Renewable energy: The baseload power fallacy
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Providing baseload power from renewable sources to further increase renewable energy is challenging but it can be achieved. This is how.
A common criticism of renewable energy is that because it is intermittent it requires backup power from conventional energy technologies based on fossil fuels such as natural gas. A recent critic posting a comment on another article on Interesting Engineering asked how the UK could cover the baseload demand in winter, citing a figure of about 32 GW and peak demand of about 47 GW, when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.