“How Stupid!”, the First Episode
Hello and welcome to “How Stupid!
This is the first episode of the series.
- Uh? but what about the other one?
- That was the Pilot Episode, this is the First.
- And what about the weekly feature of the… broadcast?
- That’s what happens with ‘pilots’, they come as a sample, then the real sequence begins, besides I have got a terrible cold, so this time I will not upload the video into my YouTube Channel, not until the cold is completely gone: I would be coughing all the time…
- And what have you picked to begin with?
- I foretold, in the Pilot Episode, do you remember the link I gave then?
According to that article in the link above China wants to power the world.
Fragments of the article written by Adam Minter (with some stupid comments interspersed among them):
China’s State Grid Corporation, the world’s biggest power company, is on an impressive buying binge…
The idea is to connect these and other power grids to a global grid that will draw electricity from windmills at the North Pole and vast solar arrays in Africa’s deserts, and then distribute the power to all corners of the world…
Regarding the sources of energy it is a great idea but…
Load loss: let’s see what the scientific world says about it…
They’ve been making it difficult for a hundred and thirty-four years, so the simplest way to put it is, like this:
Another link to the topic in Spanish:
It is not that I only copy and paste, I do this because of the sources of information, on the one hand, and because of givin’ some technical background to the “How Stupid!” First Episode, on the other.
The stupid thing is that of the colander example I gave in the Pilot Episode, it is not very smart to carry water from source to tap with a colander (that’s the simplest way to put it), and the longer the path from source to tap, the worse, and the lenght of the grid is the path al along water has to be carried to taps where it is eventually used.
Can you imagine how much ‘water’ will be lost from the poles to the equator, for instance?
… the $50 billion in cash generated by State Grid last year gives the company the deep pockets and political standing to put its priorities on the international energy agenda…
The profits can be done some other way, by dividing and distributing, power generation plants, making them much smaller in size and electrical power watts, eliminating high-voltage and mid-voltage (35000 to 1200 volts here in Spain) grids, designing, installing, fueling (if any fuels were needed), and maintaining them, by the same means and people who work in that field now, so it can be done by changing the ways a bit, and not necessarily the people who handle it.
The idea of an electricity “supergrid” goes back at least to the 1970s, when high-voltage direct current technologies were first developed. They allow for long-distance transmission of electricity with less loss of power than traditional systems that employ alternating currents…
China, the world’s biggest user, spent $65 billion on upgrading to high-voltage lines in 2014, in part to link geographically-isolated wind farms to its fast-growing coastal cities.
… because the grids envisioned are regional, they’d still suffer from the uncertainties of relying on renewables. In theory, a global grid would solve that problem by linking power generators at the poles and at the equator. In effect, the sun would never set on the Global Energy Interconnection, and power would flow day or night, cloudy or clear.
Really small geothermal (along with installation, maintenance, and supervision people to make it all work) energy generation plants or home facilities can be added here and it is constantly distributed already all over… welll… under the planet 🙂 ).
… As described in a lengthy, highly technical book that Chairman Liu wrote to promote the concept, there would be no central power distributing authority. Rather, an Internet-like smart grid would distribute power as needed, its allocations shifting automatically as the globe turned and different regions reached their peak energy demand during the day…
Now watch these videos from this other link included in the above article:
And that’s all for now (I’ll make the “How Stupid!” First Episode video when my cold has gone).