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  •  one is simple approaches to improving capacity fac (0+ / 0-)

    factors.

    In Nukes, the Capacity factor for a long time was running at 40% and they drove it up to 88%,  mostly by clever management and operating with a lot of systems down.  

    in wind the problems are both forecasting and actual output.

    teh grid wants to buy MWh and the operators produce MWminutes.  

    Improved forecasting to let operators sign up for more grid blocks or having the grid buy power in shorter increments 15 minutes vs an hour or integrating short term burst backup batteries . I know some operators are looking at small gensets or gas powered turbines to hot start and provide in fill power.

    THe wind hits extractable power 85% of the time, how we go from a capacity factor of 30% to 85% is an answer that will make some people very wealthy.

    when there is money there, the answers appear.

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