Here you find responses to the most common prejudices and arguments against renewable energies.
The usage of wind and solar energy (photovoltaics) does not make any sense. The manufacturing of the solar and wind power plants uses more energy than can be produced during the lifetime of the power plants.
The comparison with the nuclear power plant is misleading. It is true that manufacturing of solar cells is still rather energy-intensive (huge improvements have been made in this area in the recent years). But the important fact here is, that the energy needed for the manufacturing is regained by the solar power plant in a very short time. During the typical life span of a PV system of 25-30 years, it produces more than 10 times the energy that was needed for its manufacture . With wind mills this so called yield factor is even considerably larger.
Wrong. The support of renewable energies (in Germany by the very efficient German Renewable Energy Act), is only needed as the externalization of costs have distorted the market in favor of the fossil and nuclear energy sector. Costs resulting from fossil and nuclear energy production are not included in the electricity price but are paid by the general public.
Nuclear power plants would be completely uneconomic if the plant operators were obliged to pay for the costs for the disposal of the nuclear waste. The equivalent is valid for fossil energies if the costs of climate change and international conflicts caused by fossil energy production were included in the electricity price.
Find more information here: Cheap nuclear energy? and Clean Coal?
Wrong. A decentralized energy supply from wind and solar power plants in combination with flexible power consumption and short- and long-term energy storage technologies (e.g. batteries, renewable energy gas) is feasible and economic.
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