Category Archives: Solar

ARENA says concentrated solar thermal not viable

The ABC and GreenLeft media ignoring this huge news – The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) says concentrated solar thermal (CST) technology could be a commercially viable form of dispatchable renewable energy within a decade. English translation – not viable now.
Which raises the question how do you generate renewable 24/7 dispatchable electricity? I thought there were already CS projects building near Port Augusta. I see that ARENA requested information from existing worldwide players – I bet they keep those responses secret.
I am reminded what Terry McCrann said –
“THE first and most important thing to understand about global warming true believers and the pushers of so-called “renewable energy” is that they lie. They lie effortlessly, seamlessly, continuously and without the slightest sense of shame. They lie deliberately and carelessly and casually, and even when they don’t realise they are lying. They lie without the slightest sense of self-awareness and with all the pomposity of stupidity aforethought.”
I have not got the slightest objection to CS Projects as long as zero taxpayer funds are risked. NSW is littered with small-scale failed CS projects. Cooma, Lake Cargelligo, Jemalong near Forbes. Here are pics and links re all three.

How much useful electricity does rooftop solar produce in southern Western Australia

The ABC have this article claiming – Rooftop solar producing more energy than WA’s biggest turbine – Curtin University sustainability professor Peter Newman said – “It’s nearly 500 megawatts and it’s growing rapidly,..” Yet when I check NemWatch for WA I can only ever find a little over ~250MW for WA small solar. Is this because about half the output is used in the homes of the owners of these rooftop solar systems?
And of course the article seems to forget that these solar systems only work in the sunny hours – they make no electricity at night while the coal fired generators chug away 24/7. I wonder to what extent the WA grid can keep on accommodating increasing solar and wind power yet remain stable. I also wonder what is the cumulative cost of all the small scale solar subsidies paid out by the various Australian Governments.

The Royal Astronomical Society – Cycles within the sun predicted to result in a Maunder Minimum like global cooling event around 2030

Prof Valentina Zharkova discusses her recent solar research. Irregular heartbeat of the Sun driven by double dynamo
Fascinating that the RAS promotes this research at a time the dominant climate change research paradigm is bleating on about global warming. Even the Fairfax media picks it up. Sun cycle’s cold facts say mini ice age on way