Apparently, all over the world, there are phantom fossil fuel burning plants producing nothing. They run or spin on, burning fuel, polluting the planet, outputting no electricity into the grid. They waste the planet just in case.
You can’t keep electricity. Goes bad in microseconds…who knew? You have to convert it to something else; kinetic energy or chemical, something like that.
Kinetic, you push water up a hill, so you can let it pour back, and create the energy when you need it. Or you find a hole in the ground and pump air into it. Same deal. Only with pressure rather than gravity. When you need it, you let it flow back. It spins a turbine and presto! Electricity.
You can spin big metal tops, flywheels they call ‘em, spin em up with cheap energy at night, de-spin em to get the electrons out in the morning. So far so good. Stop right there. That’s far enough.
Problems with all of these, you need certain geological forms, or to find a place to spin lots of tops. All safely and according to all the rules.
There’s also chemical, but batteries wear out and get weaker with age.
And it gets worse. Peaks and valleys in the power supply and things go haywire. Literally. Machines burn up, equipment goes dead in the middle of critical ops, production runs stop running, television serials abruptly cut out. “Is that how they’re gonna end it!?” ! People go nuts.
And then they’re those brown outs and black outs and people go really nuts. And you have to over-build and under-use, because you can’t always run at peak power, but when you need to you really need to.
Wind and Solar makes it worse. Clouds go over, the wind just drops. It happens. The whole grid responds like a waking dragon. Spinners come on line. The grid is constantly alive, reacting to events and must be protected. From accident or incident. From surge and power dip.
A space solar installation could direct primary power to a number of grids simultaneously. Instantaneously. It could be directed directly to a troublesome node. It’s steady, clean power, not affected by wind or sun position, by tides or seasons or day/night cycles…
Transitioning from 91% fossil fuel to Space Solar, as we must do and do rapidly, will eliminate a few coal miner’s jobs. It will create millions of jobs in engineering, rocketry, space activities, research and high tech manufacturing. It will lead us off the planet into space. Living Space.