to question ?
Could ask you the same.

For some strange reason solar panels produced in germany cause no pollution, but well, laws of physics and chemistry bend to our stern will in our small country.

The rest of your posts shows pretty well, that you have no clue at all.

Standard solar cells are made from Silicium, they get doted with Phosphor and Bor.

Copper indium gallium selenium good luck with that.

We have enough of those "elements" to plaster the whole earth with solar panels, and the moon as well, and we can likely even build a road from earth to moon ...

The idea that any element on earth is rare, except Gold, and perhaps variations of Platinum, is completely idiotic.

Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 1) 218

by angel'o'sphere (#49568127) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Wow, a nitpicker.

For all human percievable purpose wind and sun and even lithium are infinite resources.

BTW Lithium processing is particularly environmentally nasty, right up there with Aluminum smelting. (If going green is your thing)
Only in countries that have no legislation against it, and regarding aluminium: you are plain wrong. You only need electricity to smelt it, and that you can create in any green way you want.

Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 1) 218

by angel'o'sphere (#49568073) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

What exactly is "household baseload"? And why should it need a "back up"?

Base load is the minimum amount of energy you feed into the grid, it does not change with demand, and around 2:00 till 4:00 it might even be above "demand" as pumped storages are refilled with it.

Anyway, your thoughts make sense ... there are plenty of ways to "store" excess energy, e.g. by cooling the fridge down from -20C to -30C ...

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 489

Two tenths of a percent of the world is Jewish.

That means for every Jew, there's over a hundred Christians, over a hundred Muslims, around seventy Hindus, thirty five Buddhists,

This does not make any sense at all.
Either there are two tenth jews on the planet, than it is every 5th ... or it is a low percentage.

Make up your mind.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 489

The word "University" literally once meant "universal school" where everything is taught.

Well, when the term was coined that was not as diverse as in our days, it only covered Latin, Greek, theology, sciences of nature, philosophy and variations of law (statemenship etc.)

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