Home wind turbines are significantly underperforming and in the worst cases generating less than the electricity needed to power a single lightbulb, according to the biggest study of its kind carried out in Britain.
An interim report revealed that homeowners could be being misled by the official figures for wind speeds because they are consistently overestimating how much wind there is - sometimes finding that real speeds are only one third of those forecast. In the worst case scenario, the figures indicate that it would take more than 15 years to generate enough ‘clean’ energy to compensate for the manufacture of the turbine in the first place.
Ah, so they don’t work and the reason they don’t is because those pushing them upon us have been lying. What a surprise.Matthew Rhodes, Encraft’s managing director. ‘There is no doubt that microgeneration as a whole has a critical role to play in delivering a low carbon and secure energy future for the UK.
Eh? we’ve just found out that microgeneration is both an economic and environmental disaster, yet it’s still vital? Might we not be putting the ideology before the facts here?
That's the AGW case in a nutshell, actually. But are you surprised? Not I.
Although, one thing is correct: if we could find a viable way of generating electricity as locally as possible, this would be a good thing. Something like 60% of all power is lost through its transportation through the power lines, so the nearer the source of generation, the better. Unfortunately, there is no viable way of doing this at present.
However, it is on the way: solar power is going to become very cheap in a remarkably short time. Timmy summarises that rather long post.
Solar PV at less than $1 per Watt. Panels at less than $2 per Watt.
Plus a variation of Li batteries that provides 10 times the storage.
That’s cheaper than electricity from coal for the capital costs. Plus, of course, no fuel costs, nor CO2 while running.
They’re actually shipping such cells, started last week.
Technology will save us from the AGW myth. The only question is, what the hell will the fucking Green loons adopt as their next big scare story?