WetEV wrote:Do something for the first time, expect to learn stuff, the hard way. That's not a fail. That is gaining experience.
Utter nonsense. This project is a failure regardless of whether or not anyone learned anything. Here are the stated project objectives again:
Roger Andrews wrote:Third is the one that counts – the official version of what GdV was supposed to achieve and the one on which the project was marketed and financed. This is set forth in GdV’s project description and reads as follows:
The operation’s philosophy is based on supplying the electrical demand of the island with renewable sources, thus guaranteeing the stability of the electrical network; the diesel engine plant will only operate in exceptional/emergency cases, when there is not enough windwater (sic) to produce the demanded energy.
Had the stated objective of the project been to "learn something," then you would be justified in saying it was not a failure.
The project didn't just fail in a small way. It failed so spectacularly, that in October 2015, the system produced less than 1/7 of the electricity needed by the island. That is a VERY LONG WAY from "the diesel engine plant will only operation in exceptional/emergency cases
." On top of that, this system certainly is not "guaranteeing the stability of the electrical network
Given the extremely high per-kWh price of the electricity which is being produced on El Hierro, it seems that several other renewable approaches to powering the island would have cheaper to build and, I suspect, cheaper to operate and maintain.