I agree that wind and battery will have there place in the future, but it won’t be for base load power
You also have to remember when SOuth Australia went for battery back up they were also going to build a gas fired power station, even now with battery storage SOuth Australia imports power from Victoria
You are assuming and pre-supposing that these technologies will remain where they are. We have seen solar panels crash to earth and continue to become cheaper and cheaper. At the same time so much technology is happening you never know from where the next big breakthrough will come.
For e.g. there is this https://www.cell.com/joule/fulltext/S2542-4351(19
)30412-X . While this is now in experimental stage, the concept has proven to work even if it means lightning only a single LED bulb. And there are many competing technologies https://www.intelligentliving.co/anti-s ... -darkness/
And there is lots even within existing technologies and frameworks that can lead to huge energy savings. For e.g. I know of my country and from what little I have read, there is 30-40% losses and the grid is primarily geared from state electricity boards (SEB's) to customers and not vice-versa. Sadly, in India we don't even a policy about it as UK has. This is where other countries could help us, sell us as well as do technology-transfer. At the end of the day environment is very similar to the virus. We can only be safe when we are together and do the same things. If at COP-26, even if they do agree and implement smart grids, it would lead to great savings for everybody, every country. At the end of the day, it is all about intention and implementation.
Agree, tech will not stand still who knows what will scale up and what won’t but we are talking decades before any of it is viable
But also in saying that there is no getting away from burning fossil fuel, you still need coal to build things you will still need crude/condensate out of the ground to make lubes
All my houses in AU/UK have solar panels fitted, I export power in the day and import at night and I use the most power at night. At the end of the day I am only off setting the difference in price from export to import but my power usage remains static. I can afford it a lot of people can’t.
Nope, not necessarily. It is up to utilities to see where they want to make investments or not. https://cleantechnica.com/2021/10/22/en ... ble-power/
I do agree that not just Affordability but also multiple choice power aggregators in the market will determine if it will be successful or not. If you have got monopoly (like in India it is either the state electricity board (SEB) or private power and practically no difference between the two except the private producer is far more corrupt than the SEB),
I can't tell or vouch for China but in India, many Indians don't want coal (at least the medium class doesn't) but the people who are in power make the rules. Adani (Carmichael mine AU) is as much a nuisance in India as he is elsewhere. And he is the best friend of Mr. Modi, so he basically can do whatever he wants. There has been evidence of him round-tripping off funds, doing all sorts of nasty things, but all of it washes over. Even his younger brother is named in Paradise Papers as he made a couple of shell companies to move money/capital, but nothing seems to unfaze them. https://www.survivalinternational.org/news/12656
Goa, which used to be a pristine place, is now full of coal fumes. A lot of coal is mined and then some of it washed, the polluted water gets mixed and is part of the water supply. The air is full of pollutants and perhaps will be for decades as coal dust is in the air and everywhere. Even the national capital Delhi is one of the worst polluted cities in the world. Unlike China, India is not an export hub https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/2/2 ... gain-study