Posted by: Grant | September 25, 2014

A Fundamental Flaw In “Renewables”

It takes more energy to construct them, with an energy storage system, than they could ever produce over their lifetime – but we put a man on the moon – we can do anything!
The impossible we can do now, but miracles take a little longer!


“Pick up a research paper on battery technology, fuel cells, energy storage technologies or any of the advanced materials science used in these fields, and you will likely find somewhere in the introductory paragraphs a throwaway line about its application to the storage of renewable energy.  Energy storage makes sense for enabling a transition away from fossil fuels to more intermittent sources like wind and solar, and the storage problem presents a meaningful challenge for chemists and materials scientists… Or does it?

Guest Post by John Morgan. John is Chief Scientist at a Sydney startup developing smart grid and grid scale energy storage technologies.  He is Adjunct Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at RMIT, holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry, and is an experienced industrial R&D leader.  You can follow John on twitter at @JohnDPMorgan. First published in Chemistry in Australia.

Several recent analyses of the inputs to our energy systems indicate that, against expectations, energy storage cannot solve the problem of intermittency of wind or solar power.  Not for reasons of technical performance, cost, or storage capacity, but for something more intractable: there is not enough surplus energy left over after construction of the generators and the storage system to power our present civilization…. “

The original Paper here –

Energy intensities, EROIs, and energy payback times of electricity
generating power plants
D. Weibacha,b, G. Ruprechta, A. Hukea,c, K. Czerskia,b, S. Gottlieba, A. Husseina,d
aInstitut fur Festkorper-Kernphysik gGmbH, Leistikowstrae 2, 14050 Berlin, Germany
bInstytut Fizyki, Wydzia l Matematyczno-Fizyczny, Uniwersytet Szczecinski, ul. Wielkopolska 15, 70-451, Szczecin, Poland
cInstitut fur Optik und Atomare Physik, Technische Universitat Berlin, Hardenbergstrae 36, 10623 Berlin, Germany
dDepartment of Physics, University of Northern British Columbia, 3333 University Way, Prince George, BC, Canada. V6P


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