Hopelessly Helpless: German Wind Power Fails 93.3% Of The Time & Collapses in Minutes

Costly, ugly, annoying and useless, what’s not to like?

 

When the challenge is thrown at wind power proponents about its hopeless intermittency, like a drug addict, the answer is always “more”. More of the same, more turbines, more panels, more subsidies, more transmission network capacity, more non-existent mega batteries, well, just more.

Germany is held up as the shining example of what our ‘inevitable transition’ to an all wind and sun powered future will look like. The line goes that Germany has built an enormous capacity with 30,000 wind turbines, millions of solar panels and it will simply overcome issues such as sunset and calm weather, by building more, much more.

Except that Mother Nature refuses to play ball. When the wind stops blowing across Germany, it does so across the entire country, and it does so such that wind power output totally collapses in a matter of minutes. Leaving Germany’s coal- and gas-fired power plants to maintain grid stability and deliver electricity to Germans, everywhere.

The idea that a Country can be entirely powered by sunshine and breezes is, of course, patent nonsense. But that doesn’t stop the delusional from claiming otherwise.

Here’s the data that shows just how ridiculous Germany’s wind power obsession is.

4 Charts Expose Abominable Inadequacy Of Europe’s Wind Energy …”Power Collapses Within Minutes”
No Tricks Zone
Pierre Gosselin
2 November 2018

German wind energy opposition organization Vernunftkraft here posted some charts at Facebook showing just how abominably inadequate wind as a source of power really is.

“Power collapses within minutes”
The following chart shows the performance of wind energy for 15 European countries (shaded dark blue) and that of Germany (light blue) for the period May, 2018:

Source: Rolf Schuster, Vernunftkraft.

 

Vernunftkraft writes that with wind energy in Europe, “power generation collapses within minutes.”

Yet wind proponents and lobbyists like to counter by telling us that the problem will be manageable by simply adding more capacity, some storage and using a smart grid.

Growing grid instability
But as the following chart shows, Germany has in fact doubled its installed capacity over the past 8 years, but this has done nothing regarding grid stability, and has only made things worse:

Source: Rolf Schuster, Vernunftkraft.

 

Note that the peaks are far greater and that the instability has become far more extreme. Yet, this is not stopping green energy activists and lobbyists from calling for doubling, tripling or even quadrupling the country’s installed wind capacity.

Vernunftkraft reports:

“The steep increase in installed wind turbine power only leads to a small increase in electrical output, i.e. only a slight increase in power generation. This phenomenon is physical as wind turbines feed in an average only 15% of their rated power.”

In bed 6 days a week

A further analysis of Germany’s solar and wind power outputs for the month of July, for example, shows that wind and sun were AWOL far more often than they were on the job:

Source: Rolf Schuster, Vernunftkraft.

 

While on some days German wind and solar installations can supply almost all of Germany’s 70-80 gigawatts of power demand, just hours later (night time) wind and solar at times all but totally disappear.

Less than 10% of rated capacity almost half the time
Ralf Schuster of Vernunftkraft did an analysis looking at the distribution of the power fed in according to class (Verteilung der Einspeisung nach Klassen) of the total wind energy that was generated: 10,693 gigawatt-hours in June.

Source: Rolf Schuster, Vernunftkraft.

 

The table above shows the wind ran a total of 744 hours. Some 320.25 hours, or 43% of the total time, saw wind turbines running at a measly 0 – 10% of their rated capacity. The turbines ran at 40% or more of their rated capacity for only a totally lousy 1.5 hours (0.2% of the time)!

They write:

Wind power completely collapsed – the ‘pillar of the energy transition” (wind power) completely collapsed in June. July does not look better. More than 30% of the nominal output (NL) was achieved only 6.7% of the time. Or rather, in June, the wind turbines failed 93.3% of the time.

To illustrate wind’s inadequacy, using it is like hiring a worker who shows up for work only one day a week, and nobody can say on which day and which shift.
No Tricks Zone

And the Germans think they can defy
Mother Nature. Well, good luck with that!

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We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  2. Roland Weissel says:

    Reblogged this on rittervonrost.

  3. Michael Kelly says:

    Are the buildings in the top picture residential? These things shed blades occasionally. That looks like the most dangerous setup I’ve ever seen.

  4. We have technology that will make Germany’s coal and natural gas fired power plants emit no more emissions than their failed wind power and solar power.

    • Will make?

      Considering the energy and materials necessary to transport, build, maintain and dismantle wind and solar power installations, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out that that’s the case even with Germany’s current coal/natural gas plants.

  5. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak and commented:
    When the challenge is thrown at wind power proponents about its hopeless intermittency, like a drug addict, the answer is always “more”. More of the same, more turbines, more panels, more subsidies, more transmission network capacity, more non-existent mega batteries, well, just more.

    Germany is held up as the shining example of what our ‘inevitable transition’ to an all wind and sun powered future will look like. The line goes that Germany has built an enormous capacity with 30,000 wind turbines, millions of solar panels and it will simply overcome issues such as sunset and calm weather, by building more, much more.

    Except that Mother Nature refuses to play ball. When the wind stops blowing across Germany, it does so across the entire country, and it does so such that wind power output totally collapses in a matter of minutes. Leaving Germany’s coal- and gas-fired power plants to maintain grid stability and deliver electricity to Germans, everywhere.

    The idea that a Country can be entirely powered by sunshine and breezes is, of course, patent nonsense. But that doesn’t stop the delusional from claiming otherwise.

    Here’s the data that shows just how ridiculous Germany’s wind power obsession is.

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