- May 16, 2020 3:06 pm GMT
"Solar + storage" is the latest in a series of memes designed to cloak solar energy's fundamental flaw of intermittency in green garb. It works like this: solar is incapable of predictably meeting customer demand for electricity. So we are asked to accept the idea huge batteries could be charged with solar electricity during periods of excess supply, then discharged back to the grid during periods of excess demand. Predictably.
For anyone familiar with the physics of storing energy in electrochemical batteries, the limitations of this scheme are trivially obvious. Yet $billions are being spent on solar panels, batteries, and natural gas under the assumption the trio working together might reduce carbon emissions. "Solar + storage is replacing natural gas!" proclaim solar advocates, unable or unwilling to accept peer-reviewed studies showing storage significantly reduces system efficiency, increasing both gas consumption and carbon emissions. For oil majors, the potential for added profit is also trivially obvious: the more gas that gets burned, the more money they make.
In the wake of Michael Moore's revelatory film Planet of the Humans, the message of this article, originally published in 2018, has never been more relevant.
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