Renewables – Warp 11 Mr. Sulu
- Sep 23, 2021 11:33 am GMT
Someone posted that we have 100 months to 2030.
So what does that mean to getting enough renewables installed by 2030 with EVs taking to the road.
1) We need roughly 1.1 million 2.5 Megawatt turbines for 50% of energy from wind or about 11,000 per month. You can remove 5 on shore turbines with 1 off-shore turbine. Currently, we are installing about 16,000 turbine per year – speed up needed 11 times (hence warp 11)
2) We need roughly 320 acres of solar PV installed per day on approximately 960 acres of land (typical fraction of usable land for PV from just any piece of land). That means a 5 times increase each day
3) We need 100 GW by 1 TWH of storage installed per year. In 2020 the installed new capacity was 1.1 GW and 4 GWH. Speed up required is 100 times.
That is what it will take with today’s renewable technology to hit the zero-carbon goal by 2030 for electricity and assumes no more than 10% of the vehicles are EVs in 2030.
NOTE: this includes all the nuclear, geothermal, and hydro facilities in the US today, turn any of those off, and the numbers increase.
Some of the impacts from doing this are not trivial, either for our work force or our environment.
If we are serious, Congress needs to rethink the $3.5 Trillion dollar bill that is 3% about energy and 97% about other things.
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