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The electric heaters are very interesting. I've seen no study on this (but would love to make one), but my hypothesis is that the nuclear overbuild in the 80's in Sweden resulted in an oversupply of power, which had to be used for something. Enter the electric heaters.

What's really interesting is that Swedish power consumption has been pretty flat since 1985 (when the latest nukes came online), but the amount of electrical heating has steadily fallen, after the initial surge in use.

Essentially, the growth in power demand due to economic growth has been hidden by the constant draw-down of electric heaters. Now that that low value-added use of power has more or less been phased out, new generating capacity will be needed to fuel future economic growth.

The idea that the linkage in growth in GDP and power consumption in Sweden has been fundamentally broken, is going to be shown to be an empty shell. This means the projected power surplus of the future will fail to materialise.

Did I mention it would be totally cool to make a study where one can try to falsify this hypothesis? ;)

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Tue Jul 13th, 2010 at 09:31:06 AM EST
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That would be cool, yes.

If you are interested in trying to make such a study, I would guess this institution might be interested:

Chalmers: Energi och miljö: Fysisk resursteori

På avdelningen för fysisk resursteori bedriver vi tvärvetenskaplig forskning och utbildning inom områden som hållbar utveckling, energisystem i ett klimatperspektiv, industriell ekologi samt komplexa system.


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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Jul 13th, 2010 at 10:06:58 AM EST
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Another study I would be interested in: the pumped hydro potential of Europe. I only have a vague idea of what would be the limiting factors.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jul 13th, 2010 at 12:09:30 PM EST
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... in limiting factors between pumped hydro added to conventional hydro, pumped hydro into an artificial reservoir above a natural reservoir, and modular pumped hydro. The first is limited by conventional hydro capacity and rival reservoir uses, the second in a way parallel to coventional hydro by appropriate sites, the last by minimum efficient scale for economies of scale and availability of sites with sufficiently steep slopes and sufficient height differential between top and bottom reservoir.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Jul 13th, 2010 at 04:20:09 PM EST
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