Monthly Archives: May 2014

America energy independence

Talk of the USA becoming energy independent, even exporting oil and gas, is very much in the news. Indeed the turnaround from ever rising energy imports to declining energy imports has been spectacular (Figure 1) and on current trajectory it … Continue reading

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Merkel Snubs Global Warming And Dumps The Solar Industry

This is a guest post by Andrew McKillop. Andrew has held posts in national, international and European Commission energy, and energy policy divisions and agencies. An extended bio is given at the end of the post. Mutter and Stutter Germany’s Angela Merkel, … Continue reading

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White House goes Green – and into the Red

Without subsidies the system has a rate of return of minus 10.6% and a cumulative cash flow at the end of year 25 of minus $24,000. The system in fact never pays back regardless of how long it stays in operation. Continue reading

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Blowout week 21

Gazprom’s chairman has describing Europe’s energy shortage as “scary” and ridiculed the EU’s push for wind and solar power as a shambles. Continue reading

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Carbon Capture and Storage and 1984

Doublethinking The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary … Continue reading

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Germany: energiewende kaput?

The penetration of wind energy in 2012 was 3.4% and solar 2.1% of total energy consumed and I would judge that this is too low a level of penetration from which to draw any conclusion about the success or failure of the energiewende. This in itself is a problem. Huge investment and publicity so far has produced rather little in return. Continue reading

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Blowout week 20

Warren Buffet: “For example, on wind energy, 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.” Continue reading

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The efficiency of wind power

The “global” wind power load factor is estimated to be 22.7% for 2012. This is based on an analysis of installed wind capacity and electricity production data for 17 countries published by BP [1]. This estimate is subject to the veracity of the data and methodology applied. The average load factor for the last 9 years is estimated to be 22.5±0.4% (1SD). Continue reading

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Did wind power cause Scottish blackout?

The operators were caught on the hop. With no electricity, all the windfarms had to be isolated manually. Continue reading

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Blowout week 19

I am still experimenting with how to present Blowout. Some weeks it is very difficult to make sense of the energy news. This week there is some sense and loads of nonsense as usual. You decide. Continue reading

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Goodluck Nigeria – a failed State

Average per capita GDP has grown in recent years on the back of rising oil price but stands at a little over $1000 per annum. Per capita energy consumption (excluding wood) is 0.12 tonnes oil equivalent per annum, a tiny fraction of N African neighbours. Continue reading

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Solar PV – an irresistible disruptive technology?

improvements in efficiency or cost of panel won’t substantially improve the “extended EROI” – it is the system-wide issues needed to remedy integration that erase the gains. Continue reading

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Solar Scotland

It seems likely that solar photovoltaics deployed in Scotland will never repay the energy used to manufacture the panels. They will therefore produce more CO2 than if solar was not deployed at all and the emissions are emitted decades in advance of the solar electricity being produced. Continue reading

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Blowout week 18

25 stories this week in an action packed Blowout. Germany: Energiewende kaput? Big oil in trouble. Ukraine / Russia: Ukraine raises domestic gas prices by 50%. Continue reading

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The efficiency of solar photovoltaics

If it costs €2,000 to install 1 kW of PV capacity [4] it costs €20,000 to deliver 1kW of solar PV electricity 24/7 in northern Europe. That is a lot of money to pay up front to keep an electric fire burning! Continue reading

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