Renewable energy will undoubtedly play a part in our future. But incorporating technologies like solar panels and wind energy into our outdated electrical grid is tough, and some say not worth the cost just yet. Trace explains why, and if those naysayers have any merit.
Emissions and Costs of Power Plant Cycling Necessary for Increased Wind and Solar Calculated
" New research from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies the potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on the operators of fossil-fueled power plants in the West."
Turbines, Generators and Power Plants
"Thermal power plants have big boilers that burn a fuel to make heat. A boiler is like a teapot on a stove. When the water boils, the steam comes through a tiny hole on the top of the spout. The moving steam makes a whistle that tells you the water has boiled. In a power plant, the water is brought to a boil inside the boiler, and the steam is then piped to the turbine through very thick pipes."