- Who turned out the lights?
I’ve been saying for ages that terrorists are getting it all wrong, running around a city with a knife, as terrifying and tragic as it can be, is futile. Infrastructure issues could cripple the country….
Die Hard 4 style. Wouldn’t take long – most infrastructure in the UK is running about 95+% capacity most of the time, there’s not a right lot of leeway before it all falls over.Posted 1 month ago
most infrastructure in the UK is running about 95+% capacity most of the time
That’s the smart grid dream.
Presently it’s probably nearer 30% to 60% on the electricity network depending on how you count it. Of course there are reasons why that’s a good utilisation. And why some smart grid stuff will take us beyond that.
Of course the 99.99% availability that you get from an average electricity supply is something we have grown used to.Posted 1 month ago
When the lights do go out it’s not fun – but spare a thought for my colleagues who are out in all weathers, floods, gales, snow storms, getting them back on.alanlMember
Around 1989-90, the IRA damaged the North Circular bridge over the end of the M1. It was traffic chaos for weeks around the area.Posted 1 month ago
If they had also targeted the M4/M25, M23/M25 and A2/M20/M25 then large parts of the South East would be grid locked.
Traffic has got worse since. However , that would really P-off millions of people for weeks, so it’d do nothing for their cause.househusbandSubscriber
Interesting background reading.Posted 1 month agoretro83Member
Quite alarming that there was apparently no backup power for the lighting in parts of the tube network (or if there was, it took a significant amount of time to come on).
Even our shitty old office has a bunch of LED escape lights with batteries inside that automatically come on the instant there’s a power outage.Posted 1 month agosquirrelkingMember
All I can say is think yourselves lucky the power was back on in hours, if the grid had collapsed up here we could have been looking at up to a week starting up on imports.
Now, something something baseload, something something grid stability. This is why replacing everything with renewables, at this stage, is not a viable proposition. Cruachan wil probably be used to smooth out but if it really went to pot we have nothing to restart ourselves.Posted 1 month agobigdeanSubscriber
I had a tour around ratclife power station not long ago, they can “cold start” from no power (aparrently not all can), room after room of lead acid batteries as a last resort.
I didnt realise the national grid buy the electricity from the power station, Fasinating place could have walked around for hours.
Yes security was high.Posted 1 month agoTiRedMember
Today will be squeaky bum time for managers at Ipswich General Hospital – let’s hope ventilators had well charged back-up batteries.
Shows how tightly things are run when a wind farm and a single gas powered generator can lead to network instability.
My father-in-law was the commissioning engineer on the first extension lead to all that French nuclear power.Posted 1 month ago
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