Schizophrenic German Wind Power Output In August, Plagued By Wild Volatility

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Here’s another example illustrating just how volatile and unreliable wind energy really is.

Wind energy proponents like to claim that although turbines installed on land don’t produce so optimally, the ones at sea are wonderful because the wind there is always blowing and so it all kind of evens out.

The chart below shows the output of all wind turbines installed in Germany, both on land and offshore, from the five major German grid operators:

The dark horizontal line denoting 60,000 MW represents the so-called installed total capacity. Readers will note that less than 10% of rated capacity often gets produced. Only rarely does an output of 33% (20 MW) ever get reached.




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11 responses to “Schizophrenic German Wind Power Output In August, Plagued By Wild Volatility”

  1. John F Hultquist

    Constant wind would be news.
    Wild Wind Volatility (WWV), not so much.

    Current weather map shows an elongated High Pressure system stretched out from the Bay of Biscay eastward to Russia.

    Wind speed in Berlin is at 4mph early Sunday morning.
    So, September isn’t looking good either.

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  4. Aussie

    Prior to the Industrial Revolution mankind was at the mercy of weather for any industrial type activities. No wind, or no water = no ground grain, pumped water etc. The development of fossil fuel power liberated us from this and delivered an unparalleled improvement in quality of life.

    Seems the renewable activists are poor students of history and also seem to want to not read graphs like these.

  5. Yonason

    They have long known (at least 3 years officially) that 100% back-up will always be required.
    http://en.friends-against-wind.org/realities/100-per-cent-back-up-by-conventional-energy

    There is no excuse for them no knowing this.

    1. Jacques Lemiere

      3 years? i should say 20

      1. Yonason

        I was just referring to the study I gave the link for. I agree it should go back way further, but I didn’t have a handy reference, and that one appeared to be sufficiently damning.

        If you have references, I would be only too happy to file them.

        Thx

  6. JMR

    In the past (that is, the 20th Century), weren’t Germans highly regarded for their engineering and scientific prowess? How have they fallen for this? Why are they bringing their economy and living standards to ruin?

    1. John F Hultquist
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