Cariboocoot wrote: »
This requirement (in practice somewhat less than one-on-one) is provided by (a) not retiring otherwise obsolete inefficient thermal plant so that it can be kept online (boilers fully fired and working, ready to be loaded up, at great cost), and (b) buying enormous amounts of gas-turbine generators that normally go unused but can ramp up their output very quickly to replace lost wind generation.
niel wrote: »
i think that flywheel would certainly need to be way much larger than 1 ton, but why a dc generator if re sources would run the dc motor? it would still be spinning in standby for some time with losses.
on 2nd thought i wouldn't trust any utility with properly maintaining the flywheel as i could see it ultimately breaking loose and rolling out of the building and down the road taking out everything in it's path for miles and they would cry, "we needed more $ to upgrade and maintain it" just like they cry now about a bunch of high tension wires they call the grid that they aren't doing so well with.:roll:
Is the smart power grid too smart?