LENR vs Solar/Wind, and emerging Green Technologies.

  • For the past 20 years, naysayers have decried the limitations of wind and solar power and have simply moved the goalposts each time those supposed limitations have been exceeded. Reading old articles about the shortcomings of renewables is quite entertaining. This process will continue until there is nothing left to argue about.

  • For the past 20 years, naysayers have decried the limitations of wind and solar power and have simply moved the goalposts each time those supposed limitations have been exceeded.

    Agreed, but they do have one valid point, which is that wind and solar cannot be generated on demand. To increase them above a certain percent, you need storage such as pumped hydro, batteries or hydrogen generation with fuel cells.

  • Pumped Electricity.

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  • Agreed, but they do have one valid point, which is that wind and solar cannot be generated on demand. To increase them above a certain percent, you need storage such as pumped hydro, batteries or hydrogen generation with fuel cells.

    Absolutely, as well as a smarter grid with demand management. Pumped hydro is great but not very expandable at this point. Battery technology will only get better and cheaper. And lithium-ion is not necessarily the only game in town for utility-scale storage. It will be interesting to see if competing technologies can make any inroads against lithium-ion given its rapid expansion for vehicle use.

  • 120 year old battery technique from Edison revived?

    https://www.bbc.com/future/art…vented-120-years-too-soon

    The “battolyzer”, and with Nickel and hydrogen is probably prone to have some kind of LENR phenomena in it (Don’t tell Dr. Galushkin, he will start yelling thermal runaway!). Thanks for sharing this Wyttenbach .

    I certainly Hope to see LENR helping humans to blossom, and I'm here to help it happen.

  • EPRI Report on 'grid stress events. Free download (for me at least) .


    Exploring the Impacts of Extreme Events, Natural Gas Fuel and Other Contingencies on Resource Adequacy


    Abstract

    The electric power industry is shifting its generating portfolio towards variable energy resources and natural gas. As these changes are occurring, the industry needs to plan for resource adequacy that will make electric service more resilient to significant disruptions of supply whether they are the result of weather, cyber / physically attacks, fuel constraints or multi-factor events. Across each of these topics the power industry today employs planning methods that tend to understate the probability of supply disruptions affecting multiple units and their impact on consumers and the system itself.

    This white paper focuses on planning for resource adequacy given a world in which supply disruptions are correlated and no longer limited to the outage of independent units and may be due to widespread or long-duration events with significant economic impacts on consumers. The paper highlights the following attributes of planning for resource adequacy in an environment of increasing numbers of extreme events:

    • Supply disruptions that are common mode events caused by weather, cyber / physical attacks, natural gas constraints or combinations of factors.
    • The occurrence of an event (zero/one), consideration of its physical impacts (the amount of unserved energy, breadth of customer base impacted, and duration) and its economic costs to consumers.
    • The need for the definition of probabilistic metrics and methodologies that over time can be used to incorporate consideration of common mode and high impact supply disruptions.

    The paper concludes with an identification of strategies that an individual utility and/or an ISO/RTO could follow based on its unique situation.


    https://www.epri.com/research/…39751&utm_source=hs_email