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winmil farm to shut down_too much power

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by TexanRon, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. TexanRon

    TexanRon Come 'n Take It

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    Geko45 Smartass Pilot CLM

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    It's because of the design of their system out there. It would actually be harmful to generate more power than required. I'm sure the wind farm will be operating full swing (pun intended) before any brown out occur this summer.

    (Note, we are on a separate grid here in TX, so a surplus there wouldn't help us anyway).
     
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  3. farmer-dave

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    Someone needs to get busy and build a system for energy storage, come on engineers and scientists.
     
  4. NMGlocker

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    The problem with solar and wind is they aren't predictable.
    The power grid must be maintained in perfect balance, supply meets demand 100% of the time.
    There is no way to guarantee wind and solar output.
     
  5. Atlas

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    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    Solar is actually pretty darn predictable. Regions have decades of weather pattern data and with most weather predictions getting more accurate it's easier to predict cloudy days versus non-cloudy days. Also it's pretty easy to predict energy output based on cloud density and adjust for that.

    I use solar at home, off grid and I can pretty much track and predict how my system will perform based on weather reports and waking up and looking outside.

    Wind... well can't argue there!
     
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    Kinzua Dam east of Warren Pa.

    Water is pumped to storage lake during off peak power demand and then reclaiming the energy by allowing he water to to drive hydro during peak demand periods.


    Enter kinzua Dam in Wiki
     
  9. Atlas

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    This is done at many sites around the U.S..

    For example, the Duke Energy sites at Lake Jocassee and Bad Creek.
     
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    A couple of my famly members are engineers and bearucrats at a nuclear plant here. They told me the power compay is paying more for the windfarm renewable energy, that thee Government forces them to buy, then it would cost to just make more themselves.
     
  11. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    There are some decent systems out there, but most don't scale well.

    The one I can think of that scales well is a large man made lake next to the Mississippi. When there is excess power, it pumps water up into the lake. When they need power is it let go in the form of Hydro electricity.