The Government’s website page announcing the Hinkley C nuclear power station published an interesting “infographic” (above) showing the land area needed to produce an equivalent amount of power from wind and solar power stations. But not for long – complaints from the wind industry led to its rapid removal. We wonder why.
The Government’s infographic was indeed worrying – but the real picture is even worse. Hinkley will generate reliable base load power; what the infographic does show is that, without nuclear power, hidden behind the huge array of wind turbines there will have to be an array of reliable conventional gas- or coal-fired power stations that are required to generate the same amount of base load capacity for the frequent occasions when the wind does not blow. These back-up facilities are the ones that produce the CO2 that the wind turbines are supposed to save. Round and round we go!