Re: Still pursuing his agenda
"Windfarms ARE carbon negative.
I have no frickin idea why you think otherwise.
Let alone why you think they aren't even carbon neutral!
Here's the deal: Windfarms offset power sources that emit carbon. That is with more windfarms you reduce the total CO2 emitted per MWh generated."
Now the fun begins. I urge you to compare the amount of land it takes to make a single gas power station with the space needed to produce the same energy from a wind farm. That land is effectively destroyed of much of its natural habitat (I hope you understand this far).
This bit is very important. We can either have the gas power station OR the wind farm AND gas power station. This is because the wind farm dont work without wind. And wind is not guaranteed. It seems to be more effective at night, when it is pretty useless and when there is too much wind the turbines are stopped too. So extra destroyed land + inefficient operation of a gas plant vs a gas plant.
Obviously there is carbon cost of setting up a farm is needed for transport/construction/etc and then additional for the gas power plant. Also the extra infrastructure to connect it to the grid. Then you must account for increased maintenance at the gas plant for inefficient running and maintenance of the wind farm itself (that barely produces power remember).
I am not sure how many parts/materials must be brought from overseas which have their own carbon cost. Etc.
So in a strict sense of how much power it might produce in total might somehow move towards carbon neutral but since it produces little energy and often not at the right time (and when the wind is right) that as per usable energy it is highly doubtful. Since it was acknowledged a while ago that wind farms seriously underperformed it then surely makes sense that we do away with the wind farm and use the gas power plants which are required to produce the shortfall. And the gas plant then reduces the cost, maintenance and I suspect the co2 output.
So in co2 cost we have 1 gas power plant or-
Extra land destroyed + inefficiently run gas power plant (+ increased maintenance) + cost of gas power plant anyway + cost of shipping, transport, materials + cost of making the turbines + infrastructure to connect to the grid = under performing the low expectation of power output.
Obviously in both scenarios you need to make a gas power plant and connect it to the grid, so this is mainly to highlight the additional co2 cost. But financially its nuts too.