Solar underperforms

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A) Battery banks, TMK, are starting to replace the auxiliary plants

B) I really do think they make sense for demand shaving, in appropriate climates. (EG, solar in TX, AZ, NM, FL etc)

Vertical wind towers seem like a better idea. I saw an interesting start up - didn’t seem well-run - to stack them such that the Eddie’s helped maximize the power produced - they could work as wind breaks on fields.
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blackeagle603 wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:37 pm Math has worked out for us in San Dog with a grid-tied system. Even if panels are degrading faster than projected it seems to work.
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The best way to reduce CO2 emissions from electric generation is nuclear. If you're not serious about nuclear, you're not serious about CO2 reduction.

Hydro is great too, but there are limited places remaining suitable for building such plants.

Of course, the watermelons hate both.
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Yes, and you are using them at point of use to either gi into storage or take up specific loads or as a supplement.
Utilities may not like it but decentralizing the grid with increasing use of local storage is IMHO the way ahead. Seems like a more cellular approach would be less vulnerable to mischief by bad actors.
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blackeagle603 wrote: Tue Sep 21, 2021 2:53 pm
Yes, and you are using them at point of use to either gi into storage or take up specific loads or as a supplement.
Utilities may not like it but decentralizing the grid with increasing use of local storage is IMHO the way ahead. Seems like a more cellular approach would be less vulnerable to mischief by bad actors.
Utilities have learned to love this stuff, because they are expense and don't generate much and they have to keep building them and they get paid based on a percentage of their investments so that just increases their profits.

Now consumers, that is a different story.
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The sailing channels I watch, they all have solar on their boats and increasingly big banks of lithium batteries for storage. Since their boats spend most of the time in the tropics, it makes a lot of sense for them. Some of the ones who are more "religious" about it pull out their diesel engines and install electric motors, but all that really accomplishes is crippling the boat. A better way to go seems to be putting a massive alternator on your diesel, so at least if you have to motor, your batteries end up fully charged too.
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Netpackrat wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 2:48 am A better way to go seems to be putting a massive alternator on your diesel, so at least if you have to motor, your batteries end up fully charged too.
Why not, worked for the US Navy until the USS Nautilus came along.
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