The perils of intermittent power

Large parts of Malawi have been plunged into darkness as water levels at the country’s main hydro power plant fell to critical levels due to a severe drought, according to its electricity company.

Hmm.

7 comments on “The perils of intermittent power

  1. I’m sure, what with the shantytowns crackling with laughter and their way home lit by luminescent watermelon smiles, they’ll be fine.

  2. Who knew Malawi had major cities?

    Fortunately, 92% of the people are unaffected.

    ‘According to the World Bank, only 8% of Malawi’s 17 million people have access to electricity.’

  3. For the first time since we had major infrastructure works in the 1990s digging through buried power cables, I’m thinking of getting a UPS.

  4. @jgh, December 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    For the first time since we had major infrastructure works in the 1990s digging through buried power cables, I’m thinking of getting a UPS.

    For domestic use a small UPS and a small generator is better

  5. Just a small technical correction. Hydro is despatchable generation in that they can usually guarantee supply at specific times . Intermittent generation is that from solar PV and wind which cannot guarantee at specific times in the future because of lack of wind or too much cloud. Droughts do reduce Hydro reliability as do coal miner strikes for coal-fired power stations. Intermittency relates to power stations that cannot guarantee supply over any time period because of the above reasons.

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