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Thu Sep 27, 2018, 10:14 PM

2. Let me see if I can clear something up for you.

A very simple fact is that to determine the capacity utilization of any energy system over a period of time, you take the rated capacity in units of watts, and multiply it by the period of time being studied in units of seconds.

A sixth grader should know this much physics: A Watt = Joule/second, 1 W = 1 J/s

So, if I go to the data table on the master register of wind turbines in Denmark (accessed 9/27/2018) and use simple Excel operations to sum column C, I can find that all of the operating wind turbines in Denmark, all 6211 of these soon to rot pieces of shit, I find that the total rated capacity is 5,717,454 kW, or 5,717,454,000 W.

Now I can go over to the most recent completed column, that of August 2018 - which is column BM in the very same spreadsheet - I can find out how much energy all 6,211 of the Danish bird and bat grinders produced in that month, in units of kilowatt-hours. The Danes have happily provided this number in their spreadsheet at the bottom, so one doesn't even if one is, say a dumb guy in Greenpeace who can't use the "sum" function in Excel, he can still see that the sum for the entire month of August 2018 was 940,024,330 kwh.

One can convert kWh to Joules by multiplying by 3600 (the number of seconds in an hour) and 1000 (for the "kilo" ) and find out that the all 6,211 greasy Danish wind turbines produced 3.380488 petajoules (peta = 10^15) on a planet where humanity consumed (as of 2016) 587 exajoules (exa = 10^18) in that year.

Now, this may be hard for a person who has been unable to grasp what it means to all future generations that more than a trillion dollars has been squandered on the wind industry in the last ten years with the result that the concentration of carbon dioxide has risen, as of September 2018 by 23.32 ppm over September of 2008, but using these numbers, and simple arithmetic, one can calculate what the capacity utilization of all of Denmark's wind turbines were in August 2018.

And unless there are a whole bunch of fucking Danes running around changing the blades every time the wind speed changes, remarks about the size of the blades could do if they were a different size don't matter a fucking wit, even though the Danes do list the turbine blade sizes in column D in their spreadsheet.

The month of August is 31 days long. A day has 24 hours in it, and each hour has 3600 seconds. By multiplication, this means that the month of August has 31 X 24 X 3600 = 2,678,400 seconds.

Again, the rated capacity of any power plant, a nuclear plant, a gas plant, a coal plant, a wind plant, a solar plant is its peak rating times the number of seconds in the period being discussed. So the 6,211 wind turbines in Denmark, with a capacity of 5,717,454,000 W for a period of 2,678,400 seconds should produce 15.31363 Petajoules if they operated at 100% capacity utilization.)

(As a practical matter, only nuclear plants actually operate at 100% capacity utilization for extended periods of time: The capacity of US nuclear plants can be found here. Overall in 2018 US nuclear power plants had a capacity utilization of 92.2%, with 23 of them operating at 100% or greater than their rated capacity.)

Now - I hope this isn't too hard - we calculated that the actual energy produced by the 6,211 Danish wind turbines that a future generation will have to disassemble (or watch rot) in about 30 years, with the largest percentage falling into "decommissioned" garbage in 20 years, actually produced 3.380488 Petajoules. So if we divide 3.380488 by 15.31363 and multiply by 100 to make that magic "percent" word that the people who bet the future of humanity on so called "renewable energy" so love, we find that the 6,211 bird and bat grinders in Denmark had a capacity utilization of 22.0985%

We can also find the average continuous power for all 6,211 wastes of concrete, aluminum, steel, copper and polymers was in August 2018: We divide the number of joules produced in August of 2018 by the number of seconds in August to find that the average continuous power was 1,263,473,561 kw or 1,263.474 Megawatts.

This is remarkably close to the average power rating of a single reactor in Pennsylvania, the TalenEnergy Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant, a reactor which produced 100.3% of its 1,298 MW capacity for all of 2018 up to July, the last month listed in the spreadsheet linked above.

It produced that much energy in a single small building, as opposed to a whole fucking European country:

Here's a picture of the reactor core where all that energy was produced:

It is the extremely high energy to mass ratio that makes nuclear energy cleaner than all other options.

Thanks for the smug lecture on wind turbine blades. It is, of course, as one might expect when one is going to suffer through defense of this indefensible crap, meaningless. Convoluted and tortured defenses like these may have something to do with the fact that despite all of the bullshit defenses of this unconscionable attack on all future generations - betting the planetary atmosphere with on so called "renewable energy" with Kavanaughesque drunken recklessness - the concentration of the dangerous fossil fuel waste was, for the week beginning September 16, 2018, 405.69 ppm, whereas just ten years ago, and a trillion bucks of "wind investment" ago, it was 383.32.

It can be shown by anyone who gives a shit about humanity - anyone who cares a wit and keeps track of these things - that 23.32 ppm in a ten year period, 2.33 ppm/year, is the fastest rate of atmospheric degradation ever recorded going back to the late 1950's, in any decade.

Facts matter.

And it is a fact that people don't run up to wind turbines and change the blades when the wind speed changes.

The wind industry is not working. It has never worked. It won't work, if "working" means arresting climate change, something that environmentalists care about, if not people for calling for turning every damned mountaintop to a wind industrial park for their stupid fantasies about Tesla electric cars and other consumer electronic crap.

Heckuva job wind freaks! Heckuva job! You must be very, very, very, very, very proud.

I wish you a pleasant Friday.

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