American Elephants

Do look up Solyndra for Yourself. by The Elephant's Child
July 19, 2022, 9:02 pm
Filed under: Politics

One of my most popular posts is from 8 years ago, and features a photo of a bunch of abandoned wind turbines in southern Hawaii. They are probably not even still there, but I do not know. “Environmentalists”keep pushing “wind energy”, as if the wind blew constantly right next door, and all you had to do to end any environmental problems was to “Harness the Wind”. Well, sorry. That does not work. even in the windiest passes. The wind does blow, and you have probably driven through a part of the country where farms often have a windmill in their fields. The windmill probably pumps some water up from underground when the wind decides to blow. You may have also noticed that the windmills, when you drive past, are not spinning vigorously, but probably just sitting there rusting in the fields.

The “rusting in the fields” part is probably more accurate. Windmills work well for jobs that are only lightly dependent on some energy when the wind happens to be blowing. Quite a different thing than something we are depending on to heat or cool our houses or supply the energy for cooking regular meals at the prescribed time. They got all excited about a major demonstration of the potential of wind energy a number of years ago in Southern California called Solyndra. It’s something you can look up online Massive expenses, total flop.

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Speaking of solar panels:

Too Hot For Solar Power: Europe’s Heat Wave Makes Solar Panels Less Efficient

“…Hot weather could reduce the efficiency of solar panels by between 10 percent and 25 percent, according to U.S. solar equipment distributor CED Greentech.

“It may seem counter-intuitive, but solar panel efficiency is affected negatively by temperature increases. Photovoltaic modules are tested at a temperature of 25 degrees C (STC) – about 77 degrees F., and depending on their installed location, heat can reduce output efficiency by 10-25%. As the temperature of the solar panel increases, its output current increases exponentially, while the voltage output is reduced linearly,” CED Greentech notes. ”

The fanatical devotion to alternative energy is merely a cover for gross incompetence and greed.

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Comment by dscott8186

I often drive the PA turnpike, and always count the number of the Allegheny Mountain wind turbines between Breezewood and Pittsburgh that I see actually turning. It is rarely more than 50%.


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