"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Friday, November 18, 2011

Nut-cases in Ivory Towers

Energy is, after food and water the most basic necessity of a modern society and is by it's very nature a vital strategic resource. This is why the continued promotion of Desertec by the sinister Club of Rome and various other European academic and bureaucratic bodies borders on the bizarre because it involves siting a major part of Europe's planned power generation in Africa. Aside from the fact that solar power at this level is unproven, the sites for this stupid grandiose scheme is bristling with AK47's wielded by anti-west tribesmen who would like nothing better than to blow up a solar generator or powerline or anything else the infidels have constructed on their turf. The engineering problems with operating the remaining undestroyed reflective solar focussing systems in areas of sand and dust-storms reliably would be insurmountable and incredibly expensive. The recent example of Russia turning off power to re-calcitrant neighbouring states is a lesson these ideologically-driven dodos seem not to have learnt. With the advent of coal seam gas the whole energy equation has changed and many countries now have enormous energy reserves under their feet to the chagrin of the hair-shirted greens trying to destroy our energy-based society and return us to living in ecologically sustainable caves! CSG undercuts even the feeble justification for this monumental waste of public funds.This project is promoted by the same bunch of whackos behind the waste of billions of dollars un-successfully trying to store a harmless,beneficial gas underground which even non-technical observers intuitively understood was not going to work!
Solar thermal power plants are indispensable to meet Europe’s energy demands and to reduce greenhouse gases emissions substantially, according to a new study by a European scientific commission.

The report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) says solar thermal power plants can play a central role in moving the European power grid to renewable energy sources by 2040.

Such solar units "are able to provide energy at any time, to compensate for fluctuations in the supply of renewable energies…and help stabilise the power grid," Robert Pitz-Paal, director of the study published earlier this month, and co-director of the German Institute for Solar Research told IPS.

These virtues make "the value of the electricity generated go beyond just the kilowatt-hours they feed into the system," Pitz-Paal said.

Solar units use mirrors to concentrate sunlight and convert it into thermal energy. This process achieves temperatures of 400 to 1200 degrees Celsius, which can be used to generate power in the same way as a conventional steam-operated power station.

The technique has been in use since the 1980s, but experts say it only reached maturity during the last decade. Solar units are in operation on a significant scale in western U.S. and in Spain.

A giant plan to install solar units in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region called the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII) was announced in the summer of 2009. The solar units under this would feed North African energy demands, and also deliver electricity to the European Union (EU).

The plan was drawn up following studies by the Club of Rome, an independent development group, and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), a state-owned research institute and part of the EASAC. 

4 comments:

  1. I would point out, further, that humanity started using energy, especially in it's carbon form (fire) before it invented agriculture.

    Fire is a fundamental human trait, one of the triad that makes us human: fire, speech and tools.

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  2. Human exhale that horrible polluting Carbon Dioxide gas. How long will it be before the politicians realise that they could be taxing us for breathing?

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  3. Politicians have no real intension of taxing humanity: they seek its reduction.

    This is the ultimate danger of socialism (aka communism) - that in such a system public oversight no longer exists - and that eugenic programs of created war, and_or mismanaged famine and disease will become invisible.

    Stalin and Mao were, when everything is said and done, humanist politicians acting for the betterment of their people... THEY DID IT BECAUSE THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH IT.

    History WILL repeat itself. It always has.

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  4. Humans exhale deadly CO2, and must go. Once humans are out of the picture, man will be safe from global warming.

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