I want to see Green Economy jobs and Alternate Energy Strategy technology and infrastructure growth. Can I haz Smart Grid please?
No to the smart grid technology. Too easy to cut people off. Too easy for hackers and for feds to cut people off.
As for alternative energy I am all for it as long as it works and costs less money. Solar panels sort of work, but the batteries are expensive and do not last a lifetime. So, that technology does not work as good as coal powered plants or hydro electric.
Wind farms work – so long as there is wind. Again, not as reliable as coal, oil, gas, and hydro.
The problem with us coming up with an alternative form of energy is this: We already have it. Teslas invented it quite a number of years ago. If you can convine our dear leader to unlock Teslas inventions and let us start using them, taht would be a great alternative energy source.
The other problem lies in the fact that if someone were to invent some miraculous way (other than Tesla) to harvest electricity, then what happens is the government would either take it away and conceal it, or he would get denied a patent and be told to go away while the feds kept his plans. I can guaruntee that if a man invented a car that ran off of water, the man would not live long and the plans would mysteriously dissappear. Too many special interests for progress to be made.
If you want alternative energy, you need to get the hands of big oil and big government out of it completely.
Japan has a few buses that run on hydrogen right now and the United States has all but criminalized their process for use here. Why? Becuase big oil hates it. What is so special about a car that runs on hydrogen? No money for government or big oil since the buses in japan use WATER to make the hydrogen as you drive. Now if people here could get their hands on hydrogen cars, they would be making their own hydrogen in the basement and that would mean less revenue for government and oil. Now, we can’t have that now can we?
Same reason the feds outlawed moonshiners. It was never about the alcohol. It was about hillbillies making their own alcohol and selling it. The government was not getting tax revenue from it, so they outlawed it. Same as with gambling. You can go into a casino all day long, but get caught gambling in your living room and yoo go to jail. What’s the difference? Same as moonshing, the government didnt get their cut, and when they don’t get their cut, they get angry.
Actually gas turbines provide an ideal backup for solar and wind. They start up in 15 mins, and come up to 60% in efficiencies once the steam cycle is also working. The issue is that nuclear and coal being essentially big teakettles are hard to change the output level (as a gas fired boiler also). Many reports say that with good forecasting it is possible to manage a grid with large amounts of solar and wind. BTW looking at the ercot display right now 25% of the energy use in Tx is wind 7932 out of 30943. This again is an example if you give an engineer a challenge quite often they can meet it. Note Ercot does forecast the wind a day ahead and during the day.
Mr. Flowood; local weather conditions, such as calm, are really only a problem if the electricity generated were only available locally. The grid is far more global than than that.
the buses in japan use WATER to make the hydrogen as you drive
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