Since writing about Milton Keynes Wind Farm I have become interested in visiting wind farms in my area, England’s East Midlands. Last Friday I had the opportunity to visit the new Yelvertoft Wind Farm which is currently in the process of having its wind turbines installed. It is located near Junction 18 of the M1 … Continue reading Yelvertoft Wind Farm
Why the Price of Oil Went Up Alister Hamilton (Electric Ali) While OPEC is the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, not all oil exporting countries are members of OPEC. As we have seen in my first post, UK Fossil Fuel Production: A Brief History, the UK was an exporter of oil between 1980 and 2005 … Continue reading Why the Price of Oil Went Up
I described previously the installing of our solar panel system in The Joy of Solar 1: Installation but to complete the story it is necessary to describe the remainder of the system, most of which is internal to the house. The panels on the roof produce low voltage direct current (DC) that needs to be … Continue reading The Joy of Solar 2: Internals
I rarely have time to write up the various climate change articles that catch my eye so, like last time, I’m just going to list a selection: How many climate-change deniers does it take to change a light bulb? Europe’s climate forecast: unsettling Climate Skeptics v. Climate Deniers Top 50 Twitter climate accounts to follow … Continue reading Climate Change Catch-Up 2
It is with great pleasure that I present the first guest post on MyRenaultZoe.com, the first of a series on energy issues by Alister Hamilton. UK Fossil Fuel Production: A Brief History Alister Hamilton (Electric Ali) While climate change is a real and very serious threat that most people are aware of, there are other … Continue reading UK Fossil Fuel Production: A Brief History
A recent press release caught my eye about the My Solar Port, a car port with solar panels for charging an EV. It sounds like a neat idea and could be a good solution for homes without garages and/or a roof suitable for solar panels.
During November our local area experienced severe flooding, as did much of the UK, of course. I stopped on the way to work one day to take the picture above as it seemed to say something about the situation we are currently experiencing, and the changes we need to go through (i.e. more renewable energy … Continue reading Britain and Climate Change
A bite-sized video (from Climate Crocks) summarising the state of climate change in 2012. It does not contain a lot of data or reasoned arguments, but it is neatly effective in the way it intercuts clips from Cloverfield, news of severe weather events and rising temperatures with leading deniers (such as Inhofe and the Heartland … Continue reading Climate Denial Crock of the Week
In this thought-provoking presentation Guy MacPherson, award winning conservation biologist and Professor Emeritus University of Arizona, gives his assessment of the current global situation. His forecast is, to be honest, very depressing! The talk is in two halves. The first half is the bad news – a detailed run-through of the most recent research papers … Continue reading Human Extinction By Mid-Century?
Whether or not you are considering buying an electric car, if you have the opportunity I would unequivocally recommend having solar panels installed. We had solar fitted in 2010, even before it had dawned on me how bad the situation had got with global warming. I did it then for the money, and for a … Continue reading The Joy of Solar 1: Installation