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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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UK solar potential

What is the UK solar potential?  That is what I’ve been asking myself over the last few weeks as I have written some of the recent blog posts.  I revisited Renewable Energy Without the Hot Air by the late great … 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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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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One thing we have learnt this week – ice based cooling

Here’s an interesting idea I heard about this week – ice based cooling.  One of the big problems as a solar PV homeowner is what to do with your surplus power output.  Certainly in the UK what used to be … Continue reading

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Solar is not quite dead.

Solar is not quite dead in the UK.  Admittedly the installation figures in Q3 at 85Mwp were the lowest for some years.  But there are some encouragements from the data.  First of all most of the installations were on private … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week- low cost PV

Obama announces 1GWp of low cost PV on low income housing roofs. One of the big problems with solar PV is the up front cost. Whilst PV costs have fallen dramatically over the last -well since they were invented- the up … Continue reading

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BP data

Its that time of year when the BP data in their statistical energy review comes out.  This blog covers some the main things that stood out for me in the 2016 BP data. 1) oil reserves show a fall, this … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week -charge for grid upkeep

A frisson of despair entered my heart this week when I heard OFGEM have suggested we might have to pay a charge for the grid upkeep.  According to the chief executive of OFGEM due to solar panels and energy storage, … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week UK energy lobby group changes direction

In what could be a very significant move the main energy lobby group in the UK (UK Energy) has changed direction on its renewables stance.  Up until now the lobby group which represents all the “big six” suppliers has been … Continue reading

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