Four German Words for Wind Energy

May 8, 2013

Another brilliant video piece from a young German who explains the impact of wind power on the German transformation to a renewable economy.

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16 Responses to “Four German Words for Wind Energy”

  1. Bruce Miller Says:

    America! Stuck in the 20th Century extravaganzas supported by the “Cheap Oil Era”‘ will feel the conversions away from oil, especially now that the Chinese demand and Chinese ability to bid up the price is affecting the world marketplace.

  2. ahaveland Says:

    Watch and weep, Monckton…

  3. rayduray Says:

    What drives the wind? Among other things, it’s the Sun.

    SPACE RIP: “To the naked eye, our sun is an unremarkable ball of heat and light. Under the eye of the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or S.D.O, the Sun’s activity is revealed under various spectrums of light. See incredibly detailed coronal mass ejections, bursts, and solar flares. Let the immense power of the sun immerse and mesmerize you in stunning Ultra High Definition.”

  4. daveburton Says:

    If you’d like to pay about 3x what most Americans pay for electricity, you can either move to Germany and pay it now, or support adoption of Germany’s “green”[sic] renewable energy policies and pay it when we “catch up” with Germany.

    • reggie Says:

      Obvious troll is obvious…. it may be a good idea not to feed Willard Watts’ troll.

    • andrewfez Says:

      What’s the current price in Germany? Even before Energiewende, they were paying high prices. In the early 1990′s they were paying 0.20 Euro per KWh, whilst the industrial price was 0.13 Euro.

      I believe Greenman has pointed out on occasion, that the Germans are more efficient than Americans though, so you have to consider monthly/yearly consumption amounts, as well as the rate.

      • petersjazz Says:

        And why do you think we are more efficient. Take a good example from Sweden. Many houses installs heat pumps, that save a lot of energy. Or really, it uses heat in the ground or in the air

      • greenman3610 Says:

        Germans are on the average about 2.5 to 3 times more efficient. they do more with less. This is a concept that, in times past, conservatives would have applauded and sought to emulate.
        That is no longer the case. Today’s Fox News/Beckistan “conservatives” take pride only in what they can consume.

    • petersjazz Says:

      I think tax on electricity makes sence. We pay more in sweden and germany but we get it back as different services. We have less company tax for example than US

  5. petersjazz Says:

    Actually Im amaized to the output of my solar panels after dubbling the size to 34 m2. Its in Sweden and it produces more electricity than what i use in May. Financially it makes sence because we have high tax on electricity. Whose taxes are used for schools, health etc so its a good thing

    • petersjazz Says:

      I see a future where houses will go off grid. If my house had batteries and was heated with something else than heat pump I could go off grid with 34 m2 solar panels. And that a modest investment of 60000 SEK ($ 10000). I payed a lot more for connecting to the grid when building the house

      • petermogensen Says:

        The operative word here being “if” (your house had batteries).
        I have 9kWp solar panels too and it would be no small, simple, nor cheap batteri installation making the power they produce in the summer power my heat pump in winter.
        But technology evolves and though it would probably not be cheap or efficient to store the energy as hydrogen locally, the grid could be evolved to use excess energy in summer to store as some kind of fuel for the winter. Either by pumping water into high resevoirs, as hydrogen os a some other kind of energy storage.
        They even work on using excess energy to capture CO2 from the atmosphere to produce syntetic diesel – which could end up being CO2 neutral and provide capital for building the ability to actually lower the CO2 concentration.

  6. petermogensen Says:

    As a horse owner and of the opinion that nature is best experienced on foot or on horse back it’s difficult to take something serious which speaks about experiencing nature and frowns on horse droppings.

    • ahaveland Says:

      Where I grew up, there were still working horses in the street – when they pooped, neighbours would run out and fight over the droppings to use for their gardens and allotments.
      Nothing went to waste.

  7. Ugo Bardi Says:

    Dear Peter,

    I would like to introduce a modest effort of mine and of some co-workers and friends in the field of disseminating the results of climate science. It is titled “The frog that jumped out”

    http://thefrogthatjumpedout.blogspot.it/

    As I said, it is a modest effort, but the idea is that there are many good blogs about climate science, but not so many about communicating climate science (yours is one!). So, we hope to have a bit of an impact in this field and we are trying to do our best. Thanks!

    • greenman3610 Says:

      great job!
      I am especially impressed with the “ice building” story, and how it was used to
      convey change over time.


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