Johhny Electriglide wrote:
What is the matter with their wind generators, can't they be feathered in high winds???
In independent home systems they tip and furl, or feather in excess wind, and excess power is shunted to a resistive water heater load.
I think the real problem is the various countries are not willing to pay outside their country for energy and then lose a lot of that expensive energy in line losses as it travels across their country and gets sold again to the next country down the line.
using excess electricity for thermal storage is an idea but there must be a use for that heat or a way to turn it into electricity later... that is the lacking technology when on a grid-scale. My ideas might work but I have not seen them in action. Near where I live, a wind tower project has batteries inside the towers for the windmills so they can down-size the transmission wires by storing excess power in times of variable wind (common in the area of installation)