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The Great British Kettle Surge

The Great British Kettle Surge The UK viewing public's trends are fairly predictable, thanks in no small part to our almost universal cultural love of making a cup of tea, but that doesn't mean that those working at the National Grid have an easy job. Having to combat the phenomenon known as 'TV pickup', the National Grid has to be able to predict whether millions of people will suddenly require a surge of energy; often brought on by big televised events and the need to boil a kettle before or after them. This means that our cultural need for a cup of tea during commercial breaks requires a substantial import of energy, but how much energy does this Great British Kettle Surge really use? 32,200, 000 32,100, 000 30,690, 000 28,600, 000 | 28,490," 000 28,40 000 3,400, 27,600, 000 24,460, 000 24,240, 000 23,950, 000 No. of Viewers 1966 FIFA World Cup The Royal Funeral of Princess Diana (6th September Final Family Documentary (28th June Apollo 13 Splashdown (17 April 1970) 1970 FA Cup Final Replay (29 April 1970) (30th July Wedding of the Prince of Wales Wedding of Princess Anne and Mark Philips (14 November 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony (12 August 2012) 1966) 1997) 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony (27 July 2012) Torvill and Dean- 1969) and Lady Diana (29 July 1981) Olympic lce Dance Championship (21 February 1973) 1994) On average, a 'TV pickup' will require an additional Megawatt per 14,807 viewers, roughly the energy used to boil 833 kettles France is the world's largest net exporter of electricity, and the UK typically imports energy from France when demand peaks during the evening 24,460, 000 18,290, 00 20,730, 000 16,550, 000 15,900, 000 17,920 000 14,960, 000 15,050, 00 13,590, 000 13,530, 000 14,010, 000 2009: Britain's Got 2010: 2011: 2012: Summer The X 2013: Talent Premiere Royal Wedding of William and Factor New 2014: 2015: 2016: Olympics Closing Ceremony Premiere Year's Eve The FIFA The Great 2017: 2018: The FIFA The Great 2019: World Cup British Bake Off Kate Fireworks British Bake Off Blue Gavin & Display World Cup: Croatia v England Final Planet Il Stacey Christmas Premiere Premiere Premiere Special The 2019 premiere of 'Love Island' broke UK records for most viewed season opening, with a peak viewership of 6.1 million; roughly a tenth of the UK's population The most watched live stream of all time, Beyonce's performance at Coachella 2018, was streamed simultaneously by 458,000 viewers, which would require a power surge that culd power approximately 2545 UK homes for a full 24 hours 2,000,000 ,000 1,250,000 ,000 1,000,000 ,000 1,000,000 ,000 715,000 ,000 ,000 500,000 500,000 400,000 „000 ,000 No. of Viewers 350,000 ,000 2008 "Aloha Chilean Olympics Opening Ceremony from The 2014 Miners Hawai The 2006 FIFA World Cup Final The First Spring Festival Rescue The Michael The 2011 Royal Wedding of William and Kate (2011) (1973) Moon (2010) Cricket John Landing (1969) Jackson Memorial Gala F.Kennedy's World Cup Semi-Final Funeral (1963) If a 'TV pickup' was required for the most watched YouTube video of all time, 'Luis Fousi by Despacito ft Daddy Yankee', an additional 444,384 Megawatts would be needed; roughly a tenth of the power produced annually by a US nuclear plant рбхе- The unlikely viral hit, 'Baby Shark Dance' would also require a massive surge of energy; producing power for enough kettles to fill 150 Olympic Swimming Pools with tea experience power surges-soap-operas-finish/ in-britain-causes-predictable massive-surge-in-electricity demand-1535023/ anchor-cut-up-britain-s-power-link-with-france profiles/countries-af/france.aspx watched television-broadcasts ever/ events in history-10-photos/ electricity does-typical-nuclear-power-plant-generate ENERGY CONTROLS youtube-videos/ Images Courtesy of BBC, Elvis Info Net, Chinese New Year, My Football Facts, Donya E Eqtesad, New America Today, Radio Times, Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Barca Blaugranes, Hello Magazine, Vanity Fair, Sport 24, Business Insider, Britannica, Regap0 | 500,000,000 1,500,000,000 1,000,000,000 2,000,000,000 000'000L 20,000,000 25,000,000 30,000,000 000'000'sE Top 10 Most Watched Broadcasts Ever The Last Decade's Most Watched Shows Top 10 Most Watched Special Events in the UK

The Great British Kettle Surge

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The UK viewing public’s trends is fairly predictable, thanks in no small part to our almost universal cultural love of making a cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean that those working at the National...


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