When you see headlines like the one above (which is not a joke BTW,) you'll understand why Boggart Bloggers abandoned satire. It's simply impossible to satirise a clown show.
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Most comical news of the day today is that on a sunny day with a breeze blowing, Britain's National Grid has brought online a power station which relies on burning coal to generate electricity for the first time in a month and a half. This, we're told has happened because the fairly modest heatwave've had this month, during which temperatures reached 30 degrees C and made solar panels too hot to work efficiently.
One coal fired unit at Uniper’s Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal power plant in Nottinghamshire started feeding electricity into the grid for the first time in weeks on Monday morning, while another coal-powered plant was warmed up in case it was needed by the early afternoon.
The National Grid was forced to turn to coal for generating electricity as a rush to turn on air conditioning and fans across the country during the heatwave led to a spike in demand.
High temperatures over the weekend also reduced the amount of energy generated by solar panels. Output on Sunday was almost a third lower than a week earlier, despite temperatures climbing above 30 degrees celsius across large parts of the country.
If the ‘heatwave’ makes our solar panels too hot to work properly, how
do actual warm regions like Australia, California, Spain etc etc that
have lots of solar arrays cope – why would ours be different? Smells
like bollocks to us Boggart Bloggers and certainly exposes the folly of crackpot schemes to carpet large parts of the Sahara desert with solar panels and pipe the electricity to northern Europe.
A few minutes research on solar panels proves can get to o
hot to work efficiently and that’s from themanufacturers website (but its fairly common knowledge among the engineering community.
Anywhere over 35° C and they can lose 25% or more efficiency according to the makers but tests show they can regularly reach 65° C in heatwaves because of their very construction, glass! Stand in a green house and you’ll get the idea!
So with solar panels overheating when the weather gets warmish by British standards, and the failings of wind becoming more obvious every time we have a windless day, everything looking wonderful for electricity generation in a 'Net Zero' world.