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Coals to eco homes!

Coals to eco homes!  An old coal fired power station in the West Midlands is to be transformed into an eco village of 2000 homes.  This coal fired power station that closed in 2016 is one I recognise.  Its not … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – gas extraction and earthquakes

I watched a fascinating and worrying report on channel4 this week on gas extraction and earthquakes, in of all places Holland.  The first really major hydrocarbon finds in Western Europe post WWII were made in Holland.  I remember studying it … Continue reading

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Power for the people

I read an inspiring article in TEAR times about bringing power for the people.  The article involved a micro-hydro plant at the village of Mahadevsthan, Nepal.  I’ve researched it a bit more on line and the outcomes are even better … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Is nuclear dead?

Is nuclear dead? Yes is the short answer.  The longer answer is slightly more nuanced.  This week Toshiba abandoned plans for a new nuclear power plant at Moorside near Sellafield.  Its not really a surprise.  The project has looked half … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – food from air

George Monbiot wrote an article on a weird sounding idea “food from air” in the Guardian this week.  All bacteria need an energy source (a source of electrons).  Most bacteria also need a carbon source (usually the same molecule e.g. … Continue reading

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The future of agriculture

I’ve been thinking about the future of agriculture this week.  This first arose since I read a very interesting article on the use of robots in agriculture.  They are already in use to a limited extent.  At the moment robots … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – which source of power is cheapest?

Which source of power is cheapest?  That question was raised this week when the green MP Caroline Lucas claimed onshore wind (which is effectively banned in England) was the cheapest source of electricity.  This got the BBC’s fact check to … Continue reading

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Saudi oil

Saudi oil is back in the news at the moment following the murder of Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi by the Saudis.  Larry Elliot wrote an article arguing we are less dependent on Saudi oil and any bust up over the murder which … Continue reading

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Coffee power

Soon coffee producers in Columbia could be producing coffee power thanks to funding from the UK government.  The idea is to produce electricity from coffee waste using bacteria in microbial fuel cells.  This is the area I did my doctorate … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – food deserts

We have learnt this week that more than a million people in the UK live in food deserts.  These are poorer places where either a lack of transport or supermarkets or other food shops make the purchase of healthy food … Continue reading

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