Their great idea? Every building will have its own electricity generator based on “automotive” technology. Wow, what an insight. I wonder what else we could call these gadgets?
How about “a diesel backup generator just like every major building has had for the last 80 years.”
Guess that isn’t as catchy as “Swarm Power”.
This isn’t advancement.
It’s an explicit statement that a lot of people think the German power grid won’t be able to keep the lights on in a few years.
Thanks to intelligent controls and network connections, large quantities of electricity could be fed into the public grid, thereby offsetting fluctuating energy volumes from renewable energy sources such as wind and sun.
Translation: Alternative energy is too unreliable to actually provide baseline power, so we’re going to need millions of fossil-fuel backup generators scattered everywhere to take up the slack. We’re going to use millions of relatively inefficient petroleum-burning generators so that we don’t have to build nuclear plants.
The idea of tying all the backup generators together in a network so that the generators can kick on before the grid goes down is a good idea but its just an evolution of the current system. The system is still just a bunch of fossil-fuel backup generators.
The end result of this system will be an increased consumption of liquid and gas fossil fuels as well as increased consumption of fossil fuels per watt produced. It will produce significantly more CO2 per watt than do large-scale fossil fuel plants and way, way more than nukes.
It’s sad and pathetic that this is being advanced as a bright new idea instead of a desperate attempt to mitigate the destruction caused by political fads masquerading as energy policy.