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February 25, 2015

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Solar Doesn’t Work Under Two Feet Of Snow

by CJ Orach - peopleneedpower

At 37.9% of the total European commitment and at a capital cost of ~€200 billion Germany is the leader of Renewable Energy promotion and installation in Europe. But comparatively its investment in Renewables has been both the most expensive and also the least efficient overall.

This is primarily because of its excessive commitment, more than 50% of its installed Renewables, to Solar Photovoltaic power.

Germany has made these investments in the expectation that that its “Energiewende Energy Transition” policy would make the country a world leader in advances in Renewables. This optimistic approach is not being justified.

Onshore wind power in Germany accounts for ~35% of its massive Renewable investment but about half of its Renewable electricity output. German wind power operates at a relatively low level of capacity at ~18% or even less. Unsurprisingly Germany has almost the highest installation of Renewables / head of the European population, except for Denmark.

Large scale photovoltaics have cost some ~64% of Germany’s Renewable investment. But because of Germany Northern latitude and its often cloudy skies, photovoltaics operate with a capacity factor a capacity factor of only ~9%. As a result overall Germany’s renewables operate at an overall capacity factor of less than 14%.


In addition Germany, by policy, is withdrawing from Nuclear electricity generation after the Fukushima tsunami. As a result Germany is now installing coal fired generating plant as rapidly as possible to maintain base load power. These new plants burn either lignite, (the most polluting type of coal and CO2 emissive fuel), or ordinary coal. These plants have no facility for Carbon Capture and Storage, probably because German engineers have realised that CCS in operation is a costly engineering fallacy. This is a sensible approach because were it to work at all, Carbon Capture and Storage, CCS, can be viewed as a costly way to throw away comparatively miniscule amounts of useful plant food.

In spite of the fact that Renewable Energy output has grown about fourfold, there has been an overall increase of CO2 emissions from Germany since the year 2000.

So far by 2013 Germany had invested very little, less than 1%, in Offshore Wind Power development and its experience has been poor, emphasising the technical difficulties of ever making large scale Offshore power fully operational. Even if large scale Offshore wind power in the North sea were eventually successful there is also a major question about the non existence of suitable high capacity transmission lines across Germany from the North to its Southern industrial heartlands.

It seems incredible that Germany, a Nation with such great engineering and pragmatic prowess, could have become so convinced about Renewable Energy especially the use of Solar Energy to make such a grossly unwise investments.

These comments and detailed references are contained in an earlier Europe wide article at:

https://edmhdotme.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/charting-the-effectiveness-of-renewable-energy-in-europe

– See more at: http://notrickszone.com/2015/02/24/german-critic-on-energiewende-megalomania-rather-than-mega-project/#.dpuf

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mar 4 2015

    Despite all the bad news, I believe it is now time to rejoice!”

    This one page sequel to Climategate marks the end of my research career and the end to seventy years (1945 – 2015) of totalitarian global science – intended to isolate mankind from the Creator, Destroyer and Sustainer of each atom, life and world in the solar system and the constantly changing climates of each of its planets.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Climategate_Sequel.pdf

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  2. Feb 25 2015

    AGW promoters lost the debate, and the reaction is worldwide. Inquisitions in the US. Obama and Hillary officially charged as terrorists in Egypt?

    http://tomfernandez28.com/2015/02/25/breaking-news-hillary-and-obama-officially-charged-with-aiding-terrorists/comment-page-1/

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