No Contest: Never-Reliable Wind & Solar Can Never Match Ever-Reliable Nuclear

Wind power might be ‘free’, but try purchasing it, at any price, when the wind stops blowing; likewise with solar power when the sun drops over the horizon.

Comparing weather dependent wind generation with sources available, around-the-clock, irrespective of the weather, is a game played by intellectual pygmies. There is, of course, no comparison.

Good luck trying to find a wind or solar power outfit that can match nuclear power plant in terms of safety and reliability.

New Ontario Power Record: 895 days of Reliable, Uninterrupted 24×7 Zero Carbon Nuclear Power
Watts Up With That?
Eric Worall
15 July 2020

As renewable operators make endless excuses for their failures, nuclear plant operators continue to set new records for producing utterly reliable, zero carbon energy.

Candu unit sets North American operating record

10 July 2020

Darlington unit 1 has set a new Canadian and North American nuclear record with 895 consecutive days of unbroken operation. Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Candu reactor has now been online since 26 January 2018 without needing to be taken out of service for maintenance or repair.

“Unit 1’s remarkable run is a reflection of the strong dedication and commitment of our employees to drive efficient and robust performance from our generating units for the benefit of all Ontarians,” OPG Chief Nuclear Officer Sean Granville said. “This success story is a testament to the reliability of the Darlington station, which produces clean electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Read more: https://world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Candu-unit-sets-North-American-operating-record

No terrestrial solar or wind network will ever approach this level of stability and predictability. Technological advances will not help. No wind technology improvement can fix an unexpected prolonged drop in wind, just as no solar technology improvement can fix unusually overcast weather.
Watts Up With That?

Oh, and then there’s the safety issue …

About stopthesethings

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

Comments

  1. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak and commented:
    Wind power might be ‘free’, but try purchasing it, at any price, when the wind stops blowing; likewise with solar power when the sun drops over the horizon.

    Comparing weather dependent wind generation with sources available, around-the-clock, irrespective of the weather, is a game played by intellectual pygmies. There is, of course, no comparison.

    Good luck trying to find a wind or solar power outfit that can match nuclear power plant in terms of safety and reliability.

  2. And yet the numpties in government are still enthralled with unreliables.
    We have an easy way to settle the argument. Sth Australia in theory has enough ‘unreliable’ power for its own use. We should cut the interconnector to the eastern states and let the experiment commence! 6 months should be enough time for the supporters of this so-called ‘cheap’ energy to come to their senses.
    It’s amazing that the believers of ‘gerbil warming’ who are so terrified of CO2 emissions won’t contemplate the ONLY reliable CO2 free energy source available.

    • Jacqueline Rovensky says:

      I doubt if it would take 6 months – if they did ‘island’ us from the Grid and lets face it, it has happened by accident, and remember what a nightmare that was.
      Can you imagine what would happen if we were cut off on purpose with no re-connection likely.
      These past few weeks are enough to surely show anyone it is impossible for us to rely on the weather to do anything but what it always has done – its own thing, when and where it wants to.
      No matter how many Industrial Turbines, Industrial sized Solar arrays or Industrial sized wishful thinking can ensure the weather will be performing just right all the time.
      Further there is no ignoring the facts that these forms of energy production cannot be compelled to produce more or less at the blink of an eye as and when needed.
      No number of ‘Big’ Industrial ‘backup’ batteries can store sufficient energy to ensure we have it when and where we need it – as they are only storage facilities for a minuscule amount of what is needed at the drop of a hat, to try and stop breakdowns due to ‘hiccups’ in the system. Also IF the Wind isn’t blowing and the Sun isn’t shining at just the right level to produce more energy than we need the batteries cannot be refilled.
      We will always need some other more reliable source of energy as a ‘backup’ – oops but haven’t we been told for years backup generation isn’t needed!!!!
      Ah well they can dream, but in doing so they give the rest of us nightmares.

    • Meantime power punters in SA and other states will be forced to part with their hard earned to pay for transmission inter-connectors needed solely to prop up the SA renewables fantasy.

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