BBC: Green Energy Boom Forcing Increased Production of a Potent Greenhouse Gas

Sulfur Hexafluoride, a potent Greenhouse Gas

Guest chuckle by Eric Worrall

The BBC claims the potent greenhouse gas sulfur hexafluoride leaking from EU wind turbines and other renewable electricity infrastructure components produces the global warming equivalent of putting an extra million new cars on the road.

Climate change: Electrical industry’s ‘dirty secret’ boosts warming
By Matt McGrath
Environment correspondent

It’s the most powerful greenhouse gas known to humanity, and emissions have risen rapidly in recent years, the BBC has learned. 

Sulphur hexafluoride, or SF6, is widely used in the electrical industry to prevent short circuits and accidents. 

But leaks of the little-known gas in the UK and the rest of the EU in 2017 were the equivalent of putting an extra 1.3 million cars on the road. 

Levels are rising as an unintended consequence of the green energy boom.

Cheap and non-flammable, SF6 is a colourless, odourless, synthetic gas. It makes a hugely effective insulating material for medium and high-voltage electrical installations. 

It is widely used across the industry, from large power stations to wind turbines to electrical sub-stations in towns and cities. It prevents electrical accidents and fires.

However, the significant downside to using the gas is that it has the highest global warming potential of any known substance. It is 23,500 times more warming than carbon dioxide (CO2).

Read more:

Sulfur Hexafluoride also contributes to the halon load allegedly destroying our ozone layer.

This is getting funny – how many ways can renewables offend the beliefs of greens before they finally lose patience with their green energy “revolution”?

via Watts Up With That?

September 14, 2019 at 12:53AM

One thought on “BBC: Green Energy Boom Forcing Increased Production of a Potent Greenhouse Gas”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s