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- n. the state of being intermittent; periodicity
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as intermittence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being intermittent; subject to interruption or periodic stopping
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"As we put more 'intermittency' - wind and solar - into our system we need the balancing resources for those times when they are not available," says Arshad Mansoor, vice president of power delivery and utilization for the
That inconsistency--called intermittency in the trade--produces an inferior product at inflated cost.
One interesting point made during the public discussion concerned intermittency, that is times when alternative generation is not producing enough power to meet demand.
Such a grid would tackle the problem of 'intermittency' suffered by individual renewable technologies: when the wind was not sufficiently powering offshore turbines off the coast of Britain, electricity could be supplied from concentrated solar panels in Spain and North Africa.
Dong, which has dealt with wind "intermittency" for years, has its hands full with the Danish government's pledge to raise its share of electricity from renewable sources to 30% by 2025.
This "intermittency" means that if a utility wants to add 100 megawatts of wind capacity, it has to build 250 megawatts 'worth of new wind turbines, which is enormously expensive to do.
O'Brien recognised the "intermittency" regarding onshore wind technology but said that it was partly down to the companies creating new farms to ensure they were being built in the right place.
The intermittency of the two sources is the real Achilles' heel.
The downsides of renewable technologies - for example, intermittency and the tradeoffs between solar farms and wildlife habitat -- are far less consequential and easier to avoid than the risks of oil, coal and nukes.
Wind's intermittency requires that fossil-fuel-fired generation fill the valleys to make sure wind can keep the lights on.
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