” All renewables, much as I love them, are diffuse. They all have a small power per unit area, and we have to live with that fact. “


” The only thing that really scales up apart from nuclear is solar power from other people’s deserts. “


” The United States consumes power per land-area at a rate three times the average. Even though they are more energy efficient, densely populated industrial countries like Germany, Britain and Japan have even bigger power consumption per area. “


” Fridges can be modified to nudge their internal thermostats up and down just a little in response to the main’s frequency in such a way that, without ever jeopardising the temperature of your butter, they tend to take power at times that help the grid. “


” We must not let ourselves be swept off our feet in horror at the danger of nuclear power. Nuclear power is not infinitely dangerous. It’s just dangerous, much as coal mines, petrol repositories, fossil-fuel burning and wind turbines are dangerous. “


” Fusion power is speculative and experimental. I think it is reckless to assume that the fusion problem will be cracked, but I’m happy to estimate how much power fusion could deliver, if the problems are cracked. “



All 6 David J. C. MacKay Quotes about Power in picture


All renewables, much as I love them, are diffuse. They all have a small power per unit area, and we have to live with that fact.
The only thing that really scales up apart from nuclear is solar power from other people
The United States consumes power per land-area at a rate three times the average. Even though they are more energy efficient, densely populated industrial countries like Germany, Britain and Japan have even bigger power consumption per area.
Fridges can be modified to nudge their internal thermostats up and down just a little in response to the main
We must not let ourselves be swept off our feet in horror at the danger of nuclear power. Nuclear power is not infinitely dangerous. It
Fusion power is speculative and experimental. I think it is reckless to assume that the fusion problem will be cracked, but I

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