Category Archives: Renewables

One thing we have learnt this week – energy storage

Energy storage gets talked about a lot at the moment.  When this subject is mentioned its almost always Li ion batteries.  There are other options for energy storage but these are tending to get forgotten about.  There is pumped storage … Continue reading

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The biggest environmental problems

The was an environmental sermon at church this week.  This got me thinking about what I considered the biggest environmental problems.  Whilst I don’t think we’ve got climate change and peak oil entirely licked, things at least on the energy … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – solar fuels

Bill Gates recently visited a lab developing solar fuels at Caltech.  Readers of this blog will know that I’m not a great fan of the so called hydrogen economy.  The problem with hydrogen is that has a very low energy … Continue reading

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Nuclear decommissioning costs

Nuclear decommissioning costs are rising exponentially.  I heard Chris Huhne the disgraced former Energy secretary on the today programme this morning.  The UK government has had to pay out £100 million in compensation over the way it awarded a clean … Continue reading

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Solar health

The NHS is in fine solar health or at least growing solar health.  My father is unwell and has been in and out of hospitals over the last month or so.  It been noticeable that both hospitals that have given … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Let there be light

Let there be light is not just Gods command in Genesis 1v3, but also a Tearfund campaign.  A major problem in the developing world is a lack of light at night.  This affects everyday life to a massive amount.  On … Continue reading

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Pacific renewables

Like the history of the first and second world wars in the Pacific, Pacific renewables and their energy story is somewhat obscure.  However, the problems faced by these Islands due to climate change and the attempts they are making is … Continue reading

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Australian power cuts

Australian power cuts have led the Australian government to reach completely the wrong conclusions about the Australian energy system.  I would hazard a guess that they are deliberately misleading conclusions based on ideology rather than fact. The Australian electricity system … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Saudi renewables programme

Saudi Arabia is relaunching its Saudi renewables programme.  An announcement was made last year but but nothing much has happened since then.  The programme is still relatively small with bids being invited for 400MWp of wind and 300MWp of solar.  … Continue reading

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Does peak oil mean peak supply or demand?

Does peak oil mean peak supply or demand?  This is the question raised by the latest BP energy outlook.  BP see oil demand still growing in 2035 despite an enormous increase in the numbers of electric cars.  BP have a … Continue reading

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