Tag Archives: renewable energy

global climate emissions set to increase

Global climate emissions are set to increase this year by 2%.  This is an unexpected, unwelcome surprise and is thought to be due to China.  EU and other developed country emissions have dropped, but by less than was expected.  The … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – cost of energy review

The energy economist Dieter Helm was asked to lead a “cost of energy review” for the government.  This has just been published.  His terms of reference were to work out ways of decarbonising the energy system whilst having cheap energy.   … Continue reading

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Energy Africa

Energy Africa – there is a boom going on in small scale renewable energy in Africa.  As this blog has covered TEARFUND have a campaign to get the UK government to fund very small scale off grid solar power.  I … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – electric dreams again

Electric dreams again.  The grid is changing and our means of transport is also changing (or at least what powers it).  The problem is a fully electric road system will lead to a big increase in electricity demand.  Possibly as … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Hinkley Point C

Hinkley Point C is bad value for money say the National audit office (NAO).  Everyone part from the nuclear industry and possibly the government know this is true but its nice to have it confirmed. Its criticisms fall into a … Continue reading

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let there be light

Let there be light is not only God’s command in Genesis 1v3 but also a TEARFUND campaign to get the UK government to fund small scale renewables and batteries in the developing world.  Its worth reminding ourselves as we read … Continue reading

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UK energy system post brexit

What is going to happen to the UK energy system post brexit?  There are a number of different areas that could be affected, some more than others. The first is that of the EU renewable energy targets.  The EU has … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – energy storage solutions

Nissan has this week announced that it has partnered with an American company to manufacture and market energy storage solutions.  These are lithium ion batteries made at its UK plant.  It will also use if the customer wants it second … Continue reading

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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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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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