scud » 07 Mar 2017, 19:53 wrote:It does seem to me an insane idea to try to perfectly balance generation with demand as the official story goes. One possibility would be to have something in the middle, that the generation is constantly powering up, and the demand is constantly using a portion of.
Yes, this to me is the crux of it. That demand is instantaneous but supply is anything but. Not a problem though if you have adequate storage (batteries of some type) as this would provide a buffer between supply / demand which could be easily monitored and replenished as required. Thus negating the need to waste fuel when it’s not needed whilst always on hand to deliver a reliable supply and of course negating the need for a national grid control room constantly battling (as we have seen) to keep the supply almost perfectly matched to whatever the general populace seem to be in the mood for consuming.
It’s very much like the mains water supply without reservoirs, lakes, towers (storage facilities) and expecting a regular pressure to emerge from the tap.
We're told that demand is actually quite predictable but I really wonder about this. Certainly from personal experience my electricity bills vary enormously from quarter to quarter. They are never what I expect (apart from ‘Ghaaaaar!...to ‘What in the name of the Lord almighty, you f*****g bastards’) which shows that just our own household consumption isn’t predictable at all, but over the place.
If Hermann Plauson is right, are you sure that you need storage? It seems to me that he considers the atmosphere itself as a store of electricity. Like a huge battery where you can plug in by building a big tower.