Tag Archives: renewable energy

Oxo degradable plastics

There was a letter in today’s Guardian about oxo degradable plastics.  I’d never heard of the term before and decided to do a bit of research.  Conventional wisdom is that plastics do not degrade.  Or at least only on a … Continue reading

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Global energy transformation

The International Renewable Energy Agency has produced a report called “Global Energy Transformation”.  There are number of headlines being pulled out of this report, but the main one is that renewable capacity will make up most generation capacity by 2050 … Continue reading

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Coal power is on its way out

Coal power is on its way out.  Not due to any renewable subsidies but because its now more expensive.  And this is the US.  A report there says that currently 75% of coal fired electricity production is more expensive than … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – renewables to dominate by 2040

Renewables to dominate electricity production by 2040.  That’s the main conclusion in the BP energy outlook 2019.  The graph shows the data provided by BP and replotted by me.  There a number of things to say about this.  Firstly some … Continue reading

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solar PV growth

We need some encouragement as pessimism at the current climate talks makes the news. So when I found an article on solar PV growth via Make Wealth History saying it would be the dominant form of electricity generation I was … Continue reading

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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 – 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 – does “no wind” matter?

Does “no wind” matter at least in summer?  Are our summers getting calmer?  The UK’s renewable data has been released this week.  It shows surprise surprise we had a calm summer with little wind.  We had lots of hot still … Continue reading

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