Talk:Variable renewable energy

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Table in Comparison Section Dubious[edit]

There is no reference provided for the information in the table and the box stating that wind energy is highly not predictable is contradicted in next section. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:49, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

Also, the meaning of the term variability in the table is unclear. For instance, tidal power follows roughly the same pattern each day. In that sense it has little variability. But if you mean the difference between maximum and minimum power produced, it has large variability. -- (talk) 23:42, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

Wind Power to some extent can be dispatched[edit]

It is possible to hold wind power production in reserve in the event of larger than expected demand or failure of another generating facility. Likewise wind energy production can be curtailed if there currently is excess generation. This is actually done at times as it can be done quicker than adjusting the output of a coal fired plant. -- (talk) 23:42, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

It is possible to hold hydro power in reserve behind dams, could be a easy place to load follow. How about a basic wind farm that generates all it can, all the time. Dougmcdonell (talk) 23:34, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

Of possible interest: "Wind power variability" section of Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy by Mark Diesendorf; Also some of the work by Mark Z. Jacobson and his colleagues from Stanford. Johnfos (talk) 01:03, 20 January 2016 (UTC)
Wind power can be reduced, but that usually also reduces income and prolongs return of investment, and so is only done when in excess. TGCP (talk) 22:28, 10 April 2016 (UTC)
Pretty much any power source can be turned down; that doesn't make it dispatchable.GliderMaven (talk) 23:15, 10 April 2016 (UTC)
No, base load plants usually can't be turned down gradually - they are either full on or completely off, or have slow ramp rates. Wind parks CAN be seamlessly and quickly adjusted (by SCADA), but is so shortly used (during storm fronts, or due to economy) that it barely qualifies for inclusion here. TGCP (talk) 19:24, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

This article focuses on the short term. The longer term should also be explained; fx hydropower may have larger annual variability than wind power. TGCP (talk) 22:28, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

The use of Future Fiction[edit]

I just removed the sentences with the hydrogen powered jet aircraft and shipping. I like the ideas but, they're fiction and not written as such. So please, include your favorite ideas, and identify them as not being done at the present. And when they build the very first one in the whole world, mention that it's an experiment. I've noticed the fiction in several articles, disappointing that the sci-fi is tolerated so well.Dougmcdonell (talk) 23:34, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

Sorry, I had to undo this. If you had read the papers that were referenced you had seen that this is what is written there. Then you came and wrote the complete oposite while leaving the reference in place. That is absolutely a no-go! You cannot make someone claim something who actually wrote the opposite! Please make sure you don't do this any more, because it is a severe violation of citation rules. Furthermore there are hundreds of studies that see hydrogen as a future energy carrier for storage and mobility. One of them was cited here. And it's not science fiction, it's allready reality. There are several prototyps of hydrogen storage in utilization, which have allready proved the technical feasibility of hydrogen or methane storage. Andol (talk) 00:53, 20 January 2016 (UTC)