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It seems that it is time to celebrate, whether or not the Huhne person is found guilty of perverting the course of justice or not. He is a dead parrot as far as his ministry of climate change is concerned. The question remains though, will his departure herald a new awareness of practical and sensible policies in respect of the energy crisis, he and his ilk have created. Or will it be carry on straight ahead, the road is clear, lets legislate the country back to the sixteenth century, with the damaging and ludicrous and so called, but not at all renewable, green environmental policies!
For example it does not take long to discover that the cost of producing a mega wind farm in energy terms, and this is using hydrocarbons for the energy supply, is greater than the sum total of energy produced over the lifetime [20 years] of the device. If the construction cost was based on the power from a wind turbine, as the prime source of energy for the component manufacture, neither would it ever be built, as the supply of energy would be so intermittent as to render progress virtually impossible. Imagine waiting for the concrete to arrive in the wind powered truck… sorry its gone off, do you want a piece of modern sculpture, here where it stopped!
The facts are irrefutable, you cannot generate electricity in a timely and reliable manner by an ancient concept such as a windmill, no matter how much twentieth century technology you bolt on to it. Today as I write this post, there is and has been no wind for many hours, and the temperature has at no time risen above freezing in the last twelve hours. Equally there is no suitable technology to store the electrical energy from a wind farm for later use, no not even pumped storage, which, given the small geographical size and population density of the UK is a diabolical idea.
There are of course other technologies which could be a twenty-first century solution to the energy crisis, one of these, which I believe to be a great innovation is hydrogen fuel. Strangely, but for how long? we do have a potential champion in this area, and no I do not have shares in the company… Check out Cella Energy the Shell Springboard overall UK winner 2011.