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Half of Germany's Electricity in June Provided by Solar


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#1 Delhommey

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 05:21 PM

 

"German solar demonstrated just what it is capable of in the first two weeks of June," said Tobias Rothacher, expert for renewable energies at Germany Trade & Invest, the country's economic development agency.

Analysis from the Fraunhofer ISE research institute showed solar panels in Germany generated a record 24.24 GW of electricity between 1pm and 2pm on Friday, June 6th.

And on Monday June 9th, which was a national holiday, solar power production peaked at 23.1 GW, which equalled 50.6 percent of total electricity demand - setting another milestone.

 

http://www.thelocal....ith-solar-power

 

This is what happens when your government isn't bought and paid for by oil money.

 

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 05:26 PM

24.24 gigawatts????  Great Scott!!!



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 05:36 PM

Is it oil or energy companies?

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 06:22 PM

I think that's fantastic. I keep hearing that solar is to the point now that it's worth the investment in the equipment. Maybe we'll get there.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 06:25 PM

I know my parents had them on their house in Florida when I was a kid. Not sure if he gathered enough power to run his Xmas lights though

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 09:41 PM

Most be nice to live in a country that wasn't bought and paid for 40 years ago.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:16 PM

The title of the post is misleading. Germany met half of their demand during the peak solar production. One of the two peaks mentions that the peak was over a period of one hour of the day, the other doesn't specify how long the peak lasted.

Also no one doubts that solar can be used to generate large amounts of electricity, the problem with solar is the same as with wind. Since it isnt consistant in power generation You have to keep reserve generation online for when it cant keep up with demand (ie night time/cloudy days) this makes it dificult, because it doesnt eliminate the need for the plants it supposedly replaces.



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:43 PM

lol delhommey doesn't care about poo like that



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:49 PM

What's the carbon footprint of producing those panels?

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:15 AM

The title of the post is misleading. Germany met half of their demand during the peak solar production. One of the two peaks mentions that the peak was over a period of one hour of the day, the other doesn't specify how long the peak lasted.
Also no one doubts that solar can be used to generate large amounts of electricity, the problem with solar is the same as with wind. Since it isnt consistant in power generation You have to keep reserve generation online for when it cant keep up with demand (ie night time/cloudy days) this makes it dificult, because it doesnt eliminate the need for the plants it supposedly replaces.


What is the point of this post other than to move the goalpost back another 10 yards?


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:04 AM

What is the point of this post other than to move the goalpost back another 10 yards?


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It's to point out that the thread title, while not wholly inaccurate, is poorly worded and easily misinterpreted.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:23 AM

What is the point of this post other than to move the goalpost back another 10 yards?


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The point is....that even though Solar Power has come a long way, there are still major issues (that the article convenientlydoes not mention) with being able to consistenly generate the levels of energy needed as well as the major need to store energy to cover those periods where solar cannot generate the levels needed.

 

In short, the issue is that (as usual) those pesky little things called "facts" completely escape you.

 

Carry on



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:49 AM

What is the point of this post other than to move the goalpost back another 10 yards?


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when you are out of FG range to begin with it doesn't make a dfference.



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:52 AM

The point is....that even though Solar Power has come a long way, there are still major issues (that the article convenientlydoes not mention) with being able to consistenly generate the levels of energy needed as well as the major need to store energy to cover those periods where solar cannot generate the levels needed.

 

In short, the issue is that (as usual) those pesky little things called "facts" completely escape you.

 

Carry on

 

Ever heard of "weaning?"

 

We're never gonna get off the oil companies' *** if we don't start gradually transitioning to alternative forms of energy. No one is saying, "100% solar energy now!" But if a country is capable of generating half it's energy demand for any amount of time without using fossil fuels, then it's a victory.

 

Jeez, it's such a common trope in the Tinderbox. Literally half the issues on here, the negative position is "If we can't fix everything at once, let's do nothing."

 

Gun debate - "We can't stop gun crimes, so let's do nothing."

Redskins name - "Native Americans have lots of other problems they should be worried about, so let's do nothing."

Solar energy - "You can't completely replace fossil fuels at once, so let's do nothing."

Gay marriage - "This is still a Christian country and I believe in traditional marriage, so let's do nothing."

 

People try so hard to keep things the way they are; rationalizing the status quo. It's like they fail to realize that change is the nature of all things. Even the universe is expanding.



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:56 AM

Ever heard of "weaning?"

 

We're never gonna get off the oil companies' *** if we don't start gradually transitioning to alternative forms of energy. No one is saying, "100% solar energy now!" But if a country is capable of generating half it's energy demand for any amount of time without using fossil fuels, then it's a victory.

 

Jeez, it's such a common trope in the Tinderbox. Literally half the issues on here, the negative position is "If we can't fix everything at once, let's do nothing."

 

Gun debate - "We can't stop gun crimes, so let's do nothing."

Redskins name - "Native Americans have lots of other problems they should be worried about, so let's do nothing."

Solar energy - "You can't completely replace fossil fuels at once, so let's do nothing."

Gay marriage - "This is still a Christian country and I believe in traditional marriage, so let's do nothing."

 

People try so hard to keep things the way they are; rationalizing the status quo. It's like they fail to realize that change is the nature of all things. Even the universe is expanding.

 

I am not advocating that should not be a part of our energy strategy...it absolutely should.  We MUST wean ourselves off fossil fules....or at least significantly reduce our reliance on them. 

 

I see a healthy energy strategy as one that still utilizes fossil fuels....but incorporates solar, wind, nuclear, etc on a much larger scale.

 

Just pointing out that the article is a little misleading and thre are still issues that need to be worked out for solar to become a major energy player.




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