Power Grid Vulnerability Exposed: Storm, High Winds Lead To Power Outages Over Large Areas Of Germany

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German t-online.de news portal here reports how yesterday large areas of central and southern Germany saw the power fail yesterday due to “snow and storms.”

Deutschland: Schnee und Sturm führen zu Stromausfällen in Teilen des Südens. Im Dunkeln: Meldungen über Stromausfälle am späten Donnerstagabend. (Quelle: Screenshot/stromausfall.org) 

Power outages, Germany, February 27, 2020. (Source: stromausfall.org)

In some locations the power was out for hours, t-online.de reports.

Of course snow itself has little to do with the power going out. Rather the power outages are signs of an increasingly unstable power grid due in large part to the wildly fluctuating feed-in of volatile wind and solar energy.

Yesterday late evening’s storm and its winds led to wild fluctuation in the European power grid at around 8 p.m. The grid frequency critically dropped well below the 50 Hz value, which meant more power was being consumed than generated.

Austrian power grid expert Herbert Saurugg tweeted:

In English: “And again a record low peak frequency at 8 p.m.: 49.856 Hz. That’s two-thirds of the reserve power used. At 49.80 Hz the first load drops occur.”

That means had the frequency dropped just a bit more, possible emergency grid switchoffs would have been needed, and so a widespread blackout was narrowly avoided.

The blackouts that did occur led to “many disruptions” to rail and auto transportation, t-online writes.

As of the time of writing this article 12:55 CET, hours-long power outages continued to hamper much of southern Germany:

Image screenshot: https://stromausfall.org

 

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5 responses to “Power Grid Vulnerability Exposed: Storm, High Winds Lead To Power Outages Over Large Areas Of Germany”

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  2. RickWill

    All violent weather events are the result of burning fossil fuel. If no one burnt fossil fuels, the weather would always be balmy. Plenty of sunshine to power solar panels; steady wind to keep the wind generators spinning; just the right temperature to avoid heating or cooling; occasional brief periods of steady rain to water crops and top up catchments – always ideal weather.

    The only problem preventing burning of fossil fuels is reality. Eliminating fossil fuel generation with ambient sourced generation is a greater fantasy than ideal weather.

  3. BoyfromTottenham

    And did the wind generators get paid mega $ for electricity that wasn’t able to be used?

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