Yes, I hadn't thought of that... I'd be surprised. Most of the academics I have ever heard talk on the subject are against.Parax said:Was Hoping it was a 'reverse psych' title to pull in a crowd then to convince them the power grid needs localised EV battery power storage... (as Denmark is investigating.) but it could easily be a 'the world does not have enough lithium' or a 'The network cant take the load' talk, has anyone asked?
Looks Like the speakers have academic backgrounds, in Electrical power systems and... Meteorology?
The final lecture of the day was entitled “Please Do Not Buy An Electric Car” by Averil MacDonald, University of Reading.
Electric car batteries require 85kWh over 10 hours to charge and you get 25 miles for one hour. If we were to replace each of the 32 million cars with electric cars we would need 10 million charging points (and enough space to allow the car to remain in place for 8 hours). The National Grid could not cope with this, complicated by the fact that some power stations will be closed in the next 10 years. One way to get over this is to simply switch electricity off to our houses (would not be popular). We could build more power stations, preferably renewable. We would need 60000 wind turbines; a typical wind farm needs an area of 70 x 70 miles for 125m diameter blades. We could put solar panels on at least half of the roofs in the UK and build 5 new nuclear power stations.
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On the one hand I would certainly love to be there but on the other I have to look at how confrontations such as this has gone in the past... who does the public believe? Academics with credentials or a bunch of EV drivers out to protect their considerable investment?Parax said:I'm really sad I can't make it...
Sadly over an orange juice as I/we have to drive therePaul Churchley said:Talking to people after in the bar is by far the bestter way to go... more pleasurable too