Giant Batteries Bomb: Renewable Energy Storage Systems Literally Setting The World On Fire

  Renewable energy rent-seekers have been furiously peddling the myth that mega-batteries were a free and easy solution to the hopeless intermittency of weather-dependent wind and solar. The line goes that giant banks of lithium ion cells can store ‘free and abundant’ wind and solar power, whenever the sun is up and the wind is […]

Fractions & Fantasy: Grid Scale Battery Storage Completely Insignificant

For almost a century, electricity generation and distribution were treated as a tightly integrated system: it was designed and built as one, and is meant to operate as designed. However, the chaotic delivery of wind and solar have all but trashed the electricity generation and delivery system, as we know it. Germany and South Australia […]

Dancin’ With the Devil: 100% Wind & Solar Targets = Guaranteed Economic & Social Catastrophe

Delusional and dangerous, sums up those peddling 100% wind and solar targets. No country on earth has ever powered itself entirely using sunshine and breezes. And no country ever will. Sunset and calm weather are real things. On the other hand, mega-batteries are a mixture of myth and nonsense. At the margins, technically possible. But, […]

Batteries Not Included: $Trillions Spent on Storage Won’t Save Intermittent Wind & Solar

Chaotic intermittency means wind and solar cannot, and will never, replace coal, gas or nuclear. The fact that wind and solar output plummets whenever the sun sets and/or calm weather sets in has been treated by RE zealots as (yet another) inconvenient truth, that just won’t go away. In the first few years of the […]

Worthless Wind Power: Why A Dollar Spent on Wind Power Capacity Is A Dollar Wasted

In the absence of subsidies there would not be a wind industry, period. As Warren Buffett said: “We get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.” Indeed! Every wind turbine on earth could be sucked into […]

Batteries Included: Wind + Solar + Batteries = Insanely Expensive Power

  Despite the hype from RE zealots, the chaotic and occasional delivery of wind and solar won’t be cured with batteries, large or small. Sure, at a technical level, it is possible to store large volumes of electricity for a period, such that it might be released when power consumers need it. However, were such […]

Labor’s Renewables Insanity Hits New High With Bill Shorten’s Million Battery Brain Fart

  Despite the hype from RE zealots, the chaotic and occasional delivery of wind and solar won’t be cured with batteries, large or small. Sure, at a technical level, it is possible to store large volumes of electricity for a period, such that it might be released when power consumers need it. However, were such […]

Time to Die: New PM Must Bury Turnbull’s $10bn Snowy 2.0 Pumped Hydro Boondoggle

Wind and large-scale solar are doomed, but the saviour is said to be pumped hydro; paid for, of course, with other people’s money. Touted by ex-PM Malcom Turnbull and his hapless sidekick, Josh Frydenberg as the Nation’s mega-battery, the heavily-hyped Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro scheme (shelved in the 1970s because it was uneconomic then) has […]

Insane $Trillion Cost Means Mega-Batteries Won’t Save Chaotically Delivered Wind & Solar

It didn’t take power punters long to work out that wind power will never amount to a meaningful power generation source. Graphs like the one above – depicting the entire output of every wind turbine connected to Australia’s Eastern Grid (1,800 of them with a capacity of just under 5,000MW, spread across four states, NSW, […]

Giant Battery Myth Offers Wind Industry No Salvation from its Ultimate Demise

*** One of the more hilarious moments that followed the aftermath of South Australia’s statewide blackout on 28 September (aka ‘Black Wednesday’), was when The Australian quoted the CEO of French wind power outfit Neoen – one of the wind power operators whose turbines were responsible for SA’s date with the Dark Ages: Neoen Australia […]