Germany sets record from Solar Power

Started May 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
Ubilam
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In reply to Chato, May 30, 2012

Wind farms can be nasty things to people who live near these giant turbines. Solar is great, but expensive, though its getting cheaper now. Large scale options like using the seas and even geo-thermal are viable too.

Tidal power...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_power

Thermal power from the earth...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_power_station

Ubilam.

Chato wrote:

Thanks to the barbarians of the Republican Party, the US is abandoning science in favor of prayer.

Alternative energy, still in its infancy, is being pioneered by Europe, China and Japan. So while the lunatics of the Right have decided to make question of energy, "Political Questions," in which supporting in investing in the future proves your Communist leanings, the rest of the world presses on, probably unaware that the poliitcal debate in the United States is actually a debate on science itself -

(Reuters) - German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022.

They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass.

Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50 percent of the nation's midday electricity needs.

"Never before anywhere has a country produced as much photovoltaic electricity," Allnoch told Reuters. "Germany came close to the 20 gigawatt (GW) mark a few times in recent weeks. But this was the first time we made it over."

The record-breaking amount of solar power shows one of the world's leading industrial nations was able to meet a third of its electricity needs on a work day, Friday, and nearly half on Saturday when factories and offices were closed.

Government-mandated support for renewables has helped Germany became a world leader in renewable energy and the country gets about 20 percent of its overall annual electricity from those sources.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/26/us-climate-germany-solar-idUSBRE84P0FI20120526

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