Naturally I’d like to hear anybody’s opinion, but since you’re the resident expert on energy generation, I thought I’d ask you, even though it’s not your specific area of expertise:
I read this article on the web, and I’m curious as to your take on it. How practical is this? How does it rate realistically against a coal or nuclear plant, in terms of efficiency, cleanliness, etc?
I know it’s probably nowhere near the capacity of a more conventional plant, but is it worth the expense of engineering and running it? Obviously, burning methane that would otherwise just be released into the atmosphere is better than not burning it, so there is a net benefit right off the top, but how much load does this really take off the grid? Is there enough of a payoff to justify building more in other cities?
I did get a good laugh out of this:
So now it’s producing about 892 megawatts, and by the end of the year, it should be up to 9.7 gigawatts! By 2010 or so, it would be able to cover the electrical needs of the entire known universe!
I hate sloppy reporting. You’d think that if you have a journalism degree, you’d know the difference between power and energy, or at least bother to find out…