Solar Eclipse To Wipe Out Enough Power Generated By 9 Nuclear Reactors

| } July 14 , 2017 , 16:02 IST

In the quest for renewable and sustainable methods of power generation, one of the most popular methods is solar energy. However, one of the major drawbacks of solar power is that it is an intermittent source of energy, which cannot be generated during night hours or as the case may be, during eclipses.

A solar eclipse occurring on August 21, which will see the moon completely obscure the sun, will cast a shadow along an 113-kilometre corridor between Oregon and South Carolina. As a result of the eclipse, more than 9,000 megawatts of energy generated by the solar farms will go down, an amount that would have supplied 7 million homes. The amount of energy loss is equivalent to that which may be generated by 9 nuclear reactors.

Since 2012, there has been a nine-fold increase in solar energy generation plants being established in the US, however, events such as eclipses highlight the vulnerability of using the sun as a source of power.

Other difficulties due to solar energy include surges in the solar power, if the sun disappears behind clouds, the power generation may fall to 70 megawatts a minute and then again surge to 90 megawatts a minute as sun re-emerges.