Farmers know wind, sun cannot create power 24/7
Having read of the Renewable Energy Summit in Perenjori in Countryman, I am surprised that a group of farmers whose very income is dependent on it can still be convinced that the primary energy resources of wind flow and sunshine can, whatever the mechanism, be controlled to deliver an electricity supply 24/7.
While it is clear that the district has an inadequate transmission system, they must look further afield for a primary energy resource that will deliver and the evidence is that wind and sunshine has failed.
Farmers had 32V wind battery systems within my living memory and fought bitterly and paid to get rid of them.
I am prepared to bet, what’s more, that not one presenter differentiated between this actual primary energy and the structures such as windmills, solar panels and the latest solar thermal through which it is delivered but presented as renewable energy, nor would they discuss the question that if it’s all about emissions, why only talk about electricity which according to the CSIRO, represents 35 per cent thereof, meaning there are 65 per cent of other emission areas from which Australia can meet its international commitments without increasing the price and reducing the reliability of electricity supply.
One such area identified is termed fugitive emissions at 8 per cent, which is pure CO2 that all natural gas producers, with the exception of Gorgon on Barrow island, separate from the gas as it comes out of a well and pump it straight into the atmosphere when they should be forced to follow the Gorgon example and pump it back into the ground, thus reducing our commitment from 26 per cent to 18 per cent.
The Labor Government just taxed them for it, which was passed on to consumers but the gas still went skywards.
The other painless option is to convert all our motorised fuel consumption, accredited with remaining 18 per cent of emissions, to hydrogen which ironically can be successfully generated on farm from the electricity generated from a big bank of solar panels as the electrolysis of water process need not be dependent on a uniform power supply.
In 2003, as a Howard government minister, I conducted an international conference in Broome named the Hydrogen Economy focusing on the massive tides of the region as the primary energy resource but the Greens did not attend, though the CSIRO developed a hydrogen fuel cell unit suitable for 24/7 household electricity supply.
Existing direct injection engines can be converted for its use but electric fuel cell cars are already in production and major strides have been made in storage and transport technology, which only identifies how badly the political classes and the media have addressed CO2.
Were space available, I would also comment in detail about the 330kVA line to Three Springs which was the worst technology decision both economically and environmentally that Western Power could have made.