Tour de France, about 4000 km in 23 days. The electricity yield of 1 solar panel over 23 days (35 kWh) would suffice to power an e-bike for that course. The graph compares results for a pedelec, e-motor-bike, e-train and e-car.
You can generate electricity manually, or “footily” rather, with a bike.
How much time does it take to charge the following devices:
– mobile phone: 15 minutes
– tablet: 30 minutes
– laptop: 1 hour
– car: 1 month
Few people realize how much energy a kWh is. One kWh is the amount of electricity, required to lift a sedan car to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
[deepresource] – One Kilowatthour
One Kwh is a day’s hard manual labor. On a bike in the gym, you can generate 100 Watt, easily… for half an hour. One kWh is ten hours. The modern European has per capita about 100 virtual grownup men, who 24/7/365 sit on a virtual bike and invisibly generate electricity. An American even has 150 of those energy slaves.
Should give you an idea of the severity of our energy predicament.
German language video.
Spoiler: total black-out in Germany, no, but rationing is very well possible.
You can thank the US for that situation and their insatiable drive to try to subdue countries, until they own the entire world.
[0:45] No total blackout, but energy rationing is possible.
[2:30] Large industrial clients will be rationed first, private households last.
[3:30] It is not just energy, but oil and gas are an essential part as a chemical resource in production chains.
[7:00] Gas and oil from Russia are irreplaceable, not in the short term.
[10:00] Nobody believes in new nuclear power stations in Germany. No skills, no public support.
[10:50] In case of an energy supply emergency and if politics requests it, life extension of old nuclear power stations should be possible for a few years.
[13:00] Switching off nuclear power went too quick in Germany.
[18:00] Yes, the transition is possible, but the public will need to be taken to the task and be told the truth about expansion of the grid, of massive interference of renewable sources in the landscape, etc. With the current prevailing mentality of not in my backyard, it is not going to succeed.
[18:45] Germany will never be able to cover all its primary energy needs locally. Imports will be necessary (H2, NH3, etc.)
[19:50] Fairly optimistic about affordable price levels for imported hydrogen from countries like Australia or Saudi-Arabia.
[21:20] Gas prices for non-Russian gas could easily double.
[25:40] The bad news is that the energy crisis is only happening in Europe, which will have bad repercussions for Europe’s competitiveness.
[26:00] The energy crisis already began in Q4-2021, but Ukraine made it worse.
[26:40] Germany and Europe will have to live with less wealth and could last for a generation.
On both Easter days, NL had 100% renewable electricity for the first time. It is important that the % renewable is calculated on the basis of consumption. Because NL exported a lot of electricity at that time, the gas-fired power stations were still in operation.
[twitter.com] – Martien Visser
With solar & wind, NL has now produced 10 TWh of electricity this year. Good for almost 30% of the total Dutch electricity demand. Or 6% of the NL final energy demand.
[twitter.com] – Martien Visser
German language video
Documentary about German entrepreneurs, complaining about high energy prices, the highest in Europe, but also that the renewable energy transition isn’t going fast enough. Coal and nuclear are phased out at a rate that renewables can’t keep up with.
And then there are problems with grid stability, irrelevant for consumers, but not for companies with sensitive machinery.
Premature closure of nuclear power stations could be a mistake, and the most likely (but by no means certain) left-green-liberal coalition is unlikely to reverse that decision.