iPlug wrote:So your position from Post #171 is "a"?
We should all be able to come to an agreement on the foundational numbers, then go from there.
For some reason I'm no longer seeing the post numbers, but assuming you're referring to your previous post, yes, which is why I suggested using Smil as a single source, as he provides the numbers and also does many of the calculations so we don't need to repeat them here, and can just argue about what conclusions we draw from them.
Apologies, I see now that was my total post number on the forum at the time, not sequential post number for all users in this thread.
Wanted to understand who was on the same page with the core basis numbers (the amount of energy solar would have to produce, at a minimum, if could be produced at exactly the right demand time, even if demand times could be altered somewhat in the future, to offset fossil fuels currently used to generate electricity).
1-2 folks here posited significantly different numbers and that math (or lack thereof) didn't seem to check out.
Understand a few here have significantly different estimates as to the amount of energy that would be required in reality (to account for no sun at night, much less production in the winter, lack of current existing grid infrastructure and storage...). There should be room to debate these later estimates, but not the foundational numbers which are hard figures published by reliable government regulatory agencies.
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