(English) Wales Is Building What England Doesn’t Want – Part II 22/08/202205/05/2023 - Terry Breverton Mae’n ddrwg gennym, nid yw’r cofnod hwn ar gael yn yr iaith hon eto.
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Where on earth (because they’re not here in Wales) are the right minded politicians and journalists to address this on a national level? We have approached Plaid Cymru, Llyr Huws Gruffydd is Chair of the Climate Change. Environment & Infrastructure Committee tasked with overseeing and monitoring development and implementation of the Future Wales zplan 2040. We were met with not just apathy but clear collusion. Party of Wales? With friends like this who indeed needs enemies?
Non, I have followed the experience that you share with so many other communities for a long time and I am utterly baffled by the way these politicians are so wedded to a green ideology that is flawed. That there was room for the development of “clean energy” technologies is beyond dispute but the way these people have been seduced to back one type of frequently unreliable solution beggars belief. It stands comparison with the fervour of the religious nutjob, the utter devotion of a Hitler-adoring Nazi of 80-90 years ago, the commitment of a modern day jihadist terrorist. “My way or no way”. They just can’t tolerate a closer appraisal of that which they advocate and that is just plain dangerous.
Having read the most interesting argument against Wind Farms in Wales, to which overall, I am against as to the topographical damage that is caused in their construction, what if any, is the alternative to Electricity production in the UK?
Now witnessing the slow but sure progress of electric vehicles and our sole reliance on electricity (Gas in Demise) overall for industry and the like, where will the new supply come from?
With reference to the apathy and underhandedness of our Politicians, they are there in office, because we elected them, unfortunately we as a nation have been undermined for decades by “Wannabe Power Mongers” whose single-mindedness has sold our industry, demolished our NHS, criminalised the innocent in favour of the criminal and generally made the UK, not Great anymore.
Apologies for the morose response but I unfortunately see only Atomic Power as a producer of electricity to cover our overall needs and that scares the pants off me.
I’d agree with you on the problems of infrastructure for electric vehicles; if we really were to make a full transition from liquid fuel to battery-powered electric vehicles, then a massive investment will be needed in both generating and transmission capacity, and it just doesn’t seem to be happening. The idea that all of this can be driven by wind and solar power supplied directly to the grid, without storage technologies that aren’t yet in evidence, is for the birds.
That’s why in Gwlad we argue for:
– investment in tidal power, which unlike wind & solar is a reliable and predictable form of renewable energy and one for which Wales is particularly well-placed. We should be developing our own expertise in this, and not just (as we do now) subsidise Scottish and Swedish companies to set up small-scale test rigs off our coasts.
– the development of hydrogen infrastructure for use as vehicle fuel, which seems a much better option than battery power in the long term. It is energy-dense, can be produced directly by electrolysis of sea-water at off-shore wind or tidal locations (thus being one of the best ways currently known of storing renewable energy), and can be used to refuel vehicles much more rapidly than can be accomplished by charging batteries.
– openness to innovative forms of nuclear energy. We’re not keen on mega-projects like Wylfa B, but are quite keen on the Rolls Royce SMR (Small Modular Reactor) concept based on nuclear submarine engines, that have been used reliably and safely in close proximity to people over many decades.
If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at this article on our blog: Energising the Case for Independence
If we go for nuclear, we should pick the best locations. Cemaes is a dreadful place for any thermal power station, as all we can do with 60% of the energy is throw it away in the cooling water. Put your SMR on Parc Cybi at Holyhead and use district heating, you can usefully use the “waste” heat.
But Ynys Môn can be powered by just the tidal scheme. The Irish Sea will be filled with offshore wind sending masses of power south. North Wales is a dreadful place for nuclear as none of the power is needed there, but next to the steel works in Port Talbot would be ideal
We have more than enough potential at sea. We have staggering amounts of wind, so we don’t need nuclear. We can have it if we want it, but don’t need it
I don’t have a PhD , but I live by the sea ! It’s total nonsense there is always wind at sea, in excess of around 15 mph to spin these 3-arm bandits. To prove my point, check Gridwatch.co.uk. UK wind energy….FROM BOTH LAND AND SEA…….only averaged around 7600MW in 2022 and fell as low as around 140MW under a High Pressure. So what happens when there is a large High over the UK? Where will any electricity come from? It is dark for 17 of 24 hours on a mid-winter day….so don’t expect much from solar energy either.
We need GAS-FIRED power stations. Wales with 3 million people , only needs circa 1678MW on average, whilst the state-of-the art CCGT , gas-fired power station at Pembroke , generates 2100MW on its own….and it is in the farthest point west in Wales.
The idea is a massive outrage for Wales. However, it’s all part of the constant need for development that goes with unstoppable human reproduction, a subject which unfortunately remains practically taboo. Thus, humanity stymies itself and uglifies the world around. It’s still possible though to seek out the unofficial beauty spots; this requires skill and patience, but they exist!
On a slight tangent, but relevant nevertheless, there is a fixed idea that ‘children are the future,’ but what kind of a future are today’s wonderfully wise men and women preparing for them? The idea ‘young’ has taken such a firm hold that it’s felt that those running the country—the top politicians—should definitely NOT be wise, elder statesmen, but young, chancy amateurs. These are proving to the nation that the task is too big for them, as the whole country slowly sides into social chaos. Another fashion is to put young women in charge. Hopeless. Where are the MEN?
Meanwhile, there are three large nuclear power stations’ worth of energy, flowing up and down the Bristol Channel, twice every day, at known times, until the Moon stops orbiting the Earth.