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The Swiss company Oerlikon produced buses that were powered by flywheels. I thought that if a bus can be powered by a flywheel, almost any machine that needs a lot of power could be powered by a flywheel.
The problem with unreliable energy sources isn't to cover short-term outages but how to supply peak load when the wind isn't blowing, which it sometimes doesn't for several days (and always the hottest and coldest days) or when the sun isn't shining (50% of the year) or when the tide happens not to coincide with demand (at least 75% of the time). Wind farm proposals are always quoted in press releases as "able to power 1000 homes". True, a 1.5MW turbine can supply power equal to the average consumption of 1000 houses, provided that (a) the wind blows steadily in the optimum speed range of the turbine and (b) the homeowners take turns to use peak electricity. Alas, neither statement holds true in practice: (a) optimal wind speed rarely occurs more than 10% of the time, and this is not correlated with peak demand and (b) most people like to cook at roughly the same times each day, with very little power consumption between those times: the peak-to-mean ratio for domestic power consumption is around 20:1.
I always think of flies running inside tiny wheels, like miniature hamsters...
I thought it is a real thing on my pc.
Wondering why it repeats the same path?