You missed where I said 'in the longer term'.
No I did not ignore it , I mentally dismissed it as a
like saying , why not cut off or your penis now because soon
science will enable you to grow a bigger one .
It's also apparent you've not been paying a great deal of attention to the significant advancements being made in batteries in the past five years.
There has been hype about new batteries all my life .
Even if new batteries become available that are economically viable
it will still do little to make wind or solar practical .
The main reasons being ....
- vast areas of land ( and I do mean vast ) would need to be devoted
to wind farms or solar because individual units produce so little power .
- Massive battery banks would be needed to cover peak daily and
peak seasonal loading ( an incredible cost )
- The energy needs to be converted between different forms for
transmission and use . DC to AC . Lower voltages to high voltage
for transmission and back again at the other end . Every time you
make such a conversion you lose a proportion of the energy , never
mind the infrastructure cost .
- Massive amounts of on/off wind and solar power destabilize power
distribution networks , posing massive problems and expense.
- All batteries have a limited life ( like perhaps 8 years ) , have you
ever considered the renewal cost ?
Why would you indulge in such madness now when coal and gas
are cheap , abundant and reliable ?
Finally to be spending so much of the communities resources for no
good reason and driving simultaneously driving up the cost of power
is just plain criminal . CRIMINAL .