[clug] OT: Solar power recommendations and advice

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Tue Apr 20 05:47:00 MDT 2010

Andrew Loughhead wrote on 20/04/10 9:13 PM:
> Michael Still wrote:
>> It is my understanding that you can't just turn coal power plants up
>> and down... I believe they normally run at the maximum output required
>> in the daily cycle, and various companies buy the unneeded power at a
>> cheaper rate.
> On the electric car interview I posted the other day [1] this fact was
> used to support the overnight charging of electric cars, as producing a
> net CO2 reduction from electric car use, in comparison to petrol.  The
> power and CO2 are already being produced anyway, so the electric car
> lets the community make use of it.  Presumably its only true if some of
> the overnight power is not doing anything useful already.
> 1. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/latenightlive/stories/2010/2873530.htm

Without listening to Philip and guest, it doesn't look like 'Better Place'.

A friend saw an interview/TV piece with the CEO who was talking about
using their EV batteries as a buffer [my word] in the grid.

Anyone heard of this proposal?

Its a good fit with unpredictable generating sources, like wind.

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