Meanwhile in Germany

June 30, 2021

10 Responses to “Meanwhile in Germany”

  1. neilrieck Says:

    At first glimpse it looks like snow but some of the photos “appear” to be huge accumulations of hail.

  2. Should be no problem for heavily fortified nuclear plants. Wonder how the solar farms did?

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Why are nuclear power plants “heavily fortified”?

      (1) Solar panels can still work (at lower efficiencies) when cracked.
      (2) Replacing solar panels is a trivial effort compared to doing anything at a nuclear power plant.

      Besides which, a lot of solar farms can provide protection from hail for the chickens and goats that forage beneath the racks of panels. 🙂

    • redskylite Says:

      Even if the hail did affect solar, it is no reason to gloat, Nuclear may not be vulnerable to hail, but it is to heat, and also the odd Tsunami/earthquake. Every type of power generation has it’s Achilles heal.
      Electricity output was curtailed at six reactors by 0840 GMT on Thursday, while two other reactors were offline, data showed. High water temperatures and sluggish flows limit the ability to use river water to cool reactors.

      • Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

        Then solar goes down EVERY day and on many days does not even come up. Both systems are complimentary and have their part in saving the *%# world!

        • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

          I am wistful about “dry” nuclear reactors that don’t have to water sources that are vulnerable to flood (rivers), overheating (lakes and some seashore) or storm surges. Even French plants that have drawn up cool subsurface water have had problems with occasionally overdrawn aquifers.

          I still think China has the best chance of developing reliable standardized nuclear power plants.

          • Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

            Finding enough water to run the limited hydro plants in Oz can be a ask. That leaves coastal plants (squawk) above tsunami level and heating the ocean (squawk, howl).

  3. redskylite Says:

    Solar should be safe from hail in space.

    China plans to use a new super heavy-lift rocket currently under development to construct a massive space-based solar power station in geostationary orbit.

    Numerous launches of the upcoming Long March 9 rocket would be used to construct space-based solar power facilities 35,786 kilometers above the Earth, according to Long Lehao, chief designer of China’s Long March rocket series, speaking during a presentation Thursday in Hong Kong.

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